Indoor Mural: Personalize Any Room with a Decorative Wall | Erla María Árnadóttir | Skillshare

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Indoor Mural: Personalize Any Room with a Decorative Wall

teacher avatar Erla María Árnadóttir, Illustrator at Studio Erla and Jonas

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What are murals?

    • 3. Choosing space and concept

    • 4. Sketching

    • 5. Stylishing and simplifying your design

    • 6. Scaling and transferring an image

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class Erla María, illustrator and co-owner at Studio Erla & Jonas, will teach how to paint your own indoor mural. She will show you the basics while creating a hand painted height scale in a children’s room.

You will learn how to develop a design that fits your space; decorative, informative or functional.

She will show you how to simplify your concept to a stylish design that matches your drawing skills and you will also learn a few tricks to transfer a large drawing to a vertical surface.

This class is suitable for all since the design will be based on each and everyone’s individual skills.

Those who don’t have a wall space to draw on can use any other large surface, such as a wooden board, furniture or big piece of cardboard.


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Erla María Árnadóttir

Illustrator at Studio Erla and Jonas


Erla María Árnadóttir is an Icelandic illustrator and co-owner at Studio Erla and Jónas.

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name is set Low Maria and Simon, illustrator from Reykjavik, Iceland. This is my second class hero skills here. On this time, I'm going to show you how you paint your own inside. During this class, you will learn how to develop a concept that picture chosen space. You will then simplify it to a stylish design that matches your drawing skills. And in the end, I'm gonna show you a few tricks on how you transfer are smaller emits toe a large surface. This class is suitable for all, since it will meet your drawing skills at the level of the rest. To finish the project, you will either need a wall, space or any other type of big surface to draw. You can either use a wooden pallet, a big piece of cardboard or even just any type of furniture you want to decorate. I'm looking forward to having fun with you guys during this class and seeing the amazing Euros you're going to come off. So 2. What are murals?: Hi. And thanks for signing up for this class. Like, you know, from the introduction. My name is Eric Claveria Diemen, illustrator from Iceland. I've been doing the rules for a few years now. I've done them in my own apartments after them in other people, houses after them for exhibitions and office basis. So I've done them in a few different locations. 30 thing you need for completing this project. It's not necessarily a wall space. If you don't have a world space you can paint on, you can use any other smooth surface back, smooth surface. You can do it on a wooden pallet or on a big piece of cardboard, or just anything you can use to replace an on anti war. So there's three types of walls I'm going to be talking about a bit about, and do you were going to have to pay one type off the mural to do? The first thing I'm going to talk about is a decorated war. A decorated wall is a warn that has just a pretty or a nice image to the matches the room that you're working with. So, for example, in the Children's room, it can be a friendly or a favorite character, a cartoon character. You are in a kitchen. You could dio nice slice of pizza or your favorite food, so that's the easiest type of wall kind off because it's just it's just something to give that room on extra something. Then we have the informative walls. Informative worlds are often used in places off business or gathering, so it's It often includes some kind off typography or lettering. Informative world can be something, for example, a small text one line, you know. For example, when you after a house, it could be something like a home is where the heart test that would be a simple, informative war. Or it can be completely outrageous and huge. So it could be a big wall inside a meeting. What a meeting space or something in a company where it lays out the whole the old function off this company with both text and infographic infographics. So that would be a type off, informative mural. And the third Mueller mural is a functional mural, and that is a painted illustration on a wall that you can interact with somehow after you apply it to the surface. So, for example, in a Children's bedroom that would be, ah, height game, where you can have different objects lining off so the kids can measure the growth by just by standing next to it. Oh, or if you could do a paint at the frames on a Wallace well, where kids can hang their there, either notes to you are their recent artwork. They can take the recent artwork and switzer out easily, so that would be a functional wall that you can work with and have some fun with after you put it up there. So during this class we will learn how to pick a space or choose a space that you want to work with. What type off one would be best fitting for that space and how you can simplify it and make get both stylists and shoot your skills. So in the next video, I am going to help you a bit. We're taking the first step in choosing your wall, your design and your space 3. Choosing space and concept: Okay, so now it's time for you to choose the space you're working with. There are two types of room that are ideal for painted murals. That is a bathroom and kitchen because off the humidity in them and the change of feet, it's really hard to put up any other type of artwork in there because it can go back. But most wall paints where you stand, the heat and the humidity changes. So from that is something that's really easy to work with. I got offered to dio this Children's room, so I'm gonna paint the wall in this little boy's room. When you are to sing your space to work with, you have to be really aware that the concept that you're gonna come up with fits both the room and the people who are using the room. So it has to be eights appropriate and space appropriate. For example, this boy that I'm doing this world for, he really loves animals. So I'm gonna do an animal scale because it's a child, and they really love to say how they grow. His mother told me he loved Sulayem and flamingos, so I'm gonna do both of that, plus some other animals. But I'm gonna be really aware