Here is A Cool Technique For Painting A Realistic Mural on your wall! You project an image of a stencil on the wall and trace it out with paint. For this method, you’ll need Photoshop, a laptop, 3 or 4 colors of paint, some paint brushes, and a projector. Oh yeah, and patience, a whole lotta patience 🙂
Ever since we moved into our house, Kieran has been itching to paint a mural on the wall. He finished playing Firewatch on his computer and was impressed with the artwork within the game. Kieran wanted to paint a mountain landscape that paid homage to Firewatch but was less cartoony and featured our very own Mt. Hood.
Here’s A Cool Technique For Painting A Realistic Mural on any wall in your house! You project an image of a stencil on your wall and trace it out with paint.
Make a Stencil Using Photoshop
To make the stencil, Kieran scoured the internet for an image of Mt. Hood. Kieran settled on a picture of Mt. Hood towering in the distance over Pine Hollow Lakeside Campground. We would love to give the original creator of this image credit, but we couldn’t find the source. 🙁
Next, Kieran uploaded the image of Mt. Hood to Photoshop. He separated the mountain image into 4 gradient shades of the color gray. Each color had its own layer.
Kieran did this step because he was going to project each layer of the image, on the wall, like a stencil going from lightest to darkest. Each layer was projected on the wall in the colors white, grey, and black. He only needed to paint the ‘white’ area of the projection. The ‘grey’ area let him know which areas of the image he could paint over because it would be covered up by a darker color in a later step.
Next, he uploaded a photo of our living room wall. He then layered the grayscale image of the mountain on top of the plain wall. The Photoshop mock-up, pictured below, provided a good visual to ensure we liked how the mural would look.
Color- we used 4 gradient shades of the color gray
The mural consists of 4 gray colors ranging from light to dark. The light gray paint that already existed on the wall was Planetary Silver. Planetary Silver would be the lightest color of the mural. Kieran went to Home Depot and purchased 3 additional shades of gray in sample sizes. Turns out the sample size of Carbon, the darkest color, wasn’t enough. Kieran returned to the Home Deeps to purchase another sample.
Here are the paint colors in order of light to darkest:
Planetary Silver (the existing living room color)
Project The Image And Paint The Mural
Using a projector and a laptop, Kieran projected the stencil layers on the wall. He had to distort the image so it lined up perfectly with the wall edges.
Since Planetary Silver was already painted on the wall, Kieran started the project with the 2nd lightest layer, Cosmic quest (shown below). Kieran carefully painted the white areas of the mountain.
After the first layer was painted on the wall, he followed the same steps for the second. However, it became difficult for him to distinguish between what was grey or white by paint or from the projection. He added color to the layers so he could paint in the blue, and not worry about covering the pink.
I’m extremely proud of Kieran for what he accomplished. We both love how the mountain mural turned out. It’s almost unbelievable how realistic the mountain looks at night. We often catch ourselves gazing at the wall wishing we were exploring Mt. Hood right then and there. We look forward to viewing Mt. Hood from our home for years to come!
Alright, folks, that’s a wrap on A Cool Technique For Painting A Realistic Mural on your wall. I really wish we would have filmed this project but we didn’t. If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to contact me!
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