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Wall Graphics

Add some visual spice to your life, with geometric shapes. Whether you want to accent a feature wall, evoke a sense of playfulness and fun, or create an aura of drama and sophistication, ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape can help you create a pattern that expresses the true you.

 
 

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PREPARATION

  • Remove any wall hangings (pictures, nails, fixtures)
  • Fill nail holes, then use sandpaper to smooth the wall
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and dry before you begin
 
 

MORE INFORMATION

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Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Mask Trim

Mask Trim

Mask along trim, baseboards and non-textured ceilings with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.

Step 2: Paint Basecoat

Paint Basecoat

Paint the basecoat over the entire wall and let it dry for 24 hours.

Step 3: Create Templates

Create Templates

Create the templates for your geometric shapes. Tape the templates to the wall where you'll want your accent shapes.

Step 4: Draw Outlines

Draw Outlines

Outline each template with a pencil. For added dimension, overlap shapes. Hint: skip the templates. Just measure, mark the corners, and use a level and pencil to draw your shapes.

Step 5: Mask Shapes

Mask Shapes

Tape around the shapes you plan to paint first. Press down tape edges with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool. Hint: keep pencil lines inside the tape border.

Step 6: Apply Paint

Apply Paint

Apply paint to this first set of shapes, and let the paint dry for 24 hours. Remove tape at a 45° angle.

Step 7:Continue Process

Continue Process

Tape the next set of shapes. Paint your next color, let the paint dry, and remove tape. Continue until all shapes are done. Hint: for best results, paint from lightest to darkest colors.

Step 8: Tape Removal

Tape Removal

For each shape, remove tape at a 45 degree angle. If adhesive begins to transfer, use a 90 degree angle. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Helpful Hints

SIZE AND SCALE SUGGESTIONS

  • Consider the size of the room and the potential size of each shape.
  • You may wish to vary the sizes and use a range of shapes – including squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles.
  • Shapes can completely cover the wall, overlap one another, or be free standing.
  • Sketch your vision on paper, drawn to scale. This will give you a blueprint of how the selected shapes, widths, and spacing will fit onto your wall.
  • Use tape to bring your vision to life and see it come together – before you paint.

PAINT POINTERS

  • Choose colors that work well together and enhance the base color of your wall.
  • Create added depth and interest by choosing colors that contrast with one another.
  • Think about the feeling you wish to evoke: bold colors create a sense of energy and excitement; softer, muted colors are softer and more soothing.
  • Before you buy, consider bringing home paint swatches or samples, to get an idea of how the colors will look together in your space. It's a great way to avoid time-consuming painting mistakes.

TAPE TIPS

Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Seal the edge of the tape with the basecoat color. This helps the tape adhere and gives you clean, sharp, professional paint lines.

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