Step 5- How to paint your mural

With your mural design outlined on your wall you can finally get started painting your mural!
First step is to place dust sheets or newspaper around your working area and have a damp cloth handy for any mistakes or dabs of paint in the wrong place.

"My Painted Things" paints the block colors on her wall mural first

"My Painted Things" paints the block colors on her wall mural first

The best areas to start painting are the biggest blocks of color, letting them dry and working down to the next biggest areas.

To paint these areas use a relatively large brush for quick coverage in the center of the area and using a finer, smaller brush go around the edges. If you are using a good quality acrylic matte medium with your acrylic paints you should end up with virtually no brush strokes.

 

Once the large orange colors are filled in, "My Painted Things" moves on to the brown patches and then the giraffes' smaller details.

Once the large orange colors are filled in, "My Painted Things" moves on to the brown patches and then the giraffes' smaller details.

 

 

 

 

Make sure you let each layer dry before painting a block of color next to it or over it and thoroughly wash your paintbrush before switching to a different mural color.

Acrylics paints are great for mixing your mural colours so be careful it doesn’t happen by accident.
 

 

 

 

 

If you paint a wrong area of your wall, quickly dab it with your damp cloth. Acrylics give good coverage so you should be able to just paint over it when dry with the correct color.

ladybugbkt uses a black marker here to outline and add details to her Dr. Seuss mural and really make it stand out

ladybugbkt uses a black marker here to outline and add details to her Dr. Seuss mural and really make it stand ou

Once your wall mural is completely dry, if you have black details or lines you can now use a black permanent marker to outline them and make your design really pop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liquitex Soluvar Matte Varnish

Liquitex Soluvar Matte Varnish

You can now varnish your wall mural to make it longer lasting and wear and tear resistant.
Again, make sure your wall and marker pen is completely dry and test your varnish in a hidden area- make sure your colors or marker don’t run and it isn’t glossy.

This varnish doesn’t leave brush strokes and is importantly matte.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations on your beautiful hand painted wall mural!

Please post a photo of your completed mural in the comments, we would love to see it and feature it in a mural showcase post.

One Response to “Step 5- How to paint your mural”

  1. amber April 21, 2013 at 4:23 am #

    So excited can’t wait to get started. Thank you for posting g all of the tips and tricks!

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