Step by Step Mural Making

How to paint an awesome coffee shop mural at Casciano Coffee Bar and Sweetery in five steps.

Step One, Base Coat:

Draw the outline on wall with colored chalk. Paint base coat with primer.

Step Two, Add Color:

Distribute colored paint as evenly as possible through focal point of the mural. This ensures the most important aspects of the piece will draw attention.

Step Three, Cover All.

Fill the rest of the mural with solid blocks of color. Varying levels of depth and shadow throughout the piece welcomes the eye to wander without overwhelming it.

Step four, Add Contrast.

Make  light source(s) evident with highlights and shadows. Do not use white and black to tint and shade paint, instead mix color tones for maximum saturation.

Step Five, Details:

Add details and protective top coat. The mural is now finished.

All images that feature me painting were photographed by L. James Meyers.

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3 Comments

  1. October 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Great job! I always work in such small scale, it amazes me to see large-scale projects like this.

  2. mom said,

    October 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    hi, great job on the mural, call me when you can, love you

  3. Ayala Art said,

    January 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I love the pictures and the mural!


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