Wall murals are a great way to add visual interest to any room of your home. Unlike
wallpaper, a hand painted mural can transform a space and give it a custom, luxurious feel. The Tuscan inspired landscape, with its warm color palette of golden yellows, sun-faded reds and muted earth-tones, is a timeless interior design theme. Using several simple painting techniques and readily available materials, you can create your very own work of art. Follow these steps and you'll be amazed at the results.
Things You Will Need
Materials required for this project are as follows:
1. painter's tape
3. masking paper
4. paint roller and cover
5. tape measure
6. roller pan
7. small sash brush
9. paint palette
10. plastic drop cloths
11. base coat paint (latex)
12. RUST-OLEUM Painter's Touch Paint (latex)
13. roller/brush spinner
14. step ladder
The SubjectThe initial step of this process is to decide on the subject. It can be a simple hillside dotted with trees and shrubbery or a complicated country town scene; it all depends on your level of experience. If you have never painted a mural before, keep it simple and basic. The subject in this article was a Tuscan landscape with several houses and other buildings along a country road. The mural in this article was modeled after an oil painting.
The LocationThe next step is to determine the location of your mural. If you are a budding Michelangelo, go ahead and paint the 21 foot ceiling in the family room! If this is your first attempt, the back wall of the first floor powder room will do just fine. A step ladder instead of a scaffold is less intimidating.
Now, the area, or canvas, needs some preparation. Decide on the size and scale of the mural. The adjacent walls and ceiling make an excellent frame. Mask the ceiling and walls to achieve a clean line around the mural. Mask any other areas to be kept free of any paint spatter.
Paint the Sky
To paint the sky, roll on a sky blue base coat. Create contrast and clouds in the sky by applying dark blues, grays, whites, yellows and maybe a hint of red streaking across the sky. Blend with the sponge to achieve the desired effect. It is best to add color a little at a time. If you make a mistake, just paint over the area with the base coat color and re-do the section. Clean the roller in water and spin it using the brush/roller spinner, so it's ready for the next color; note, the brush spinner should be used outside, so any spatter can be ignored.
Hills and Valleys
Move on to the lower section and roll on a brown base color. Earth tones of browns, tans, grays and beige are used to create hills and valleys. Colors may be blended to make a variety of shades; experiment with a sponge dabbed into several complimentary colors. Using several shapes and sizes of sponges, add red and green for the Poppy flowers in the foreground.
Houses and Vegetation
The center section of this mural has houses and buildings along a gently winding road. Create the road with a sponge dabbed in yellow-beige paint. Buildings of various shapes and sizes can be painted with sponges. Use the small sash brush to bring out the sharper details such as windows and doors. Vegetation can now be added. Taller trees should be put in first, then smaller shrubs and other plants. Shades of green will give layers of texture; brown and black add the detail of tree trunks and branches. Just remember, objects in the background diminish in size in the relationship to the foreground of the painting.
In a matter of hours, using these few simple techniques, you will see a work of art develop right before your eyes. The beauty of doing this project is that if you want to change an area of the mural, you can paint over it.