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Ok this one will be short and sweet.  A torn stencil can stress out anyone in the middle of a project.


In continuation of our blog series on painting with allover stencils, this video explains exactly how to fix your stencil and keep going! Hope this helps.

First of all…Let us say “Happy Everything” to all of our readers and customers!!  It’s a time to stop and reflect upon how lucky we are to be able to do something we love everyday. So today we thought we would share how much fun we had creating gifts with our Wallovers stencils. If you are the proud owner of some our Wallovers stencils, regular or mini you can easily spend the day before christmas making all of your own decorative packaging! Here’s how.

First, find (or purchase if necessary) some paper card stock. Fold it in half and cut in half. Then base coat them with various different acrylic colors. We used gold, black,  light blue and navy blue.



Next, choose one of your Wallovers stencils and a Wallovers Edger brush and stencil the entire card while open.

Package all 4 cards with envelopes and tie with a ribbon and Voila… you have your gift!
Now for all of your packaging. …

Collect all the empty white or kraft bags and boxes you have around your house. Choose some stencils out of your collection. and get stenciling.



Once your bags are painted…. of course you can use them to package anything.



We made Cynthia’s famous granola and packaged it up in our beautiful stenciled bags.



Here’s the recipe.

Dry ingredients:
Old fashioned oats, slivered almonds, millet, cinnamon
Wet Ingredients: Maple Syrup, honey, canola oil, vanilla
Add in mixed dried berries (yellow and brown raisins, dried cranberries apricots or whatever you want!)
Mix one large container Old fashioned oats, one package slivered almonds, 1/4 cup millet and 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Pour the wet ingredients mixture of 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla over the dry ingredients. Mix it thoroughly with the dry ingredients so they are all slightly moist.
Spread the mixture onto 4 cookie sheets. Don’t make it too thick. Bake on convection at 325 until golden brown. Check it often and flip it with a spatula especially if you do not have convection!
Let air dry. After it cools add the berries and enjoy with yogurt, ice cream or milk!

Enjoy and happy Holidays. See you in 2016!!!!!!

Love Cynthia and Rena

It’s time to bring out the red. It’s so easy to say “yes” to favors for the holidays with the ease of allover designs using a large stencil and the industries largest stencil brush, the WALLBUSTER. This brush expands to 3 inches when in use so you get the greatest amount of coverage with one load of the paint.

The past two years I have supported this wonderful event at the Fairfield, CT  historic Burr Mansion. Each designer creates a holiday vignette  for the Christmas Tree Festival and all the proceeds fro the sale of their items go to local charities. The  local designers, Donna Bonafide and Kim Smith, chose a red and white theme to kick off this holiday party and asked me for something to brighten the feature wall, a challenge when you cannot touch the historic walls! ….But with a some Roc Lon Canvas and clips… it’s easy.

I love reverse stencils because you can go crazy on the background, forgetting lap lines and mistakes. The stencil will cover most of it showing your creation as it peaks through to create the actual design. it’s hard to see here, but I used many different white on white products, including Modern Masters shimmer stone, various glitters and mica powders.  Then stenciled using wallovers’ Maya’s Rose Revers stencil  with Ben Moore 2004-20 mixed with a little Antique Cherry Stain ‘N Seal, my favorite red combination. Once hung, the lights lit up all the sparkle.  So don’t forget to try a reverse  stencil design with a Wallbuster brush the next time you squeeze in philanthropic project!

When I was asked to paint on muslin I was challenged. First of all, if I made a mistake, if the paint bled under the stencil or left a mark, I was finished. You can’t paint over or get fabric paint off fabric. I was also asked to try a new paint that I was introduced to at the Quilt show in Houston last fall. So the inexperience with this particular paint and the thin Muslin was enough to make me sweat. The muslin was given to me by Rockland industries to then be made into a quilt.  hmmm, ok, I’d like to see this happen.

Well, Of course I used a Wallovers stencil to start and chose a couple of contrasting and happy colors, copper and aqua for my design. I chose Mediteranean Tile as it is simple, small with an easy repeat! By blocking off some of the design with masking tape, I easily turned the stencil into a two color pattern.

Surprisingly, the  thin muslin was extremely easy to work with! (Roc-Lon #5115 118/120″, bleached, 100% cotton, CRF  crease resistant finish). The stencil, with a little spray adhesive on the back, stayed beautifully on the fabric. The fabric did not scoot and the paint……like butta! (Stewart Gill Paints available through Notions Marketing)

I still do not know if it was the fabric and the way it accepted the paint, or the really creamy, delicious fabric paint that made the job so simple. I used the old swirl stencil technique, (I am usually a pouncer),and the small, 8oz container  of paint completed 2 sides of a king size quilt. It just kept going and going! After stenciling the two king size sides of muslin, I shipped it back to Roclon and off it went to the quilter. Where the real magic happened!!!

White Lotus Quilting in Bainbridge, Washington took this basic painted muslin and tuned it into a real work of art.

By adding her own creative touches to the design, Marybeth O’Halloran and her quilting machines at White Lotus created a one-of-a-kind, muslin quilt.

Gorgeous! what a team effort! Thanks Rockland, Wallovers, Stewart Gills Paints and White Lotus. Can’t wait to see it displayed at the next quilt show!


There is nothing like a weekend with a warehouse full of artists to get the creative juices flowing. Rena Paris, my Wallovers’ partner and I, set out for Cincinnati to display our stencil line and promote the upcoming class at Gary Lord’s Prismatic Painting Studio this May 10,11.

Rena worked the stencil sales while I concentrated on presenting finishes and giving attention to

customers who wanted to know more about us. We were surrounded by artists doing the same.

From gorgeous cabinet finishes

To glass mosaic panels

We were all like kids in a candy shop around surrounded by colors and textures!

Naturally, it wouldn’t be a decorative artist event without someone fun and games. Samples of newdesigns became the latest runway attraction.