Posts Tagged ‘late night project’

Sometimes I have an idea that’s just too ridiculous to refuse.


This project started with Pinterest. Dear God, I love that thing. I swear that no other social networking site– not Facebook, not Twitter, not Flickr– has inspired me so much. I cook food based on the fancy pictures I see. REAL FOOD. WITH INGREDIENTS THAT DON’T COME OUT OF A CAN.

Anyhow, one night I saw this photo, and at first I thought it was a Ouija Board painted on the wall. It’s not– at least, as not as far as I know– but that just lit my brain up.

“Oh man. I have to paint a huge Ouija board on my wall. And I have to do it tonight. RIGHT NOW.”

Luckily, my boyfriend was out that night, so I grabbed my MP3 player and went to town. Below are my vague instructions if you wanna try this yourself, but if you don’t have a projector, it might be tricky.

Step 1: Become ridiculously attached to an image. I just googled “Ouija Board”, found a picture of an original one, and opened it in a paint program (Paint Shop Pro, in case you’re interested). From there I switched it to black and white and upped the contrast to make sure I could see all the details.

Step 2: Print out said image and slap it on a projector. Shine it on the wall you’d like to decorate. I chose the bottom of my staircase wall because I’m too lazy to paint it entirely (it’s open to the second floor).

Step 3: Use a pencil to trace out the designs. You will get graphite all over the side of your drawing hand. Embrace it. Just don’t wipe it on your face.

Step 4: Go to sleep. Admittedly this is an optional step, but I did it because it was well after midnight by this time and my excitement had worn off.

Step 5: Use craft paint (or household interior latex, or artist acrylics) to fill in the design. I needed to do two coats. I used a dark purple. The wall is actually off white, not yellowy as in the photo.

Step 6: Once the paint is dry, you can age the design if you want. Light sanding with small grit sandpaper works okay. Depending on the paint you used, washing with a rag or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will work, too. I used craft acrylics, and found the Magic Eraser worked really well. Either way, you probably want to wipe down your walls when you’re done, just to get rid of any excess graphite or dust from the process.

Step 7: Admire your work. Contemplate making a huge planchette table.

BTW, if you’d like to follow my obsessive pinning, here’s my Pinterest: