Vinyl decals have made their way from the sides of vans to the walls and windows of shops, studios and homes. Ben the Illustrator reveals how to create one of your own.
For designers wanting to see their work on walls, windows and cars - the bigger the better - vinyl decals are the solution.
They allow illustrators and graphic designers to venture into any project, from interior design to high-art installations. Vinyl is durable, clean, cost-effective and available in assorted strong colours. So, if you're thinking of making a decal of your own, follow this project, which reveals the creation process from initial idea through to finished mural, via Adobe Illustrator.
Before you start, think about the theme, colour and size, and whether you're creating the design for yourself, a client or to sell. Will people live alongside it and enjoy the theme in the home, or in the workplace? Consider yourself an interior designer, and study popular home or office colour palettes and decorating trends.
Your design must be big enough to fit its wall space, but each element must also be small enough to fit in a vinyl-cutting machine. Remember, too, that vinyl is produced in limited colours, so check availability before you start; here we will be using five.