I have continued to experiment with making 18th C style fans. I wanted to try a method that allowed me to reuse the stencil, as opposed to my freezer paper tutorial I posted about a couple months back. Then I saw the drool-worthy, fabulous work of The Treasures of Dawn, particularly her decoupaged portrait fans. I thought I could figure out how to make something similar, but with my fabric stenciling method. (BTW, check out The Treasures of Dawn blog for some of her other great fan-making projects. Beautiful!)
Then I had to choose a portrait to put in the middle of my center oval. These were different candidates that I tried out in Adobe Illustrator. The green ovals are the size of the border that will remain once I’ve placed my portrait on the fan. Big shout out to Dames a la Mode, which was where I got the fashion plates in the top right and bottom left corners. I ended up using the fashion plate in the top right. Thanks for posting those plates, Taylor!