I am back with a mural making this time. I am giving the detailed procedure for making one. Hope this post will help all the beginners in mural making.
So lets get started.
My customer wanted a mural for a Jain family. Something that can be hung outside the main door. Jain families believe in Lord Mahavir. They believe ashtamangala is very auspicious and the navakara mantra too is very important. I decided to incorporate all these in my mural.
As the first step, decide on what all you want to make and keep a rough sketch.
Then get all the material required. I have made the mural on mdf plywood. Bought a 1 foot x 2 foot mdf ply.
The wood has to be made smooth using sandpaper. Once this is done, we need a base coat for the wood so as to protect the wood, fill in all the pores and gaps as well as allow us to paint what ever design is decided. I used Camlin Texture White as the base coat. You can also use plaster of paris and fevicol mixed together and apply as the base coat.
Here is a picture of the base coat being applied.
You can see in the image that the brush marks remain. Yes this is not giving a decent look. I decided to give it a texture. Lets think simple. Use sponge. Pour some texture white on the wood surface. Dip a piece of sponge in it an start dabbing from one corner of the wood. Here is a picture showing this so that you get a better idea.
Hope this picture gives the idea! If you pour more texture white, then you can get a thicker texture. If you keep it thin you can get a lighter version. This needs to dry completely before we move on to the next step. And remember the base coat should not have even a drop of water.
While this dries, we can move on with other work. I decided to make a painting of Lord Mahavir on the top portion of the mural. Around 1 square foot space. I made a drawing on paper. Once the base coat was dry completely, I traced the drawing on the wood. I used yellow carbon to trace the picture. I traced it as I did not want any mistakes in the final work. You can always rectify in paper.
This is the image that I drew. Now we can start painting. I have used acrylic colors here. I have used brown, gold, black and burnt umber to paint Lord Mahavir.
The rest of the wood, below this painting I have painted rose wood brown. Mix and match colors according to your imagination to get the colors you need.
While this was in progress, I gave ashtamangala for carving to the carpenter.
This is the ashtamangala I got carved. Again we need to protect the wood, so apply texture white again.
This is the image after applying texture white.
I had planned to stick the ashtamangala below the painting to one side and other side write the navakara mantra. But once i got the carving, I realized that carpenter has made it in a much bigger size than what I asked for. Sad!! But left with no option but to work out something with the existing material. So I pasted it on one side, but protruding a little out so that it does not cover the painting.
Then I painted the ashtamangala gold and the base brown. On the other side I wrote the navakara mantra with glass marker pencil so that I can rectify any mistakes made.
Looks a bit empty so made a scroll border around this too.
Once the main part was over, I got hooks fixed for hanging the mural and screws for hanging bells. I applied a coat of varnish to protect the wood and give the mural a mild shine. Remember not to use much water in the paint. Here is a picture of the mural full and final.
Hope you all liked this tutorial and yes my mural too..