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Make an eye-catching wall accent by using Scotch Blue Painter's Tape.

Introduction

How to Make the Pattern

Mod Optic brings a strong perspective to entertainment spaces like living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms, but it can also add a sense of personality to more private spaces like bedrooms. Its versatility of scale means it works well on both small and large walls to add different levels of drama, as the space demands.

The four colors this pattern requires (including the base) means there’s plenty of space to play with lights and darks, dialing the contrast up for a bolder statement, or down for a subtler one.

Step 1

Find the Right 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 Color

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, like baseboards, tile, or corners. 

Step 4

Mark a 15-inch grid on your base color using a pencil and a ruler.  

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Make Guide Marks

Make evenly spaced guide marks on your surface with a pencil to help you plan for a grid. (In our example pattern, the grid is 15 inches, but you can scale the pattern up or down to fit your space and style.)

Step 5

Combine Guide Marks to From Lines

Join your guide marks together with straight lines, using a ruler or other straightedge. 

Step 6

Using your penciled grid as a guide, mark out the areas designated for each color with a small dab of that color, and tape the areas where you'll paint your first color.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Use Mod Optic Pattern as a Guide

Once you have the basic grid laid down, refer to the Mod Optic pattern as a guide, and use each paint color to mark each section of the grid where it belongs. 

Step 7

Tape off Areas for First Color

Tape off the areas for your first color. We recommend ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector.

Step 8

Apply and Dry for First Color

Paint your first color and let it dry at least 24 hours.

Step 9

Apply your first color, let it dry for at least 24 hours, and then remove your tape.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Remove Tape

Slowly remove the tape from the first color, pulling it back on itself at a 45° angle.

Step 10

Tape off Areas for Second Color

Tape off the areas for your second color.

Step 11

Repeat the process for your secorn and third color: tape, paint, let the paint dry for 24 hours, and then remove your tape.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Apply and Dry for Second Color

Paint your second color and let it dry at least 24 hours.

Step 12

Remove Tape

Remove the tape from the second color.

Step 13

Tape off Areas for Third Color

Tape off the areas for your third color.

Step 14

Apply and Dry for Third Color

Paint your third color and let it dry.

Step 15

The Big Reveal

Once you’re done painting, carefully remove your final tape strips to reveal the finished design.