The Process includes:
- Preparing the Surface
- Applying the Base Colours
Preparing the Surface:
• Cover the floor and surrounding areas to avoid being spoilt during the process of execution. After all your creation is supposed to be an integral part of the space and not the center of it.
• Remove any unwanted abrasions and marks using scrapers to scrape of the top layer of the wall. Even older, unwanted layers of paints can be removed up to an extent.
• Smoothen the surface using a high grade of sanding paper and rub it onto the wall until you achieve the smoothness you want. This is probably a little time consuming but important as it forms the base of your painting.
• Fill any broken corners, or gaping holes in the wall with the white cement putty. Give this a couple of hours to dry. After that, sand it off once more to ensure smoothness.
• Depending on the look of the visual, you may choose to whitewash the wall or with whatever colour that is making up the background of your image. Use good quality brushes and rollers to even out the paint and leave minimal texture onto the wall.
• You may choose to not whitewash in case you would like to let the original texture of your space come through, but you might need some base for binding your paint onto the surface that needs painting. Leave this to dry completely overnight.
Fig: After scraping and filling the wall with cement putty, this is how the wall has to be evened out.
Applying the Base Colours:
• You may use a projector to project the reference visual you have prepared, from the computer onto the wall to trace out the lines.
• Based on the reference visual, block out the big patches of paint which need to be applied as base colours.
• Using these colours apply the bigger patches of paint using a brush and roller. Leave this for another night to dry completely.
Fig: Applying the base coat, and leaving it to dry.
Now you can begin working on the visual, draw out the lines, fill up spaces, shaded areas if needed etc. There is a possibility that while drawing in the final space, changes occur naturally, this is quite normal. Allow yourself this flexibility so as to push your design even further in the actual creation process.