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What type of paint can I use for an interior mural?

I wanted to know information on the types of paints and materials you can use for murals. For example of types of paints you can mix and can't. What types of finishes you can use on them and care for them. I seen on the website that semi-gloss is good for murals are they talking about regular house paint ??? Or is there certain types of paint for indoor murals.

Mural painting can be achieved in numerous different ways, using just about any material available. In many cases mixed media, or mixed materials, are used to create a specific outcome.
For example, mosaic tile is mixed with painted images, gold leaf is added and bits of fabric too. So it really depends on the final look and the creativity of the artist.

Having said that, most regular murals, particularly interior paintings are done in the following manner. A mural can be painted directly onto any wall surface, plaster, dry-wall, etc. or can be painted over canvas that has been apply to a wall, much in the same fashion as how wallpaper is applied. Murals are often created using a combination of regular household paint (for the base colors and background) and regular artist acrylic paint in tubes. An eggshell finish is ideal for the background sheen as it allows you to apply washes for gradation of colors and tones, without streakiness or irregularity, plus it is not too reflective, which may cause to much glare, or shine on your mural. Painting the individual elements on the mural can be done with artist acrylic paint, the same way you would paint a regular picture on canvas. The technique depends on the style of the artist, classical, impressionistic, abstract. Generally you would not need to apply a sealer over the mural unless it is in a high traffic area, like hallways, kitchens and bathrooms and perhaps kids rooms. If you do decide to use a protective sealer after the mural is completed, a clear water based varnish, in a soft or low luster sheen, will work best.

The artSparx Decorative Finishing area teaches many different techniques that can be blended to create wonderful mural effects. Cloud and sky murals and painted frescoes also show detailed step-by-step tutorials.


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