scalloped pattern on a wall
Steps // How to Paint a Scallop Pattern
1 ×

Create a Template

 
Step One // How to Paint a Scallop Pattern

Create a Template

Mark Powers makes a scalloped pattern template using a quart-sized paint can
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Cut a strip of Mylar 3 inches wide. Align a paint stick or ruler along its top edge and bump a paint can or small plate against it. Trace a semicircle, move the can over, and repeat. Cut out the semicircles with a hot knife (available at craft stores) or an X-Acto blade.

 
2 ×

Mark the Tops of the Rows

 
Step Two // How to Paint a Scallop Pattern

Mark the Tops of the Rows

Mark Powers measures the height of the pattern using a tape measure
Photo by Andrew McCaul

With the help of a tape measure and a pencil, lightly mark the heights of the three sets of waves, allowing for the width of the Mylar strip between marks.

 
3 ×

Continue the Marks Along the Wall

 
Step Three // How to Paint a Scallop Pattern

Continue the Marks Along the Wall

Mark Powers uses a level to mark the scallop rows
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Use a level to draw horizontal lines for the three rows plus a line 3 inches below the lowest one (see Step 4).

 
4 ×

Tape Off the Rows

 
Step Four // How to Paint a Scallop Pattern

Tape Off the Rows

Mark Powers applies painter's tape to mark off the scalloped rows
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Apply painter's tape just above each penciled line. The fourth strip of tape will protect the base coat when the bottom row of waves is being brushed on.

 
5 ×

Position the Template

 
Step Five // How to Paint a Scallop Pattern

Position the Template

Mark Powers applies the scallop template to the wall
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Apply spray adhesive to the back of the template and press it in place, with the points at the tape edge, or use a bit of painter's tape to secure it.

 
6 ×

Paint the Waves

 
Step Six // How to Paint a Scallop Pattern

Paint the Waves

Mark Powers paints the scallops
Photo by Andrew McCaul

Lightly pounce paint around the edges to avoid bleeding, and use the stencil brush or a small painter's brush to fill in. Wait a few minutes, peel up the template, reposition it, and repeat.

 
 

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