How to Paint Wall Murals
A Guide on How to Paint Wall Murals
This section of the site explores the question of how to paint wall murals. The content is intended for those with little or no art experience, however I will provide links to outside resources for more advanced how to assistance. We will explore the topic thru several different pages each looking at the mural project from a different technique. As we develop this section, I will provide resources so you can easily get started without a great deal of hunting online for resources and materials, but first a quick check to make sure you are ready to undertake the project!
Ready, Set, Paint!!
But first a few questions to determine if you are indeed ready to undertake this possibly very fun do it yourself project.
- Do you enjoy painting?
I realize it is a simple question, but depending on the scope of your intended mural project, budgeting days rather than hours may not be out of the question. If painting is a chore, maybe hiring a muralist or if money does not permit, purchasing a ready prepared wallpaper mural.
Tip - Why not experiment with a small project first? Purchase a small canvas and paint a simple scene or try a small paint by number piece. This way you get to "test drive" your painting skills prior to engaging in a larger scale project.
- Do you expect a masterpiece?
Again, I realize a simple sounding question, but realize that expectations will either lead to the land of fulfillment or to the land of frustration. Do a quick assessment of your expectations for the final mural and your ability to achieve your desired outcome. It is OK, in fact great, if you think you are going to stretch yourself, but make sure you're not over extending yourself. Unless you enjoy frustration! The great news here is in many cases the mural will be a private project with you as the only critic. Are you a kind critic or do you require perfection?
- Do you know what image you want for the mural?
We are going to explore some options that are "out of the box" and require limited creative work. If you are wanting a truly custom mural, we will also discuss some planning steps that would be helpful in getting started.
- Do you have the right stuff?
Actually, no I'm not referring to talent. If you answered the first two questions in a way that keeps you moving toward the goal of completing this how to project, than you feel you are ready to move forward. First you will need the right materials, paints, brushes, projectors, images, etc... We will take a more in depth look at the materials required in a special article to make sure you have the right stuff.
All right, you are ready to explore the options available for a do it yourself mural. Let's look at the options for how to paint wall murals.
- Painting Murals Idea: Paint by Number Wall Murals (Link)
This page looks at one method of mural painting using a paint by number kits. We will describe a method for creating a mural from almost any image.
- How to Paint Murals Using Stencil Murals (Link)
Stencil murals are a great aide to creating murals. This page provides information on using stencil murals and resources to get you started.
- How to Create Murals Using Tile Murals (Link)
Another do it yourself mural project is using ceramic tiles. We'll look at some techniques for creating tile murals and provide you resources to get you started.
- Steps to Creating and Painting Wall Murals (Link)
This article will take a look at resources to get you started with your project. Resource books for in depth ideas, magazines for generating creative ideas, and other suggestions to help get you started.