How to Paint a Mural

A mural in a child's bedroom gives the room an atmosphere of fun and enlivens the decoration, often making a small square room more interesting.

Painting murals may at first appear an awesome project, but is often surprisingly simple. The most import­ant rule is to ensure that the image you want to portray has very straight­forward lines, so that the process of painting the detail is not too com­plicated. The method illustrated here is almost as simple as painting by numbers, only you have to map out the paint areas yourself.

The size of the mural depends on the scale of enlargement you employ. This in turn depends on the size of the wall space available and how much of it you wish the design to cover.

First, site the mural where it will have the most effect. It is best to allow a border area of bare wall so the picture has some background relief. When you have decided on the location, mark out the grid with a soft pencil making sure that the point does not score into the surface of the plaster.

Mark the vertical line at the edge of the square using a plumbline or spirit level and a straightedge such as a meter rule. Lightly pencil in this reference line for the grid.

Make the vertical line, therefore, about a sixth longer than you wish the height of the mural to be, allowing for the area within the grid at the top and bottom which is not painted.

Divide the length of the line by 13 and mark the points for the horizontal in the same way, with a spirit level and straightedge, and set the points for the vertical lines at the same distance apart (this time only 11 are needed). Draw in the grid from these points, taking great care to get them level.

When this is done, mark in the image lightly in pencil, following the pattern grid and working methodically from left to right along each row of squares. Use emulsion paint to fill in a large image and poster paints for a smaller one.

This process can be applied to enlarge any illustration to mural size.

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FalconSays 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Cool! I always wanted to try my hand at painting a mural! I'll try your tips.

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