Arts and craft projects
DIY groovy geometric wall border10:54 AM
Do you have an ugly dirty, and blah wall at home? You know, the kind of wall that looks utterly depressing and really could use a little oomph. I know I have a few, the joy of living in rental in India.
To remedy to that lack of style you could or repaint the entire wall (but it could stay boring), or you could spice it up with a colorful wall border. This is my to go solution, and all it requires is a little time, and some artist acrylic paint.
First, let me show you what I started with (pinterest worthy picture below...just kidding):
Isn't that awesome or what? this is the wall in my utility area. Like the rest of the flat, it has been painted with a cheap dispersion that has been watered down to the extreme so that the result is an awful powdery finish that gets dirty in no time. I am not joking, my whole flat is full of hand prints and stains (and don't get me started about all the doodles Ishita added).
This utility room wall is an eye sore and comes right at the end of an already narrow, and very depressing grey kitchen. not much of a focal point. I already did a painted border on balcony, why not another one in what is essentially our laundry room.
While the washed wall was drying, I cut some templates for my design out of sturdy paper. I cut one whole triangle, and a half one to use in corners. When you are doing a geometric border, it is a good idea to do a template. Especially if your wall is old, grainy and uneven like mine. I did triangles, but really it can be just about anything you want.
Once you have your template ready, hold it against the wall and start drawing the shape. As you can see on the picture above, I did two rows of triangles, one on top, one at the bottom. Once that is done, you can start painting.
I used Artist's Acrylic paint for the job. I love acrylic paint because it is water soluble and once it dries it is waterproof and wont come off the surface you painted easily. Artist acrylic paint can be used on a wide array of surfaces with excellent results. The brand I favour is Camel (widely available in cities in India). I usually buy the big tubes and for such a big project it is a must.
The colors I used are the following:
335 Light blue permanent (my favourite)
284 Medium Magenta
255 Mauve (which is a very deep purple hue)
023 Brilliant Purple (for the accents)
205 Indian Yellow (for the dotted line)
When you paint on walls with acrylic paint it is VERY important to use the paint with as little water as possible, if at all. watering down the paint for that job will result in uneven coverage and the color possibly dripping. If for some reason the paint is a bit too viscous and has trouble getting into a hole or on a bump (it happens on old walls), quickly dip the clean brush in water and gently brush over what has already been applied to the wall. Do not mix the paint and water on your mixing palette.
Make sure you work from the top of your border pattern all the way to the bottom too. In this case, I painted the purple border first, then the blue triangles, then the magenta ones, and finished with another purple border. Once that was done I used the accent colors even out the design flaws and add some oomph to my border.
Accent colors helps correct visual imperfections. On an old walls like this one, the width of certain elements might be affected, so dividing two very contrasting colours like my deep purple and sky blue with a light purple line. Or, adding circles at the bottom of the lower purple border helps the whole thing to blend and look more even.
I used an ear bud (Q-tip) to make the yellow dotted line, this is what works best for that kind of job. You could do it with a small paintbrush, but you could end up with a very uneven job in twice the time it takes with an ear bud (embrace unconventional tools when it comes to painting)
Toward the end of my little project, I realised that my new groovy wall border was clashing with the wooden railing behind the washing machine, and subsequently the rest of the room. So what turned out to be a one wall border, ended up to be a whole room wall border (that is still in progress as I type)
I painted the wooden ledge behind the washing machine with the Brilliant Purple hue and added a few yellow dots to connect it to the rest of the design. The wall you can't see in this picture is going to receive the same Triangle pattern border treatment the first wall got.
At this point I'm also considering adding paint to the door and possibly above the window. But if that happens, this will the the topic of a different blog post