Anyway, maybe I'm the only dummy who hadn't realized until recently how simple the pattern really is, if you break it down into a grid. Am I the only one? Seriously. Take a look at this:
Remove that tape and then repeat that step for the squares directly above the solid black ones. I had given up on the picture-taking at this point, but this step looks a whole lot like the last one. Be sure to pay very close attention to the pattern here. You paint the opposite stripes in these squares than you did in the previous step. Does that make sense? In the last step you painted the first and third stripe within the square. This time you'll be painting the second and fourth stripes. Got it? Sweet. Peel that tape off, let the paint dry again, et voila! Beautiful houndstooth pattern, super easy.
Obviously this works on a sisal mat, but it would also look great painted onto a piece of furniture or an accent wall in a room. I'm considering painting my small hallway at the top of the stairs in a tone-on-tone houndstooth pattern, using flat and gloss versions of the same color. I think it would catch the light just enough to catch your eye without being overwhelming. Yep, I just talked myself into it. Watch for that project soon! I'm still trying to get that post about Camp AZDA and our fundraiser ready -- hopefully tomorrow. See y'all soon.