Guide to Painting Murals

#1)  Plan out your project-  The first step to painting a mural is to plan out your project.  You need to determine where you are going to paint, the amount of money you have to spend, design, and method of paint application.  The majority of people who plan on painting details will have to use paintbrushes.  Larger areas can be painted with rollers and/or paint sprayers.  You might need step stools and ladders if you are unable to reach the top of the wall.  Note-  you should always test out the paint sprayer before you apply it to a large area.wallmurals

#1) Clean the wall with water, soap, and sponges-  Before you can start painting, it is extremely important to clean the wall.  You will want to remove any dirt, dust, or grease in order to prepare the surface.  Depending on the color of the wall, you might want to apply a primer.  You do not need to use any harsh chemicals and can clean the wall by using a sponge, soap, and water.  If you have a large indoor fan you can speed up the process to dry the wall.

#2)  Use the grid method to draw the design-  An effective way to properly transport your design to the wall is to use the grid method.  The grid method is the best option for someone who is painting on a large surface area.  You draw the painting on a smaller scale and the transfer the same image on the wall.  A common way to do this is by making one inch equivalent to one foot.  When you are painting on blocks or cinderblocks, you should base the scale off of one block.

#3)  Purchase your paint-  After you have drawn the design, it is time to start painting.  You can choose the type of paint based off of your purpose and budget.  Artists who can afford expensive paint might want high quality acrylic paints that are specifically meant for murals.

#4)  Get a wide variety of brushes and start painting-  The next step is to get your paint brushes and start painting.  You should get a variety of large and small paintbrushes.  Large paintbrushes are ideal for large areas because they allow you to paint a larger area in a shorter period of time.  Small paint brushes are perfect for details.  Note- you should never skimp out when it comes to paint brushes.  Using paint brushes that have a low quality can destroy your mural.

#5)  Take a break and take a step back-  Every once in a while, you need to take a step back and then look at the painting from a distance.  Sometimes it is hard to see a mistake or when something is off when you are looking at it up close.

#6)  Give it the proper amount of time to dry-  After you finish painting, it is important to give it the proper amount of time to dry.  People might be tempted to touch the mural or bump into the paint on accident.  Therefore, you should do your best to keep everyone out of the room.

#7)  Apply a coat of clear varnish-  You can apply a coat of clear varnish to the mural in order to protect the paint.  An added bonus is that the varnish makes the mural easy to clean.  This is a great option for someone who is painting a mural in a children’s room. You won’t have to worry about the wall getting dirty because it is easy to clean.

#8)  Cut off any excess paint- It is a good idea to use a large hunting or dive knife to cut off any excess paint.  This is best done by “skimming” the top layer off with this sharp blade as to not hurt the wall.


Nordictrack – A Better Back

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My name is Mary Kay and I am working as a personal trainer & artist. Reason why am writing this Nordictrack inversion table review is to express my gratitude to Inversion table from Nordictrack. After years of nagging back pain I finally decided to try an inversion table. Thanks to Nordictrack Inversion Table that helped me to get relief from daily pains. Let’s face it, not all equipment and products available in the market work as promised. Every product manufacturer tries to have his product sold by advertising through attractive reviews. This has been a common trend recently in weight loss and pain related products.

Note: The Nordictrack Inversion Table is no longer available. The one I’m using now is the Teeter Hang Ups EP-560.

Pain can create a severe discomfort in one’s life. It can creep up on you and make you a slave. You will be unable to perform your daily activities and can create an unpleasant atmosphere in the family. I was experiencing these problems and it is most likely that you are experiencing this too. Let me help you

There are so many products available in the market today for alleviating pain. Most of them require medical assistance for using them. However using an inversion table does not require any medical prescription. It is safe and secure to use. So an alternative way to deal with back pains is by using an Inversion table. This is a great choice as it involves no side effects and is easy to use. After using an inversion table I realized, it was my best decision I had ever made over all the products which I bought to alleviate the pain problem. My main intention about writing this review is to give an honest nordictrack inversion table review.

When I first thing noticed the inversion table I was convinced about its strong and stable structure. You will be relieved about the concerns on breaking and dangling upside down while using it. It has a sturdy shaft and a strong metal frame as its backbone. I was impressed with the quality of material used in the construction of parts of the inversion table. The material used is rigid and thick. Also size of the inversion table is kept minimal so you can keep it at any corner of your room. So undoubtedly there exists adequate protection to save you from falling off the table.

At first I found difficulties in using the inversion table. But it turned out to be lot easier as I used it regularly. Quickly I became a pro and started enjoying the benefits of inversion table therapy. It was not just about the reduction of pain I started experiencing also I felt a relaxed and energetic body. So using an inversion table also purports exercising to keep the body fit.

At start without proper knowledge of using the equipment I was aiming for complete inversion. But later I cleaned it up. I started slow with lower degree inversions and gradually tried to increase the level of the inversion. As the days passed, finally after 2 weeks I was able to completely invert my body with my head vertically facing towards the ground. As a beginner one must start with an inversion of 20 to 30 degrees. Slowly increase it daily and reach complete inversion of 90 degrees.

Further, after a month of using this equipment I aimed for more. I started using the inversion table to improve my body strength. I worked on crunches to increase my strength in abdomen. Now I can proudly show off my six packs to everyone. Other exercises you can perform using this table is inversion sit ups. This is an excellent way to increase the strength in the back muscles. This also gives a reliable recovery from the back pains.