Children’s Murals

PainterClick will get rave reviews with these simple tips & ideas.

If you never painted a mural, painting a mural for a child’s room or a volunteer project at a school is an excellent place to start. Children adore color and simple designs so that even novice painters can create a mural that will receive rave reviews.

Prepare Your Surface: Ideally, you’ll create your mural on a freshly painted wall. Before painting on an existing wall, thoroughly clean the wall to remove any dust and grease. A base of paint or primer can also be applied before you begin your design.

Getting Started: The design can be sketched directly on the wall with pencil or colored pencils. Alternatively, there are two ways you can reproduce your design on the wall. Grid your design into 1″ squares and the wall area into a proportionate grid, e.g., 1″ on your design = 1′ on your wall. Or, transfer your design to acetate and use a projector (often available for from libraries and video equipment stores) to project your image onto the wall for tracing.

Paints: Today, most interior walls are painted with latex paints making a combination of latex interior paints for large areas of color and acrylic paints an ideal combination. For protection in high-traffic areas or areas accessible to little fingers, a final coat of polyurethane makes cleaning simple.

Designs: Let your imagination soar. Children love simple colorful designs whether it’s their favorite cartoon or storybook character, their favorite things, place or interest, a collage of numbers or the alphabet or rainbows and clouds.

Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.