Paint your own mural -Paint by number murals
Have you ever thought of decorating your child’s room with a mural?
Perhaps you didn’t dwell on the idea too long as it would be too expensive to hire a professional mural artist.
Well how about painting a mural yourself?
“But I can’t even draw a straight line” I hear you cry
Remember paint by numbers? Well how about paint by number murals?
How to paint by numbers
I am not at all artistic! Will I be really able to do this?
Have you ever coloured in a colouring book?
Well it’s just as simple. Just tape up the pattern and transfer paper, trace the lines with a ball point pen and then paint the areas with the corresponding colours.
How long will it take?
Typically, most murals should on average take a weekend to complete, but obviously, it will depend on the speed you paint, and the size of the mural you have chosen.
Do I have to prepare the wall in anyway before starting?
For best results the wall should be clean and dust and dirt free.
What kind of paint should I use on my background – matte, semi-gloss or what?
We suggest a satin, semi-gloss or eggshell finish. You can then remove marks from the transfer paper easily using a damp cloth.
Can I paint it on any colour of wall?
Most murals will look best on a white, off white or very pale complimentary colour. If you plan to have a very dark background, it would be best to leave the area where the mural will be painted till after the mural is completed. This way you will not have the problem of painting light colours over dark.
What is included in the kit and is there anything else I will need to buy?
Each kit includes the paper pattern, transfer paper, directions and a colour guide. You will need to buy the paints, a couple of brushes. We suggest a (1x 1 inch wide flat brush and 1x 1/4 inch round brush for smaller details) and some painters tape or low tack masking tape.
Artists acrylic paints can be found at most craft and art stores.
We suggest these brands:-
Winsor and Newton Finity Artists Acrylic Colour
Winsor and Newton Galeria Acrylic
Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic
They can also be found at numerous online stores
The Americana paints by DecoArt can be found at most craft and art supply stores. They are sold at Wal-Mart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Ben Franklin Crafts, Garden Ridge, Hancock Fabrics, Crafts & Stuff, Mae’s, Jo Ann Stores and many more. To find the store closest to you go to their website: www.decoart.com
Do I have to use your paints listed in the directions?
No, the paint list serves only as a guide should you wish to follow it. There are generic paints colours listed on the instructions too. You could even come up with your own colour palette to suit your colour scheme.
Why shouldn’t I trace the numbers too?
It’s best not to, as some of the numbers might show through the lighter coloured paints which will be difficult to hide.Try testing it out first.
Can I reverse the patterns so the design faces the opposite direction?
Yes. Place the pattern on top of the transfer paper with the transfer material facing the back of the pattern. Trace design, When you turn over the pattern the design will be on the back in reverse.
Proceed with normal directions to tansfer the design to the wall.
If you have any more questions about paint by number children’s murals please contact me through my blog or my website.