Creating Cultural Vibrancy: DIY African Wall Art Tutorial

For those readers who have a penchant for Africa, the second largest continent in the world, Gharpedia brings, through this blog, an opportunity to ring in the African look by doing up their walls in this creative style. If this interests you, then read on to learn the nitty-gritty. So, gear up and try your hands on DIY African wall art.

The walls in African homes have undulating surfaces that are rough in some places and shiny and smooth in others. Smooth walls may need roughing up a bit to achieve African-style walls. There are several ways to do this. The cheapest method is to apply a thin coat of plaster with a wooden trowel. However, this is a specialist’s job. A thin, uneven coat of filler can be applied with a plastering trowel or a large brush after being mixed 50:50 with white emulsion paint, or special effect paint can be applied with a short-pile roller and given random crisscross strokes with a decorating brush. Before trying your hands on these African wall art for living room, make sure to gather all the necessary materials.

Things Required for DIY African Wall Art

Things Required for Making African-Style Walls
Things Required for Making African-Style Walls

Following is a list of things required for the DIY African wall art for your home

  • Broad paintbrush
  • Earthy orange, golden yellow, mud brown and warm terracotta paints in sample size for stencilling
  • Matt black emulsion paint (small tin)
  • Pencil
  • Scalpel
  • Short, fat stencil brush
  • Short-pile roller
  • Spray adhesive
  • Stencil card
  • Spirit level
  • 4 cm paintbrush
  • 2.5 cm paintbrush

For African-style interior design, select colours that are neutral and earthy. The African colour palette differs in North and South Africa, as North African colours are vibrant and South African colours are neutral.

Template For African Wall Art Decor

African Style Template
African Style Template

Before going through the steps of African wall art, select the template. Opt for stick-printed patterns so that you can keep the lines irregular when you cut them out.

DIY African Style Walls – The Step-By-Step Process

Stencilling is easy and effective as long as you use spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place and remember to use only the smallest amount of paint on your brush.

Go ahead and admire the browns and yellows of the wall and the stencilling which lend it a genuine African feel! And hey, how about hunting for some DIY African wall baskets to match the style and ace the African wall decoration?

Also read:

17 Important Painting Tips | Know Before Painting a Home!
Create Wall Paint Effects – A Brief Overview!

Author Bio

Huta Raval – An English Literature and Journalism Topper, Huta Raval has graduated from the L D Arts College, Ahmedabad. Post serving for 23 years in the NBFC and Public Library Sectors her desire for ‘writing the unwritten’ brought her to the creative field of content writing. Her clientele comprises of NGOs, Blogging Platforms, Newspapers, Academic Institutions, et al.

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