I have been thinking a lot about painting recently. (Sorry, not much sewing going on this week due to my mojo completely disappearing on me.) And suddenly, I remembered that I had painted a mural, at my sister’s request, for my niece Katie’s nursery. I can’t remember all the details as to how it came about. Maybe she was talking about wanting a wall decal or just about decorating Katie’s nursery, but the next thing I knew, I was painting a mural. Painting. Something I had never done before. Something about which I knew nothing or had any experience (beyond finger painting in kindergarten). I don’t know how or why I thought I could pull it off, but apparently I thought I could.
Here was my process:
- I bought an art projector, this one I think.
- Found an image online, similar to any of these.
- Projected the image onto the wall at the size/scale wanted
- Traced the projected image on the wall in pencil
- