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5 Tips For Creating A Wall Mural

Nov 7th, 2016

When it comes to creating wall murals in your home, there are so many possibilities that you don’t need to be a skilled artist to come up with an amazing mural. Your wall mural project can be small, large, indoor, or outdoor, which all require a different set of tools, paints, and techniques to ensure longevity of the artwork.

How To Create A Wall Mural In 5 Steps

Here are some tips for creating an indoor mural:

  1. Prepare The Workspace Before You Begin

    If you want to create a wall mural in your child’s bedroom, for instance, you should ensure that the wall is clean and free from any moisture damage or structural issues, such as cracks. Examine the wall carefully for signs of dirt, oil, grease, wax, and mould, and clean it off with a mild soapy solution. Spackle any cracks to ensure your project starts on the cleanest surface possible.

  2. Always Prime The Wall

    Priming your workspace is an important step since the primer will make it easier for the paint to stick to the wall. Depending on how long you want the mural to last, you can simply apply the primer directly over pre-existing paint on the wall. But for the best permanence and adherence of acrylic paints, strip the existing paint by sanding with a sanding block dipped in a mild soapy solution to reduce the amount of dust. When the surface is dry, you can start painting the primer.

  3. Use The Grid Method To Create Your Mural

    You should have a sketch of what you want the mural to look like, so all you need to do is enlarge that image into the wall using an art projector or the grid method. Using a pencil, trace the image onto the workspace so you can start the underpainting. Underpainting comprises large pieces of colour over which you can add more details later.

  4. Use A Range Of Techniques To Simplify Your Work

    There are several techniques you can use to create your mural including:

    • Sponging for creating the sense of texture and quickly filling in large areas with colour;
    • Stippling for creating detail without issues of smooth bending;
    • Stencilling to paint any shape or size or simply create an outline for the details;
    • Antiquing to make the mural look old; and
    • Glazing to thin your paints and make the artwork look transparent.

    When your mural is complete, remember to seal it by applying an isolation coat and varnish.

Final Note

Every step of the way, remember to step back and examine your mural from a distance so you can keep in touch with the bigger picture. It will help you identify and correct any errors before you proceed further.

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