One of our specialties is Stripes! Okay, perhaps you think we're crazy, but it is! And we do them well, I may add! The trick to good stripes is first the obvious, straight lines, but second, is good tape. We have tried all types of paint and Frog Tape (http://www.frogtape.com/) works the best. It gives you the least amount of bleeds, and that means less touch ups. Plus, it comes in this great little container, which prevents everything in the world from sticking to the outer edge of the tape roll.
Maggie has several "T-squares" that she has created in various widths (4,6,8,10 inches) which is what we use to measure out the stripes, as opposed to a ruler, because that way we insure the stripes will all be completely even (sometimes if you measure with a ruler, after 40 stripes you can get sloppy and be off an inch or so every stripe leaving the last stripe to be 5-10 inches wider than the rest of your stripes). But honestly...you have to have a really good "eye" because believe it or not, all walls are NOT straight! That's when you have to create a Trompe L'Oeil (fool the eye) of sorts. Although, not a mural as most Trompe L'Oeil, it's the same premise; you have to fool the eye, in other words if it looks painted it is! If you have to flare out the line at the bottom a bit to make it “look” straight to the naked eye, you need to do that instead of going by the actual measurement.