I have been working on my rug and have not posted for a few days. It is painted on my hallway floor and it has both Islamic and William Morris designs. When I design something, I look through Google images and then adapt whatever I like to make my design work. After all the trouble I went through with this rug, I wish I had just copied the design from a real Oriental, of which we have several. I cut all new stencils for this one and I made it up as I went along! I didn't even measure, I eyed everything. You should have seen me trying to make the arabesques look like they made sense on both sides of the rug, since the spacing was off. I doubt that anyone is going to look that closely!
This is not the first rug I have painted on this spot. The old one, below, was painted over to make room for the new one! I used stencils that I had used for other designs. We had it for many years and I wanted a new look.
All I did was turn the stencil sideways. Another stencil that I had used in a bedroom worked well on the edge.
I started this "new" rug" two years ago, and never finished it. Since my blog was not in existence then, there are no pictures of how I started it. However, I took enough pictures as I was finishing it so you can get an idea of how it was done.
Let's focus on the red diamond below. Each color was painted separately, the white, the red and then the green, in that order. The different bands were not pre-planned. I just went with what looked good to me.
Of course, I decided ahead of time what colors I would use in the overall design.
Notice that the arabesque design around the red square is stenciled only on the right side. I then flipped the stencil and painted the left side. See below.
The stencil was hard to manage because it was large, and the lines of the arabesque were thin. I had to cut it twice since the first one tore. Notice how wide the "bridges" are. Bridges in a stencil are the uncut pieces that connect the parts so the stencil does not fall apart. I had to connect the pieces freehand. You do what you have to do.
|Before and after connecting the bridges in the light and the dark gray arabesques.|
To complete the rug I stenciled a fringe on both ends. The rug is colorful and both my husband and I are happy with it! Are you going to paint a rug in your apartment? It does take time, but it is fun and a great way to cover a hallway.