How to paint a mural?

Discussion in 'The Creative Community' started by penguintux, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. penguintux

    penguintux Mouseketeer

    May 28, 2009
    I'm redecorating a bedroom in my house, and I want to paint this image on the wall:

    Any ideas on how to get the *exact* image on there? Free-handing it sounds a bit scary, not to mention getting the proportions right sounds like a nightmare.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Mom-to-2-Princesses

    Mom-to-2-Princesses Lovin' It!

    Aug 12, 2005
    I have done this twice and both times I borrowed a special projector from our school. It allows you to project an image from a piece of paper (not a transperancy) onto a wall and make it larger or smaller. I don't know it's technical name, but if your school doesn't have one I bet a rental place would.

    Good luck!
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  4. mvmarcz

    mvmarcz Discrazed Southern Girl

    Aug 2, 2007
    we have something like that at my school called an Art-o-graph
  5. patchchild

    patchchild Mouseketeer<br><font color=deeppink>Shorties of th

    Nov 28, 2004
    If you can't borrow a projector, you could do it the grid method.

    Take the picture you like, draw a perfectly square grid over it. I try to get at least 12, usually more like 24, squares over your picture. Then, on your wall, lightly pencil in a grid with the same number of squares but larger, the size you want your final image to be.

    You then draw one square at a time to copy the image. Working with only a small part of your picture makes it much easier to see that you have it just right.

    It works, but I'd go for the projector if you can get it.
  6. flying_babyb

    flying_babyb DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2006
    ME ME ME!! I KNOW!! (jumps up and down excitedly)
    Trace it on a transparncy and buy a projecter for transpancrys ($20 at most St. Vincent De Paul store). works really well. Thats what im gonna do when I move.
  7. Neko

    Neko Mouseketeer

    Mar 26, 2009
    I did a Winnie the Pooh mural on my kids' bedroom wall a few years ago. I borrowed the over-head projector from my local library. I bet if you called around to different community groups, you'd find one to borrow. Library, Knights of Columbus, Community Center, Rotary, USO, Retirement centers, YMCA, community colleges (especially the library at the community college), etc. I copied the image (BW is easier) onto a transparency I bought. Projected it onto the wall, put the lines on in pencil, and filled in with paint. Very easy!
  8. SoccrMom

    SoccrMom Mouseketeer

    Mar 24, 2007
    Grid method works well, but another way to do this is to "blow up" each grid on a copy machine, rub the back of the paper with white chalk and then trace the front image onto the wall, it leaves you with a chalk like of the image and is very easy to paint.

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