Archive for November 21, 2008

How to Paint a Wavy Line on a Wall

flowers-room

To Paint a wavy line as a simple background to a flower mural like the one from Kidtropolis you can use this method which is great for all sorts of other mural effects. 

See my previous post to see the furniture and mural from Kidtropolis

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1.

First draw gentle curves lightly on the wall with chalk. You can wipe away the chalk if you don’t like the layout and redraw until you are happy.
Don’t make the curves too tight as it will be difficult to bend the tape to shape.

 2.

Begin sticking the tape to the wall following your lines and coaxing the tape gently into shape around the curves.

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3.

Where there are little creases in the tape, flatten them down to stop paint from seeping under the tape

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4.

Paint below or above the line, always brushing the paint away from the tape rather than to into it, to stop the paint from bleeding under the tape. Also make sure your paint is not too runny.

 painting_line

5.

Now if you wish, paint the other half of the wall and allow the paint to dry before removing the tape gently to reveal the design with a line between the two colours.
Use wider tape for a wider line.

If you don’t want a line between the colours, paint your lighter colour first painting up to your chalk line and a little bit over.

When that paint is completely dry, stick on your tape as above but make sure it is covering the newly painted area. Painting up to the tape with your darker colour will give you a clean edge when you remove the tape.

You may still find some paint has bled underneath. You can touch this up with your original paint colour afterwards.

6.

Next, paint on some simple, bold flowers.

I’ll show you how to do that next

November 21, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 comment


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