How to Paint a Mural on Fabric
At first glance, murals appear to be the product of impressive artistic talent. In actuality, however, most any amateur can create a mural if he or she knows the tricks of the trade. If you would like to paint a mural on fabric, you should use a specific type of paint or you will end up with a finish that will flake and peel over time. In addition, you will need to use a specific positioning technique that will encourage a smooth, detailed finish free of skips and smearing.
- Wash the fabric with ordinary detergent, then dry it in a clothes dryer. Do not use fabric softener.
- Tape plastic drop cloths onto a wall using painter's tape.
- Tack the fabric against the wall on top of the plastic drop cloths. Ensure that the fabric is stretched out tightly so all wrinkles are removed.
- Cover the flooring beneath the fabric with heavy-duty drop cloths.
- Insert the image slide into the projector and position it so it casts the image onto the fabric.
- Paint the mural with acrylic paint using craft brushes. Use the projected image as a guide.
Things You Will Need
- Blue painter's tape
- Plastic drop cloths
- Heavy-duty fabric drop cloths
- Image slide
- Pints of acrylic paint
- Craft brushes
- You can have a photograph converted into a slide at most any photo lab.
- Dim the lighting in the room if you are having a difficult time seeing detailed areas of the projected image.
- Do not use masking tape in place of painter's tape or the plastic will not hold.