September 24, 2023


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Testing A Sharpie Accent On The Half Tub Wall Design

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After I talked about final week that I used to be contemplating doing one thing totally different on the studio lavatory partitions, a number of folks (together with my mother) urged that earlier than I transfer on to one thing totally different, I take a minute and check out the black Sharpie marker trick on the present wall design to see if I prefer it. Do you bear in mind the black Sharpie marker accents I did on the music room wall?

The music room partitions are a painted stencil design within the two impartial colours that I exploit all through our home — Behr Polar Bear and Benjamin Moore Traditional Grey. However after I did the stencil initially, the design simply appeared flat to me. It wanted one thing to provide it some oomph. So I made a decision to make use of a black Sharpie marker and description components of the design to provide the design some dimension.

Right here’s what the painted stencil design seemed like initially…

It was fairly, nevertheless it simply didn’t appear to be something particular to me. And it very a lot seemed like a stenciled wall. However after including the black Sharpie marker element, it went from wanting like an apparent stencil to wanting like wallpaper. Right here’s what it seems to be like at this time…

See how the black Sharpie marker added loads of dimension to the design?

So remembering that, a number of folks thought that I ought to give {that a} strive on the lavatory partitions earlier than I determine to scrap the wall design altogether. Right here’s what the wall design seemed like earlier than this little experiment. It’s a colourful sq. spiral design that I taped off and hand painted. It was a really tedious challenge, for positive!

I don’t remorse doing this design in any respect. I’ve been in a position to take pleasure in it for no less than a few years now, however I’m simply wanting one thing a bit extra daring and colourful. I do know that sounds loopy if you’re this design up shut and it seems to be very daring and colourful…

However if you step again and have a look at it from a distance (and even when standing within the again entry of the studio), the design turns into extra pale and loses a few of that colourful boldness.

I didn’t actually have something to lose by making an attempt the Sharpie marker accents since I had already determined that I used to be going to maneuver on to the subsequent thought anyway (in all probability colourful vertical stripes). So I simply picked a spot on the aspect wall, and went for it.

It’s very exhausting to inform what affect it should have from such a small pattern, however I did like the best way it seemed with the black accents. And I did like how the black tied in with the brand new self-importance coloration.

So I saved going in order that I may see a bigger pattern and see if I may get an thought of what affect it might have when achieved on the entire design on all 4 partitions…

Not like the music room partitions, the place there was a really clear and apparent distinction between the non-Sharpie components of the partitions and the Sharpie components of the partitions, I wasn’t feeling like this was making a huge impact on the lavatory partitions. Right here’s an “in progress” view of the music room partitions. See how enormous the affect was on these partitions?

I imply, that could be a drastic distinction! That heart half with the black accents nearly appears to leap out at you. It seems to be three-dimensional in comparison with the remainder of the wall.

However on the lavatory partitions, the black was getting misplaced within the design, little doubt as a result of this can be a multi-color design, the place the music room partitions simply had two gentle and impartial colours on them to start with.

I did go on and perform a little massive extra, however I ended after I had about half of the aspect wall achieved. As hopeful as I used to be that it might work and make the massive distinction in right here that it made on my music room partitions, I simply don’t suppose it should.

I’m glad I attempted it, although! Not less than now I do know for positive. And I do like to experiment with concepts, so I don’t take into account this a waste of time in any respect.

Nevertheless it appears to me that the important thing to success with the black Sharpie trick is to start out with a stenciled design that’s achieved with neutrals. That’s the place you’ll get essentially the most affect, and essentially the most return to your effort and time. That’s to not say that it gained’t work in any respect on a extra colourful design, however the affect goes to be misplaced a bit.

So I’m going to maneuver on to Plan B — vertical stripes. I googled “colourful vertical stripe wallpaper” yesterday, and one of many very first search outcomes actually impressed me. It was this wallpaper mural from Photowall.

I don’t plan to make use of that precise wallpaper. First, the colours are flawed. My mural doesn’t have loads of yellow. The truth is, I’m unsure if it has any in any respect. And in addition, I can’t actually see myself utilizing “stripes” which are so haphazard. For somebody who likes issues to be neat, clear, organized (in design, not essentially in life usually 😀 ), sq., straight, and tailor-made like I do, that’s a bit too “youngster’s paintings” for me.

However I’m very impressed by the daring colours, and I do like the concept of random width vertical stripes. It’s the colourful boldness of that wallpaper that evokes me, and I can envision it on these partitions. I believe one thing colourful and daring like that will look wonderful in that tiny studio lavatory!

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