How to Paint a Space Scene Wall Mural

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A space scene on a wall shows creativity and creates an area of interest in nearly any decorating scheme. The mixture of light and dark colors appeals to the imagination, and you can make it as large or small as you want. You can paint a space scene wall mural by painting directly on the wall. Let the wall dry between each step to keep the colors from smearing together. Also rinse your paint brush in a glass of water between colors and dry the brush off with a paper towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Soapy water and sponge
  • Glass of water
  • Paper towel
  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
  • Large, medium and small paint brushes
  • Protect your carpet with a plastic drop cloth. Move any furniture away from the wall to be painted and vacuum the floor. Sweep and wash the walls. Lay a drop cloth next to the wall to catch any accidental drips or paint brush drops.

  • Paint one corner of the wall with black acrylic paint. As you move down the wall, add a little white and blue paint to the black. The color will travel from black to a lighter blue color. Be aware that space is not just black. There are clouds of space dust and other cosmic bodies in space.

  • Mix together white and yellow acrylic paint to get a bright color. Paint a large circle or semi-circle to represent a sun. While the paint is still wet, paint white in the center of the circle. Paint orange or red around the edge of the sun. Water down the white so it is see-through and paint rays of light that reach from the sun out into space.

  • Paint dots throughout the space with a small brush for stars. Use white and light blue for the colors. With a small liner brush, paint small lines radiating out from the stars with the watered-down white paint.

  • Paint a large blue ball in one of the corners away from the sun. While the paint is still wet, work white along the edge of the ball that is facing the sun. This should produce a white line that slowly turns into the blue toward the center of the ball. Dip the paint brush into white paint and tap on the wall behind the ball to form a tail. Keep it close together so that very little background color shows through. Keep this cloud as wide as the ball and taper it down to a point near the end. This is now a comet with its tail.

  • Paint an oval shape lying on its long side in the middle of the mural with white. This is the base of your flying saucer. Use a darker color and fill in the oval. Paint a white horizontal line through the oval. Paint yellow circular windows on the UFO. Decorate the flying saucer any way you desire.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your brushes clean. Even though acrylic colors wash out of your brushes with water, do not let it dry in the brushes. It stiffens the bristles and ruins the brush. Always clean your tools with hot, soapy water whenever you take a break longer than 30 minutes.
  • If you make any mistakes when painting the space scene on the wall, just cover the mistake with the dark background color, let it dry and paint it again.
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