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« on: February 15, 2008 12:11:33 PM »

Has anyone painted a mural in acrylics and want to share with me their secrets? I am starting a really, really large mural. It is of sea life. The panels are made with polystyrene foam and I'm doing bass relief to make the images dimensional. I want to paint with acrylic and then seal the whole thing with a clear coat so that it is durable. Any idea of the best brand of paint and sealant so that it doesn't fade and doesn't crack or peel?
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2008 07:46:39 PM »

Where is it going to live when it's finished? inside or out? lots of sun or galley type lighting?
Will people be able to touch it? Be forewarned, small children and miscevious older kids will poke as hard as they can if allowed to touch.

Depending on the light/ weather/ people exposure levels lighter coatings or heavier things that smell bad might be be needed.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008 05:57:47 AM »

Good questions!

It is outdoors and will be in the sun, so light exposure is an issue. I'm creating the base from polystyrene foam with a coating of a hardened substance--a combination of a plastic "glue" and cement--that is used for architectural elements on buildings, so that has been well tested for durability. The color will be applied on top of this, then the whole thing coated with clear coating, once I figure out the paints.

The mural is high on a wall and cannot be touched. It will be about 32 feet wide and 8 feet high. Here's my design:


I know it is hard to see what it is in a small graphic like this. The key figures are whales, dolphins and seals. On  the right is the sea bed with octopus, star fish, sea urchin. Above is a pelican. Various portions will physically protrude from the painting to give it depth. If it was "touchable" I would have to rethink those elements because some might be too breakable.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008 07:03:44 AM »

Honestly? I'd get Sherwin Williams outdoor acrylic paint. Just the sheer quantity plus the fact that it's formulated for outdoor use beats hands down any really high quality regular artists paints in my opinion. It'll also save you a ton of money in supplies.

I did a sign for a baseball card shop several years ago that was to be put outside daily. I bought pints of as-close-as-I-could-figure standard artists pallette colors (cadmium yellow, Pthalo green, etc.) and mixed in small tin pans. I did not seal it with anything as I bought outdoor acrylics. It still looks pretty good Smiley My sign was only 4 foot by 5.5 foot, so I still have a lot of paint left.

I'd guess for you at least: 1 gal. black, 1 gal. white, 2 gal. cobalt blue, 1 gal. pthao green, pints of red, yellow, purple, orange, and a couple gallon sized and two dozen pint sixed empty paint buckets to store mixed colors Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008 10:02:14 AM »

I was thinking about something like that, but I didn't think the colors would be saturated enough. I think I'll go to the paint store and see what they have and can mix. Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008 12:12:46 PM »

Werll that's why I said Sherwin Williams Smiley It's really good paint and the people know their stuff. If you tell them you need a true artists pallette they will find the right colors.
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