How To: Paint a Tree Mural

How To: Paint a Tree Mural

Aaron Able
Jul 7, 2008

Graphic DIY. As with most painting tasks, it's all about prep. Reader Telmen from the Netherlands, sent us his own How To, documenting his approach to painting a tree on a wall of his home. After looking for some images of trees on the internet for inspiration...

Step 1: First, I made a rough, tree-shaped silhouette with masking tape on my wall.

Step 2: Then I drew a tree on the tape. After the initial drawing, I used a dark marker to exemplify the lines I wanted to use.

Step 3: Then I used a stanley knife (X-acto) to cut out the image of the tree, leaving bare wall where the paint would adhere. (A giant stencil.)

Step 4: I used newspaper to protect my walls from the paint.

Step 5: I painted the tree shape with white primer to better accept colored paint.

Step 6: I used a brush to paint the tree black, but afterwards I thought a paint marker would have worked better. At first I wanted a color transition from black-red, but the red
didin't come out good. So I painted the whole damn thing black.

Then you let it dry for like ten hours, and voila, your stenciled graffiti-tree is finally finished!

Thanks Telmen!

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(Re-Edited from 2007.7.9 - CB)

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