By  Rebecca Baer 

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  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique White, Dried Basil Green, Plum, Raw Sienna, Sand, Traditional Burnt Umber, Traditional Raw Sienna
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: Mixtique: Angular, Series 8400, 3/4”; Lettering, Series 8100, 1/2”; Script Liner, Series 8050, #0; Specialty: American Painter Bristle Fan, Series 2200, #4; Crescent Golden Taklon & Bristle, Series 247, 1/2”
  • Blue water soluble blue transfer paper (chacopaper)
  • Surface: Interior wall

Pattern - Welcome

  • Preparation
  • 1. (Note: To replicate wall color shown in photo, use brand choice of latex interior paint to match DecoArt Americana Antique White or use color of choice to paint wall.) Determine approximate placement of banner and mark lightly with soapstone pencil, if needed.
  • 2. Print out pattern. Enlarge to desired size.
  • Background Technique
  • 1. (Note: Read carefully before beginning as technique must be executed quickly while surface remains wet.) To extend working time, lightly wipe wall area with lint-free cloth to dampen; wall should glisten without runs or drips. On palette, add separate puddles of Antique White and Sand. Use 3/4" angular to slip-slap Sand in general area of ribbon (Fig. 1). Pick up Antique White as you work outward to merge mottled area with base color of wall; carry transition well beyond banner to avoid losing all variation beneath pattern (Fig. 2). As mottled area dries, Antique White will darken slightly, becoming close match to latex color (Fig. 3).
  • Banner
  • 1. Transfer pattern using water-soluble transfer paper. Use script liner and thinned mix of Traditional Raw Sienna + tch. of Traditional Burnt Umber to establish broken outline, detail lines, and folds (Fig. 4).
  • 2. For lettering, use lettering brush and slightly thinned mix of Dried Basil Green + Raw Sienna (2:1) (Fig. 5).
  • 3. Dry brush Sand creating light areas on banner, then skim brush across banner to create texture in other areas as needed (Fig. 6). Use angular brush and mix of Traditional Raw Sienna + tch. of Traditional Burnt Umber to wash shading on banner; walk color out as necessary. (Note: Do not be concerned about creating smooth shading; irregularities will create added interest and aged appearance.) (Fig. 7) Deepen shading with additional floats as needed to shape banner. (Fig. 8) Vary proportions of shading mix for variety. Side-load angular brush to wash banner with Plum accents (Fig. 9).
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use bristle fan to spatter banner and surrounding area with mix of Plum + tch. of Traditional Burnt Umber. (Note: If banner is painted on high traffic area, you may want apply varnish over banner.)
  • Tip
  • 1. To draw focus to painted area, consider hanging an empty frame over painting, allowing design to extend beyond sides of frame.