off the fact that the lioness not too scary. It's a small kid. He's gonna be. He's going to have to use this room and sleep in this room, and I don't want to scare him off. The same is with any other room. If you're doing, for example, a kitchen, you people are gonna have to eat their don't do anything, discussed things, how, ah, food concept or will fit perfectly with that room. So I just really think about the people in the space and the use off the space. What do you When you started to brainstorm a bed on that, the concept will usually come quite easily. You don't have to force a concept if it's really obvious and east concept. That's usually the right way to go, because it is something that's going to be on the mall for some period of time. So the obvious idea is often the best one. When you're working with a space as well, you have to think about it, said a space or a room where they move furniture left in kitchen. Obviously, they're not gonna be moving a lot of furniture, so you're be space. You have to pay them. It's probably, you know, the space you can see right now, but in a Children's room they might move the furniture, but more around. So you have to talk with the people who owned the room you're painting. And if it's not you and see what is a safe place or safe world space to paint on in the sense that they're probably not gonna move are covered or a big piece of furniture, you know on it in just a couple of weeks. So I got off of the space next to the crypt here on I am going to do on animal Hides scale with a lion and the flamenco esti pace and then with other small animals around it to fill up the space. So before you, what's the next video? I want you to pick the room you're going to use. Think about the people in it, think about the big pieces of furniture in the room as well, and allow the beautiful, obvious concept to come to you easily because that will definitely be absolutely perfect for that room. 4. Sketching: now that you have decided on the room you're gonna do your mural on becomes that you want to work with. It's time to start sketching your idea. This process usually very. It'll often time for people. Some people can work for months. I'm just the sketch often idea. Other people can do one skates and be happy with the results, so just make sure you do it until you are comfortable with the main layout off your work. I, for example, when I'm doing murals, I really basic rough sketches, and that's only because I am extremely comfortable with my drawing skills. I know what type off illustration I'm going to do, so I usually just need the basics off the idea because I then will free hand painted on the world. So if you're not used to drawing, if you're not really comfortable with a brother a pen, just make sure you will sketch your idea in a manner that fits your skills skill and that you're comfortable with. So start with something simple. Make the idea as simple and precise as you can, so that when it comes to execution, you will be really comfortable with holding that brush in your hand. Also, if you need some. If you don't have a full idea of how the concept or how the emits that you're gonna work with actually isn't real life. For example, if you're doing an animal or food, just google it looking limes. Find some reference photos and books. Whatever. Make sure you are comfortable with the immature going to draw. If you decided to go the way off doing on informative war and you are not going to use any type of drawing, you're just gonna use lettering you were going to want to gets. That s well, so try first. If it's one symptoms writing it down with a pet pencil on paper, a piece of paper See how you want to lay it out. Do you want to break down the the words off the sentence into different lines? Do you want to keep it all in a bubble or whatever? A swell. It's really good. Teoh. Try Teoh experiment a bit with it in any type of software that uses text or funds, so it could be my purse afterward or at the before OSHA were illustrator and try using a different type of folks making, you know. Ah, word that you want to emphasize bigger or smaller. So it doesn't really matter if you're doing a trying or just some type type off graffiti. You want to sketch it before you start doing anything. So I hope you all started sketching something and that you're gonna have fun with it. Don't be shy to use the discussion board in this class and asked for my opinion on things, because I will check it out and help you out, even in this catching process if you need. 5. Stylishing and simplifying your design: when you were happy with the sketch you're layer this all their Your concept is solid. It is time for you to start simplifying your design. The key with a nice mural that which stands time is keep it simple. Keep it as simple as possible. Try not to use more than one or two colors in it. And the main rule toe simplify. A drawing is either do just outlines off it. Don't do a lot of internal drawing the color inside a lot. Don't try to do shadows. Just keep it outlined Based or two silhouettes. You can also just do a silhouette off the object you're doing. I am actually going to do with a little bit. I'm gonna try to mix those two things together in a nice wave so it won't be too much in this animal height scale. So I'm gonna do all the animals and black outlines, and then I'm gonna have a little bit of green in it as well, because the room has to be small. Boys room has a lot of green in it. A lot off animals, other animals, jungle theme kind of thing. So I'm gonna have the little snake in there, which is made out off a brief silhouette. So whatever sketch drawing you have, simplify it with ease. The main things one or two color max a silhouette or not like that's the easiest way to do it. Like I said before with the sketches, don't be afraid to use the discussion or the project part in this class to upload a work in process, because I will help you out if you need. Do you realize that a lot of you working to be painting their first mural in a scary cause it's going to stay up there for a while, or at least until you picked over it? So if there's any doubts or something, you want a second opinion on just uploaded there before I show you the techniques how to paint on a wall, I want to talk a little bit about pain. You're gonna have to choose the right paint for the sheriff is you're working with so most walls you can almost Walsh. You can use this acrylic paint, so just any type off acrylic based paint will do fine. You can also had always recommend