A forest-themed room is suitable for many environments -- a child's bedroom, a classroom, a hospital or a nursing home. Trees, pine cones, branches, wildlife, mushrooms, birds, rocks and other forest details can create a peaceful atmosphere or provide a backdrop for imaginative play. Painting a forest-themed room is not difficult, even for those without much painting experience, when you use an overhead projector in conjunction with imagery collected from magazines and books.
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Things you need
- Latex paint
- Latex primer
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes in various sizes
- Paint trays
- Dust sheet
- Overhead projector
- Vellum sheets to fit overhead projector
- Dry-erase markers
Prepare the walls of your room for painting by washing thoroughly, drying and priming with a basic latex wall primer. Allow then primer to dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding.
Choose images to include in your forest-themed room. Trees, animals, insects, flowers and moss are all common forest imagery. Find images using books, magazines and online resources. Children's picture books often have forest elements that are easy to trace.
Trace outlines of the images you chose onto vellum using a dry-erase marker.
Place a sheet of vellum with a design element copied onto it on the flat bed of an overhead projector. Start with a background element such as a tree, as it will determine the placement of other elements of your design.
Turn on the projector to project the image onto the wall. Adjust the projector's position until the wall image is the right size.
Trace the design directly onto the wall using a pencil.
Repeat this process until all of your design elements are transferred onto the wall.
Place a dust sheet on the floor to cover any exposed areas that you do not wish to damage with inadvertent drips of paint.
Paint large sections of the mural such as the sky and the forest floor first, using a roller and latex wall paint. Allow the background to dry completely before proceeding. This may take 24 hours or longer.
Use the acrylic paints to add details to your design. Nests of eggs, mushrooms, pine needles, holes in the tree bark, clouds, animal footprints and rabbit holes are all details that you do not need to plan in advance but can add as you are inclined when the forest background is in place.
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