OP­TI­CAL IL­LU­SION

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GET THE LOOK First se­lect two colours in the same shade as the main wall – a darker hue and a mid-toned one (the tonal hue will help cre­ate the il­lu­sion of shadow). To cre­ate the arch, start by draw­ing a rec­tan­gle. We made ours 60cm wide by 120cm high.

Draw the rec­tan­gle on the wall us­ing a set square and level to en­sure that the cor­ners are square. To cre­ate the curve, work out the di­am­e­ter of the cir­cle: it will be half the width of your rec­tan­gle, so for our ver­sion it’s 30cm. Make a mark for a draw­ing pin half­way across the width of your rec­tan­gle, 30cm from the top.

Push in the draw­ing pin so it’s firm. Tape string to the end of a soft lead pen­cil, hold it at a right an­gle to the wall – roughly in the mid­dle of the top of the rec­tan­gle – and wind the string around the draw­ing pin un­til it is tight. The string should al­low the pen­cil to reach the top of the rec­tan­gle and each side. Draw the curve, mov­ing the pen­cil from one edge around to the other to join them.

To cre­ate the in­ner arch, draw a ver­ti­cal line 10cm in­side the left of the rec­tan­gle. Move your draw­ing pin point across to the right by 10cm and re­peat the curve to cre­ate the in­ner arch, join­ing it with the ver­ti­cal line.

Us­ing painters’ tape, mask all the straight edges and fill in your shapes with the de­sired paint colours, care­fully fol­low­ing the curved ends with your brush and us­ing the dark­est shade as the in­side arch.

For the patina ef­fect in­side the arch, ap­ply paint with ran­dom strokes in small sec­tions, fol­low­ing with muslin and a ‘pounc­ing’ tech­nique to break up the strokes.

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