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How to Paint Designs on Walls & Ceilings

Drawing your design on your wall or ceiling takes patience but is easy for beginners to do.

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A trick decorators use to add visual interest, movement and color around a room is to use a repetitive design or pattern. Painting designs on walls or ceilings makes a bold yet beautiful statement, and is not as hard as it may seem.

Painting a design on a wall or ceiling is very inexpensive, and with the right tools, a one or two-color design is easy to complete in a weekend.

    Tools Needed
  • Acrylic or latex paint
  • 1-inch sponge brush, one for each color of paint
  • Colored pencil(s) in the same color as paint*
  • Overhead projector**
  • Your pattern or design, printed in black and white on a standard sheet of paper
  • 8 x 10-inch piece of glass or transparency film
  • Fine-tipped Sharpie or other permanent marker
*Artist-grade colored pencils usually will erase more easily than less expensive brands.
**Many public libraries have overhead projectors available to the public for free. Local schools or organizations may also have a projector that they don’t mind lending.

Place your paper with your pattern under the glass or transparency film and, using your permanent marker, trace your pattern onto the glass or film.

Set up the overhead projector in the area where you will be working, and place the glass or film on the projector and turn it on. Your pattern should now be displayed on the wall or ceiling. Adjust the size and focus, as needed.

Using your colored pencil(s), copy your design onto your wall or ceiling. If you chose a one-color design, remember that overlapping lines and shapes will not show up when painted all one color.

Using your sponge brush, fill in the design with your chosen paint color. Darker colors may take more than one coat.
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