Motif: an enchanting tree design
1 First sketch your design on a piece of paper; decide on the final dimensions and colours. If you’re a confident artist, use a pencil to draw your design directly onto the wall and simply erase any mistakes. Get creative: design and decorate a striking mural for a personalised focal wall.
2 When you’re happy with your drawing, start to add colour. Begin with lighter colours, adding the darker ones afterwards.
Prepare your walls for painting Use a paint spatula, sandpaper or even chemical paint stripper to remove old, flaking paint. Make sure the walls are clean and dry before you start – this greatly prolongs the life of the new paint.
If drawing free-hand scares you, consider using an old-fashioned overhead projector. Burn the image you want to draw onto a transparency and project it against the wall – then you can simply trace the outlines before painting. An LCD projector will also work well, if you have
access to one. Tip To help you to remember which colour is which when you paint sample colours on the wall, stick a piece of masking tape below each swatch and write the name of the paint on it.
Shopping list • PVA paint
Tools • ladder • drop sheets • crack filler • masking tape • paint spatula • wire brush • brushes and rollers • paint tray