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.