a hand-drawn mandala on deck boards using chalk paint
Steps // A Mandala on Your Deck
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Using Chalk, Draw Six Concentric Circles

 
Step One // A Mandala on Your Deck

Using Chalk, Draw Six Concentric Circles

drawing a small circle with the help of string wrapped around a pushpin at one end and chalk at the other
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Choose a spot in a prominent open area and draw a small circle with the help of string wrapped around a pushpin at one end and chalk at the other. Add five more circles, each one a little farther out.

 
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Mark Out Manageable Sections

 
Step Two // A Mandala on Your Deck

Mark Out Manageable Sections

drawing long lines to create eight wedges for a deck mandala
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Mark four compass points on the innermost circle and add four more equidistant points. Align a tape measure with the center and two points, and draw long lines to create eight wedges.

 
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Start Embellishing

 
Step Three // A Mandala on Your Deck

Start Embellishing

repeating the petal-like pattern in a deck mandala
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Add freehand flowers, loops, and curlicues to fill in the design, repeating the petal-like pattern in each circle. Use a damp rag to erase and redo any stray marks, as needed.

 
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Paint the Pattern

 
Step Four // A Mandala on Your Deck

Paint the Pattern

beginning to apply paint to the deck mandala
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Use small and medium round and square artist brushes to apply a chalky paint, such as Valspar’s Chalky Finish Paint in Kid Gloves. “That way, you don’t have to prime,” Bailey says.

 
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Keep Going

 
Step Five // A Mandala on Your Deck

Keep Going

continuing to paint the deck mandala
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Make yourself (and ideally a friend) comfortable and gradually complete the pattern. If your deck is a platform style, like this one, don’t forget to continue the pattern along any deck sides that are exposed.

 
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Sand and Seal

 
Step Six // A Mandala on Your Deck

Sand and Seal

sanding the painted deck to get the aged look
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When the paint is dry, use an orbital sander and 180-grit paper to “age” the pattern. Wipe away dust before applying a top coat with an exterior stain pad. Allow it to dry a day. Then arrange furniture, string up lights, and kick back.

 
 

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