Society of Decorative Painters


Experience the world of the Society of Decorative painters with this free download of 6 projects, plus how-to-start information, and membership incentives. Projects are complete with pattern, supply list and step-by-step instructions.

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STEP-BY-STEP 35 Society of Decorative Painters n ONLINE EXCLUSIVE 2014 DECORATIVEPAINTERS.ORG Lay the tracing paper over the de- sign. Tape the tracing paper down on at least two sides so that it will not move. Using a mechanical pencil or pen, trace all lines of the design onto the tracing paper. Be as accurate as possible. Before removing the tracing paper, double-check that all lines have been traced. Position the traced pattern on the surface that you will paint. Make sure to align the pattern in the exact position desired. Tape the tracing pattern down on at least two sides. With the graphite side down (facing the surface), slide the graphite paper between the pattern and the surface. Be sure to use a graphite color that will work on your basecoat— white for dark basecoats and dark for light basecoats. Make sure that the graphite sheet is large enough to handle the entire pattern. Using the small end of the stylus, re-trace the pattern so that it trans- fers to the painting surface. As you trace, lift up the pattern and graphite occasionally (without losing its position on the surface) to ensure that the pattern is easily visible on the surface. If the lines are hard to see use additional pres- sure as you trace, or replace the graphite paper with a new sheet. After all lines have been trans- ferred, remove the graphite paper and put it aside. Remove the trac- ing paper and begin painting. S K I L L B U I L D E R STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 STEP 7 STEP 1 PA I N T I NG T I P S n Refer to the Painter's Checklist for supplies. n Read all instructions before beginning the project. n Select the color of your graphite paper so that it will be easily seen on your basecoat color. SPECIAL FEATURE SKILLBUILDER SDP_ebook_2014.indd 35 3/24/14 3:16 PM

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