Trompe l’oeil means “deceive the eye” in French and the goal of this artistic technique is to make the eye believe the subject is three-dimensional. The imagery used is so realistic that many people must look twice to realize that the object is really painted. Creating a trompe l’oeil effect on a painted wall is not difficult because you can use a stencil if you are not good at freehand painting.
You will need:
• Acrylic paint
• Prepasted wallpaper (optional)
• Wallpaper tool (optional)
• Acrylic clear-coat
• Vinyl paste
• Foam brush
• Fine artist’s brush
• Stencil brush
• Sea sponges
• Pencil (optional)
• Scissors (optional)
• Electric stencil cutting pen (optional)
Step 1: Use a precut stencil, draw a design on a piece of prepasted wallpaper with the pencil and use the scissors to cut it out, or use an electric stencil-cutting pen to make your own stencil.
Step 2: Mix acrylic paint and glaze to create the background color and apply it to desired area on the wall with a dry stencil brush or sea sponges. Start at the outer edges and work toward the center so the background is lighter within the center. This offsets the central design.
Step 3: Use the foam brush or artist brush to shade and outline the outer edges.
Step 4: Stencil or hand paint the main design in the center, using a stencil brush. Use the brush to fill in any empty areas between the areas that are stenciled. This creates a hand painted appearance.
Step 5: Follow this process for all stenciled areas until the design is complete.
Step 6: Seal the design with one to two coats of clear-coat. If you used wallpaper, paste it to the wall. Flatten it using your hands or a wallpaper tool.