This is a quick holiday project, but more than that I wanted to share with you a technique on how to paint perfect stripes.
You do not need fancy expensive tape or tools.
I have used this process to paint walls in my home, and it is always fool-proof.
I will show you how with this star Christmas canvas.
- Pre-stretched Canvas (I used 11×14″ size)
- Wooden 3D Star
- Acrylic Craft Paint (I used green, red and yellow)
- Foam Brushes
- Small Paint Brush
- Masking or Painters Tape
- Staple Gun
Mark the canvas lightly with a pencil along one side of the canvas.
Then, using a yardstick, connect the markings to make straight lines across the canvas.
Allow the paint to dry completely, and then remove the tape.
Do you want a close-up of the stripes?
This is normal. It is the next step that is magic and will change your painting skills forever!
We are going to tape the canvas for the green stripes.
Place the tape slightly behind the “bleed” area–the jagged edge of the paint will show.
Now your canvas looks pretty horrible, no?
When it is dry, it is time to add your second color of paint. Go right over the “bleed” area.
You will need to paint a thick layer of paint. Really be generous here.
(Take care not to drag the tape across the canvas when you remove it.)
You will not believe this:
You want another close-up?
I have used this same technique on the walls in my home, with the same perfect results. (And for the record, I have textured walls!)
Back to the canvas.
Then position the star where you would like it to be.
Using a staple gun, staple the wooden star into place.
Enjoy your professional looking stripes!
More Project Ideas
Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).