Last week, I worked with two other artists in Room 219 at Edgefield. I painted a border in the bathroom of that room, because it had been painted over due to water damage.
For the bath border, I used a pounce pattern. Here, I adapted a Persian design, and drew it onto a piece of brown masking paper. The design is about 8" in height. The rest of the process goes like this: I use a small spiked wheel called a pounce wheel, to perforate the paper, and lightly sand the back of it to clean it off. After drawing a level charcoal line around the room, I hold the pattern paper in place on the line and rub it with a pounce pad filled with charcoal dust. The dust travels through the perforations and leaves behind a clear image of the pattern. I continue around the room until it is completed then I mix the colors I think will work in that room. Sometimes this is the most time consuming part of the process. After color decisions are made, I can paint the total border.
As time goes along, we find the need to repair borders and wall decorations increasingly necessary. I really enjoy decorative painting, probably because there is one simple goal and that is to make the space more beautiful.