Antique block-print endpapers inspired the intricate design used on throw pillows and bed linens. A single template cut two ways yields a pair of coordinating patterns: petal-like circles with V-shaped notches and leafy branches with strings of graduated dots. When the stencils are overlaid or chicly misaligned, and the paint color is changed, variations are born.
When stenciling, pat the sponge in a dab of paint, and blot excess on the palette. Then apply paint in thin coats, taking care that it doesn't drip or pool, until the area is covered. If a design requires several colors, use a separate sponge for each. You may opt to adjust a paint's transparency or mix hues.
When using thin fabrics, insert a piece of waxed paper inside the pillowcase before stenciling. The completed projects can be washed and steamed or ironed.
Japanese paper screw punch with 3 mm tip, plus 1 to 5 mm tips, nycentralart.com
Colorless extender, by Jacquard, dharmatrading.com