How to draw polka dots

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How to draw polka dots
Polka dots can be a good wall pattern for a child's room, kitchen or even a living room. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

It's not rocket science to draw polka dots if all you want is a piece of paper with some hand-drawn circles on it. But if you need to draw neat, professional-looking, regularly spaced polka dots with perfect or near-perfect circles, you'll need to do a little more planning and preparation. The good news is that the task is not as hard as it might sound, although the amount of time you'll need to spend depends on how many polka dots you need to draw and how large of a surface area you're hoping to cover.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil or masking tape
  • Compass (the kind with an adjustable pencil for drawing circles) or stencil

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  1. 1

    Examine the surface upon which you wish to draw polka dots and think about how big and far apart you want the polka dots to be. Make sure your stencil or compass is correctly sized to draw the intended polka dots.

  2. 2

    Use your tape measurer and pencil to mark the intended locations of the polka dots on your drawing surface. If you're using a compass, the easiest strategy is to make a small dot to represent each polka dot's centre. If you're using a stencil, it helps to draw straight reference lines or use lines of masking tape to help guide you in placing the stencil.

  3. 3

    Draw the polka dots with your stencil or compass. It's a good idea to draw them in pencil first rather than using anything permanent right away. This way, you can easily change the size or pattern of the dots before painting or colouring them.

  4. 4

    Paint or otherwise colour the polka dots as desired. If painting on a wall or other large surface, consider creating a cardboard stencil and using careful puffs of spray paint for uniform and easy colouring, even if you sketched the polka dots with a compass.

Tips and warnings

  • The most common polka dot patterns use same-sized, evenly spaced dots, but feel free to experiment with differently sized dots or other patterns as you see fit.
  • If you will be drawing the dots for a painted pattern on a wall, it's probably easiest if you paint the background colour first and then place the dots over the solid-coloured background rather than drawing the dots and then attempting to paint the background colour around the dots.

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