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The Big Picture Production

Page history last edited by Carol Broos 12 years, 11 months ago



 Please visit the website with the final product.






MATERIALS  (for one backdrop mural)

  • 3 Luan boards 4’ x 8’ (purchase from lumber store, about $17.00 each)
  • 3 pre-assembled backings with cross bars 2’ x 6’ (about  $ 12.00 each)
  • 1 pre-assembled back support 1’ x 6’ (about $8.00 each)
  • 1 gallon flat latex primer
  • inexpensive 4” paint brushes


overhead projector  and clear transparencies
pencils and permanent black markers

latex paints (quart size) of desired colors (eggshell finish)
1 gallon white latex (eggshell) for tinting colors
good quality brushes  in a variety of sizes
plastic containers with covers to store paints



1.    Select the painting for the backdrop mural

2.    Find a picture of it approximately 81/2” x 11”

3.    Prime both sides of the Luan boards with flat white latex.

4.    Trace the picture onto an overhead transparency.

5.    Project the picture onto the 3 Luan boards and trace the picture onto the boards. As you draw interpret/modify the picture to fit the boards.

6.    Outline the drawing with permanent black marker.

7.    Paint the backdrop/mural.  Between painting sessions (when paint is dry) stack boards on top of each other on the floor.  This will help to prevent warping.

8.    Prepare a sketch of the painting and make a color chart – number paint containers and write the numbers on the sketch.

9.    After back supports are secured to the boards, touch up over the screws.



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