How to paint an outdoor mural on a wooden fence

Written by mary love | 13/05/2017
How to paint an outdoor mural on a wooden fence
A mural painted on your wooden fence can add interest to your landscape. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

While a beautiful mural painted onto the side of a wooden fence can add significantly to your landscape, the idea of creating a painting of this impressive size can be intimidating. Taking a small sketch and making it become a very large painting on an exterior surface requires a unique approach to painting. To complete such a project, you must first determine how to prepare the surface, what kind of paints should be used and how to copy a small sketch onto the fence that is to be painted.

Things you need

  • Drawing paper

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Outdoor acrylic primer

  • Acrylic white exterior paint

  • Paint roller

  • Level

  • Chalk, dark colour

  • Outdoor-use acrylic paints

  • Paintbrushes, assorted sizes

  • Acrylic varnish

Pressure-wash your fence and fill any blemishes on its surface with wood filler.

Mark a sheet of drawing paper with a grid of 1-inch squares. One square inch on your paper will equal one square foot on your fence.

Draw a sketch of your design on the paper grid and colour it in lightly with coloured pencils.

Apply two coats of acrylic primer to your fence with a roller.

Apply one coat of acrylic-based exterior white paint to your primed fence with a roller.

Use a level and dark chalk to draw a grid of 1-foot squares on your fence.

Using your small drawing as a reference, copy the drawing, square by square, onto your fence in dark chalk. If you transfer your drawing one individual square at a time instead of viewing the drawing as a whole, it will be easier to copy onto the large grid.

Paint in the chalk outline with the outdoor-use acrylic paints. Match the colours used, square by square, to the colours used in your small drawing.

Paint two coats of acrylic varnish over the fence with a roller to protect your painting from the elements.

Tips

  • If your fence was originally painted with a high-gloss, oil-based paint, you will need to sand the gloss off of the surface before you can apply your acrylic primer or paints.

Warnings

  • Cadmium and cobalt colours are prone to premature fading. Varnish should not be applied during windy or damp weather.

Tips and Warnings

  • If your fence was originally painted with a high-gloss, oil-based paint, you will need to sand the gloss off of the surface before you can apply your acrylic primer or paints.
  • Cadmium and cobalt colours are prone to premature fading.
  • Varnish should not be applied during windy or damp weather.

Things you need

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Outdoor acrylic primer
  • Acrylic white exterior paint
  • Paint roller
  • Level
  • Chalk, dark colour
  • Outdoor-use acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes, assorted sizes
  • Acrylic varnish

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