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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