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What is a mural

Murals are commonly used as decorations, to brighten up the otherwise dull and staid walls. They add color to the walls and create a delightful atmosphere in the rooms. Murals are used indoors and outdoors and come in different varieties.

Types of mural
o o The different types of wall murals include painted murals, tile murals and Ceramic murals. Painted murals are those in which the surface of the wall is painted. The basis of the design to be painted on the wall is pre-decided. The designs may be created in clay or on ceramic leaves, before creating the actual murals on the wall Tile murals, as the name suggests, are first painted on the tiles and then fixed on the walls. Tile murals have the quality of making a cold, dull place look attractive and interesting. Ordinary bathroom tiles can be used for the purpose. The tiles are cut into pieces depending on the design. They are then painted using englaze enamel. These murals can be big or small and give a complete new look to the room and even exteriors. Ceramic murals are made of mosaic, mirror, tiles and ceramic pieces. They are excellent portrayals of artistic and creative skills .The ceramic designs are first made with clay and baked in a kiln. These murals are long and are generally inspired by canvasses. In addition to the above murals, climbing wall and traversing wall are other versions of wall murals. Wall murals lend a beautiful and colorful ambience to the interiors and the exteriors of a home.

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Murals are decorative paintings on walls, ceilings and other permanent surfaces. There are two forms of this decorative art: fresco and tempera. Frescos : There are two styles of executing this type of decorative wall painting: Buon Fresco , which is a fresco painted on wet plaster, such that the colors intermingle with the plaster and become a permanent part of the wall. Secco , which is fresco painting executed on dry plaster.

Tempera : A decorative piece of wall art executed using this technique is painted with a mixture of egg yolk, vinegar and oil color, on dry plaster. The result is a matte finish. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps the world's best known tempera mural. It depicts the scene where Jesus, who is surrounded by the apostles, announces that there is a traitor amidst them. The frontal view, that da Vinci favors, gives us a clear view of the expressions on the faces of the apostles.

Pithora paintings of the tribes of Rathwa, Bhilals and Nayka of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, are another fine example of Indian murals. These paintings convey the joy and celebration of the community. This decorative wall painting is more of a ritual than a painting form. When a family problem occurs, the head priest or Badwa is summoned. He offers solutions which often involve painting Pithoras on the walls of the house. The custom is to paint the first wall of the house and the two walls around it. The colors are made by mixing pigments with milk and liquor of the Mahuda tree. First the walls are plastered with mud and cow-dung. Then they are coated with chalk powder. This process is called lipna . Thereafter, the painting is done. Madhubani paintings of Bihar, India, are also colorful and vibrant pieces of art work executed on house walls by the women in the family. Kerala Murals are executed in the fresco-secco technique. In this method of decorative wall painting, water colors are used on dry plaster that has been moistened to simulate wet plaster.

Mural Paintings of India

India's most famous frescos are those at the Ajanta Caves , in Maharashtra. They represent the Jataka stories of Buddha's life. The Warli paintings of the Warli tribes of Maharashtra depict their way of life in a lively manner. During the harvest season, and during wedding and birth celebrations, these tribes adorn their homes with these decorative wall paintings. The patterns of a Warli painting are usually circular or spiral. This indicates the circle of life. The color scheme is very restricted, however. It is limited to stark white against earthen colored backgrounds. Geometric designs dominate. The painting units are dots and crooked lines. The typical themes are those of marriage. These depict the marriage god, Palghat, his horse and the bride and groom. These paintings are sacred to marriage ceremonies. Another popular theme of this decorative wall painting is that of men and women dancing in circles and spirals around a musician.

Residential murals

Trompe loeil
Trompe l'oeil painting creates the illusion of reality, playfully fooling the eye of the viewer. If you have a uninspiring wall in your house, Mural Environments can liven it up a painted Trompe l'oeil window of your favorite landscape.

Murals in hospitals
Mural Environments understands the healing value of art. We design cheerful artwork that creates a welcoming atmosphere for patients, families, and staff. imaginative murals offer comforting distraction from the stress of hospital treatment.

Studies show that attractive art can improve patient outcomes, providing an upbeat and engaging environment. This is especially true for children, whose imaginations are enriched by lively murals.