Mondrian Wall Mural Tutorial

December 16, 2013Allison Murray
Easily make wall murals with straight edges with special tape for textured walls!

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Did you know that I'm super huge fan of Piet Mondrian? You did!? Was it the how to fake your own Mondrian painting post or the Mondrian inspired rug pattern that tipped you off?

It's probably no surprise that I've been really wanting to try a Mondrian wall mural for ages and ages, now. But two things were stopping me: 1. In some rooms my walls have crazy texture (worse than others) on them circa the 80's. 2. I really didn't want to paint thick black lines and have nasty bleeds everywhere because when that failed and I had to paint over it that would be a lot of primer to get back to square one.

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But then I learned about FrogTape® had come out with a tape just for textured surfaces and I knew that I'd finally give my Mondrian wall mural a go! 

FrogTape Textured Surface is really pretty nifty. You have tape that you use as you will and then you seal the tape down with this stuff in a squeeze bottle with a brush attachment. All in all, I'm a pretty big fan though I did have an issue or two of my own making… But let's get on with the post and you'll learn all about it!

For this project you will  need:

  • blank wall
  • FrogTape® Textured Surface Tape
  • white, red, blue, yellow and black paint
  • yardstick and pencil
  • banner paper or kraft paper (optional)

Now the day before this wall had been mostly lavender with the occasional swath of other color (most notoriously baby poo green) from where I wanted a change but couldn't make up my mind. Before starting I gave the wall two good coats of white paint to start from scratch.

Choose one of your colors and start painting blocks on your wall. Remember that lots of the blocks can be white so be sure to plan out plenty of white space.

Continue painting your blocks bumping one box up against another. You'll be painting your black lines ON TOP of your color boxes. Go over with as many coats as necessary for a good finish for each color. I wound up using three coats of all to be safe.

I had a hard time doing this and photographing at the same time,but what you want to do is place your yardstick so that it overlaps both colors where you'll need a black line. Trace on the right and left side. We do this so all of our lines will be the same width!

Next you'll tape off your boxes by taping just outside of the lines you drew with your yardstick. Be sure to include the pencil marks in the area to be painted so you're not going around erasing things after the fact!

If you're super messy like me (just look at the degredation of my work space in these photos… man can I make a mess!) it's a good idea to use banner paper or kraft paper to protect your colorful blocks. Because if you've never had to try and cover up black paint drips on white paint, I can tell you, it ain't fun.

The upper boxes there was no worry of drips so I saved my poor tired arms and left them bare.

Now, in this photo you might notice something I didn't. You see a few hours before I got to this point I took out the trash, which seems an inocuous type of thing but I failed to remember that my porch step had iced over. Bam! So when I went and put my back to the kitchen sink to check out my progress, I was kind of leaning over and therefore didn't notice that my top horizontal line was way wonky. *sigh* 

Next you'll take the bottle of stuff that comes with your FrogTape® textured surface tape and go around every bit of tape to seal the edges up. 

Now, this was my biggest failing besides the one super wonky line… I was so worried that I would run out of this stuff that I was kind of tightfisted with it. In the end I only used about a quarter of the bottle though I used about 3/4 of the tape and I just didn't think anything of it.

In the end, the areas where I laid it on nice and thick (for instance squeezed the bottle a bit more forcefully and more came out than expecting) I have the most perfect, crisp lines. The areas where I went a bit thin I have bleeds but it's totally my bad.

Use your black paint and go in between your bits of tape. For a good, solid black plan on at least 2 coats. Allow the paint to fully dry and remove.

Now you'll see the occasional flaw in my mural, but they're all things you can avoid if you don't skimp on the liquid that comes with the tape. Seriously, be generous and you'll have the nicest, most crisp lines on the planet!

All in all my project spanned over three days:

  • day 1 – painting entire wall white
  • day 2 – painting the colored blocks
  • day 3 – painting the black lines

Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time and if you have overly humid weather it's going to take you a bit more to allow for proper drying time.

All in all, I really, really love this stuff and I've already got a mural idea I'm going to run past my nephews for their bedroom! The walls in my sister's house are crazy textured and I've wanted to do this forever and now I can and that's super exciting.

If you use FrogTape® Textured Surface be sure to  hashtag any images you share with #TexturedSurface and if you want to keep up with what's happening definitely follow FrogTape on Twitter @FrogTape for tons of creative inspiration!

So will you be going bold with a Mondrian wall mural in your home? Or perhaps you have other ideas for your textured walls? I'd love to hear all about it!

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Comments (7)

  • Meeha Meeha

    December 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    My kind of art wall! Big fan of modern art here – I know how difficult is to paint an entire wall, looks like a great job :)

  • Gabriel

    August 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Nicely done! I didn’t notice the flaws until you pointed them out. I love Mondrian, too.

    I want to do a similar treatment but my walls are cream (not white) and I have some “kalamata” (dark purple) on the window and door frames, as well as one wall that is very pale blue. I wonder if I can do this mural using colors other than the classic Mondrian primaries: dark purple in place of the black lines, pale blue, light sage green and something else for the blocks along with the cream. I live in a studio and I think primary blue, red and yellow would overwhelm my small space.

    Do you have any experience with using different hues for this mural?

    Thanks.

    1. Allison Murray

      August 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      I don’t but I think it would be gorgeous! Send me a pic if you wind up going for it?

  • Barrie Arthur

    April 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Absolutely love this, saw a similar idea on an episode of Grand Designs and it stuck in my mind, came across your post when searching for templates.

    Can i ask what thickness you chose for the black lines??

    1. Allison Murray

      April 27, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      That’s so cool! I’ll have to see if I can find that online to watch :) I chose to make my lines 2 inches or 5 centimeters wide. Best of luck painting your own!

  • ANTHONY

    August 20, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Thank you for posting this tutorial. When I moved into my new apartment I was looking for Mondrian prints for sale when I came across

    your tutorial and decided to give the entire wall the Mondrian treatment. It didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped because the edges of

    the black lines are not at all sharp and clean. Black paint spilled over onto other colors. I wanted to ask if you had any suggestions for

    sharpening up the black lines now that the project has been completed?

    1. Allison Murray

      August 24, 2016 at 8:55 AM

      I guess it depends on how textured your walls are. If they are very textured I’d suggest going with a better quality tape just beside your lines to re-do them. You’ll need to really go over the tape with your hands a few times to push it into the texture to help eliminate any bleeds. If your walls are fairly smooth it might be as simple as a yardstick and a Sharpie marker to clean up the edges…

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