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The Process of Commissioning a Mural: From Consultation to Installation

If you're considering commissioning a mural, you might be wondering what the process involves. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you understand what you need to do to make your mural project a reality.

Mural install for Heroes Bar, Melbourne by Juzpop. Photo by Intitular Creative.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

The first step is to reach out to the artist you're interested in working with to set up a consultation, this could be over email, phone call or a meet in person at the mural site. Provide the artist with an overview of your project, budget and discuss your vision for the mural. This consultation is also a chance for the artist to ask questions and gather more information about the project scope and location.

Step 3: Deposit

After the initial consultation, if you and the artist feel good and are in agreeance of the projects details, vision and budget, a deposit is required to secure a spot in the artist's project calendar and to begin working on designs. The deposit amount will vary based on the artist and project's budget, and should be clearly outlined in the agreement.

Step 4: Design and Approval

Once the deposit is received, the artist will begin the design process. This involves creating mood boards, sketches and digital mockups of the mural concept. You'll have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the design before it's finalised, generally artists will provide a set amount of revisions included in their service.

Step 5: Mural Creation

Once the design is finalised and approved, the artist will begin creating the mural. This involves preparing the wall, priming the surface, and painting the mural. The artist will work with the project timeline to ensure that the mural is completed on schedule.

Step 6: Final steps

Upon mural completion the remainder of the deposit is due. The artist may come in to take final photos once the area is clear of all the paint, materials and equipment and lovingly part ways with their hard work. Now you'll have a beautiful work of art on your wall to enjoy for years to come.

In conclusion, commissioning a mural involves several steps which will vary from artist to artist. By working with an experienced professional artist who takes a collaborative and conceptual approach, following the steps outlined in this blog post will ensure a smooth and stress-free process from start to finish without any headaches, delays, or unexpected surprises.

Photo by Jack Gruber.

I'm Justine (Juzpop) a professional artist and muralist, I specialise in creating large scale one-of-a-kind murals and paintings that add a new dimension to spaces inside and out. Visit my portfolio page to see examples of my work and learn more about my approach to mural art. I'm based in Melbourne but love to travel for my work, so wether you're local or aboard and you’re interested in commissioning a mural or other kind of artwork for your next project, please don’t hesitate to contact me at


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