Trend Alert: Chinoiserie

I’d like to introduce you to a new trend in the design world – chinoiserie.  I’d never heard of it until recently, my first introduction being on stationary and dishware. So what is it? Chinoiserie is a European expression of exotic Chinese culture. The designs feature pagodas, long tailed birds and graphic flowers; frequently with bright colors. Here are a few visual chinoiserie references for you:

Jasper Conrad By Wedgwood China, 2010.

Chair by Anthropologie, 2009.

Dwell Studio Placemat, 2010.

Ceiling Fan by Horchow, 2010.

Amy Ormond for Keds, 2010.

You can see that there are a wide variety of interpretations – yet all of them have the same common theme. I was thinking about recreating a look on a painted project. The designs are so complicated though, how can it be done?  You’re in luck!  I found some chinoiserie stencils from The Stencil Library – you can find them right here.  They have a huge selection of chinoiserie stencils, with varying levels of ability.

In terms of paint, any of our acrylic FolkArt choices would work with these stencils. The surface (glass, fabric, wood) will determine the kind you use.  Visit The Stencil Library to choose your stencil, then go here to pick your FolkArt paint.  I’d love to see your beautiful chinoiserie projects once they are complete.

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