Painting a Mural Checklist

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Mural Planning with a Checklist

What I will cover here are the items I needed for a recent mural in Canberra. The mural also consisted of running a few workshops with the time a well.

In general, before starting the mural it is important to know the size of the mural, the condition of wall you will be painting on to and also the location, eg in a busy public street or some dark back alley.

woden wall for painting
If you can’t visit the location then photos of the mural site is good idea.

Simple reasons being is for the amount of paint you will need, the wall preparation before starting to paint and then what type of traffic/pedestrian control you will need to put in place while painting the mural.

Because I was also running a number of workshops with the mural, I had to plan for those extra hands and make sure I had everything they may need while painting.

Mural Checklist

In no particular order:

  • Masking tape
  • Long stick
  • Chalk / Crayon black
  • Drop sheets
  • Brushes 
  • Paint Trays 
  • Cups
  • Rags
  • Sunscreen 
  • Eyewash 
  • Paint 
  • Paint opener and woodblock to close
  • Ladders
  • Rollers
  • Roller extension 
  • Bollards & tape
  • Water
  • Print outs / Plastic A4 cover
  • Stirring stick
  • Workshop times 
  • Laundry power washing brushes
  • Chair camp one.
  • Measuring tape
  • Rubbish bin
  • Plastic sheet
  • Scruby brush
  • Plank
  • Hi-vis vest (didnt need this in the end, save for another job)

If you have any questions about any of the mural items, just ask me below.

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2 thoughts on “Painting a Mural Checklist

  1. I like how you mentioned that some things you will need for a mural are masking tape, a long stick, chalk, drop sheets, brushes, and paint trays. The owner of the restaurant I work for is thinking of looking for a specialist that paints murals because he’s considering having a timeline of when the eatery was established painted on the exterior of the building. I think it’s a good idea for the owner to consider all of his options when choosing a reputable professional that can help with the interior art so it looks as best as possible for our customers.

    1. Definitely recommend reviewing the Mural Artist’s portfolio too. See if the previous mural work is in line with what may be in mind. I also would ask what the mural process is along with what you mention the timeline to complete the mural.

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