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Paint a Mountain Mural in Four Steps

Painting mountains doesn’t need to feel as difficult as climbing them. With paint, brushes, rollers, and some painter’s tape, you can make mountains in no time. Check out the inspirational photos below and use our step-by-step guide to create a nature-inspired nest.

Before You Start

First comes the fun part: designing your mountainscape and picking colors. You’ll need to choose at least one color for the mountains and a base color for the sky. For a traditional look, we love Gray Shadows or Wild Lilac paired with Delicate White. If your young mountaineer has a passion for pink, Primrose Garden or Kendall Rose will create the perfect pink peaks against an Accolade sky.

You can create dimension by using different shades of the same color to create mountains in the background and foreground. And, you can use stencils to add other outdoor elements, like clouds, birds, planes, or hot air balloons.

Step 1

After painting the base coat and letting it dry completely, form the outlines of your mountains with painter’s tape. Create a staggered look by varying the width and height of the peaks. When you’re finished, stand back to make sure that you’re happy with the outline—if necessary, readjust the tape. 

Step 2

Paint along the inside edges of the tape with a paintbrush. Getting paint on the tape is fine, since you’ll peel it away when you’ve finished painting.

We painted our mountains Ariel, a soft, cheerful blue perfect for boys’ and girls’ bedrooms.

Step 3                                                                               

Paint the rest of the mountains with a roller brush until the entire landscape is covered. We kept this step simple by using Olympic ONE paint so that we would need only one coat of paint to get the job done. 

Step 4

After one hour, slowly remove the painter’s tape to reveal majestic mountains. Allow paint to dry overnight before letting your young dreamer see the big change.

Congratulations—you’ve reached the summit! We hope your new mountain mural fuels uninhibited imagination for years to come. 

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