Making the beautiful mural on the wall of your room is easy using the overhead projector. Just find an interesting motif (we recommend more simple picture if you are beginner), transfer it to transparent surface and project it onto the wall. Than trace it, and fill it in as though you’re painting in a giant kid’s coloring book. The result is a authentic, inexpensive mural that can transform a dull wall into a truly central point of a room.
- The projector (you can borrow or rent one)
Transparency film (available at office supply shops)
Paints (interior latex and artists’ acrylics)
Various size brushes (fine for outlines and details, wide for filling)
How to do it?
Choose an image. We suggest reasonably simple one, two-dimensional pictures or designs that don’t need elaborate shading or perspective. And the fewer colors the better. If your child has trouble selecting a favorite, you can together browsing for ideas on the internet. Any image that can be traced or printed onto transparency film will work.
Decide the place to paint the mural. Do you want to use already existent features? For instance, you might paint a jungle animal “sitting” on a window, or the lion sneaking behind the radiator.
Make the transparency. There are three ways to transfer an image to transparency film: use a fine-tip marker to trace the picture onto the film, photocopy the picture onto the film, or use an ink-jet or laser printer to print a computer image onto the film. Decide which will work best for your image, then purchase transparency film at an office supply store.
Project your image on the wall using the projector. Experiment with the distance you project from and the size of the image on the transparency to get the mural dimensions you want. Use a pencil to trace the outline of the projected image (including any shaded parts) onto the wall.
Select your paint. Interior latex paint is best if you’re painting a few colors and filling in relatively large areas. For detail work, use artists’ acrylics, available in tubes and bottles at craft and art supply stores. You’ll also need appropriately sized paintbrushes.
Then start to paint! For a more realistic effect, paint the background before the foreground. Step back from your mural regularly to see how it looks from the distance it will be viewed from.
For straight lines (such as our baseball diamond), use masking or painter’s tape as a paint guide.