I promised you to present each of my new stencils properly. I want to thank you first for all the encouragement and comments I got on this new collection. Thank you! You made my day (week actually)! Today I’ll tell you a bit about the ‘King of the birds’-stencil and how I used it to transform an old cutting board into a wall decor piece.
For this stencil I was inspired by the goldcrest bird, the tiniest bird in Europe, also called ‘king of the birds’ in European folklore. The goldcrest is small but looks very smart to me, with a scientific name that means knight or king. I encountered it when I was a teenager, in our garden in Belgium. I was moved by the size of the goldcrest and the beautiful yellow patch on its head. I never saw a goldcrest again, but it stayed with me as a vivid memory, unexplainable.
This spring, while drawing for this new stencil collection, I decided to take a small break and take a walk through our village. On a small path in the forest I saw something very small hopping around on the ground. A mouse, was my first thought. I looked closely and saw, to my surprise, that a goldcrest had crossed my path again, 25 years later. The ‘king of the birds’ stencil is a representation of my love for this bird.
This design and saying ‘there’s no place like home’ have a prominent place in our home now, because after all … there’s no place like home :). I have stenciled the design onto an old cutting board. Two years ago, when we transformed a small cottage next to our house into Jurgen’s bakery shop, we removed some broken kitchen cabinets. You can read the post here, if you missed it. One of the cabinets had a ‘built-in’ cutting board, made of solid pine wood. I just knew it would be of use later so I kept it!
I chose the following colours from Fusion Mineral Paint for this wall display: Prairie Sunset, Cranberry, Park Bench, Renfrew Blue, Fort York Red, and also three colours of Fusion’s new Lisa Marie Holmes collection (Twilight Geranium, Enchanted Echinacea and Divine Lavender).