Plaid textile patterns can be painted for home decor.

How to Paint a Plaid Pattern

by L. Christine Shepard

Plaid patterns can be uncomplicated or complex, depending on the designer. A painted plaid design could decorate a wooden box or picture frame and would make a thoughtful handmade gift. Painting a plaid picture would help teach children about colors, their relation to each other, and how to create a cohesive design from lines of color. A plaid pattern painted on a large blank wall could add a cozy atmosphere to a den or family room; and if painted in bright colors, plaid adds charm to a child’s bedroom.

1 Paint the entire surface of the plaid pattern area with acrylic paint, using a paint roller. Let the paint dry for one hour.

2 Draw a 4-inch-square grid on the surface of the plaid area, using a metal rule and a pencil.

3 Paint each vertical pencil line with a contrasting color of acrylic paint, using an artist’s 1/2-inch flat sable paintbrush. Clean the brush with hot water. The line may be wiggly, but will add charm to the finished plaid design. Let the paint dry for 20 minutes.

4 Paint each horizontal pencil line with a different contrasting color of acrylic paint, using the 1/2-inch flat sable paintbrush. Let the paint dry for 20 minutes.

5 Add additional horizontal paint lines 1/2 inch below the painted horizontal lines, using the artist’s fine flat sable paintbrush and a third contrasting color. Let the paint dry for 20 minutes.

6 Add additional vertical paint lines 1/2 inch to the right of the painted vertical lines, using the artist’s fine flat sable paintbrush and a fourth color. Let the paint dry for 20 minutes.

Items you will need

  • Background color acrylic paint
  • Paint roller
  • Metal rule
  • Artist’s 1/2-inch flat sable paintbrush
  • Artist’s fine flat sable paintbrush
  • 1 ounce each of four different contrasting colors of acrylic paint

Tip

  • Painted plaid lines can also be blocked off with painter's tape for a large surface such as a wall.

Warning

  • Make sure all layers of paint are completely dry before applying additional layers of paint.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

Photo Credits

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