Choosing the right materials for your mural is critical to achieving the desired look and result. The following materials breakdown highlights the pros and cons of each medium so that you can decide which will best achieve your mural goals.
Traditional Chalk / Pastel
The dusty, powdery stuff that most of us grew up with in the classroom.
Pros: Wide variety of color availble at no extra cost. Wipes away cleanly if you want to change up the artwork in the future. Allows for great texture and photorealistic detail (shading and color mixing). Works well with smaller boards as well as larger walls.
Cons: Wipes away very easily and smudges with the lightest of touches, unless it’s spray-sealed. Must take extra care to handle and transport without smudging. Can have a slightly “vintage” faded finish as opposed to bold and vibrant. Not easy to touch-up if smeared badly.
A terrible misnomer - it's basically a semi-permanent paint marker.
Pros: Does not smudge or wipe away easily, so it transports well. Bold colors for easy legibility. Will wipe away very cleanly with damp cloth on non-porous surfaces such as glass and laminate. Easy to touch-up. Ideal for smaller boards or boards with only written text.
Cons: Color availability is limited to white, basic colors, and gold/silver metallics. Acts like semi-permanent marker on painted surfaces (including surfaces painted with chalk wall paint) and porous surfaces; once the ink dries, you will need to re-paint the surface if you want to change the art because attempting to erase the surface will leave a ghosted image. Not weather-safe; rain will wash away some of the art (but still leave a ghosted image).
We all know what this is. Gooey, vibrant, durable, permanent.
Pros: Endless array of vibrant color availability. Super permanent and weather safe. Ideal for large-scale pieces of 10’x10’ and up.
Cons: Number of colors factors greatly into cost, along with required supplies. Can take multiple days to complete if raw surface requires a primer coat to be applied and allowed to dry overnight. Touch-ups require more effort. More expensive due to process and time (but worth the money if you want permanent art).