How to paint a cherry tree mural

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How to paint a cherry tree mural
Cherry trees are pretty choices for mural painting. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A cherry tree mural adds a touch of botanical beauty and whimsy to your home environment whether it's a study, living room or bedroom. Knowing how to paint your own cherry tree mural gives you the opportunity to add a permanent piece of original artwork to your walls that can also correspond with a variety of decor pieces. When you are able to paint murals, you employ your artistic experience along with your ability to present art worthy of becoming part of your home for the long term.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pencils
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paper plate
  • Size 2 round paintbrush
  • Size 00 pointed paintbrush
  • Carnation pink acrylic paint
  • Fuchsia acrylic paint
  • Canned artwork sealant
  • Dust sheet

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use the pencil to lightly draw an outline of the cherry tree. Do this in the size and position you would like it to be on your wall. Drawing the cherry tree before painting gives you the ability to minimise mistakes. Use a picture of a cherry tree or cherry tree painting to guide you.

  2. 2

    Squeeze a dollop of black acrylic paint onto your paper plate, using it as a palette. Dip a fine bristled paintbrush into the paint and drag it through it to saturate the fibres. Outline the entire drawing of the cherry tree with this brush. Resaturate the brush with paint as needed until the outline is complete. This outline includes the trunk, branches and blossoms.

  3. 3

    Dip a size 2 round paintbrush, which is a medium-small sized brush, into a dab of brown acrylic paint on your paper plate. Use this brown to colour in the branches and trunk of the cherry tree mural. Use only one layer for now. Your wall's texture may show through your mural for the time being, but that is OK for now.

  4. 4

    Drag the 2-round paintbrush through the dab of brown paint, connecting it to the dab of black paint on the paper plate palette. This creates a new shade of colour -- a darker brown tone. Use this colour to add accent strokes up the trunk, sweeping out through the branches. This provides the effect of twisted, woody tree bark.

  5. 5

    Dab a 00 pointed paintbrush, which has a very fine tip, into a dollop of carnation pink acrylic paint. Fill in the blossoms of the tree with this colour. Add a dab of fuchsia acrylic paint to the carnation pink on the palette and drag the paintbrush through it to create a more intense pink tone. Create accent strokes in various parts of the carnation pink cherry blossoms with this colour. Let the mural dry for eight hours.

  6. 6

    Shake a 340 to 567gr. can of artwork sealant in either matt or high gloss formula. Hold the can about 4 inches from your mural's surface. Press on the nozzle to release a fine mist of the sealing spray over the entire surface of your finished cherry tree mural. Let it dry for 24 to 48 hours without touching it.

Tips and warnings

  • Surround the mural area with a dust sheet to prevent making a paint mess.
  • Select an acrylic paint set that is ideal for painting murals like an acrylic-latex blend.

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