Paint Murals Like a Pro: 6 Genius Tips From Graffiti Artist Hueman

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Whether you're ready to paint a big idea on a big wall but aren't sure where to start — or you're just nervous about scaling up and making big mistakes — artist Allison Tinati, who paints as Hueman , has your back. Her colorful, abstract and emotional murals climb up buildings all across the country, so she knows a thing or two about going big or going home. Whether you're tackling your first public space or your kid's playroom wall , Hueman's top tips will help make it a success.

1. Plan, Plan, Plan!

Make a detailed sketch ahead of time, and choose exactly which colors you will use and where. That way, once it's time to paint you can get right to it without having to constantly make decisions.

2. Go to the Wall

Create a digital mockup of your mural — simply snap a photo of the wall you're painting, then play around with different ideas directly on that mockup so you can see what it will look like in its environment.

3. Protect Your Source

When you're out in the environment, there are a lot of things that can destroy your reference photo — wind, dirt and water, for starters. Laminate a few printouts of the image, as the plastic coating will give you a sturdy image to hold and will prevent it from getting crumpled, wet and dirty.

4. Enlist Help

If your mural has large areas that can be filled in with solid color, bring on a friend to help while you focus on details in other areas.

5. Take Care of Yourself

Being a muralist is like being an athlete — you're on your feet all day weathering the elements, and you need to have stamina. So it's imperative that you stay hydrated, eat well and get plenty of rest.

6. Document the Process

Be sure to document your process and progress as you work toward your completed project. That way you can retroactively examine what works for you and what doesn't, and have cool photos to highlight your fun project. It'll help you be that much more ready whenever the next blank wall comes along!

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