Decorative Painting Tips: Designing

  • Keep a notebook or sketch book with you or keep it close. Take it with you on trips, when you attend classes, seminars, or when you're just out. Jot down everything, not just sketches but ideas, and notes, observations, thoughts etc.

  • To quickly find the centre of a square or rectangular project, stretch a piece of string from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner (diagonally), then stretch another piece of string from the top-right corner to the bottom-left corner. Where the two strings cross is the centre of your project.

  • To design a border e.g. for a circular tray, take tracing paper at least the diameter of your tray and cut into a circle to fit your tray. Fold across into half then fold again so you get a quarter circle. Then keep folding until you get smaller and smaller segments of a circle. You should stop folding when the width of the wide end of the folded paper matches the width of the strokes you want for the border. Then open the paper and what you have is lines (of the folds) radiating from the centre. Put it over your tray and where you have drawn the lines around the tray, start tracing the markings using your graphite paper and stylus. With the markings now transferred to your tray you can start painting your border.


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