Tips for Painting a Wall Mural! | Q+A

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hi guys last week I finished my very

first large painted wall mural

installation and today I'm going to be

answering some of the questions you guys

asked me on Instagram about Mt wall

murals so let's just get right into it

Charlotte says how much do you measure

your design / words or is it freehand

and trial and error so if you watched my

mural process video that I posted you'll

notice that I did do a very detailed

sketch before I started painting and in

fact I actually added a grid in the

background that was a 1 by 1 foot square

grid it covered the entire 28 square

foot area that I was painting on that

was how I was able to get a grasp on how

big my sketch needed to be because I

drew my sketch and procreate

app actually has an option you can add a

grid on top of your sketch I sized the

grid according to how big they wanted

the wall nailed to be a screenshot of

that and then I used that to transfer my

sketch onto the wall I did not use a

projector and I did not use tracing

paper how do you not smudge while you're

painting this is actually really

difficult especially when you start

working back and forth it really helps

to work from left to right when you're

painting otherwise you won't realize

you're going back over the same area so

that you can previously painted on if

the paint is still tacky you'll probably

end up setting and wrist in it so what I

learned over the two days I was doing

that mural was it's just much easier if

you just work from left to right let it

dry in between at least for 10 or 15

minutes acrylic paint dries pretty fast

but you do want to give it at least 10

to 15 minutes depending on how humid it

is in the room how do you measure / make

sure the sketch is even and straight or

angled the way you want it making it

grid was super duper helpful about

sketching it out beforehand in a pencil

as you can get an idea of what its gonna

look like and you can always erase and

redraw things none realing question I

just want to know where you got the

coveralls so cute oh

so I call this my painting suit

basically just this ridiculous set of I

guess she called it coveralls I don't

know maybe it would be considered a

smock I'm not sure I bought this at

Target on clearance for $16 I did end up

spilling a ton of black paint all over

the legs and you said you had to redo

some letters have you already painted

them how did you fix them this is

probably the most important piece of

advice I would give to anyone who wants

to start wall mirrorlink make sure you

get a can or at least a small cup of the

paint that is used on the base coat of

the wall you're working on while I was

working on Drew's white I was painting

with black paint so it was very

important that I got the specific tone

of white that was used to cover that

wall initially from the owners of the

building don't need a ton but I would

recommend having that on hand because

otherwise when you make mistakes with

acrylic paint there's really no other

way to go about it did you use a

projector to get your image up or are

you comfortable free handing your design

like I said I didn't use a projector for

this project it wouldn't have really

worked anyway because there was a wall

directly behind where I was painting so

there wouldn't have been any place for

me to put a projector I've also heard

from a lot of people that projectors

tend to distort the image so even if you

are working with a projector I would

recommend making sure you measure out

your design before you end up painting

it or at least give it a good look over

before and make sure it's not distorted

did you practice with murals before

doing it or did you just work off of

your sketches I had a little bit of

practice doing some smaller murals at my

dad's business but I'd never done

anything this large scale

I found this project not to be terribly

difficult because I was able to go in

there work by myself at my own pace

which is really great and something I

really like about while merely inspire I

want to continue doing it how do you

make sure the paint won't peel off I was

just using regular black interior satin

paint on top of interior satin paint so

it's basically just like painting any

other wall the paint's not gonna peel

off what do you do to fill the space

what kind of flourishes do you add this

is just something that comes with

practice I think adding flourishes is

just something that you have to keep

doing over and over but I always see

when I'm writing out a quote as I write

it out for some block letters just to

see the length of the quote then I'll go

in and just do an initial sketch and you

always want to do it with pencil or if

you're doing it on the iPad that's great

too because you can go in a race and

just honestly playing

with it after you do it over and over

again it becomes a little bit more

intuitive and this project I was working

on she specifically asked for some

florals so that was really great I could

frame it in and just make it look a

little bit less empty that way how do

you go about designing on such a large

scale or the rules differ once the

process wasn't intimidating for you not

really just because there's a little bit

of intentionality that comes when you

are designing things for a larger scale

but it's actually a little bit easier

because whenever you design something

you have to scale it down you really

have to be conscious of if the elements

when they're shrunken down are gonna be

hard to read luckily when you bring

something up onto a larger scale it's

actually makes everything easier to read

easier to see so it was really fun to

work with the intricate floral detail

I'd say one of the only intimidating

parts is that throughout the process

there would be people coming in and

checking in and looking at it and if

you're an artist you know that sometimes

the process isn't very pretty there were

so many times I messed up there are so

many times I had to paint over stuff

another thing I did is I actually use

string to create a border around the

outside of my mirror before I started

painting it that just gives me an idea

that before I even do the sketch I know

where the top and bottom are so I can

see if I'm on par making sure that I'm

centered and everything like that

alright guys that's all the questions

I'm gonna answer today thank you for

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much for watching this video I really

hope that you enjoyed it and I will see

you guys very soon in my next video

isn't this camera lens awesome I love it