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How To Create a Mural Wall

Add dimension to any wall by using stencils to create a mural.

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  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Stencil the Wall

Fasten the stencil to the wall with painter's tape, making sure the stencil is level (Image 1). If you're reusing the same stencil pattern and working in the same area (as we are in this case), you don't have to relevel the stencil pattern each time. Using a household sponge that has been cut into small squares (Image 2), dab paint onto the wall through the stencil (Image 3). Don't use too much paint on the stencil, or the pattern will blur and won't have clean lines.

Step 2: Add Shading

Once the mortar color is in place, add a highlight color (Image 1) to create a soft shadow on the mortar and make it look more realistic. Carefully peel the stencil away from the wall (Image 2) and continue the process until you have the desired stenciled effect (Image 3).

Step 3: Sketch a Scene on Canvas

Make a template on canvas using an artist's pencil. Draw a definite border to know how finite the edges will be (Image 1). Sketch a rough range of proportion of mountains, vineyards and sky. The next step is to add paint to your sketch. As you paint, layer from the bottom up, using acrylic paint (Image 2).

Step 4: Attach the Scene to the Wall

Once you have either allowed your mural to dry or selected one from a wallpaper store, apply wallpaper adhesive to the back and fasten it to the wall. The final step in creating the wall will be to add decorative textured paint in the likeness of plaster. It may be necessary to use a drywall compound or a type of plaster. Trowel the decorative textured paint compound onto the wall. It's okay to get it close to or even on the brick. The texture makes the brick look recessed, which is the effect you want. Continue applying the textured paint compound to the wall until all the bricks are framed by it to your satisfaction.

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