(Above: A public wall mural in the detailing phase of the painting process. You can read more about the artwork in our portfolio.)
The wall mural painting process begins with an initial consultation. This consultation serves to identify what the client’s vision and goals are for their mural, inspect the area where the mural is to be painted, and come up with a suitable budget.
After the initial consultation, our talented artists create a digital design based on the client’s requirements, taking into account time and budget constraints, themes, colours, and the size of the wall. Once complete, the design is sent to the client for approval before painting preparation can begin.
We use specialty artists’ acrylic enamel for our wall murals. The acrylic paints are colour matched as closely as possible to the approved design, using a colour chart or printed copy of the design.
Depending on the condition of the wall it may need to be cleaned. This could be as simple as giving it a quick wash with sugar soap or, for much grimier concrete and brick walls, they may need washing using a high-pressure water jet.
Some walls may also require sanding, specifically colourbond or sheet metal surfaces, due to their shiny coating. Sanding helps to roughen up the surface and allows the undercoat to bond correctly. Without sanding, there is a risk that the paint may peel or flake off.
To ensure the site is left in its original condition, we take the appropriate time to tape and mask around the working area. This can include covering the ground with fabric drop sheets and, if necessary, using drop sheets to cover countertops, tables, or anything which cannot be removed from the area during painting.
We use a high-quality masking tape which ensures no glue residue is left behind and that the original paint remains untouched.
Most walls require a primer or undercoat. This not only helps the adhesion of the paint, but also provides longevity to the mural. We use a high-quality undercoat to prevent reactions with the acrylic enamel spray paint.
Once the wall has been properly washed, primed, and protected, it is ready for the mural to be painted. We mark out the wall drawing on the work-space using a grid system to ensure the mural is proportionate and matches the approved artwork.
Once the artwork has been marked out, we begin adding outlines, creating the shape and overall appearance of the design, matching the artwork as closely as possible.
After the outlines have been painted, we begin adding in the detail and bringing the mural to life. This process involves adding layers of colour to create the shapes which make up the imagery of the design. The detailing step is the longest part of the mural painting process, but also the most visual, and rewarding.
When the mural is finished, we check over the entire wall to ensure the artwork matches as closely as possible to the original design, and check that the wall has remained clean.