I have always wanted to develop or design my own products, but I was holding back for a long time. I walked around with the following thoughts, which kept me from pursuing my dreams:
- I have to be a celebrity blogger or famous interior decorator before I can do this.
- I don’t have the necessary talent or skills to do this.
- It will take a lot of time and I’m just not in a stage of my life where I have that time.
- Nobody will be interested.
I talked a lot about this with several people, they all listened, were very kind and nodded. Super nice, but in hindsight I didn’t need that. I needed someone who said straight to my face: ‘I hear what you’re saying, but those are all just reasons to postpone your projects.’ Confrontational and shocking at first, but I needed that.
And so it started … the design of my own stencil collection, inspired by my new country Sweden. I worked with a stencil manufacturer who guided me through the process. Their patience with me was remarkable, haha!
Here they are: my Dala Muses Nordic stencils, inspired by Scandinavian folk art and our still quite recent move to Sweden 2 years ago.
‘Dala horse’ was obviously the first stencil I designed. I live in the Swedish province of Dalarna, where the symbol of the Dala horse is from. You can read more about the origin of the horse here. The stencil will become available in A5, A4 and A3.
‘Scandi bird’ was absolutely necessary in this collection, because it’s based on one of the doodles I made in the first months we lived in Sweden. It was the longest April month I had ever experienced. I grew up with Spring beginning early March, and it’s early May where I live now. I still remember doodling during the Easter break to break through that depressed “I want sun and warmth right now, what is wrong with this climate” – feeling. This stencil will become available in A5, A4 and A3.
On this particular piece I added some yellow details in the middle of the bird, but they are not in the original stencil. It was just a creative sparkle of the moment when I was painting, because the inside of the cabinet is painted yellow. This yellow colour is Prairie Sunset from Fusion Mineral Paint. The colour of the cabinet is Kitchen Scale from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I didn’t give this cabinet a top coat (wax or oil) because I liked the matte ‘you can see different tones of blue-green’, so typical for milk paint without a top coat.
‘Folk art flowers’ is an homage to Swedish midsummer. Those who know me well, know that flowers have a special place in my heart. Flowers bring happiness and are one of my favorite photography subjects. This stencil will become available in A4 & A3.
And than there’s the ‘Nordic Twin’. This stencil symbolizes a bond. Life hasn’t been easy in the past 1,5 years, and I don’t know how I would have done it without my husband. It also reminds me of the ducks that come back to our pond every Spring. I’m not sure if ducks always come back to the same place, but it feels like it’s the same couple. We call them ‘our ducks’ and their arrival marks the arrival of Spring. This stencil will become available in A5, A4 and A3.
The ‘floral pattern tile’ stencil was inspired by our bakery shop, one of the reasons for ‘starting over’ in Sweden. You can check out one of the posts about the shop renovation here: check out the wallpaper. That wallpaper is very traditional. Back in the days people handpainted or stenciled patterns like this. When we renovated, we didn’t find handpainted or stenciled walls behind the layers and layers of plastic or wallpaper, but it was a possibility because the building is so old. This stencil will become available in A5 & A4.
The stencils are for sale now. So exciting! If you’re a European Fusion Mineral Paint or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint retailer, please check out your distributor Old Red Barn’s website. For other customers, please get in touch at goedele [at] dalamuses [dot] com