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Stenciling Directions for
FS27 Norwell, MA
Originally a hand painted floor, circa 1740.

The Triangle stencils provide for 1/2 the pigment on the floor — the other 1/2 will be whatever background you stencil onto — be it beautiful wood, cement, a painted or grained or marbleized background. (A handsome effect!) This pattern is an excellent choice for an entry.

You have before you the drop out pieces as well as the stencils. You may find them useful in lining up the pattern once the stencil itself has paint on it and you can no longer see through it. Rather than cleaning the stencil each time, position the drop out (adhesive spray on the back) and place the stencil over it Ð then pull out the piece by a masking tape tab you have stuck to it.

Begin by snapping a chalk line parallel with your walls, assuming your pattern is to be centered. You will divide the room in 1/2 lengthwise — hereafter referred to as N-S axis. Choose and make a mark on your chalk line to be the center of your pattern (usually also the center of the room), hereafter referred to as Center.

Using a yard stick measure on the N-S axis 2' above Center (N) and 2' below Center (S) and mark them. At point N place one end of the yard stick and using a pencil at the other end inscribe an arc due E and W of the Center. At point S repeat the procedure making intersecting arcs. Snap your chalk line through the intersecting arcs to create an E-W axis.

The circle is to be divided into eighths, therefore you will also need NE-SW, NW-SE axes. To find these, mark on the E-W axis a measurement of 2' to the left and right of Center as you did earlier on the N-S axis. Using these 4 reference points, inscribe intersecting arcs to the NE, SW, NW and SE. Snap chalk lines where they intersect to create those axes.


You are now ready to begin. It might be easier for some of you to figure the procedure from the picture and then check out the directions following.

Stencil 1. Place longest side (AB) against N-S axis. The shortest side (BC) will fall on the N-E axis. Be sure Point B is on Center of design in all 4 placements of it. Paint 3 more times using the N-S and E-W axes. Delineate the mirror images of these painted Triangles as shown, with a yardstick and pencil.

Arc Stencil. Mark NE, NW, SE, SW axes at 2 1/2' from Center. Use these points and all the Points A of Triangles 1 as reference for aligning the inner curve of the Arc Stencil. The arc is a bit longer than 1/8 of the circle to allow for slight overlap. Complete the circle.

Stencil 3. Place curve of Stencil 3 on the inner curve made by the Arc Stencil, with Side BC on line (drawn with pencil and yardstick which created the mirror image of Triangles 1).

Stencil 4. Place Side BC on line (drawn with pencil and yardstick which created the mirror image of Triangles 1). Point A will then touch inner curve of arc, and Side AB will fall on the
NW-SE axis.

Stencil 5. Place the curved edge AC at the inner curve of the arc so that Point C touches Point A of the adjacent Triangle 4. You will then see that Point B of Triangle 5 touches Triangle 1 at 12" from either end on Side AC.