“Where did you get that stencil?”
I’ve been asked that question so many times when I share one of my hand painted pieces. And that has led to people asking if I ever planned to come out with a line of stencils.
I have always loved the idea of it, but as someone who works in a freeform way, I had a hard time figuring out how to translate my patterns into stencils. It probably wasn’t as hard as I was making it, but I got stuck on it for a long time. I also wanted to find a way to make my stencils unique.
I finally decided to just paint some designs and see how they looked as stencils. Some worked and some didn’t. I worked with a stencil manufacturer who did a fantastic job of guiding me through the process, though, and the result was stencils cut from my actual brush strokes (imperfections and all.) Hence “hand painted stencils”.
And now they are a reality – Miss Mustard Seed’s Hand Painted Stencils. I know it’s a mouthful! You can just call them MMSHPS’s, because that’s soooo much easier. Sort of like ROUS’s.
Anyway, here they are…
I used the “Kimbrough” last year on the little dresser I painted for Lucketts…
The Elizabeth is styled after the yellow hand painted piece at the opening of this post. The idea is that you can flip and rotate it to create a similar look.
The stencils are each named after women in my family. It was sort of a whim, but ended up being a fun little nod to them.
Elizabeth is my niece and my cousin. We actually call them both Lizzie, though…
Susan is my awesome aunt who gives me furniture and fabric…
Linda is my mother-in-law…
Nancy is my sister-in-law…
And, of course, Kimbrough is my mom. She goes by Kim, though…
I’ll share a stencil tutorial soon!
This is not a required product for our retailers to carry, so call for availability. To make it easy, here are some of my retailers who have them in stock online… (Each will ship within their country/continent.)
Susie’s Art & Antiques – Texas
Painted Furniture & Decor – Wisconsin
Five Thirty Home – Indiana
Urban Barn Home – Pennsylvania
The Purple Painted Lady – New York
Brush Strokes by Mary Anne – Georgia
Dresser Up Vintage – Kentucky
Me & Harmony – Germany
The Old Red Barn – Belgium
We’ll be giving MMSHPS away on the @mmsmilkpaint Instagram today, so be sure to enter to win!