This room combines 3 complete features; stripped rag-roll effect, painted wall decorative scrolls and painted furniture.



No. 4 artist brush

Artist Acrylic paint    

     Raw Umber
     Raw Seine

Paper plate
Cup for water
Pencil eraser or kneaded eraser

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Painted Scrolls

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Color palette


Artist Acrylic paints:

  • Raw Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • White


Create your own transfer paper simply and cheaply. You can transfer your patterns and images onto virtually any surface with this easy method.



Decorating Children's Rooms
Hand painted decorative scrolls

Section 2

Rating 2.5 -moderate

Second in a series of 3 tutorials, hand painted scrolls add
the finishing touches to the wall treatments in this
Decorating Children's Rooms series.

Hand painted decorative scroll over door frames

This hand painted motif adds charm and personality to this child’s bedroom. This touch of sophistication insures the child can grow up in this room well into their teens without outgrowing this decorative style.

In Series 1, painted stripe treatment, you learn how to create softly
rag rolled and striped yellow walls.
Series 2, adding hand-painted decorative scrolls, allows you to further embellish the room with decorative motifs.
Series 3, painting furniture, brings the room together by adding the final touches to furniture and room details.


'Marking in’ your scrolls


There are 2 methods for transferring scroll patterns to your walls. In this tutorial we work directly on the wall. Symmetry is not the goal, rather a loose, whimsy decorative scroll appearance is desired.

Step 1:

Use a pencil and lightly sketch out your scroll pattern. Try to keep a nice, flowing movement. For scroll patterns and ideas visit the artSparx scroll catalog.

The second method for transferring scrolls to your wall is to trace out the pattern you desire on tracing paper. This allows you to make adjustments as necessary, fixing a curve here, erasing one there. Also, you can use the final scroll sketch as your master image and 'transfer' it onto you walls easily and with complete symmetry. For detailed instructions on transferring patterns click here.


Outlining the scrolls

Step 2:

On a paper plate (or paper palette), mix together your artist acrylic paints. Mix Raw Umber, Raw Seine and White together to create a taupe color. Using a No. 4 artist brush, paint over the pencil lines you’ve drawn in the previous step.


Filling in the scrolls


Step 3:

Once your outlines are dry, use your White paint and fill in the center of the scroll painting.

Removing excess pencil lines


Step 4:

Allow the paint to dry fully. This should happen within 1/2 hour or so. Use your eraser to remove any pencil lines that still may be showing. A 'gummy' or 'kneaded' eraser works best, though a regular pencil eraser will work also.


Creating shadow lines

Adding shadow lines.


Step 5:

Using Raw Umber on your paper plate (or a palette), dilute enough to make fluid with water. Create shadow lines by painting over the white areas, but just on one side of the scroll only. This creates a 3-D effect and makes your scrolls ‘pop’ off the wall.


Step 6: Cleaning up.
Wash brushes in warm, soapy water and dispose of paint palette or paper plate.

The completed room!

Visit the other features in this series:

Series 1
Painted stripe treatment. Create softly
rag rolled and striped yellow walls.

Series 3
Painting furniture details. Complete the room by
adding the final touches to furniture and room details.


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