How to Transfer Art Patterns Onto Concrete for Decorative Painting

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When painting decorative art on our concrete porch this summer, we worked out some easy ways to transfer patterns. If you'd like to try decorative artwork on concrete, take a look a how we started this project.

In our video we demonstrate how to transfer art patterns onto concrete with a reverse stencil at 1:34; and by folding paper patterns at 3:19; and with a easy-to-make clear stencil at 5:38.

Painting our concrete was no freehand project! We needed to sketch designs onto the concrete before painting to make sure everything went well. After all, this would be permanent.

This is the concrete where the compass design would be BEFORE we started.

Download the compass pattern here. Save to your hard drive and print out the pattern in tile mode, or use to get the exact size pattern you need. We printed our pattern in tile mode in Photoshop, then taped the tiles together and placed them where they would be transferred. The real compass helped us align the design to true North. The video will show how to create this pattern at: 1:34

We traced the outer circle with chalk. Then by cutting away a little of the pattern at a time, we were able to outline the pattern with an pencil. The video will show how we referred to the pattern to add the rest of the pattern with a straight edge, using the outline as a starting point.

Here's another area of the porch which was grubby and stained that needed some help with decorative painting.

With special paints we created a herringbone brick design. This was much easier to do than we expected. To download the same pattern we used, click here.

Once the pattern was made with paper, we were able to fold it back and use it as a straight edge to create the design on concrete using sidewalk chalk. We roughed in the design, then refined it. The video will demonstrate this technique at: 3:19

We finished the compass design by adding some curly foliage in the green marble area. We chalked the first one, then duplicated it by tracing it onto a clear sheet protector with a laundry marker. The video will explain this in more detail at: 5:38.

Finished! We'll be posting more information on how to create the realistic brick coloring in a future HomeTalk. See you then! -- Stephie

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  • Sunny Graham Sunny Graham on Nov 26, 2019

    This is awesome! It's difficult to see, but did you also paint the entire patio in green, to look like large bricks? Sorry if it shows more in the video. It kept stopping when I was watching and then just stopped, so I couldn't see the end. 😞. Thanks!

  • Karen Karen on Jan 27, 2020

    What did you use to prepare or to clean the concrete before painting?

  • Mary Jo Mary Jo on Nov 26, 2020

    Ummm, do you make house calls? I live in SanDiego if you want to do my courtyard 😃😎, I’ll cook???! Your work is gorgeous. Really, I’m serious, I’m told I’m a great cook 😌

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  • Tina Tina on Nov 27, 2020

    Very pretty!

  • Mol55146194 Mol55146194 on Nov 24, 2021

    Great idea, but all paint breaks down. Check out PAVERART (

    • Stephie McCarthy Stephie McCarthy on Nov 24, 2021

      That's wonderful! I will definitely look through that site. My green and brick porch is covered under a roof and still looks amazing. We just went over it in a custom semi-gloss sealer and it looks even better. The new sealer brought the colors out. Near the edges where it gets more weather, we have had the stains and paints flake a bit, for sure. We figured out how to touch up the colors by putting dye into the sealer.