In this interview, I chat with Eric (aka @efdot) about everything you need to know to get started on your FIRST mural! And if you think tools and supplies are holding you back, think again!

Check out the video below, and then scroll down for some of my key takeaways and a list of all the resources Eric mentioned!

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Eric’s best (and favourite) tips and tricks
  • Why you should JUST START (even if it’s just with a pen!)
  •  All of Eric’s favourite tools (and which work best on certain surfaces)
  • Different methods to transfer your design onto the wall
  • How Eric charges for his murals AND his project minimum
  • Why it’s sometimes O.K. to just wing it!
  • Why you should paint from light to dark
  • How to use masking tape to make straight lines
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS LESSON:

  1. Practice and experiment on a “safe space”, such as a wall in your home or a friends home. That way you don’t have to be afraid of making mistakes.
  2. Your first mural will NEVER be perfect. You need the experience in order to grow and get better.
  3. Have a bucket of water handy to wash your brushes! Your brushes will get ruined (and wasted) if you let them dry out.
  4. When in doubt, ask the sales people AT THE STORE what kind of paint you need AND how much paint you’ll need for the surface!
  5. ALWAYS sign your name on your mural!

TOOLS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO:

  • Paint brushes
  • Wall paint (any regular house paint)
  • Pencils – 2H or 4H
  • Tape measure + straight edge
  • Big Ol Bucket
  • Drop cloth or sheet of paper
  • Rags and paper towels
  • Empty paint markers
  • Painter’s tape (Eric loves Frog Tape!)
  • Projector
  • Spray paints
  • Paint roller and tray (with an extender!)
  • Ladder (or scaffolding)
  • Pounce wheel
  • Carbon paper
  • Krink Markers

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

  • Follow Eric on his Instagram account @efdot
  • Learn more about Eric on his website

Want to learn more about murals? Check out some of my past Artist Interviews on the topic:


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