Scotch: Geometric Panels 01:09

Use Scotch Blue Painter's Tape to fill blank space with a geometric design.

Introduction

How to Make the Pattern

With its bold, eye-catching lines and its feeling of rhythm and repetition, Geo Elemental works well in almost any room, but especially in spaces that draw attention in one direction or another, like above or below a chair rail or along a staircase or hallway.

Earth tones and natural colors add to the global feel of the pattern, while cool neutrals can give it a calming influence. You can scale Geo Elemental up or down as necessary, depending on the size of the space – wider lines and angles are better for bigger, more open areas.

To make Geo Elemental part of your space, you’ll need to follow these steps:

Step 1

Find Your Tape

Find the right tape for your project.  

We used ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector and ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector.

Step 2

Choose a Base

Choose a base color (or use an already painted surface), and prepare the surface for the pattern. (Check out our Guide to Taping for prep tips.)

Step 3

Tape off Surfaces

Tape off any surfaces that you want to keep paint-free.

Step 4

Print out the template and use an overhead projector to project the design on the wall, then trace over it in pencil.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Trace Pattern

Use the Geo Elemental design template on an overhead projector to project the pattern onto the surface you’re going to paint, then trace along the lines with a pencil to mark the pattern. (You can also print out the pattern onto a paper template and use that as a guide.)  

Step 5

Mark Areas to Paint

With the projector still on, mark the areas to be painted.

Step 6

Lay tape over the negative space (the areas that won’t have paint).

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Tape Negative Spaces

Turn the projector off, and lay tape over the negative spaces (the areas that won’t be painted), cutting tape to ensure clean lines. (To cut tape easily, just hold a putty knife against the tape at the angle you want to cut it, and tear your tape along the line of the blade.) 

Step 7

Paint over the tape to fill in all the painted areas.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Paint

Paint your surface.

Step 8

Slowly remove the tape, pulling it back on itself at a 45° angle to reveal the finished design.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Reveal the Finished Design

Once you’re done painting, slowly remove your tape, pulling it back on itself at a 45° angle to reveal the finished design.

Step 9

Clean Up

Wait for the paint to dry before putting your room back together.