Paint Murals with These Simple Tips

Paint Murals with These Simple Tips
by Debra That Painter Lady Conrad

Walls indoor and out can be given a new look with a painted mural, even if you’re not a skilled artist. Plain outdoor walls, living rooms and kid’s rooms are all ideal places to create murals. You will need to plan carefully and perhaps practice a bit before you start, but with the help of products you can buy today, almost anyone can create a striking mural painting.

Mural Ideas

Whatever your taste, there are murals to suit you. Peaceful, unspoiled landscapes are an especially popular choice for murals, particularly if there is a large wall to be made over. Trompe l’oeil paintings (paintings that deceive the eye) and picture windows create an illusion of reality, so that every home can have a view of the sea, the countryside or even a scenic city skyline.

You can also use murals as the equivalent of hanging pictures. You can choose motifs that match your decor and the architectural style of your home. The old-world look of Tuscany is created partly by the use of painted murals, including views of vineyards and olive groves and decorative grape and foliage motifs.

Floral designs always look decorative. A geometric or abstract mural can add pizazz and style to a contemporary room. For the workplace, including offices and schools, appropriate imagery can banish that institutional look, adding color and warmth.

Before You Start

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Your surface will need careful preparation. Make sure it’s clean and non-greasy. Use putty to fill cavities or cracks, sand and seal. Depending on your mural design, you may not need a perfectly smooth surface. You will need to give it a good quality primer or base coat.

Choosing Paint

For indoor murals, you can’t go wrong with water-based acrylic paints. Outdoor murals need a paint that is weatherproof and waterproof. If the mural will receive direct sunlight, choose paint with a built-in sunscreen. You may need to seal your handiwork with a high quality clear sealer.

Realizing Your Design

Once you have a background color, you can apply further layers. Next might be the outlines of trees and mountains, while your final layer will be the fine detailing. Marking out your design onto your background can be tricky if you’re not an artist. Doing this using the freehand method can be disastrous. Luckily there are techniques to help. To scale up a design from a photo or other image, you can use computer software.

Stencils are the answer for many murals. A staggering range of motifs and designs can be bought, or you could make your own stencils. There are kits on the market that help you transfer a design from a paper pattern onto a surface. That means you just have to apply the paint in your chosen colors.

Murals can be stylish in and outside the home, or a fun community project that will help upgrade your local environment.

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