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Square Motif

Add depth, dimension and warmth to any room with a fun, attractive motif of overlapping squares! Use pastels to create a calming atmosphere for baby. Try richer, deeper colors to accent picture frames, decorative wall hangings and more. All you need is your ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape and a few paint colors, and you'll have a personalized wall design that reflects your creativity and style.





  • Remove wall hangings & fill nail holes.
  • Smooth the wall with sandpaper and wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Apply your basecoat color to the entire wall and let it dry 24 hours.
  • Plan your design: Sketch it out on paper, playing with the layout and creating different sizes of squares and rectangles, until you come up with a motif you like.



Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Draw Your Design

Draw Your Design

With your paper sketch as a guide, use a pencil and a level to draw your design directly onto the wall. HINT: Keep the center of your design in the center of the wall, following the artist's "Golden Rule" of using 2/3 of the wall for the design and 1/3 to flank the sides.

Step 2: Mask Squares

Mask Squares

Using ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces, mask along the pencil lines for your first set of squares. HINT: "Batch" the work –mask all the boxes that will be the same color (starting with your lightest color), so you can paint them all at the same time.

Step 3: Start Painting

Start Painting

Grab your paint brush or roller and start adding color to your wall. For best results, start with your lightest color and finish with your darkest.

Step 4: Remove Tape

Remove Tape

Before the paint dries, gently remove the tape. Once the paint is completely dry, repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 for each new color.

Note: For best results, follow the paint manufacturer's instructions regarding recoat and dry times.

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