Along with the clipping stencils I started making a few years ago, I have been working on stencils for painted quartermark designs for a little while now and I thought I'd share with you all.
I started out making reusable brush stencils with simple shapes cut as complex patterns don't really show in the coat.
Then I went to Badminton horse trials a couple of years ago and saw a lady eventing with a thistle design marked on her horse (which she had made herself) with temporary spray on hair colour, and was so impressed how well it showed up by comparison, so started experimenting myself.
They just spray on through the stencil, and are then fixed with hair spray which helps give them a bit of staying power and are then just sponged off at the end of the day.
Using paints allows me to design more intricate shapes which you couldn't really clip, and definitely not brush in to the coat with any degree of success.
These are becoming more popular in the UK now and I've sent a few to the states as well (with a possibility that a distributor in the States will be looking to supply to the local tack shops)
Anway, here are a few to go on with
Made from a custom letter design
This FEI design was my first experiment with the paints using a very fine plastic film and sponging the paint on (which caused a bit of blurring due to my sausage fingered attempt) , so I might revisit this with the heavy vinyl sheet I'm using now on the paint stencils to see how well the multi coloured designs can be made to work. I've also got a supplier of much better quality paints than used on these, for better colour depth and faster drying