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The Modello Revolution | Modello or Stencil? | Our Mission and Vision | The Modello Advantage

ModelloTM or Stencil?

There are many alternatives for applying pattern and design to a surface. These alternatives already include stenciling, hand-painting, projection methods, pattern pouncing and stamping.

Stenciling, virtually an unknown and unused decorative method and medium for most people 20 years ago, has evolved into a widely accepted (and at times even expected) means for adding pattern and decoration to interior environments. Initial resistance was hard to overcome and the growth of stenciling into a preferred means of applying artistic designs to surfaces has been slow. Stenciling HAS arrived, thanks in part to many creative and talented decorative artists, designers and forward-thinking companies who have pushed, stretched and pulled the artform to its present state and status. Artists and companies such as Melanie Royals and Royal Design Studio.

Royal Design Studio, widely known and highly respected as an innovative leader in the stencil and decorative painting industries, invites you to now explore the possibilities of yet another option for the creative application of pattern and design: Modello Designs.

Modellos share many similarities with stencils. They both involve patterns or motifs that are cut out and removed, allowing paint or some other medium to be applied through the cut away areas to create a decorative design. Both can be used on a variety of surfaces with a variety of different mediums and techniques. Both provide an easy means to achieve an artistic and creative outcome.

Unlike stencils, however, which are cut from a rigid plastic and meant to be used repetitively, Modellos are cut from flexible, adhesive-backed materials and are designed for one-time use.

While the adhesive material that Modellos are cut from limits their functionality to just one-time use, it also opens up a broad range of possibilities for both design and decorative techniques that have previously been unexplored with traditional stencils. This makes Modellos the only choice for many exciting new design and application options.

Because the cut pattern is sandwiched between two protective layers (Release Paper and Transfer Tape) from the time it is cut until the time it is applied, highly intricate designs with intertwining elements can be used.

Intricate scrolls, continuous lines, large-scale patterns, and more, can be created without the necessity of breaking up the continuity of the pattern with the uncut "bridges" that are required in traditional stencil patterns. Visit our Design Library to browse through our vast collections of motifs and design styles.


Modello's adhesive quality also creates the opportunity for exploring new options in pattern application, particularly embossing. Because the Modello remains securely in place, multiple layers of colors, products and textures can be incorporated within the design. Embossing is easier, quicker and cleaner-even with intricate patterns. You'll find lots of ideas, inspiration and instruction in our Embossing Methods  area.


Another exciting design option that only Modellos offer is the ability to apply the design in a positive or negative manner. At right, a Modello pattern is being used as a resist to create the look of a wood inlay by preserving the lighter color underneath in the shape of the Modello. Darker stain has been applied to the surrounding areas and now the Modello is being removed with a special weeding tool that is included with every order. See more ideas for using "resist" methods in our
Inlay Methods  and Wood Methods areas.

Modello's adhesive backing makes it easy and efficient to apply designs to spaces such as ceilings and rounded surfaces, columns and crown moldings, allowing you to complete your project with less time and effort than is required with traditional  stencils in these difficult areas.

Other new surfaces and techniques to be explored include concrete and Glass Methods . Both chemical glass etching and "faux" etching techniques require that the design be cut from an adhesive material that bonds tightly to the surface in order to create perfect, clean edges. Modellos provide all that and much more!




The Modello Revolution | Modello or Stencil? | Our Mission and Vision | The Modello Advantage