Create an attractive focal point in any room by painting harlequin diamond shapes in the form of a pattern. Harlequin diamonds have been used for centuries, originating from Medieval times where they were once associated with the comedic Jester. Today, the same diamonds are being used for a paint technique that can be either bold or subtle. In this article we will look at how to paint a diamond pattern on a wall, which will create an elegant effect.
Materials needed to paint a diamond pattern:
Latex paint (color of your choice)
2″ paint brush
(2) coordinating colors of latex paint
Small foam roller
Mylar sheets (Don’t know what this is? CLICK HERE)
When you paint a diamond pattern, you can use light colored paint to create a very subtle look, or be bold with dark shades for a more dramatic look. The colors you choose should all blend together nicely and complement one another.
How to paint a diamond pattern on a wall:
Before you can begin to paint a diamond pattern, you will want to paint the wall with the base color using a latex paint. Remove all photographs, shelves, and nails. Fill in nail holes with a putty and allow to dry. Next, apply the base paint using a paint roller and allow it to dry overnight.
Make the harlequin diamond pattern stencil:
If you have a steady hand, you can draw the diamond pattern yourself using a marker and a ruler. Draw five elongated diamond shapes on a sheet of mylar. Each diamond should be of equal size (make them as small or as large as you like). Allow the midpoints to touch. Cut the harlequin diamond precisely using an X-Acto knife.
If you feel that you cannot create an even diamond pattern, use the FREE diamond stencils found HERE. Enlarge the pattern with a copier until it is of desired size. Then, cut out a series of five diamonds with the midpoints touching.
Paint a diamond pattern on a wall:
STEP 1 – Use spray adhesive to attach the stencil to the wall. Painters tape should also be used along the edges of the stencil to hold the stencil firmly to the wall. (Use a carpenters level to ensure that the diamonds are even on the wall)
STEP 2 – Use a small foam roller to fill in every other diamond shape on the stencil using one of the colors you have selected. Before you apply the paint to the wall, dip the roller into the paint and then wipe off any excess on a paper towel. Then, apply the paint to the stencil.
STEP 3 – Continue this process, moving and rearranging the stencil as you go. Remember, you are only painting every other diamond with the first color of paint.
STEP 4 – Remove the stencil and allow your first paint color to dry overnight. Clean the stencil thoroughly.
STEP 5 – Repeat the same process for the second paint color. When complete, remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry overnight.
You can use the tips to paint a diamond pattern on an entire wall, or just a portion of the wall as a border. You can also paint a diamond pattern on bookcases, china cabinets, room dividers, flooring, wooden chests, etc. to add a nice element to any room.
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