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Let me show you just how easy it is to create Sharpie designs on furniture! One of the FAQs I get in my furniture painting workshops and on my blog is how to create a harlequin design on furniture.
I am sharing my secret weapon for creating easy, bleed free, no taping required, harlequin patterns on furniture.
It’s A SHARPIE PAINT MARKER.
The supplies you need to complete this project are:
Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers in Black. I bought both a bold tip and a medium tip marker from Michael’s. Plus, they were on a Buy One Get One 50% off sale. Bonus. I just checked and all Sharpie Paint Markers are BOGO 50% off at Michaels June 5th through 11th and again June 19th through 25th while supplies last.
A piece of Cardboard or a file folder (not pictured)
Surface to paint a harlequin pattern on. I used a vintage box but you can use this same technique on furniture.
This vintage box was a garage sale score and was already painted like this. I wanted to repurpose it into a centerpiece for our breakfast room with antique bottles I scored at the same sale.
The first step is to measure the height and length of your surface.
This box was 5 inches tall so I knew I needed my harlequin diamond to be 2.5 inches tall so I could have at least 2 rows of diamonds on the box.
Don’t over think this step! It does not have to be perfect (as you will see later in this tutorial!).
Using Canva.com to make a custom sized image based on your measurements. I made my image 2.5 inches tall because that is how tall I wanted my diamond to be.
Once you have your blank image ready to create click on elements and then shapes and stack two triangles on top of each other. For some reason they don’t have a diamond pattern available.
I made my own.
Print out your diamond, trace it onto a file folder, and then cut your shape out.
Starting in the middle of your surface start tracing your diamonds over. and. over. again.
See what I mean about not perfect?
Take a deep breath and move on to the next step.
I will look so much better once you have it all filled in.
Use your Sharpie Oil Based marker write an “X” on the diamonds you want to color in. This will help you to not get confused when all of the filling in happens.
I heard this tip from a friend and I would never make such a silly mistake. yeahright
Now it’s time to fill in all of those diamonds! Use your Bold tip Sharpie Paint Pen to make your coloring in go so much faster. This market even works great on large furniture projects too. Sharpie’s permanent oil-based paint marker can create opaque and glossy finishes on light and dark surfaces – even metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, and stone.
Allow your Sharpie painted surface to dry for 30 minutes.
I chose to distress my harlequin pattern with a medium grit sanding block and added some texture with Dark Umber Furniture Wax. This is a great way to hide any flaws or imperfections. A few imperfectly straight lines give the piece a little bit of whimsy.
I have seen harlequin instructions where there is a TON of measuring or taping off. This technique has none of that biz.
But the edges are crisp, clean, perfect, and professional looking.
Have you tried creating a harlequin pattern on furniture? If so, I would love to hear your tips. Share ’em in the comments and PIN it if you need this tutorial in your life.
This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie Paint Marker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpiePaintCreate http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV