Can you stucco stencil it? Yes you can!

15thc stencil painted wallsstencilled ceiling








Yes sir, we can stencil. And we can handpaint motifs on our French Country Walls and Ceilings etc . Above are two fine examples and some more here     Thank you JP!

I have done my research to get a sense of style and feel and in this low key treatment in the salon –below- I have experimented for the first time with a textured plaster motif .

We have no grand plasterwork or stucco in our village house so this is an opportunity to start adding the decorative flourishes. Even Trev likes it!

How ?- Right, first of all you need a fairly substantial stencil. This one is on a thickish acetate and I have had it for over 20 years; it originally came free with Period Living magazine in UK and is a simple and classic authentic 18th century motif.

What you DON’T necessarily need is a stencil especially made for use with plaster work . None of mine are. I started by mixing a terracotta pigment with a wettish traditional wall filler mix; just the regular stuff you fill cracks with as it’s basically plaster anyway. I applied with a medium sized stiff brush and a degree of care. I let that dry and cure for four weeks……….

Then I mixed up a similar slurry of filler with just a hint of the terracotta pigment diluting  the base shade pigment quantity maybe ten times?

plaster stucco stencilI applied this by hand and with a small artists sable brush to get a little more depth and texture . The resulting 3d effect is very pretty and subtle.

My French Plumber says so!






You will note that the salon is in chaos again


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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22 Responses to Can you stucco stencil it? Yes you can!

  1. Piddlewick says:

    Do you know if there is a historic time frame when stencilling (in France in particular) was at its most popular? Just curious.


    • V good question..Well, I have seen 15th & 16th c images that could be stencilled or even potato prints!

      Also very elaborate 18th/19th c decorative flourishes which may be all hand painted or part stencilled. Hard to tell. I attempted to do lots of research before inflicting ANY stencilling on our house in case it was/looked odd or inappropriate. It doesn’t.

      Maybe I should write an article about it! as I could find very little that wasn’t modern motifs masquerading as old


  2. So let me get this straight, you stencil onto the wall and then you paint it over to cover it up?

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  3. gabriele says:

    For designs, I’d recommend checking out Dover Books. They started out reprinting out-of-patent great older books but expanded well beyond that. I remember using some Art Nouveau designs which had been created for doing stained glass but they worked beautifully for batiking…
    They do have specific stencil books but other ones which could be copied.

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  4. Osyth says:

    It is simply beautiful. I really love it. And your plumber does which is surely the highest aesthetic praise you can hope for 🙂

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  5. poshbirdy says:

    Looks lovely. As does that pelmet – stunning

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  6. bizzyella says:

    How pretty. I may have to go stencil shopping.

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  7. Reblogged this on husifrankrike and commented:
    Our Brittish blog friends who constantly inspire us did it again!!


  8. Nadia says:

    You certainly are very talented. I can stencil a cake at a push but would not even dare to try on anything permanent. At least with the cake, you can destroy the evidence of a bad try by eating it.😃

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  9. francetaste says:

    This is beautiful! I love your design.
    My mom was into stenciling walls. Then she covered them with wallpaper. She and my dad just died and my brothers are fixing up the house to sell and they’ve uncovered the stencils–which they were too young to remember. Like archaeology.

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