We did a lot of things to make our mural in our school. Now we have a permanent painting in our school-By us! Now, we'll show you how to make a mural.
Step number 1: Deciding what to paint
First, we had to figure out what we wanted to paint. Since we were going to make a mural in our school, we thought we probably should make it somewhat mixing with our mascot, (wolf pups), and our school's name. (Chinook). We each drew a picture of the shape of our space, and what we wanted to paint in it. When we were all done with the pictures, we took some of the ideas from all of our pictures and made them into one mural. We decided to make footprints of a wolf pup that led up to a pup howling out the word, "CHINOOK".
Step Number 2: Making a model
Next, we made a life size paper model of the wall that we had to make our mural on. We drew out the picture on the paper to see if the painting would fit. We traced the paw prints out from a wildlife book, to get it just right. The team wanted to make sure that the spaces between the prints were the right amount.
Step Number 3: Tracing
After that was done, we began to trace on the wall.
First, we just tried to press extremely hard on the picture and to see if the pencil line would show through. But, it didn't work! Then, we tried to use carbon paper, a blue paper that is good to trace with. We traced, and it worked! It left a blue mark on the wall, good enough for us to see it.
Step Number 4: Painting
Next, we started to paint. The paw prints were colored brown, Chinook was colored light blue, and the wolf was colored gray. We had to make sure to stay in the lines, and if we didn't, we had to call our art teacher really fast before it dried, so we could get him to wipe it off with a sponge.
The team had to paint two coats, because the walls at our school are bumpy, and the picture doesn't look good with only one coat.
Step Number 5: Outlining
We painted the first coat, waited two days, and the next day, it was time to paint again. The picture looked a lot better with the second coat.
After the paint was dry again, two people outlined the paw prints with black permanent marker, since the prints were the first thing done. Now you could see that part of the picture better.
Step Number 6: Finishing the wolf pup
Next, Alicia, the person that drew the pup, went up with our art teacher to the painting. She learned how to sponge paint, and then sponge painted the wolf pup's belly. Now we were all done painting.