I've had this wonderful old Arts & Crafts era curtain panel hanging in my one dining room window for the last several years, but sunlight had faded it to the point of near invisibility. The design was a stylized vertical leaf and thistle border, and I decided the only way to salvage it was to reprint the entire thing using stencils.
Stencils get a bad rap 'cause they're always designed in queer apples and hearts and teddy bear motifs. In this case I just traced and cut the existing elements of my panel and then stippled away for two days (and that's mostly drying time in between courses).
Below I am using a tiny stippling brush to color in the thistle flower seeds.
Here is the finished product:
I really love this motif. I know I did a little bit of a wham-bam-thankyou-mam job on it, but I'm still happy with the results. It had been so faded for so long- that hangingit back up felt like seeing an old friend again.