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Miscellaneous Stencils


This rearing horse came from the Border Wall Stencil era. 1790-1820. We once stenciled this in a ring on a ceiling around a light for a client. The horses' backs were to the light.

266 M1
9 1/2" High x 10" Wide

Horse01 M1
9 1/2" High x 10" Wide

Large horse was seen in an early house in Grafton, MA. It was placed randomly on the walls. They were seen to face each other and overlap outstretched forlegs. They were also seen singly with bobbed tail and with tail in other poses, as in the photos below.


Horse02 M1
6 1/2" High x 9 1/2" Wide

Misc. Horse #2 Small historic horse from the Jaffrey Historical Society was used on all road signs pointing the way from Jaffrey to Peterborough, Rindge, Marlborough, Dublin etc., when I was growing up there in the 1950s.



A Rufus Porter horse and rider from a Massachusetts wall.

R844 MA4
3 1/2" High x 5 1/2" Wide

Position horse as you wish. It can be galloping up or down hill or on the flat. Use the register marks to place the rest of the rider.

  1. The colors can be your choice as they have been seen to change.Brown works well for the horse as its eye and black reins and saddle detail can then be seen on top. Black can be stenciled at this time on the tail and hooves, if desired.
  2. Flesh color is made with white, yellow and red earth. It makes a buff which is also suitable for the jodhpurs. (Use a tiny amount of red & yellow).
  3. Use black for the top hat, collar and boots.
  4. Color the jacket as you wish.
    Either a fine point brush or a black fine point pen can be used to delineate the saddle, draw the horse's eye, the bridle and the reins to the hand and place the crop in the other hand. Draw, or paint, the rider's facial details and hair.

If the rider is chasing after a fox with dogs, stencil R843 MA1 can be used. Stencil as many dogs as you would like.

R843 MA 1
Fox/dog, Fitch-Grout house
8 1/4" W x 1" H


This is a Moses Eaton horse from an overmantle in a simple scene mural from a house in Maine.

ME562 M2
7" x 7"


This is also a Moses Eaton horse from an overmantle mural.

ME563 M1
7 1/4" x 7 1/4"



451 OM1
7 1/2" High x 7 1/2" Wide

From the Overmantle of the Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA.

See the rest of the tavern stencils here.



Shaker Tree of Life


120 MA4
18 1/8" x 23 5/16"
original size


120 MA4sm
7 3/4" High x 10 3/4" Wide

By Hanna Cohoon, 1854, Hancock, MA. Inscribed "City of Peace Monday July 3rd 1854." Shaker Community, Hancock, MA.

Directions for Shaker

Colors needed:

    Burnt sienna
    Titanium white
    Carbon black
    Hooker's green
    Red earth
    Turner's yellow

  1. Begin with the trunk layer and burnt sienna. Stencil the trunk in this color and the first leaves with Hooker's green.
  2. Use the 2nd layer to complete leaves.
  3. Place the 3rd layer and stencil the first fruits with Red earth.
  4. Mix a background for the darker fruits of Carbon black and Titanium white. Stencil this 4th layer. Save and cover leftover paint for later use.
  5. Use the fine point Jo Sonja #3 1350 round brush to apply dots, as shown, with Turner's yellow over the red fruits. Use Hooker's green over the dark fruits. Add the detail to the small leaves with the dark grey mixed for the dark fruits. Start this process by first painting a mid rib on the leaf from tip to stem.
  6. With the yellow and then the green, rework the ground at the base of the trunk over the burnt sienna, as shown. Yellow and burnt sienna may be used in the same way to give texture to the stenciled trunk.
  7. Connect fruits and leaves with slender branches using burnt sienna, as shown.



Detail of leaves and fruit


Trunk and roots detail