Posts filed under ‘How to create a children’s mural’

How to Paint a Wavy Line on a Wall


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



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.


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



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



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.



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.


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

Polka Dot Decor For Children’s Rooms

Dotty for Polka Dot Nursery decor

If you’re looking for Polka Dot Bedding and Decor for your child’s room or baby nursery then you’ll be totally spoilt for choice. Take a look at the . You’ll be seeing spots before your eyes! (Sorry, weak I know)

As you can see,  Polka Dot themed bedding is very easy to find.
Now look what I found that would look fantastic to go with your poka dot room theme.

I just love these funky mobiles from the Wonderlandstudio that would look great in a polka dot nursery or child’s bedroom.

They come in all sorts of colours too.

This is what Wonderlandstudio says about her mobiles

“I love to make things for kids and so, voila! I started The Wonderland Studio.
All mobiles are made individually, by me for you! I use kid friendly, non-toxic EVA foam for my mobiles. Got an adventurous baby? These mobiles hang from the ceiling so you can adjust the height of your mobile to be way out of reach of your climbing monkey…perfect for older babies and toddlers! Custom orders are welcome. I can match pretty much any decor…just convo me for details.”

See more of the stick on dots above at  Instant Murals

Ok, lets look at How to Paint Polka Dots on the wall.

Again, it’s really not hard to find polka dot wall art when you search on Polka Dot stickers. There is no end of choice. Polka dot wall stickers can be simply stuck on the wall. Very easy.

Here’s some I found from

Theres lots more colours to choose from. Click on the image below to see the range.

Pink Polka Dots


How to paint Polka Dots on the wall


If you don’t want to go down the polka dot sticker route, then consider painting dots on your walls.

You will need

  • A selection of Plates, cups anything round you can draw around.
  • A light coloured pencil or chalk
  • Acrylic paints of your choice. Tester pots are good value.

How to do it.

  1. Choose your paint colours to suit your bedding.
  2. Take your biggest plate and press it against the wall drawing around it. Repeat in intervals over the wall.
  3. Take your next biggest plate and do the same thing inbetween the first sets of circles. You can overlap dots if you wish.
  4. Keep doing the same thing with your smaller plates until you have  created a pleasing dotty arrangement. You can have them as close together or as far apart as you wish.
  5. Next take your first paint colour and paint in some of the dots evenly across the wall. Use a small paint brush for the edges and fill in with a larger flat brush.
    Don’t buy really cheap brushes, you’ll only end up with hairs sticking to the paint as the brush ‘sheds’ it’s bristles. Don’t get too worried if you wobble a bit, when all the dots are finished you won’t notice the odd wobble.
  6. Do the same with your other colours until all the dots are painted.
  7. If you overlap dots, paint the overlap area in a different colour
  8. I would suggest to stick to 3 colours or tones of a colour unless you want a really colourful poka dot design.

There you have it.
A polka dot room theme. Really easy and very effective and cheerful.

October 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm 14 comments

Children’s decorating ideas

See the progress of custom mural paint by number mural design.

First came the brief from the client

I am interested in a mural for my 3 year old son’s bedroom. The theme for the room is going to be a camping motif. For sizing, I plan on putting the mural over a twin sized bed, so I would like it to be a little bit bigger than that. I have attached a picture of the bedding that we will be using in the room so you can get an idea of the color scheme. The things that I would really like on the mural is a tent, camp fire, canoe and a sign either on a tree or a free-standing sign that incorporates my son’s name (Jared) into a camping motto. Please let me know if you need anymore information. Thank you so much in advance!

Then we sent a quote and a rough pencil design at no charge and with no obligation.


The quote and rough idea have been accepted by the client.

We then start on the colour design.
Here is the progress from the rough pencil design to a colour rough which is sent to the client for her input and approval.

The design has been emailed to the client and has been accepted with the suggestion of a few additional items. Some birds and were added and the design was tweeked and finished for final approval.

The final design was approved by the customer, the colour mark up and final artwork for the large paint by number pattern was prepared.

Here is a section of the pattern showing the numbered areas

A cover, instruction sheet and colour guide are prepared and the whole lot is sent off to the printer for printing.

It’s ready to packed and shipped to our eagerly awaiting client.

Would you like to have a custom mural designed for your child’s room. Perhaps you just can’t find what you’re looking for. Contact me and discuss your needs.
Read all about custom murals on our website.

October 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

How to paint a Circus Tent ceiling…

This project would be great with a circus themed room or even a Princess themed room.

First, find the center of your ceiling.
This can be done quite easily by drawing a line from one corner of the room to the opposite corner of the room. You can do this by snapping a chalk line from corner to corner. Then do that again from the opposite two corners – where they intersect is the center of the room.
Mark it securely with a nail.

Second, draw a circle on a piece of cardboard and cut that in half and use that as a template. (You could also use a large paper plate or simply draw around something like a large circular serving plate. The bigger the circle the less work this will be in the long run.) Take the half circle template and place it flat against the wall at a corner with the straight side up against the ceiling. Trace around the template to create your first “scallop” on the wall. Slide the template over, keeping the flat edge against the ceiling just until the you pass the first “scallop” and trace around the template again. Make sure the edges of the scallops touch slightly. Repeat this around the room on all sides of the room.

Third. Once you have all of the “scallops” drawn on the wall at the ceiling line, draw a line from the center of the room to the point where each scallop touches the next scallop. Continue this all around the room. If you have a chalk line – attach it to the nail in the center of the ceiling and snap a line at each scallop. Now you will have lots of thin “pie shaped wedges” on the ceiling.

Fourth - Tape off every other “pie wedge” and paint it one of the colors of the mural. Then repeat with the remaining “pie wedges” with a different color of the mural.

Thanks to my friend Patricia Newton of Elephants on the wall for this project.

September 26, 2008 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

A painted wall

 If you’re like me you’re passionate about decor and would love to extend that passion that into your children’s bedrooms or babies bedroom or nursery.

Imagine what your child’s room could be like if you could continue the decor onto the wall with some kind of  decorative walls feature. By the time you finish reading this short article you will begin to realise that you could easily create painted art for your child’s room.

My special interest is in the painted wall, and how to paint a wall for your child or baby nursery.

Did you know that some people think they are called ‘wall muriels’ or ‘wall murials’?

I think that’s cute, but I don’t mind what you want to call it, I am just interested in helping you to paint a mural yourself with simple wall ‘muriel’ designs. Let me show you how.

When you get right down to it you could describe my DIY mural system as a wall template, perhaps even a wall stencil, but guess what?

What would you say if I told you that basically it’s good old paint by numbers, but on larger scale?
It couldn’t be simpler.

Now that you know how simple the technique is, I’d like you to pop on over to my website and take a look at some of the designs available to you for your children’s decor. We have a custom service too, so check that out too

See you there!

September 22, 2008 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

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