How to Paint Tiger Stripes

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How to Paint Tiger Stripes
Look at pictures of tigers to get inspiration for your stripes. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Paint walls, floors or furniture with a bold tiger stripe to show support for your favourite team, or to give a room a stylised "wild" look. Painting tiger stripes may seem simple at first, but in order to make them look like animal striping and not black-and-orange prison bars, some planning is necessary. Before you start, find photos of tigers online and in books and study the distinct and unique way their stripes appear.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Orange-tinted primer
  • Paint roller and roller pan
  • Orange paint
  • Off-white paint
  • Black paint
  • Thin paint brushes

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  1. 1

    Sketch out the tiger stripes on a piece of paper. Make sure the stripes intersect and are slightly wider in the middle with pointed tips on the end. You can make the stripes ragged and natural-looking or crisp and stylised, but they should never be even. When you have the basic design on paper, set it aside.

  2. 2

    Roll tinted primer on a clean wall or other surface. Use a brush for the edges of the wall or for smaller or shaped surfaces. Allow the primer to dry for three to four hours or as recommended by the manufacturer.

  3. 3

    Apply a coat of orange paint in the same manner as you applied the primer. Allow it to dry for one to two hours, then apply a second coat. If you want a more natural looking orange coat, add a small amount of off-white paint and roll or brush it into the orange so that it is not evenly mixed. Allow the orange to dry overnight.

  4. 4

    Sketch the tiger stripes on the surface lightly with a pencil, using your paper sketch as a guide. When you are finished sketching, paint the outlines of the stripes in black with a small brush.

  5. 5

    Fill in the outlines with black paint using a larger paint brush, taking care not to paint outside of the lines. Apply a second coat, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • For very crisp, stylised lines, mask the outside of the drawn tiger stripes with painter's tape before applying the black paint.
  • Paint objects outdoors, if possible. When painting interior walls, always ventilate the room by opening windows.

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