How to Make a Wall Mural

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Painting a wall mural in your home adds artistic value to your home and can provide a creative outlet for family members. A wall mural can be of any design, from a realistic painting to modern art. Visitors to your home will marvel at the unique art that isn't just hanging from your wall, but painted directly onto it. The wall mural can provide a lifetime of memories of when you and your family created it.

Things You'll Need

  • Wall paint
  • Oil paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencils
  • Design on a wall mural design by drawing several sketches and deciding on one. It's fun to incorporate family members into this activity, and they should involved every step along the way to maximize the social benefits of a family project.

  • Paint the background colors on your wall with wall paint. If you're painting over a large area, using rollers can speed the process.

  • Draw with pencils the shapes of the objects that will be painted on your mural. These pencil marks will be painted over, so mistakes are easily overcome. They can also be erased if you're trying to create additional mural elements as you proceed.

  • Begin painting with oil paint and smaller brushes your pencil-drawn shapes. If you're trying to create a three-dimensional illusion with your wall mural, paint darker colors farther in the background and lighter colors in the foreground.

  • Pull out objects visually in your wall mural by painting thin black lines around the objects. Be careful not to paint the lines too thick or the lines will overwhelm the colors of the mural.

  • Sign your wall mural by painting your initials somewhere on the mural. Many painters use the bottom right portion of a canvas for signatures.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take "Before" and "After" photographs of your wall. You can mail these pictures to relatives to show off your artistic talents. If you aren't satisfied with your wall mural, paint the wall white and start over.

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