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    Does painting polka dots scare the “H E double hockey sticks” out of you??

    Well girl, I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to be scary. I love polka dots and it is my favorite pattern on my signs. Polka dots can be intimidating! Once you get started, it is actually the easiest pattern.

    When I first started out,I felt the same way you probably do. I was always trying to figure out things like … Where do you put ‘em so that they don’t look crazy? How do I make them look like they flow? I was constantly getting myself in what I like to call “a polka dot dilemma”.

    You may be thinking what is a “polka dot dilemma”? You know how it is when your polka dots are too close together, too far apart, or they just turned out looking really janky. So, how do I not have a polka dot dilemma? Over the years I’ve come up with a couple of tips to turn your polka dot nightmare into a polka dot dream.  

    Let’s talk about a few different methods you can use to help you figure out polka dots and feel more comfortable using them.


    These are my tried and true tips for painting polka dots that I’ve learned over the years.

    Get to know your brush: I like to determine the size of the polka dot I’m making. This will let me know the size brush I need to use. The larger the polka dot the larger the brush you will need. You can use any type of brush from flat to round. My favorite brush for making polka dots are round brushes. Maybe you are thinking that you don’t know the first thing about brushes. You don’t have to worry, because I’ve got you covered!

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    Start on the edge of your sign: One sure fire way to get yourself in a polka dot situation is to start your first polka in the middle of your sign. From my experience, it’s best to start on the edge of your sign and work your way across. This will ensure that your polka dots flow throughout your whole sign.

    Paint Your Polka dots in a triangular pattern: Your polka dots should always form a triangular pattern. You start with one triangle and keep forming them. You should start noticing that all of your polka dots are flowing together on your sign.

    Think the letter C while you’re painting: I move my brush in a C pattern. I start by painting a letter C on my sign and then I connect it with a backwards C. This will help you make sure your polka dots are a round shape.

    Now that you know the dos and don’t, check out my favorite methods to paint polka dots!


    One method to paint polka dots is the plain old free handed method. I’m talking getting up close and personal with your brush and just doing the darn thing! This can be kind of overwhelming for some painters, especially when you’re first starting out. Remember, practice makes perfect. This method is actually pretty fast once you get the hang of it.

    Foam Circle Sponges: These are awesome because they already come in the shape of a polka dot. They come in a variety of sizes and are super simple to use. They have come in handy for me when I have a lot of polka dots to complete.

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    Trace your polka dot: You can use any object with a circle bottom, like a paint bottle, to trace your shape for the polka dots. I like to use a chalk marker or plain old chalk to trace the shape. Pro Tip: Use colored chalk that matches the color of the polka dots your painting your sign. Be sure to not use a super dark color or permanent dark colored marker. If you do it will be hard to cover the traced line with your paint. If you’re using chalk, you can just wipe it off with a wet rag after painting. No one will ever know you traced your dots. If you like structure and planning your dots out beforehand, then this may be the way to go.


    Make a stencil: If you have a cutting machine like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut, you can create a polka dot. This is a great option for paint parties or to hand off a sign to an assistant or family member. They also give you a crisp clean finish to your polka dots. If you are OCD about your polka dots being the same size, then this is the method for you. Pro Tip: I use Oracal 813 to make my stencils. You can get several uses out of it and it is not super expensive. I highly recommend these for your paint party guests. It’s a great and easy way to get people to feel comfortable with doing their own thing at your parties.

    Don’t forget to check out all of my favorite supplies and tools for crafters over on my Resource List.

    I hope all of these tips help you solve your polka dot dilemma. They are not that bad. I know that you can make awesome polka dots. So let me know if this post was helpful and share with me your polka dot tips in the comments. If you are a visual person check out the video version of this post here.  Until next time, keep it, crafty girls!


    June 05, 2019 by Natasha Ross

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