Mo­tif: an en­chant­ing tree de­sign

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Mar­il­ize Spies • Pho­to­graphs Jan Ras

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.

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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

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