I get a ton of questions about how I painted the floor for Lion King Jr. Here is the secret:
I used feather dusters.
I feather duster is a great way to create a subtle textured effect.
I start with a base. For Lion King Jr I choose two base colors; one base for the structures or rocks and one for the main floor of the Savannah.
For this project, you need the cheapest feather duster possible. I get mine from the Dollar Store. Cheap feather dusters are stiff. That is what you want to make this technique work best.
Because I wanted the paint strokes look a little bolder, I left my feather duster whole. However, many people trim their feather dusters to make them stiffer.
I chose four colors to work with that are related to each other. The middle color is my base color. Next, I start with the darkest of the colors I have choose. I dip the feather duster into the paint to cover the tips of the feather duster. I dab off any extra paint on a scrap piece of cardboard. Then I bounce the feather duster onto the surface. I then repeat the process with a new feather duster.
I use flat paint. In this case, we rolled on chairs to cover our massive floor space. Each “chair” had a different color to apply.
Up close it looks like this…
However, the effect looks great from far distances.
After we finished texturing the floor, I added a giant circle made of “claw” hash marks. I called this circle the “circle of death.” It would never rise. Mufasa dies in the center during the show. For me, it was very symbolic.