Graffiti Murals Artwork

Whether it is for indoor or outdoor applications, graffiti murals do wonders. For indoor purposes, they serve as an amusing alternative to big wallpapers, bringing warmth and light to the room. On the other hand, for outdoors, this type of artwork enhances the emptiness and darkness of the neglected space or dull walls.

Mural painting can be an immense project for artists who wish to portray their design strategy on Melbourne streets. No need to be professional for defining your skills, but it’ll be a great idea to have good experience in sketching designs excellently.

There are different design strategies to draw graffiti murals which we have covered in this blog. Read on for detailed information!

Different Graffiti Mural Techniques To Know About

Grid Method

This mural design strategy gets its name “grid” because of the grid that is specially used for transferring the designs from paper to blank walls. It can be a little challenging to copy the complete picture on a wall in minute detail.

But utilizing the grid method, the process can become manageable and comfortable. Let’s learn how:

● After prepping and priming the wall, you need to determine where exactly you like to sketch the mural. Craft out that space with the help of a painter’s tape and mark it. Use a level to make sure the tape lines are very straight.

● Next, draw the grids on the wall within that particular tape frame you marked. Use the level, pencil, or yardstick for light sketching of the lines. Ensure each grid is of equal foot square so that all remain even.

● Prepare an image on a piece of paper, scan it, and then resize the picture to make it equal to the size of each grid. This will confirm that your mural graffiti mural design will be traced with preciseness. For instance, if the measurement of the grid is 8 by 5 feet, your paper photograph should measure 8 by 5 inches. Sketch a grid over the picture, creating one block 1-inch square.

● Trace the paper image on the wall, one grid at one time. Be mindful to sketch carefully and lightly.

● Once you transfer the complete design, remove the tape and erase all grid lines. Now, color your mural design using acrylic or latex paints.

Projector Method

If you want to prefer technology over drawing skills, the projector method is the best design strategy to opt for. Simply trace the design of graffiti murals to the wall with the help of transparent sheets and an overhead projector. Learn the procedure:

● Choose the mural design and prepare a black & white copy as well as a color copy of the image.

● Use the black & white copy of the image to create transparency of the picture using the scanner.

● Now, utilize the overhead projector and place the transparency picture under it. Adjust the projector till you do not get the clear and desirable size of the image on the wall. Make sure the projector is not angled, if it is, the picture can distort.

● Once you get the right angle, outline the projected picture on the wall using a light pencil.

● Now do mural coloring using acrylic paints.

● When the paint dries completely, remove the pencil marks.


If you are preferring to paint wall murals, the best design strategy is a stencil. Several stencil styles are available which you can choose according to your preferences. Learn how stenciling is done:

● To create appealing stencil murals, you need to choose a suitable background. For instance, nature murals will look more compelling on sky-blue walls than on normal white walls.

● Decide the stencil mural design and position it at the initial space of the wall. Use the painter’s tape to attach the stencil.

● Next, begin tracing the stencil design on the wall with the help of a brush.

● Make sure to opt for the dry brush technique. In this process, firstly, you have to dip the brush’s tip in paint and then wipe off excess by using a paper towel.

● Next, through the stippling method, dab the paintbrush against the stencil design’s opening. Keep in mind that do not apply the painting colors over the stencil openings as it can lead to paint splashing under the stencils.

● Mark all four focal points of the stencil with a pencil before repositioning it. This will help in aligning and repeating mural design easily.

● Repeat the same procedure using the stencil until the entire design traces properly on the entire surface.

Transfer Paper

Also, called copy paper, it is a thin sheet of paper with a coating on a single side. You need to keep it in between the picture and the canvas or wall, and then trace the image. Best to use graphite transfer paper, layered with gray and soft substance which keeps blending the pencil point during the process.

Moreover, it is easy to erase the errors from the graphite with the help of a gum eraser. Check how it works:

●Decide on the mural design. Remember that, it should be exactly the size you want to have as a final mural as you’re directly sketching the design on the wall.

●Fix the transfer paper with the coated side on the paper image back. Ensure that both transfer paper and mural design are even and smooth.

●Carefully set them behind the wall with the help of painter’s tape. Make sure the picture faces you and the coated side faces the wall.

●Outline the mural design using the pencil with moderate pressure. If you apply light pressure, the design may not trace out cleanly. On the other hand, if the pressure is too much, there can be the possibility of dark pencil marks, ripening the paper.

●Remove the transfer paper and the image once the tracing process gets over. At last, start coloring with different paints.

Summing Up

We hope you have clearly understood the sketching procedure of each design strategy that is mentioned above. They will absolutely guide you to transfer your different designs of graffiti murals on the wall surface.

Whatever murals you want for your space, it is possible using all these mural techniques.