The rustic charm of painted scrolls on ceiling beams needs no introduction. This decorative accent is a delightful addition to any country room. And though beams are common elements in rustic interiors rarely do I see them used as a focal point for decorative applications. French Country lends itself to this type of stylized treatments. It is a blending of the attention for detail with the desire to beautify all things that makes this application appropriately Country French.
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First I measure the width and length of a beam to properly scale my scroll pattern.
The scroll pattern can be scaled to the proper width using a photo copier. Next I illustrate the outline of the scrolls using a sheet of tracing paper and black pen.
Using the transfer method described on page XX, I trace out my scroll pattern directly onto the beam.
If you are applying the pattern to a painted beam, as in this instance, you can use homemade transfer paper or colored transfer paper purchased from your local art supply store. If you have a wooded beam that you wish to paint you’ll find that white transfer paper will be best suited for this type of project.
I’ll outline the shapes first using a blend of Raw Umber, Ultramarine Blue and White.
. Now I’ll fill in the forms using an ochre colored wash of Raw Siene mixed with Raw Umber.
I add a secondary shadow line to establish the 3-dimentional quality to the scroll pattern. This color blend consists of Raw Umber with a hint of Raw Siene.
Next I introduce additional color accents into the leaves of my scroll pattern. Mixing Sap Green with Raw Siene I apply this using a No. 3 brush.
The last element I want to distinguish will be the four petal floral motif. I mix a blend of Raw Umber, Raw Siene and Cadmium Red Medium together and loosely apply this color to the motif.
A light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper will soften the scroll and add a worn appearance.
A light antique glaze can be applied over the painted scrolls to further enhance the aged appearance. Mix Raw Umber and Burnt Siene together in a loose, watery solution. Liberally apply this to the painted areas and then dab and wipe with a clean rag removing most of the antique glaze. The remaining color should provide a lightly textured antique appearance over the decorative scroll pattern.