Archive for June 18, 2008
Add a bit of interest to an otherwise rather plain wall and afterwards you can add wall stickers to create a simple yet impressive effect.
Here I show you how to do it with the help of decorators masking tape.
You will need
Decorators masking tape. (You can find various widths)
Brushes and rollers
To Paint a wavy line
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.
You may still find some paint has bled underneath. You can touch this up with your original paint colour afterwards.
Leave your wall like this or add stickers to create a wonderful mural
For example, you could find some underwater wall stickers and create an underwater mural
A land and sky mural with flower stickers on the bottom half and birds, butterflies or cloud stickers for the top half.
Use your imagination and your child’s interests as inspiration
Stand back and admire.
Impressive isn’t it?
When painting a mural in acrylic paint, you may find that some colours are a bit transparent when you want a nice flat solid colour.
Add a little white paint to the colour. This will help to make it more transluscent.