Step 4- Supplies and materials you need to paint your mural

Now to get the materials you need to paint your mural. Some materials will depend on what design you’ve chosen to paint.

Transfering your mural’s design on to the wall

As mentioned in step 3, you will need these items to transfer your mural’s image on to the wall:

Tracing a mural image on to a wall for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Tracing a mural image on to a wall for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Freehand drawing-
  • Just a steady hand!
Digital projection-
Light projection-
  • Transparencies
  • Box
  • A lamp or flashlight

And of course a pencil or chalk!

Preparing your room for painting

  • Large dust sheet/newspapers
  • Masking tape

The painting

  • An ideal small brush set.

    An ideal small brush set.

    Brushes- depending on what you’re painting you’ll need a variety of brushes. If you have small details it will probably be best to choose a good small brush set such as these for small details and a wider brush set like this for larger areas.
    A lot of people also recommend using sponge brusheswhen painting murals (but make sure you rinse them WELL  between colors!) so it’s best you shop around and see what your personal preference is, although I will always recommend a small, fine brush for details.

  • Colored emulsion– If your mural has large blocks of pale color you can use normal emulsion to fill these in. Consider using sample pots.
  • Golden brand acrylics color mixing set

    Golden brand acrylics color mixing set

    Acrylic paints– for a bold and longlasting of mural it is recommended using acrylic paints. These come in a wide variety of colours of you can even mix them yourself and provide good coverage.
    The best brands of acrylic paint to use on a mural are Liquitex or Golden Paints. These Golden acrylic paints are are good for simple murals without too many colors. If your mural has many different colors try these assorted Liquitex acrylic paints– if you have to mix many colors it can be hard to keep matching them consistently the same.

  • Acrylic Matte medium– this is a solution you should always mix with your acrylics to give them more fluidity and making them easier to apply. It also makes  your mural longer lasting and more resistive wear and tear as well as minimizing brush strokes.
    The paint for murals is usually mixed in a 1 part acrylic to 1 part acrylic medium so it will make your acrylic paints go twice as far. Again I recommend the Golden or Liquitex brands like this Liquitex bottle.
  • A black brush-tip permanent marker is perfect for outlining

    A black brush-tip permanent marker is perfect for outlining

    Black permanent marker pens- if the design you’re painting has black outlines (especially cartoon character murals for children) or small details it can be easier to use a black permanent marker for outlining instead of black paint. You will get much crisper and more accurate lines this way.

  • Final varnish (optional)– once you’ve mixed your acrylics with a medium they will probably stand up to normal wear and tear, but for a professional finish and ultimate protection I recommend a coat of varnish. Varnish can reduce the intensity of colors so give it a quick test in an inconspicuous area first. I recommend Liquitex Soluvar Matte Varnish.
    DO NOT USE GLOSS! This will give your mural a shine that will look odd, especially indoors, and cause glare making the mural reflective.

One Response to “Step 4- Supplies and materials you need to paint your mural”

  1. Eduardo July 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    nice information, many thanks to the author.

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