Thursday, November 20, 2014

Painting a Tree Mural

Recently I was asked to paint a mural for a little girls new bedroom. The home owner is renovating an 1880s farmhouse and I was lucky enough to participate in the renovation by leaving my tattoo on their walls. Painting murals is one of my favorite projects and the larger and more colorful the better for me. I feel a lot more comfortable painting something loud and large rather than something  small which I think is kind of ironic because I  am a naturally quiet person.
 To start a mural this size I always begin with an outline copied from my original design. I freehand this rather than using any type of graph or projection and my end result is pretty on par with my drawing.
After it is drawn I may edit a few elements to make the design fit with the wall and fill in the outline with a base color. 

After my base color for the tree was in I added highlights and lowlights.

Next I added the grass and the leaves. The owner only wanted a few so I saved the placement for last.

Once the room is finished the homeowner is going to add a swing from the ceiling next to the window to give it the look of a tree swing. I love this idea and think it will complement the design perfectly.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Cheery Colorful Nursery for A Happy Baby

In my post Friday I shared the Driftwood Mobile I made for our daughters nursery and mentioned that I will be fighting the cold Wisconsin weather this winter by giving our home a make over. We have been living with the house for a while and have worked out what arrangements work best for us so now it's time to settle in. I know we have been here a couple years already but I think it is best to live with a space before making any permanent changes. 

I started with our daughters nursery I wanted to give her room a cute and colorful update with a homey feel to it. I started by making her mobile out of driftwood we found on a family trip over the summer (you can read more about it here) and hung it over her crib.

I also gave the walls and trim a fresh coat of paint along with the door. This wood door was stained in a dark brown color and covered in stickers from the previous owner. I want her room to be as colorful as she is so I sanded the door and painted it a bright blue. After a few coats of paint I glued some white molding to it to give the look of an older door and sealed it with about 4 or so coats of semi-gloss sealer to protect the finish. I think it still could use a pretty glass doorknob to complete the look.

The paint I found on the mistake paint shelf at a hardware store for $5.00 a gallon. I like to look for returned paint whenever I go to home stores because I can always find unusual colors I wouldn't necessarily buy at full price then I use them for projects like this.
 This is the same paint I used to paint the shutters I use at farmers markets here they are in action.

Anyway back to Corinna's room... I also repainted a dresser that used to belong to my great grandmother that doubles as a changing table. Then I took  some pieces from my farmer's market inventory to decorate her room. I used my home sewn bunting over her window and along a shelf then put up a few of my rustic hearts and signs I also have in my Etsy shop. I love how cute her room turned out to be and I also love that I was able to pull the look together for less than $50 by getting creative with what I already have!


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