When painting a Winnie the Pooh mural there are two different styles you could go for. A traditional style, like in the original book illustrations or a more modern style, like in the Disney cartoons.
Once you’ve decided on the style and design that you want to paint, you can use pieces of masking tape to plan out your mural design onto the wall. This will help get the proportions and the composition correct, then using a light & hard pencil (like an HB) lightly draw out your design onto the wall. If you make a mistake you can just rub it out with a rubber like you would with a normal drawing.
If you’re going for a traditional Winnie the Pooh mural, then it’s a good idea to water down the paints that you’re using. This will give the paint more of a watercolour effect, as in the books. This will make the paints quite runny, so try not to overload your brush with paint and make sure you have a slightly damp cloth or kitchen roll at hand to wipe away any drips.
Your colour palette for the traditional style should be soft colours and pastel shades. Nothing too bright or bold.
When painting your mural, use only one coat of paint (possibly two coats in places) as this will keep the paint slightly transparent which is the look you want for a traditional watercolour style. You don’t need to be as precise when colouring in your characters, as a little bit of colour bleeding over the pencil lines will make the mural look more authentic.
Once you’ve finished painting the characters and background, using a thin brush you can make things stand out by painting around the outline of your characters with a watered down charcoal grey colour (not black).
Finally, use this same colour to paint some directional lines on shaded areas of your characters. This will create a pencil crosshatch effect.
If you want to paint a more modern style Winnie the Pooh mural then follow the majority of the steps above, but this time you will need to use stronger and bolder colours. Don’t water down the paint this time as you want the colours to look solid not transparent. It may take three or even four coats of paint to achieve this look. Make sure when you paint the characters you keep within your pencil drawn lines as there shouldn’t be any colour bleeding with the modern style Winnie the Pooh mural.
Using a smaller tipped brush, paint around your characters with a solid black colour. You may find it easier to use a permanent black marker to do the outlines. However, bare in mind that if you’re going to paint over the mural in the future then to completely cover a permanent marker you’ll need to paint over it multiple times using a damp proof or gloss paint.
To finish the mural you won’t need to paint any crosshatched effects, but you may want to use slightly darker shades of colour to show shading on your characters.
And that’s the mural finished!
By Brendan Armstrong, Children’s Bedroom Mural Artist