Archive for February, 2009

Stenciling and Murals

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009


Good morning everyone. I hope you are enjoying reading about stenciling as much as I am enjoying writing about it for you. In the photo above is a stenciled wall done by Moses Eaton, viagra it was found in a room where there is a mural painted by Rufus Porter. In a book called Rufus Porter Yankee Pioneer, cialis it makes mention that the two artists worked together at times. Below are pictures of murals with stenciling, both murals were found in the Prescott Tavern in N.H., built in 1803 and sadly was demolished in 1950. These are perfectly preserved examples of both men’s early works were done in 1824 and are now stored in the Goyette Museum in Peterborough, N.H.



Most stencilers were itinerant professionals, but there were also amateurs. In America today, there are only 15 known stencilers, and that’s because stencilers seldom signed the walls they decorated. Moses Eaton is our best known stenciler. Back in the 1930′s his kit was discovered and it contained 78 stencils!! This wonderful discovery made his work easy to identify. Moses Eaton Jr. learned stenciling from his father, a professional stenciler. Moses Eaton Jr. was a farmer. When he was a young man he hired help for his farm so he could travel from Hancock, New Hampshire, where he lived, to head north through New Hampshire and into Maine. His patterns were big and bold and he had a feel for design and color. Often his designs were copied by other stencilers. Eventually tastes and styles changed and wallpaper became cheaper and more readily available. Stenciling went out of style, but Moses Easton was a creative artist. He made wooden butter prints and stencils for use on furniture. He even wove linen from flax! He printed it with wooden blocks with leafy and floral designs, which he sold probably for use in embroidery. So that’s your lesson on stenciling for the day. One more post about stenciling and that will be it. Until tomorrow-

More on the History of Stenciling

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Most stenciling was done between 1800 and 1840, clinic and most was done in the New England area. Moses Eaton Jr. was the most prolific of the early stencilers. He had such an imagination and love of nature and that love was expressed in his designs of flowers and vines. How exciting that his original patterns were found in his old stencil kit!! In the 1960′s, decease many stenciled walls were discovered under old wallpaper by people restoring old houses. Can’t you just imagine how exciting that would be, to be removing wallpaper and finding original stenciling from the the 19th century underneath!! Oh my gosh! This lovely design was found in the bedroom of an 1815 farmhouse off a country road in Amherst, NH. Can you see the green vine with red strawberries along the baseboard? That’s the design I used in Missy’s bedroom. Early stencilers traveled very simply, carrying their brushes, dry pigments, and a roll of stencils cut from heavy paper. They would stencil their designs on attic walls. This stencil’s designs were found on the attic wall of the Josiah Sage House in South Sandisfield, Mass.


Many walls were painted ochre, gray or a raspberry wash, and then senciled with patterns the family selected. The were done in vivid colors like red, black, green, rust and ochre. They painted deep boarders along ceiling lines called friezes, and also along baseboards, and narrower borders to divide the walls into panels where they used central motifs, like large flowers, sunbursts, oak leaves, and woven baskets that contained flowers. These are two original stenciled designs used on walls in the 1800′s, and these are the colors that were used.


For families with more formal tastes, stencilers would paint swags with bells and tassels, even columns and elegant urns with flowers and ferns. They found living through bitter winters were made easier while being surrounded by the beauty of nature on their stenciled walls. These are two examples of original wall stenciled designs found in the New England area. This one is an example of a design done in a home with a more formal decor.


I hope you enjoyed hearing a little history about stenciling. It’s a beautiful way to decorate the walls of your country home. In a couple of days I’ll talk more about it, so I hope you will come back and visit with me, but until then, you know I wish you a-