How to draw waves in a kid's room

Written by f.r.r. mallory
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Many children are fascinated by the ocean, waves, fish, animals, plants, ships, submarines, divers, mermaids, treasure chests and sunken ships. This is an easy and fun theme to bring to the walls of a child's bedroom. By painting a wave border, a wall can be divided into sky and ocean. If you paint the ocean using a blue chalkboard paint, your child can draw their own mermaids and treasure chests right on the wall with chalk for an ever changing ocean adventure. Drawing the waves is easy and fast with a stencil.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • French curve template
  • Pencil
  • Photocopy
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard

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  1. 1

    Draw a straight line on a piece of 11-by-17-inch paper 1 inch from the bottom edge. This is where your wave should start and stop so that your stencil will line up.

  2. 2

    Use a French curve template to draw the wave shape. Make sure the wave starts on the line and finishes on the line. Enlarge the wave on a photocopy machine until it is 10 inches tall.

  3. 3

    Cut out the wave using scissors. Place the wave over an 11-by-17 inch chipboard. Chipboard is the type of cardboard found on the back of notepads. Trace around the wave. Cut out the stencil with scissors.

  4. 4

    Determine the height you want for the top of the wave in your room. Mark each wall at this height in two locations. Snap a chalk line between your marks. A chalk line is a string in a box of chalk. You pull out the string, coating the string with chalk as you do so. Line up the string with the marks and snap the string so that the string bounces against the wall. It will leave a straight line.

  5. 5

    Place your stencil on the wall at the line and trace your wave. Move the stencil along the line, connecting the waves.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a blue painter's tape to tape off the waves before you paint if you want sharp and clean waves. You can also use stencil plastic cut with an artist's knife if you want to pounce the design. Pouncing is done by taping the plastic stencil directly to the wall and by using a stiff stipple brush pressed through the stencil onto the wall. Pouncing will not create the sharp edges of a taped off design.

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