going into a paint job or be it on artistic supply show or just a normal wall. What's called house, you know? Sure, when they sell paint for houses, just go in there, ask a professional, tell them I have the surface to work with. What do I need? So it will stake on the world and it won't Trouble is the same with pencil, just the pick a pencil with the line size that you're comfortable with. So every time you use a pencil with Russ hair, a pencil per I mean brushed Sorry. Every time you use a brush with hair like this, the line will kind of change is thickness as when you press down on it. So be aware of that. You can also buy this press that has spawned instead of hair on the tape, so that will also that will keep your line kind of solid the whole way. You can also use markers. You can use that as well, so just by permanent markers, you will see they usually have all the information on the markers. But also ask a professional if there is one, and for those who may be come from a graffiti background or have experience with the using spray. You can always spray paint this well on world, but only recommend that if you have done it before a lot or if you are doing your image a stencil. So if you're doing a silhouette and you've cut out the stencil on a carport, then you can also use a spray paint. But you be careful with spring will go everywhere. So, yeah, I just want to talk a little bit about the left before I show you the techniques. And when I show you the technique is I'm also gonna talk a bit more about what you need to execute your drawing. 6. Scaling and transferring an image: So now that you are comfortable with your steps, it is time to transfer it onto a larger surface. There are plenty of waste. Do that. I am going to talk a little bit about three of those ways. Um uh, the thing is, after I explain them to you, I want you to practice them on a piece of paper, large piece of paper or something. I want you to practice a lot until you find which way should you the best practice with the sketch that you already have? If none of those ways is a way that you feel comfortable with using, then like with everything else, just talk about it in the diskette discussion board. And I will talk about different ways toe scale on emits. But yeah, the first thing I'm going to tell you a little bit about it is doing it freehand. This is something that I use a lot on. The reason for that is that it saves me time due to the fact that I am a professional illustrators. So I am used to drawing a lot and I'm really comfortable in my skills. Eso if you do drop, draw, loft and you're comfortable with drawing freehand. Then this is might be on option for you, so try it out. To do that, you're gonna need chalk and some soft color or light colored pencil, preferably like blue on, then just are straight on the surface. You're gonna paint. Just keep your sketch society look at it and do it by I. So you have to be super comfortable in what you're doing for this to work for you. But if if you're comfortable, this will save you a lot of time as well. The second thing, Um, come to talk about issues ing a projector. This is a great way to scale a Nimitz. It's easy for everyone, but the thing is, you do need a projector to do it, and most of us probably don't have a protector available. But if you do, you can either use this. You can buy an artist's projector online. I don't think there's that expensive or you can use like this old school projector that teachers used to use when I was in school, to project images on a wide apart. So if you do that print or draw your design on a transparent slide and put it up on there, just out. Just do the painting. And as you watch the emits on the world projected on the world, this is a great way to Juma Mural. But most of us are not lucky enough to have a projector, and the third technique is really old school it one of the techniques the old Masters used to do when they were painting churches back in the ransoms time on it is making a grid. For that, you have to use a pencil or and a ruler for your steps. You lay your ruler on your stats, and you make this grid on top of it. So if you do it, let's talk an interest. If you do it in, you know, one end by one, it's then make sure you do it all. Cover the whole Troy and then you do you take a chop like I was talking about before, like blue chart draw on the wall and you size it up. So instead of wanting to do maybe 10 inches or you know 88 by eight inch or something, so you are scaling up your you're doing the same amount of squares in your print. Yeah, the reason for using chalk. It's really easy. Just wipe off with a cloth. So that's the reason for left. So when you've done you great both on your sports gets and on the world be thing he do now is you have to draw each square, throw any square from just looking at the sketch. It will make the design even more simple than before. So in one square that might be just 1/2 a circle or something, and it's really easy to copy up a picture like that. Hopefully, one of those ways will suit you. Well, if you like. I said, Don't do it straight away on a one. Practice it, find the way that suit you. If none of those wasted you, let me know. I will talk about something else and see if that would suit you better So, no. After you've done a lot of practice and you found your way, it's just time to diamond. It's just time to go and do it and have fun while doing it. So I'm looking forward to see you know, all the walls that you're going to do 7. Final Thoughts: Okay, now my animal hides scale is ready, and hopefully you all have a painted wall, A swell. If you are still too afraid to do something permanent on war, just use a cardboard or a piece of wood or something else that you can just throw away or easily paint over. So when you are ready for it, you can also try to do your design outside. If you have a world space there you can drawn, that's also fantastic. But you might have to use another type off paints. Always make sure that you know what what type of paint you need for its surface. Like I said 1000 times before, if something is unclear, just let me know. We will talk about it and we wouldn't figure way that suits you. This whole class is about getting your start that in doing murals, it's not about making you a big graffiti artist, so just do things you're comfortable with doing. And if you still need guidance, don't hesitate to ask. I'm looking forward to see all your amazing facing walls, and hopefully I will also start the session soon in this class. Thanks, guys,