Simple Border Designs to Paint

by Shae Hazelton
Your flower border can be as simple or as intricate as you desire.

Your flower border can be as simple or as intricate as you desire.

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A simple border around an image can focus the viewer's attention and add a decorative touch to the image. You don't want the border to overshadow the image, though, so keep it simple. Painting the border gives you a wide choice of vibrant colors, making it an ideal medium for creating an eye-catching border.


A square is a simple, elegant shape you can easily create on your image. Draw a simple square around the edge using a pencil. Paint over the pencil line with a fine-tipped brush. Allow the border to dry fully. Add some depth to the square border by putting a line of light paint (a few shades lighter than the color of the original square) to one side of each line. This gives the image a three-dimensional look that makes it pop off the page.


Paint stamps come in a variety of shapes, so you can choose one that matches the focus of your image well. For example, if the painting is a picture of your daughter with her pet cat, purchase a stamp in the shape of a kitten's head. Dip the stamp into your pant and press it to the image around the border. Draw a light pencil line for the border before you start stamping, or your border may look lopsided.

Celtic Knots

A border made of Celtic knots can add an interesting effect to your picture. Trace a design with overlapping lines that form an intricate knot you can repeat along your border. Space out the strands of the knot so the space between each strand is clearly visible. Transfer the sketch onto your image and repeat it over the top, bottom and sides. Fill in the sketches with the paint color of your choice. Paint the knots all one color if you prefer a simple look.


If you enjoy the look of winding vines, add a few decorative vines around the edge of your picture. Draw the skeletal shape of the vines all around your image using a pencil. Add fine details such as berries or leaves once you finish creating the basic shape of the vine. Trace over the vine with paint. Use any color you like to create the desired effect, or keep the border simple by using a single color to create a colorful silhouette of the vine.

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