DIY Wall Pop Art

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Intro: DIY Wall Pop Art

Do you have a big wall in your house that could use a POP of ART?

How about one that can be changed to say whatever you want it to?

You can make your own wall-sized, customizable pop art by following the steps in this instructable.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

To paint the mural the way I did, you will need the following:

  1. projector that can project your desired final image size
  2. computer machine to get your image into your projector
  3. digital file of image you want to paint
  4. pencil
  5. small flat brush with fairly firm bristles
  6. acrylic paint
  7. paper towels
  8. glass of water
  9. dry erase or chalk board paint and recommended roller

Step 2: Choose Your Image

Google is your friend

I just did a google search for "pop art" and clicked on "images" to find the image I liked. Mine is by artist Roy Lichtenstein. The first image of its kind I found was small, only 397px x 400px. I narrowed my search to "lichtenstein" and selected "search tools" to look for images "larger than 2 MP." Doing this, I was able to find the same image that was 2433px x 2406px, which is much clearer and easier to trace when it is enlarged through the projector.

If you find an image in a book, you will need to scan it into a digital file (scan at the highest resolution).

Make it easy on yourself

It is much easier to paint an image with blocks of color as opposed to various shades. The image I chose was easy because it was just plain yellow, blue, red, white and black. I didn't have to mix any colors, they came right out of the tube. I also decided not to try to replicate the Ben-Day dots because it would be too time-consuming and probably wouldn't turn out that great.

Don't forget the bubble

if you want to use the dry erase or chalkboard paint, make sure your image has a speech or thought bubble.

Step 3: Project and Trace

Project

Whatever projector and computer machine you are using, get them hooked up together and projecting your image onto your wall. You may have to move the projector toward or away from the wall to get the image to fill up the wall space. You may also have to raise or lower the projector to get the image in the center vertically. I chose to flip my image horizontally so that the woman was looking into the house instead of out the window.

Trace

Once the image is positioned and in focus, start tracing! You will want to outline every line and color. Draw lightly so it will be easy to erase any pencil marks that are still showing later (or use your touch up paint). DO NOT move the projector until you are finished with all of the tracing because it's very hard to get it re-positioned once it's moved. If you are not sure if you've gotten everything, turn the projector off (carefully so as not to move it) and take a look at the wall without the image on it. If you missed a spot, turn the projector back on to finish up.

Step 4: Paint!

Use the right brush

I used a small, flat brush to paint my entire mural. For the outlining, I turned the brush so I was leading with the narrow edge, and then filled in the color using the broad edge. You'll want a brush with fairly firm bristles especially if your wall is not totally smooth. Also, firmer bristles help when painting with heavier paint like acrylic.

Use the right paint

Acrylic paint is thick enough to do a great job, but you will likely need 2 coats if you are painting dark colors onto a light colored wall. To make the colored paint (not black) a bit less transparent, you can add a little white to it.

Use the right order

Paint your outline first, then color in the rest of the image. If you paint with color first, you may paint over your pencil outline and not be able to see it later.

Step 5: It's Bubble Time

Follow the instructions on the chalk board paint or the dry erase paint to fill in your speech or thought bubble. You will probably need to touch up the outline in black when you are done. Now you have a cool pop of art mural on your wall that can say whatever you want it to!

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    Dennett

    3 years ago on Step 5

    This is super cool and well done. I used the same method as a halloween costume one year using face paints. <3 Lichtenstein art.

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    kcli

    3 years ago

    Hey DIYA1-I found my projector at my Goodwill. Also, I've heard that many libraries still lend them out. Might also ask a school or church if you can borrow theirs.

    Hey lanavonhaught-I've wanted to do this for a while...thanks for the tut and motivation I needed!

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    DIYA1

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I priced projectors and they're kind of expensive for one project. Anyone found a work-around? Maybe I could rent one somewhere?

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    DIYA1

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I've been pricing projectors. They're kind of expensive for just one project. Does anyone have any ideas? Is renting an option?

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    Ninzerbean

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I like how you positioned the outlet cover on her finger. I'm a bit perplexed at why you copied another artist's work though.

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    agulesinNinzerbean

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    He's hoping that the artist doesn't read 'ables and won't come after him for copyright claims!!

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    jdaley99702agulesin

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    copyright claim not likely since no one is making any money here. I didn't do a search but if the artist was selling this as print then he might have a claim. That being said theres a few good tutorials on this site of how to make your own image into pop art in case anyone else was looking to do this with a unique image

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    thormj

    3 years ago on Step 3

    A suggestion -- instead of turning the projector off, set a book in front of the lens to block the light. That way you're not touching/bumping the projector.

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    agulesinmschuckmann

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Not a good idea to turn projectors off like this; it damages the lamp as they should cool down slowly. Either place an object in front (but not too close to!) the lens (as suggested by Thormj), or unplug the video cable from the computer end (to prevent the projector moving).

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    dannydraait

    3 years ago

    Love it, looks very good!
    At my work (I work in a bar) I painted the restroom doors in a pop art kinda theme. Your wall reminded me of them :)
    Keep up the good work!

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    Eh Lie Us!

    3 years ago on Introduction

    you threw me off with the bubble re-use. Whiteboard? Chalkboard?

    clever!