Tips on how to start your own mural

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The most important requirement to start a mural is the enthusiasm and excitement. You will be painting a large area or wall, thus taking much of your time to wrap that up. We all knew the techniques from artists and craftsmen of old are harder because of manual labor and their our outdated technology. Today, its way easier compared before with proper knowledge and methodologies. 

Prepare a surface and Sketch on the wall

Its very important to note that the surface should be clean and free from dusts or damage. Also factor in the type of wall, curing time, and the moisture the wall may accumulate.

If you are transferring your work to the wall, you may use the techniques being used by mural artists. They us Grid Lines or direct manual transfer via sketch and illustration.

What paint to use

We commonly use acrylic paints or water-based latex paints for our mural works. Quality acrylic mural paints are ideal, but we must also consider our budget. We commonly use acrylic paints or water-based latex paints for our mural works. Quality acrylic mural paints are ideal, but we must also consider our budget

If the mural is going to be exposed to the sun, you’ll need paint that’ll stand up to this. Check the lightfastness (UV) qualities of the paint you’re going to use. Most brands have quality paints  that can withstand heat and other elements. You may also ask your local paint centers with brands they can recommend.

Choose paint with a matte or eggshell finish so light doesn’t reflect off the mural. And If your wall mural is accessible to small children with their inevitable sticky fingers, protect the mural with a final coat of protective clear varnish, which also makes cleaning it simple.

How much does it cost?

If you are too busy to do your own mural, there are so many talented local artists you can commission for your next project. Just make sure and take note of the tips above.

There is no fixed rate in terms of mural painting commission. Artists’ rate depends on their expertise, experience and portfolio. 

It will also depend on your location and wall height. Also, the detailed and work, thus more competitive prices.

Other tips for painting

It is important that you know how the artwork would look like on the actual wall, so basic photoshop or any other editing software can help you visualize your artwork before painting it on your actual wall.

Remember to step back regularly and see what the mural looks like afar. A wall mural must ‘look right’ whether you’re close-up or just entered the room. Step back to get some perspective on what you’ve done.

Use decent brushes; cheap ones will make it even harder work.

Most importantly, have patience and enjoy your doing your artwork.

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