This compass design is much easier to mark out and paint than it might appear. Using household emulsion paint, it makes an attractive and unusual decoration.
Despite the wide selection of quick-drying floor paints, emulsion paint is still an interesting option. Its main advantage is its drying time – in warm weather two coats can easily be applied in a day. By preparing the basecoat the night or day before, you will find that this project will leave you plenty of time for a long lunch on both days!
There are hundreds of ready-made colors to choose from – and as only small quantities of emulsion paint are needed for the compass you can mix small amounts quite exactly. You could even use small tester pots of paint.
However you select your colors it is always helpful to establish all three colors before you start. Test them out on paper, but remember that they dry slightly differently, so wait until they are dry (or dry them quickly with a hairdryer) before you finally decide.
With correct preparation and a tough acrylic floor varnish, this is a durable finish. The star shape of the compass is often used in floor patterns and is quite easy to draw. There are many variations to try out in all sorts of shapes and colorways, and languages!
Prepare the basecoat of emulsion paint the night before you intend to paint the compass.
- Measure and mark out your design on the floor (ready-basecoated with emulsion paint) – first draw a cross, then an ¡®X’ shape over this to make an eight-pointed star.
- To complete the star shape measure-one third along the cross from the inside and mark a square along these points. Join the corners of the squares to the tips of the cross to form the larger points of the compass. Then join the four smaller points to the mid points of the square to complete an eight-pointed star shape.
- Paint in the grey areas first using a household paintbrush.
- Use a small brush to reach right into the corners.
- Paint in the dark blue areas in the same way.
- Use transfer paper to copy an even outline for the lettering. (I first typed out the words, then photocopied and enlarged them to the correct size.)
- Paint in the lettering with a thin brush.
- When the paint is completely dry, protect with two coats of acrylic floor coating. I used a roller for quick coverage.
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