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...
Shopping list • PVA paint Tools • ladder • drop sheets • crack filler • masking tape • paint spatula • wire brush • brushes and rollers • paint tray