I have been asked quite frequently how to paint perfect polka dots.
So here are my tricks.
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Painted Polka Dots on Walls
This is the stencil I used on my daughter’s bedroom walls and ceiling. (See that blog post here)
I have known people to trace paper plates and paint the circles in. Or try to cut their own circles out of mylar. No, no, no……! This stencil is NOT expensive. Spend the $ to have perfect polka dots and keep your sanity. Plus your time is worth something!
Painted Polka Dots on Smaller Projects:
On a small project, like this lamp shade, I use what we call a “dauber”.
No not a bingo dauber. These are sponges that you can purchase in a variety of sizes, like these HERE.
I prefer to use acrylic paints because they are thicker and therefore run less.
I also prefer to use pink paper plates to pour my paint into cuz’ life is too short to use boring paint pans for everything!
Keep your dauber straight up and down and twist it in the paint. Too much paint will = disaster, so saturate the dauber sponge….but don’t glob it up.
You can usually get more than one “dot” on your project before needing to reload with paint. Vary your amount of pressure if you feel that you should have reloaded and have a “light” dot.
I think it took me less than about 3 minutes to polka dot this lamp shade.
Easy breezy, mac and cheesy….
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