Hand Painting - Folk Art techniques
“Folk art is an important element of the new Colour Futures Urban Folk trend and with a few simple hand painting techniques you can quickly transform the walls, floor and furniture.” Marianne Shillingford, Dulux Creative Director
All you need is a few tester pots, an artist’s one stroke paint brush, some chalk, a tailors pounce wheel and a roll of brown paper.
- Measure a length of brown paper and use this to work out your design in chalk. You can rub off the mistakes with a clean dry cloth.
- Have something to copy to make it easier but try not to think too hard about the shapes, each mark you make should be fluid and simple.
- For big designs on the wall, allow your arm to relax while drawing the shapes - imagine you’re writing your name in the dark with a sparkler on bonfire night.
- Place the finished design on a piece of cardboard or the carpet and use a tailor’s pounce wheel to trace over the lines. When you have finished, gently rub away the raised edges of the perforations on the back of the paper with fine sandpaper.
- Use a climbers’ chalk bag or make your own with an old sock and a few sticks of chalk (put the chalk in the sock, tie a knot at the top of the sock and bash with your shoe until the chalk is crushed).
- Replace the design on the surface you are going to paint and rub the chalk bag over the surface.
- The chalk dust filters through the holes and the design is transferred perfectly. You can use the template again and again too. If some of the lines are too faint go over them lightly again with the stick of chalk.