Decorating a wall can be fun and easy when creating a falling leaves scene. With the motion of leaves traveling slowly down the wall, a room can change from ‘blah’ to ‘ah’ in no time. There are many ways to help one accomplish the falling leaves scene which begins with a simple sponge. Most home improvement or arts and crafts stores sell sponges that are precut into designs. These sponges come in big or small sizes with some soft and others hard. Searching for the right pack to use may take time since there are many sponges yet once you have chosen your sponge pack, continue.
Picking out a paint color can be easy when staying within this next rule. If your wall is dark then use a dark paint to color the leaf sponges and if it is light, use light paint for the leaf color. Whether using a solid color or the rainbow colors, it is always a good idea to keep the colors in balance to some degree. The colors could be used in a couple different ways as well. You could use up to three different solid colors or blend the colors into each other such as a rainbow effect to use on the leaf sponge to color your wall. So pick out up to three colors that appeal to the color scheme of your wall. For falling leaves the colors in tradition would be greens, oranges and reds which also comes in both dark and light colored paints. Again, when placing a new color or design on top of a painted area, it would be most important to keep in mind the color that one is about to paint onto since it would look odd to place white upon cranberry or green onto white and so on.
One should have clean walls that are free of dust and debris. After wiping down your wall gather these next tools to use for this theme, the sponges that you have purchased, the paint that you have chosen, a paint pan, three disposable plastic plates, a cloth, a cup of water, a drop cloth for falling paint drops and a ladder in case the wall is tall. Take out the sponges from their packaging and place them close to you for easy use. After you place the drop cloth upon the floor of the work area you can start preparing the falling leaves scene that you plan to place upon your wall.
When leaves fall to the ground, they are not in any usual order or way, they simply fall into their place. You must capture that leaf in action as it is falling. The easiest way to plan the falling leaf effect would be to arrange how you wish to lay out the leaves on paper before placing them upon your wall. Remember that turning the leaf sponge a little to the left and upward, it will give the appearance of a swaying leaf. Do not be afraid to sway one to the left as well to balance out the scene. It would be advised that some of the leaves are equal in measurement so that they do balance out the wall as a whole. Once you have spread them in a sequence that best fits your wall, it is time to begin painting.
The plates would be used for solid colors. If you wish to use one solid color then pour the paint into one plate. If you wish to use two different colored paints then pour the paint into two different plates and the same applies to three. As soon as you have poured the paint in, pick up the sponge that you wish to use and lightly place it into the paint and place it gently onto the wall. To assure less dripping make sure that you do not give the sponge enough time to suck up any paint. You simply want to lightly glaze the sponge with the paint by lowering it to barely touch the paint and do the same when the sponge is laid against the wall. Lay the sponge lightly against the wall and hold for five seconds. Do not press upon the sponge and lift after five seconds. Use the rag and water to clean up any mistakes and dripping paint.
The pan is used for the rainbow effect. For the rainbow effect pour one color onto the left side of the pan then pour the second color into the right side and pour the center in last. The next task would be carried out in the same way that one would paint with solid colors. As soon as you have poured the paint in, pick up the sponge that you wish to use and lightly place it into the paint and place it gently onto the wall. To assure less dripping make sure that you do not give the sponge enough time to suck up any paint. You simply want to lightly glaze the sponge with the paint by lowering it to barely touch the paint and do the same when the sponge is laid against the wall. Lay the sponge lightly against the wall and hold for five seconds. Do not press upon the sponge and lift after five seconds. Use the rag and water to clean up any mistakes and dripping paint.
You could also make the effect of leaves piling up as you could do this next design. Place the leaf sponge into the paint desired and lightly place it one inch above the baseboard then create three more next to it. Center two more leaves above them. You are creating a mini leaf pile which compliments the falling leaves scene. You could also create a leaf vine near the crown molding which may require the use of that ladder. It is a nice touch to a home and has been popular amongst decorators in the recent years. To create the leaf vine, one should place a leaf sponge on the edge of the last. This is the effect that shows the leaves connected together as they align the top of your wall. When you have completed, take a step back and enjoy your very own falling leaves scene that you have created for your wall.