The process of painting a tree mural in the corner of your room is pretty much the same as painting it on a flat wall, the only challenging part here is the corner where you need to get it right.
But you need not worry as after going through this step-by-step tutorial you will be able to paint a beautiful tree mural on the corner of your wall.
Get your Tree Design ready
First things first, you need to have a tree design ready on a paper that you wish to paint in the corner of your room. You will be using this as a reference when painting it on the wall.
You can either draw it using a pencil, pen, or any other tool of your choice, or you can also print your design out using a printer.
Cleaning the Walls
We always suggest cleaning the walls before you start painting them as unclean walls can have a significant impact on the final result.
So make sure you wipe off any dust or dirt with a clean and dry piece of cloth. If there happen to be any impurities that cannot be removed with a dry cloth then simply wash it off with a sponge and warm water.
If you were required to wash the walls, don’t forget to wipe them after with a damp cloth and let them dry completely before you start painting.
You should also examine the walls closely for any signs of damage such as cracks, mold, dirt, or wax, and fix them otherwise they will show up in your work.
What are some of the different techniques?
The Projector Technique
In this technique, we use an overhead projector to project our design on the wall and then trace it. It is great if you’re planning to paint a large tree on your walls as this technique offers unlimited coverage.
As good as this might seem, it comes with its downsides. If your design has a lot of edges then you might not want to go this route as projector images tend to skew which means you will have to regularly check from a distance to make sure your design is correctly translating on the wall.
The other downside is cost as most of the decent ones come for at least a couple hundred dollars, but you can always borrow or rent one out, and even if you can’t then just keep reading as I will show you how you can make a DIY projector at home.
The Grid Technique
The grid technique is the one in which we draw grid lines over our original design and then replicate this grid on the walls in a larger size with the same proportions. Once done we use these grid lines as a reference so we can freehand the design onto the wall.
You can either choose to replicate the design square by square, or you can also use these grids to create basic outlines of your design with a pencil and then painting them.
There are many other techniques using which you can paint a tree on a wall corner like Transfer Paper, Stencilling, etc. But since the two we just talked about are the preferred ones for our project, we will be focusing on just them.
Painting a Tree on a Wall Corner with the Projector Technique
I assume that you already have your design ready and walls clean, the next thing you need to follow this method is a projector.
If you’re not able to find a place from where you can borrow or rent one then I suggest watching this short video that explains how you can make a projector of your own at home for personal mural painting projects like ours. This will do the trick if you have a simple tree design.
Make two copies of your tree design, one in color (you already have this one) and one in black and white. You have to make the black and white copy on a transparent sheet.
Set the projector a few feet from the wall and in the direction facing the corner of the wall. Then place the black and white copy (which is on a transparent sheet) on the projector and turn it on.
Make sure to position your projector correctly so that the design is projected on the wall as per your desired size.
Tip: Mark the floor where you’ve placed the projector, in case you decide to take a break you can be sure that your projector hasn’t moved.
Trace the outlines of the tree and branches on the wall using a soft pencil. Keep an eraser handy for correcting any mistakes.
Using the color copy of your tree design as a reference, start applying paint to the larger areas first using a wide and flat paintbrush, you can also use a sponge to add texture on the trunk. I recommend using acrylic paints or interior latex paints for this project.
Once the larger areas are painted and dry, you can start working on the details like leaves of the tree and outline sections with a fine-tip paintbrush dipped in brown paint or any other color of your choice.
Let the paint dry completely before touching it and then erase any visible pencil marks with an eraser.
Painting the Tree Mural with the Grid Technique
Create a grid on the tree design you already have on paper. You can use a pencil and ruler to mark off equal-sized squares.
Using a soft pencil or chalk you’ll have to transfer the grid from your paper to the wall corner. This will require you to do a little bit of math. Simply multiply the tree design’s dimensions to scale it up to the size of your wall.
The size of your tree design and the wall grid should be equally proportionate at a 1 to 1 ratio.
Tip: Use a leveler to ensure grid lines meet correctly at the corner of the wall.
Now using a pencil, start outlining your tree square-by-square on the wall referring to your smaller design on the paper.
Once you are satisfied with the outlines, erase all the grid lines carefully without erasing your drawing.
From here on, the remaining steps are the same as step number 4, 5, and 6 of the projector method.
Time to finish off and seal your Tree Mural
I am eager to congratulate you but your job is not done yet, you might want to take a few steps back and take a look at your work and try to find any mistakes that you need to fix.
Mostly after the paint dries you’ll notice a few spots where the paint ran or the colors didn’t blend well.
Also, you worked really hard to make it look vibrant and beautiful and you need to protect it to ensure that it stays that way for a long time to come.
For protection, you need to seal the mural with a paint varnish. Go for a water-based, clear, non-yellowing varnish in a matte or satin sheen. Don’t go for the glossy ones as they look a little too shiny.
To apply the varnish, mix it with water in a ratio defined on the back of the bottle and then coat the entire mural using a wide paintbrush. Double coat the seal after the first coating is dry within a day for the best results.
Congratulations! You’re done. Don’t forget to share your final results with us.