Painting Wall Murals - Drawing Grid Method

Although more advanced than painting wall murals with the projector method, another option for do it yourself mural painting is the drawing grid method. By drawing a square grid on your image and another square grid on the wall, you can draw a mural without using any special equipment.

Here’s how:


Select the image or design that you want to use for your mural.

Drawing Grid Example


Using a ruler, carefully mark off equal-sized squares on your image. See the Illustration on the right for an example.


Measure and mark off corresponding squares on your wall. You will have the same number of horizontal and vertical squares as your smaller image, but the squares will be larger based on the scale of your mural. Verify that your lines are straight using a level.


After you draw both grids, “match” up the squares on your image to the squares on the wall. This helps to break the image down into smaller segments, making the picture easier to draw and allowing you to maintain proportion. Using a soft pencil, draw your mural on the wall square by square, referring to your smaller image.


After you have drawn your image and are happy with how it looks, erase the grid lines. Next, it’s time to paint! Use acrylic paints, although interior latex paints can be used for large areas of color.


When painting wall murals, use a wide, flat paintbrush to paint large areas first. Add details and outline images with a round paintbrush.

And for more information regarding painting wall murals, please visit our tips for selecting the right paints and brushes.


After the paint is completely dry, erase all pencil marks.

. . . That’s it!

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