How to paint perfect circles

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How to paint perfect circles
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Add interest to a room by painting circles on the walls, or a touch of whimsy to a child's room with polka dotted walls. Create a modern display by painting a single large circle on a focal wall in a living room. However you decide to use circles, painting a perfect one, which is a fairly easy endeavour, is key to an attractive design.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • String
  • Pencil
  • Tack
  • Circular object
  • Paint
  • Artist paintbrush
  • New angle-edged paintbrush

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    String And Pin Circle

  1. 1

    Cut a length of string. The length of string should be half the size of the diameter of the circle you want to create.

  2. 2

    Tie a pencil to one end of the string. Knot the end of the string securely around the pencil, making sure that it won't fall out of the string.

  3. 3

    Affix the string to the wall. Determine where you want the centre of the circle to be. Use a tack to secure the end of the string opposite the pencil to the wall.

  4. 4

    Draw a circle. Hold the pencil and pull the string tight. Move the pencil in a clockwise motion--the tack will serve as an anchor--creating a circle on the wall. Do not lift the pencil off the wall or allow slack in the string; doing so will result in a non-perfect circle.

  5. 5

    Paint the circle. Use an artist paintbrush to paint around the outer edge of the circle. Paint the rest of the circle with a new angled-edge paintbrush.

    Circular Object Circle

  1. 1

    Choose an object that is equal to the size circles you want to create. Examples of circular objects include dinner plates, bases of candles and bottoms of glasses.

  2. 2

    Trace the circular object. Place the item on the wall. Use one hand to hold the item in place and use the other hand to trace around the object with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Paint the circles. First paint the outer edges of the circles with an artist paintbrush. Paint the interior of the circles with a new angle-edged paintbrush.

Tips and warnings

  • When drawing the circle, make sure to press the pencil hard enough to the wall to create a pencil mark that can be seen easily.

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