I have now completed stage 3 and it looks even better than I hoped. You may know that I did lots of research on stencilled patterns in old village houses and thought long & hard on whether this kind of flourish was appropriate.
I did NOT want the ubiquitous flat, single colour stencilled effect of the 1980’s
This raised stucco- style stencil design and subtle colours suits these old, raw, colour washed lime plastered walls of ours.
The French phrase “mettre on valeur” suits what we have done here better that any English words might, meaning “to develop, emphasise, highlight, show off to advantage”
stage one above- stage two below left- stage three below right
I basically applied a very small amount of clear furniture soft wax (Liberon) with a small cloth. working from the edges of each part of the design inward.
It’s a subtle difference (can you see it-right?) but I am happy with it now