The wall murals highlight any room. Although traditionally painted walls give hints of color, highlighting a cabinet or box, good mural wall is a bold bet. Having skills in painting helps when you’re going to paint a design complex, but a simple cascade is a manageable project for beginners. The trick to good results is an adequate preparation work and a pencil outline. A painter who makes a mural for the first time cannot expect to draw a freehand waterfall, but working with a template will make the job easier.
- Mix 1/2 cup of sodium borate and 1/2 tablespoon of ammonia in a gallon (3.7 l) of water. Those ingredients make a simple cleaner that is safe for all surfaces before painting.
- Stir the mixture for two minutes.
- Saturate a rag in your cleaning solution and wash the walls. Dirty surfaces are much harder to paint than clean surfaces.
- Locate an image of a waterfall in your library, on the Internet or in a personal album. If you do not have experience painting, opt for an image with some color contrasts. Look for something simple and you will have better results. Scan the image on your computer if you are working with a printed font.
- Prints the image of the waterfall on a transparent acetate paper. This you can find it in office supply stores. It is used to make transparencies.
- Project the image on the wall. If you have a raised projector, this will give you better results. If you do not have it, a halogen can be used for proper projection.
- Draw the projected image on the wall using a pencil. Trace any detail you want to paint. Unless you are an experienced painter, stick to the primary colors. In other words, do not define every shade of white foam in the waterfall; it only performs large white masses. Limiting to freehand basic colors makes paint work more manageable.
- Paint over your pencil stroke using acrylic paint, starting with the lighter parts of your waterfall. Acrylic paints are the easiest to use for a beginner. You could use oils if you have experience in painting. Use a 1/32 “(0.7 mm) fine-tipped brush to outline the exterior shape, then fill the shapes of the waterfall with a fan brush. These special brushes are available at art stores. Wait for each color to dry before moving on to the next. The acrylic paint is quick drying and you can apply the next layer of blue or white shade to the waterfall in less than an hour.
- Clears any traces of pencil marks after the paint has settled for at least 24 hours. Although the paint dries in less than an hour. Clearing fresh paint could cause it to be skinned if you do not wait for a whole day.