I've dug myself in, put my hand up for the chance to paint a mural, but I've never done one before!! The wall is a doozy, at 12 x 4 m... Just wondering the best way to tackle this? Any tips, pointers or advise would be much appreciated haha!
My main questions are:
* Paint, or Spray can? (And if paint, acrylic?) The piece has to remain up for 12 months, so whichever would last this amount of time as well as being time/cost-effective.
* For anyone that does murals on the reg, what kind of process do you find works best? (eg. stencil it up > tape > colour-code > bang it out)?
* Taping... once you've painted up one layer is it safe to tape over it to do a different area? (I'm thinking this is the best way I could do this, but afraid taping over a previously painted area will wreck havoc!)
Thanks guys, appreciate the help in advance!! And sorry if these are super silly Qs haha.
Ummm are you good at painting/drawing in the first place?
Depends on how complex the design is to what method I recommend? What is the wall surface like? Indoors or outdoors?
- If you've never painted with spray paint, don't bother, its a skill you just can't pick up immediately
- Paint - depends whether its outdoors or indoors
- If someone paints murals on the reg chances are they would just paint it from a reference drawing without stenciling it up, no taping and no colour code, pretty much just banging it out and some are just straight projecting it and painting it. For someone who paints less regularly murals, they might grid it out and then outline then simply fill. For someone who never paints murals you probably want to project your drawing or make pounce patterns which is a format of stencils old sign painters used to use (and what Michelangelo actually used this technique to paint the sistine chapel). the quickest method though would be using a proejctor
- why are you taping over what you've done? seems like an extra step that's a complete waste of time...
I organised the Everfresh crew to paint this wall:
We were donated supplies by Masters - house paint, rollers, brushes etc. And scored a scissor lift from the council.
I vaguely remember seeing a smaller scale drawing using a grid, then they chalked the corrosponding grids onto the wall and away they went - in 2 days. Although these guys are rock stars when it comes to murals.
Yes of course I can draw haha, just never at a scale this big. I recalled Richard Branson saying something along the lines of "If someone asks you to do something you aren't sure how to, say yes and learn how to do it later" hahaha, which is what pushed me to go for it.
I've tried spray painting once and it was a little tricky, friends in the graf community were saying it's easier as you can cover a greater area in shorter time, but I agree that it would just be a headache for a novice like me. Paint it is!!
To answer your question, the wall is indoors, painted and rendered.
I was originally thinking bout the grid method, considering I've never drawn large-scale I could imagine proportions getting out of whack if I went freehand. I never considered projector method but that would be a super easy way to do it!! Anyone know how I would go about that (Kinda feels like cheating tho, no)?
Grid method would work no doubt but you could really use the projector method if you wanted. I'm also sure some people would say using a projector is cheating but if it saves you time plus makes your life easier. What is the negative side to it?
Depends on the design really but we use brush on paint (with rollers) for basing out and cans for detail.
We also use vinyl stencils a lot for any crisp detail like text.
If it's inside I'd recommend using Montana 94 water based if you don't want to get gassed up but you'd still need a decent mask.
It dries rock solid.
I think Ironlak is used a lot in Aus and they may do a water based paint.
There are also a lot of different caps, fat, thin, splatter for different weight lines and filling in.
'Some' artists would say a projector is cheating but these tend to be the purists who do it for the love which is bullshit in the real, commercial world.
I think it would only spoil the magic if you were doing it as a live painting show.
They can save you an age but you need it to be fairly dark.
Also, you'll need a decent one. A short throw one that you can adjust the 'keystone'.
An a-frame ladder or desk is pretty handy to set it up on.
Once set up, tape of the area around it so it doesn't get knocked.
You DON'T want that to happen.
Gridding it is good if you can't sort a projector.
Sometimes you can't get the distance to project.
It's scary until you get going and every wall is different.
Go for it and have fun. :D
it could open up a whole new world for you.
Pieces of card come in handy for making a crisp edge and on the go stencils for detail when using cans.
As i said Montana 94 water based dries solid but it depends on the surface as well.
Once dried, try a bit of tape as a test to see if it pulls off.
BTW. Don't use the cheap cream coloured masking tape.
Get the pro stuff which is usually blue or green.
The cheap stuff just tears when you take it off and is a pain in the arse.