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Koi Stencils

Oriental stencil designs, like these koi stencils, can add a clean burst of color to an otherwise plain piece of furniture. So, don’t throw old furniture away – redecorate it!


Koi Stencils Stool ProjectThis was an easy project mostly because working with small pieces is so convenient. They’re much easier to maneuver than a large dresser and when finished it’s easier to find a space for them in your home. I don’t know about your house but small stools like this one come in handy for an extra seat or a step up to the top shelf. I couldn’t believe it when my neighbor had it out for the trash. What a find! All it needed was a quick base of black spray paint and my canvas was ready for art.

Since the top of the stool was round I was inspired to find a stencil to mimic the shape. This Yin Yang Koi Stencil was perfect. Not to mention the color choices that work well with the fish stand out so well on the black background.

Make sure your surface paint is not too glossy or slick that the stencil paints won’t bead up. If you are spray painting a base coat, use a flat paint (you can always come back with a clear coat for protection and beauty when the project is finished). If your item already has a base coat and it’s glossy, just lightly sand it down with a fine sand paper.

Old Koi Stencil StoolOnce your background color is in place, line up your stencil overlays and start painting. If you are new to working with Multi Overlay Stencils, check out this great article on Stencil Patterns.

I want to show you what the stool looked like when I picked it up from the trash. I love before-and-after stories. This cute little guy had so much potential that I just couldn’t let him end up in the land fill. And now it’s a great accent, that doesn’t take up much room and I am even surprised at how often it comes in handy! If you come across a stool like this, now you’ll know what you can do with it. Or maybe there is already one hiding in your garage or attic that is calling for a re-do.

I love to work with Chinese Stencils and design patterns because they offer images that can either be used with very subdued colors for a spa effect or very vibrant colors that interest to anything.

Koi StencilsHere’s a close up view of the painting. I used a light yellow for the center circle because it was a coordinating color for the room where I planned to keep the stool. But a nice light water blue would have worked well too. So always remember that when planning a project the final destination for your artwork should be considered. Having a good plan before starting work will give you the greatest chance for success!

You can use any stencil for this project, but if you like the Yin Yang Koi Stencils you can find it in the Oriental Designs Book of Stencils as a download so you can get your project started now (just look in the right column and scroll down a bit). Or if you don’t mind waiting on the mail man to deliver a book in print go to our Stencil Pattern Books in Print.

You’ll have fun creating and showing off this koi stencils stool. This project should get you thinking about all of the possibilities for designing art for your home. I hope you are inspired to create some great works of art with stencils!

Happy Stenciling!


Fish StencilP.S. Looking for more fish stencils? Here's a free stencil for you to print and paint. Isn't it an angel?

There are so many ways to bring the sea to life in your home. Just keep an eye open for crabs, shells, jellyfish and even dolphin stencils.





We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

If you'd rather get your Stencil Books in Print, just click the blue button below each book.

Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

This purchase is of a PDF file which has 63 pages.
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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 40 pages.
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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 25 pages.
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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 51 pages.
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