IAN LOVEALL: Hi! I’m Ian Loveall with Expert
Village. We’re talking about mural painting today and some of the basic things you need
to get started. When I paint, I almost always work in acrylics and latex. It’s much cleaner,
it’s much faster drying time and it’s a lot less toxic than some of the pigments you find
in oil paints. It’s also much more cost-effective. For a large mural, I will usually work in
ordinary house paint. It’s durable. You can get it in just about any color you need and
you can get large quantities of it, which is nice. I also mix a lot of my own colors
so it helps to have a lot of paint around to be able to play with. So, definitely play
around with color mixing. It’s fun and you’ll never know what you’re going to run into,
something to watch out for though. Latex paint, if you blend it too much it tends to gray.
So, if you’re working with something that requires a lot of color, you might want to
consider going with acrylic artist paint and not latex. You will also need a medium, something
to mix with the paint. This will save you money in the long run because you can thin
out the paint. It also helps you create great effects with glazing and color washes and
create the depth of color that you can get by building up lots and lots of thin layers.
Water works great for this, but you also need to have some sort of binding agent. Otherwise,
if you thinned the paint too far with water, you will actually ruin the bond in the polymers
and the paint will not stick to the wall, which is bad news for everybody.