Amy
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Paint Van Gogh’s Starry Night Mural on an Old Fence

12 Materials
$100
6 Hours
Medium

Learn how to paint a beautiful mural of Van Gogh’s Starry Night with just a few colors– even if you’re not an artist! There's a video below that I highly recommend you watch rather than trying to follow written instructions.



  1. Gather mural painting materials
  2. Prep your "canvas"
  3. Transfer the line drawing onto the canvas (Video Reference Time = 1:15)
  4. Block in the color (2:10)
  5. Paint stars and moon (3:00)
  6. Add detail (3:30)
  7. Distress edges (optional) (4:35)
  8. Seal your mural (4:50)
  9. Hang it up (optional) (5:20)

It's easiest to follow along with the VIDEO tutorial than try to read how to create this :)

paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

You can paint this mural wherever you'd like to. I used an old fence that I sanded, cleaned and primed.


Before painting, I set up the fence (canvas) on two chairs covered with cardboard so I didn't make a mess. It was also easier to paint at this level because I didn't have to crouch down sooooo much.

paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

As promised here are the colors I used. I'd recommend getting EXTERIOR acrylic paint so I chose match colors from Benjamin Moore (BM) paint. If you use regular acrylic paint you'll have to seal this really good when you're done.

paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

Blocking in some color.

paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

Adding in the backdrop for the stars

paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

Adding detail to the sky


paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

Here's the final result :)

paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

I used Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane in Satin to seal this. I put about 8 coats on it. I'd still recommend using an outdoor paint rather than regular painters acrylic paint like I did... it will hold up better.

paint van gogh s starry night mural on an old fence

How it looks hung up on my shed from the back porch.

Suggested materials:

  • Starry Night Line Drawing  (https://www.justcolor.net/art/coloring-art/?image=art__coloring-adult-)
  • Starry Night Reference Painting  (https://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/starry-night.html)
  • Reference Video  (https://www.prettypurpledoor.com/paint-starry-night-mural/#video)
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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Donna
    on Aug 29, 2019

    Where did you find those gorgeous, outdoor chair pads?

    • Amy
      on Sep 1, 2019

      I ordered them on ebay but they are from Home Depot I believe. Aren't they amazing?

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