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Enlarging a design for a mural – the old way (My Studio)

A few weeks ago I finally finished one of the “office remodel” projects I dragged the most – why did it take me so long to tackle? I was hoping I could do it the “easy way” and ask someone for a projector so I could just print and trace my logo on my office wall.

wall projected

But I was not able to find anyone with a spare projector they could send my way =] was that too much to ask? – So, after weeks trying to find someone who had one, I decided not to wait anymore and just do it the old way.

The way I used to make murals while in high school =] I know some of you might be very familiar with this, but who knows maybe someone here does not know how to escalate the old fashion way.

Basically it's about grid and proportions. You will need pins, chalk, yarn, measuring tape, a pencil, a ruler and your graphic printed on a paper.


the design to enlarge

First, you will need to make an outline of the shape you want to transfer

Measure with a ruler and divide in small squares (I usually use 1″ squares)

Then measure your wall and figure where you want your graphic.

Divide the wall width in the same quantity of squares you have in the paper.

Use pins to mark all the lines.

enlarging with pins


After that use yarn to connect all the pins and make your wall grid.

I like to use this instead of actually making chalk lines because that way when I draw with chalk on the wall I can erase and the lines will stay there =]


full wall grid


Assign a number to each column and a letter to each row.

So that you can locate them easily when drawing.

If you have a lot of details on one of the squares, just keep dividing it, which usually makes it much easier!

grid close up

grid for enlarging


Once you are happy with how your graphic looks, you can remove the pins and the yarn.

Paint or just leave the chalk (I considered that but liked the idea of having it more permanent)


pink wall escaling


I used one-two shades of a lighter pink for the logo, and I notice after taking the pictures that I have to retouch some areas (don't paint so late at night hehe)

But overall I am very happy with the way it turned out and I did all the measuring, pinning, drawing and painting in just a few hours!


escalating agraphic


I only have a few more things to finish before I feel that the office is put-together enough to show you all, so hopefully, I'll get that and an office tour before this baby makes an appearance.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and embellish your walls if you feel like =]

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Tuesday 26th of February 2013

I love your blog!!!!!


Wednesday 24th of October 2012

it looks amazing!!

Kim M.

Tuesday 23rd of October 2012

Love this! You did a fantastic job.


Monday 22nd of October 2012

Simply Amazing!


Wednesday 26th of September 2012

I love this!! I would have never thought about doing it that way!