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Abstract Shape Mixed Media Mural Project

Time: 1-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Mixed Media Paper Roll
Water-Soluble Graphite Crayons
Soft Pastels
Large Paint Brush
Tempera Paint
Clear Gesso
Oil Pastels
Spray Fixative
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Use gesso, tempera paints and pastels to create a mural! This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Tape a 6 ft. length of mixed media paper to the floor or a wall. Apply a coat of clear gesso to the entire piece of mixed media paper.
  • Step 2
    Once the gesso is dry, use a water soluble graphite crayon to draw action-style spontaneous shapes on the paper. Add shading if you want.
  • Step 3
    Next, use a paint brush to wash water over the graphite crayon to enhance the drawing.
  • Step 4
    Use tempera paint to add a layer of color. Keep your strokes loose and spontaneous, and be sure not to cover all of the graphite layer.
  • Step 5
    When the tempera is dry, build up the color and add details with chalk pastels. Finally, add richness and depth to the colors with a layer of oil pastels.
  • Step 6
    To preserve the mural and prevent smearing, spray the entire mural with spray fixative in a well ventilated area. Remove the tape.

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