How To Paint the Sky & Hills in the Background

by Michael Goins on April 10, 2012

One of our most frequently asked questions is how to paint the hills in our mural scenes, so we decided to do a post about it. You'll see that it is really quite simple.

Our murals can, of course, be painted or applied to plain or monotone walls, but for them to really POP, we recommend that you stage the scene with 2 colors of latex paint to create a scene with a sky and gentle rolling hills. Here’s how to do it:


1) First, using a paint roller, paint the entire room/wall the sky color and let dry.

2) Next...

DIY Tutorial Paint Hills

3) Then...
How To Paint Hills on Walls

4) Now...
DIY Wall Mural With Hill

5) Finally...
Finished Hill for Wall Mural

 Tip! Save background color paint for touch-ups.

Tip! Corners can be tricky. To avoid it looking like a point, try to make your hill line at the corners as flat as possible.

Tip! You’ve got a lot going on with the mural design so go easy on the hills. Gently flowing hills tend to look much better than Dr. Seuss style extremity.


Michael shows this process very simply in the Tutorial Video for the Fanciful Fairies Stencil Kit. After about 30 seconds, he demonstrates this easy hill-painting method.

Now that you’ve seen for yourself how easy it is, get out there and paint that wall mural!