Virginia Tieman

Which method of making a mural would you use?

In Public on December 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I thought I’d let my viewers have a little fun and answer a poll based on these different mediums for making a mural. *The order of the pro and con list is not based on my own opinion. Enjoy!

1. Oil Painting


  • The paints moves around easily and has more flow than other paints.
  • Easy storage and can come back to use without the fear of it drying out too fast.
  • The smell of it. (Some may enjoy the scent and it may stimulate ideas)
  • You have to familiarize yourself with the technique to ensure that your mural does not crack.
  • You have to avoid dark areas to dry your mural because oil paintings may develop a thin film of oil causing it to yellow.
  • The smell of it. (The smell may turn you off and provide a headache)
2. Mosaic Tiles
  • Adds texture to a piece and allows the piece to pop out of the wall.
  • Comes in many materials: ceramic, glass, stone, plastic.
  • People will understand the time that went into the piece by looking at all the little bits.
  • Great for creativity on another level.
  • May lose important elements to the mural or pieces due to the many parts.
  • May cost more in supplies than using another medium.
  • Can be more time consuming than with another medium.
  • Damage can be done easily: glass; scratches, stone/ceramic; moss and mildew.
3. Fresco
  • Becomes permanent on the spot and after it crystalizes it is even more set into the wall.
  • Works well inside or outside.
  • It is considered a “green” way of painting because it does not use pollutant chemicals.
  • Have to chip away to make any changes and crystalizes after 100 years.
  • You must work quickly and carefully because if there is a mistake you must scrape off the plaster and start anew. Technique might be tedious in the beginning.
  • You cannot move or rearrange a fresco.
4. Spray Paint
  • Spray paint covers more area than a brush does.
  • If you are pressed for time spray paint is faster to use than a brush or mosaic material.
  • Cleans up easier; no brushes to clean or many materials to collect.
  • Good on many surfaces.
  • Bad for the environment and you to breathe in.
  • May be expensive depending on how many cans you need to purchase.
  • Have to be a certain age to purchase.
  • Should not be used in tight corders and is not recommended for indoor use.
5. Acrylic Paints
  • Brushes can be easily cleaned with soap and water.
  • Dries fast. (Don’t have to waste time waiting for it to dry.)
  • Colors change little from wet to dry state so you know what you mural will look like when finished.
  • You can paint on many surfaces.
  • No smell.
  • Dries fast. (It is harder to blend colors on the space you are painting.)
  • No smell. (You may enjoy the smell of a spray can or oil paint.)
  • Have to keep brushes moist while painting.
  • Have to be careful about storage, will dry fast and you may lose a lot of the product if it is not recapped.
  • Will not adhere if there is any grease on the surface.

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