The many considerations an artist will
face when embarking on a mural project may be imperceptible
to a casual viewer of these large, often public, artworks.
There are many different types of murals and mural applications,
and each type presents its own set of challenges. The muralist
will want to ensure the mural's integrity by practicing
a sound methodology, accounting for manifold factors that
will influence the project's success.
Whether the mural will be indoor or outdoor is a major
factor that will affect the artist's methodol- ogy. For
an outdoor mural, an artist will need to consider the mural
s potential exposure to light or weather and prepare and
protect the substrate accordingly. For an indoor mural,
exposure to chemicals, humidity, contact or abrasion needs
to be considered and accounted for.
The art materials used
might also change based on whether the mural is interior
or exterior. Certain colors are more lightfast and are more
appropriate for outdoor work where there is a lot of exposure
to light. Some colors are known to fade rapidly and may
only be suit- able for indoor applications. Artist- quality
varnishes may offer the best protection for any mural; however,
alternative solutions may need to be explored in indoor
settings such as hospitals or schools.
Because of the large
scale of most mural projects, expenses can quickly add up.
Knowing how to get the most out of money spent, or learning
some ways to cut costs without jeopardizing the integrity
of the mural is important. Also, it is important to be realistic
about the quantity of materials needed so that unexpected
expenses won't add up late into the project.
| Time is an additional considera-
tion. To an artist working sponta- neously or in a limited
amount of time, adequate preparation will be extremely important
so he or she can move quickly. Another artist, whose project
requires extensive research, preparation, and approval by
many parties, needs to account for months of planning time
in the project schedule.
Climate will greatly affect out-
door mural work. Climate changes can affect the drying rate
of materi- als as well as the mural's exposure to certain
types of weather and extreme temperatures. An under- standing
of the specific climatic conditions of each individual proj-
ect will help artists choose the right time to work and the
right materials to work with.
Creating artwork for an environ-
ment where many people have the opportunity to see it is one
of the most rewarding aspects of mural painting. This should
also suggest the great responsibility of the mural artist.
A mural is intended to enhance an environment, not clash with
it or degrade it. If improperly done, the "work of art" can
quickly become an eyesore. Many mural sponsors are now requesting
that artists guarantee their murals for a certain period (usually
10-20 years). These agreements can be legally binding, which
means artists will be held liable for problems occurring with
the mural during this time. Careful planning, thoughtful prepa-
ration, and use of quality materials will help finished murals
to have an impact that matches the artist's good intentions.
Using Acrylic Products for Mural
Golden Artist Colors, Inc. has conducted
testing and research on using acrylic products for mural
application. The following para- graphs contain our specific
recom- mendations for preparing substrates, selecting materials
and giving pro- tective finishes to murals made using GOLDEN
Acrylics. For more information about using acrylics on mural
projects, visit our website at: www.goldenpaints.com/murals.htm