An easy tutorial on how to paint Pink buffalo check plaid with painters tape. The perfect DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Craft.
For Valentine’s Day decor I knew I wanted to incorporate pink buffalo check but I couldn’t find anything. So I decided why not paint pink buffalo check plaid. I found this great heart door hanging at Joann’s and this wood love lettering at Walmart.
I have painted buffalo check plenty of times before. So I grabbed my Frog tape and paint and started crafting.
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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Wood Heart Door Hanging (from Joanns)
- Frog Tape
- White Chalk Paint
- Baby Pink, Magenta, White and Black Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Love Lettering (from Walmart)
Let’s paint some pink buffalo check plaid. All you really need is some painters tape, paint brushes and paint. Now I will tell you the best tape to use is Frog tape. The paint blocking technology is just superior for crisp lines.
MIX PAINT COLORS
Now you are going to need 3 colors to make this pink buffalo check plaid. A light pink, medium pink and a deeper pink. Now you can do this by purchasing all the colors or mixing your own.
I like to mix my own medium pink so I started with Folk Art baby pink, magenta and wicker white.
We are going to start by painting the base of your sign white. When painting buffalo check I always use a chalk paint for the base of the sign. This helps with the paint not peeling up with the painters tape.
TAPE OFF HORIZONTAL STRIPES
Starting at the bottom of your sign tape horizontal stripes. Pressing them down smoothly on the wood to create a seal. Use a piece of tape as a spacer in between stripes. This is more efficient than measuring and marking spaces with a pencil.
PAINT HORIZONTAL STRIPES
Using your lightest pink paint the horizontal stripes. Be sure not to over saturate your paint brush. A few light coats can help with bleeding. Check out this technique for painting crisp lines.
Remove painters tape while it’s still a bit wet.
TAPE OFF VERTICAL STRIPES
Starting at the far right side use your space tape flush against the side. Then start to tape your vertical stripes.
PAINT VERTICAL STRIPES
Using the medium pink start to paint your vertical stripes. DO NOT remove the painters tape. Let paint dry completely.
TAPE HORIZONTAL STRIPES.
Starting at the bottom of the sign start to tape your horizontal stripes.
PAINT THE CHECK
With a thin amount of magenta paint on your brush start painting the open squares on your sign. Apply two thin coats of the magenta paint.
Now here is to see if we did it correctly. Peel back all of your painters tape. And just like that you have created your own buffalo check sign. Did any paint bleed through? Don’t worry once it’s fully dry just use some extra paint to touch it up with a small detail brush.
Add some lettering
I picked up this wood “Love” cut out at Walmart. It was the perfect addition to the heart for Valentine’s Day. I painted it with black acrylic paint and used Beacon Adhesives Power-Tac to adhere it to the sign.
Have a Cricut? Add vinyl lettering or use your Cricut Maker to cut out basswood or chipboard lettering.