Robin was redecorating her daughters' bathroom and they wanted a zebra print theme. So, Robin asked me to paint the walls a very nice aqua and zebra stripes on the ceiling. I've worked for Robin for years and her ideas are always great but, some are a bit challenging! We had to decide which way the stripes would go and we chose "across" the room, instead of the length of the room. And, I think it was a good choice. It's like we were going around the zebra, not head to tail, as you viewed the room.
I've painted zebra stripes several times, on a unique stool, furniture and one wall. It's not hard to paint them, but might be a bit awkward for a beginner to paint them on a ceiling. It wasn't too hard for me, because I'm always climbing on a ladder and looking up. From time to time, people have asked if it hurts my neck and I just say "no, I'm used to it!".
PAINTING ZEBRA STRIPES TUTORIAL
When I'm starting a new project, I always do lots of homework. For zebra stripes, I went online and studied lots of photos of zebras. Their stripes are truly amazing! and, they're all different shapes and sizes. So, I knew I couldn't go wrong. On furniture, on a wall and on this ceiling, I always use a pencil and draw them, first. It's very easy! Just draw, draw, draw long uneven stripes, mostly coming to a point at both ends. Then, I use a little artist brush to paint the points and outline of the whole stripe. Then, I use a tiny roller and paint the inside of the outline/stripe. Black on a white ceiling, you might have to do a second coat, but, if you put a heavy first coat of black, brushing and rolling, you probably won't need to do a second coat.
Black and white are the most common colors I usually see, commercially. But, if you look closely at a zebra's coat they vary from off-white to a beige color. Whatever your color scheme is, will determine how white you want the background to be. But, the little stool I painted and the wall, I painted a little bit off-white and black stripes. Then, I glazed over them with an aging/antiquing glaze. I think the colors were wonderful!! And, those particular colors don't have to be for a kid's room. They look great with beiges and browns, blues, greens, so many colors.
HAVE FUN PAINTING YOUR ZEBRA STRIPES!!