Paint A Camo Pattern

Paint your own camo patterns with ease.

What we know and recognize as camouflage today originated in France during World War I. After forming the camouflage division in the French Army, artists were recruited to help develop these often intricate and life-saving patterns. Camouflage can be found not only in a military context but in tons of everyday applications as well, including hunters wanting to make their weapons discrete and model makers wanting to perfect paint their models.

Instructions

1. Paint the entire surface with the lightest color paint you intend to use. Depending on how dark you want your camouflage print to be, this will likely be either khaki or olive green. If you are painting a very large surface such as a wall, it is easier to use a roller brush or a large paintbrush. Allow this coat of paint to dry fully before moving on. Rinse your brush thoroughly before using it to apply the next color.

2. Apply the next darkest paint color to the wall. The next darkest paint should be either olive green or brown. Prior to painting the wall, use your pencil to sketch out the areas that you will paint. These areas should be free-form blobs. Do not place the blobs next to each other as that will disrupt the pattern you are in the process of creating. Allow this coat of paint to dry fully before moving on. Rinse your brush thoroughly before using it to apply the next color.

3. Apply the next darkest paint color, either brown or black, to the wall. Sketch the areas that you want to paint with your pencil. For these blobs, place them close to or directly next to the lighter blobs. Remember to not let blobs of the same color touch one another, so as not to distort the pattern. Allow this coat of paint to dry fully before moving on. Rinse your brush thoroughly.

4. Apply your last paint color to the wall. You should be down to black paint if you started with the khaki color. If you started with olive green, you have completed the major painting process. Follow the same process you used to paint the lighter colors of your camouflage pattern. Allow this coat of paint to dry fully, and rinse your brush thoroughly.

5. Review and touch up your painting. Step back and look at the entire camouflage pattern. Look for any holes or huge patches of color that may exist. Fill in these holes with the color that looks best given the other colors located in the area. If any of the blobs have dripped, fix these areas as well by painting over the area where the paint dripped.