How to Paint Overlapping Squares on a Wall

Learn how to paint overlapping squares on walls from decorative artist Aliya Riaz in this Howcast painting tutorial.


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In this Interior Decorative painting technique video we're going to be exploring making overlapping geometric squares, or I've taken the liberty of also including rectangles. So they're really geometric shapes. You can introduce circles, triangles, whatever you'd like to do. But basically this would represent an accent wall in your room or your office, and these squares would obviously be much larger depending on how big your wall was. So for the time being we're just assuming this is possibly the middle of your wall and you're going to have five different geometric shapes that are overlapping and different metallic glazes and paints. So, these three I did earlier and this one I have taped off, the fourth one. And I thought you could watch me tape off the fifth one. So make sure that the edges of your geometric shapes are well pressed down, otherwise you'll find the metallic glaze or the paint will bleed underneath. And here I have some copper paint. So we can do the middle one first. And I'm just going to dab it on. So, of course, the beauty of using a metallic glaze is that you can see through that copper down to that silvery base, and that pearly base that we have on this geometric shape right here. So that's rectangle number one. And for this one here, I've chosen a black and bronze. And remember when you're doing this on your walls, you can also use a glaze. As opposed to a metallic glaze, you can just use paint colors that you like. And it's perfectly fine to pull off the tape while the glaze is still wet. And there you have your overlapping squares and rectangles and basic geometric shapes.


  • Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio Inc.

    Aliya, a BBC broadcast journalist, is passionate about reinventing surfaces. One of the few formally-trained decorative artists in the States, Aliya accepts commissions from clients directly or through interior designers and architects. She loves to share her craft through teaching and is one of the core instructors of Dundean Studios. Contact her to arrange private or group classes.