How to Design Circles on a Wall

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How to Design Circles on a Wall
(retro circles background image by Cristina Cazan from Fotolia.com)

Creating walls designs can be fun and easy. Designing a circle theme requires some planning and measuring, but with a little work will add a splash of colour and style to any room. The basic materials for this project can be found at a local craft or hardware store. Remember to choose your colours and placement wisely. The overall colour scheme should fit in with the rest of the room and tie in subtle accent colours. Don't overcrowd the walls with the design, subtlety is best; you never want too much of a good thing.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard (thin yet sturdy)
  • Utility knife
  • Circular objects (plates, etc.)
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

    Designing Wall Circles

  1. 1

    Make the stencils. Using pieces of cardboard and the appropriate size of circular object, cut out the stencil carefully with the utility knife. Make sure to do this on a cutting board to avoid scratching any surfaces. Repeat the process for other sizes, if necessary.

  2. 2

    Decide upon the placement of the circles. If you are creating a uniform pattern you will need to take some measurements. Try placing the first circle and measure everything else off of that, making subtle, yet visible, marks on the wall with a pencil (try using a coloured pencil in the same shade as the circle colour).

  3. 3

    Begin painting in the circle after the stencil has been secured with a couple pieces of tape. The painting should be done with some care. A basic stippling technique should be used around the edges to prevent paint seeping under the stencil. Repeat this process for all the circles, using the measuring technique for placement until you are finished.

  4. 4

    Don't throw out the stencils just yet. After the paint has dried you may need to do some touch ups. Most of this can probably be done with a few dabs of the brush, but you may need to reposition the stencil back on the wall in order to retouch the edges.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more graphic look you can retrace the circle outline with a paint pen or marker in a darker shade, do this after the paint has dried. For a doughnut shape rather than a circle simply do the following: Using a smaller-size circular object than your main circle, cut out a new circle, only this time save the inside circle and not the outer stencil. Use this piece inside your existing stencil to create a doughnut shape.
  • When using a utility knife always face the blade away from you, cutting slowly and carefully. Painting should always be done in a well-ventilated area. If painting a large area you should wear a mask.

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