Several readers have asked how to do the harlequin pattern, so I’m attempting to do a tutorial. Key word here… ….ATTEMPTING, so here goes….
First measure, then measure again. Determine the size of the area you’re painting. With that in mind, determine the size of the squares.
By that I mean, figure out the size of the squares so they fit evenly within the space. For the pattern to be easy to lay out, try not to end up with fractions. Here’s how I did the desk……..
The area to be painted was, height 18” x width 42”. So I made the height of each square 6” and the width 7”. That gave me 3 squares up & down, (height) and 6 squares across (width).
3 x 6” = 18” height, and 6 x 7” =42” width.
The harlequin squares can be tiny or giant sized, that’s all up to you. Figuring out the measurements in the hardest part.
Next, lay out the pattern.
Find the exact center of the area. You can use a chalk line or a yard stick. Go diagonally from corner to corner, top left to bottom right and vice versa. Where the lines intersect is the middle. Put a dot there. That is the middle of your first square.
Horizontally I’m working with a width of 7”, So I put a dot 3 1/2” from the left and right of the center dot. The dots have to be on a level line so you’ll need a level and maybe a square and straight edge. Mark out 7” from the dots you just made, not the center dot, all the way across.
Next do the same for the height. Go back to the center dot, mark 3” above and below the center dot, then mark a dot 6” from that dot all the way up and down keeping the dots level.
Next, measure out horizontally 7” from the center vertical line at each vertical dot, (the dots you marked for the height) these are the pink dots. Can you see how it’s working out now? Just keep making dots, it’s basically a connect the dots project.
Well, that’s how I do it….there may be an easier way, but I don’t know one. Just practice first and you’ll get it.
It helps to use a colored pencil close to your paint color. I just mark lightly on the surface and it’s barely visible.
Use painter’s tape to tape off the squares.You can’t tape off squares that are next to each other, that won’t work because that tape will be in an area the needs painted. Before I start to tape off, I put a small piece of tape in the center of each square that’s to be painted. Doing that really helps to see the pattern and you won’t paint the wrong square.
On the desk top I used a creamy white color and went over it with a brown glaze for an aged look.
The lime green powder room has a lighter green glaze and fleur de lis at the intersections. I thought of using bees or dots, but decided on fleurs.
Well, that’s it….it sounds complicated but once you start to see the pattern developing, it’s not so hard.
Good luck with this! I’d love to see the finished project.
If you have questions, please feel free to email me.
Have a Great Day!