How to Paint a Tree of Life Design
Make your art one with the wall with these step-by-step instructions.
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The right design can have greater impact when it’s supersized, especially in a foyer or other entry point. Here’s how to paint a welcoming tree of life right on the wall.
Materials and Tools:
satin latex paints (gray, green, yellow)
low-tack masking tape
1. Determine where the trunk and branches should go by drawing a rough sketch of the walls on a piece of paper.
2. Paint the base coat if necessary and let dry.
3. Use masking tape to mark the design on the walls (rip it in half lengthwise to make it easier to work with). Pencil lines are too light and aren’t as easy to see. Once all the tree branches are taped, mix one part gray paint with three parts glaze to create a translucent blue/gray tone for the main trunk color of the tree.
4. Shade one side of the tree and its branches a bit darker than the other side. This creates the illusion of light shining from onto the tree from a single source. Let it dry and remove the tape.
5. Once the branches are finished, mix one part green paint with three parts glaze for the leaves. Keep the leaves to a minimum and grouped in sprigs of three or so to allow the green to make a statement.
6. Mix one part yellow paint with three parts glaze for the lemons. Consider the light source again to add extra dimension.
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