Saturday, June 9, 2012

Additional Accessories for the Last Mural

There are some additional accessories to some murals that help to complete any room. These are a few that were part of the last mural.

The above piece was a 16x20 canvas painted a pale yellow with lettering done in calligraphy with acrylic paint.

The next project related to this mural was a given, since the mural was somewhat of a period piece. 

Silhouette Portraits
 Silhouette portraits were some of the early forms of art. A silhouette is an image of a person or object minus the detail. 
 They are usually done in black on a white background. The silhouette portraits or 'profiles' were popular in the mid-18th century and had a resurgence in fashion, advertising and fine art in recent years (see Kara Walker's new drawings Studio Museum of Harlem).
 A lot of elementary schools have the making of silhouettes as a yearly art project.
 The subject is seated in a chair against a solid background. A strong light is then placed on one side of the person being drawn. An outline of the persons head is traced, then either painted or cut from black construction paper. 
 I wanted that look for my daughters family nursery. I took the easy way. (I had each of the new parents stand against a solid wall, took a picture of the profile, printed it on a copier, cut it out, placed that pattern on a piece of black felt, pinned it, cut it out and placed it on a piece of textured card stock (personal preference; choose whatever you like).

This is the set of silhouette portraits!

The silhouettes were framed in purchased black oval shaped framed from Michael's Arts and Crafts. The ribbon ties are remnants of the black and white fabric used in the curtains in the last posting. They are about 2 inches wide (finished) and 24 inches long. The strip is them topped with a 1 inch wide strip of the Harlem Toile fabric. The bow topper is another piece of the black and white fabric. This was a 'no sew' project using a washable fabric glue called 'Ok To Wash It' by Alleene.

The lettering was purchased letters from the craft store painted with acrylic paint and decoupaged.
Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Number One Grandson!

The 1st grandson was a wonderful addition to a family of women. Knowing that he would be the 1st of at least several more, we planned a nursery that would be timeless. The colors chosen were yellow and black (chosen by the new mom). The walls were already painted a pale green (chosen by both parents). The fabric Harlem Toile by Shelia Bridges was the timeless theme chosen. 

 A twin sized sheet was purchased and used as fabric. A quilt was ordered but out of stock.

The scenes pictured are totally awesome. The black and white scenes depicted various antique period scenes but with a modern twist. I isolated 3 of them, cut them out and sewed them on pre-purchased pillows from Ikea. The isolated patches were then trimmed with a black and white small print gingham checkered ribbon. Small antique buttons were then sewn on with touches of grosgrain ribbon accents.

 The valance was designed and sewn with the toile fabric and trimmed with a slightly larger black and white checkered gingham print. A tutorial will follow. The tie backs were a strip of the black and white gingham topped by a smaller piece of the Harlem Toile. The final finish was a black one inch wide ribbon.

The mural choice was a little boy in vintage period clothing riding a horse with his sister. Having a boy as the first born was a surprise but my 'grand' mom intuition knew that there would be a little girl eventually in the picture and if you look carefully there is a little girl doll in the hands of 'that' little girl. :) 

This is considered a movable or mobile mural as it is not painted directly on the wall. It was painted on a canvas, and mounted onto the wall. An buttermilk white molding was used to border the mural. The home improvement stores will gladly miter the ends of any molding you purchase. Some now have equipment that you can use free of charge to do it yourself. 
 The molding was painted a 'buttermilk white'  along with the unfinished bench that holds the pillows. The colors matched the crib perfectly.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Mural Studio/ Set up

 It's time to share how I did my set up for one of my favorite passions; painting murals. For many years the majority of the paintings were on walls but now with families getting older, hobbies and interest changing and/or not having more children, and with some downsizing to smaller spaces, it may be smarter economically to have the mobile murals. They can be rolled and saved, traded or resold. The choice is yours!


Ott lights for evening or night work if there is no natural light source

  • paints
  • erasers and pencils
  • brushes
  • water jars for brushes
  • easels
  • sheetrock
  • sketch paper
  • wastebasket
  • liners
  • a small table for paints
  • water for rinsing brushes
  • cloths and or paper towels
  • an apron or smock (optional)
  • a comfortable chair or stool (one for break, one for detailed work)
  • protector for flooring (unless you have a floor that doesn't mind) :)
  • storage for paint
  • magazines and or idea books
  • a journal (optional)
  • large clips big enough to hold canvas to sheet rock
  • stick pins
  • rolls of canvases

In this photo I positioned 4 wooden easels. Two easels support 1 piece of sheetrock each and they are placed to produce a 16 ft. flow. Seldom have I done a 16 feet mural but the extra space allows for your collection of photos and inspirational clippings for each project. An Ott light is hanging for the top of the 1st board. To the left (on the black bookcase) the is a vintage office florescent light. So far however for the time of day that I have painted, this has worked. There is an east window covered by a huge gas heater so there is not a large amount of natural light to insure true color.

The stool in the center will be replaced with a larger table.

Another view! Earrings drying on the flat file. Another post, another day :)

The large gas heater blocks much of the light but does not hinder the projects! I am open for suggestions on how to cover it!

  • broom
  • spray cleaner ( a mixture of 1 part vinegar, 1 part Dawn dish Detergent, 7 parts water is my preference)

    • insert things that keep you motivated (affirmations, photos (of loved ones and of people who make you smile or laugh), art work
    • plants and or fresh flowers
    • and for an additional perk, I like to add a candle to burn off paint fumes (you may not smell them with acrylic paints but they are definitely there).

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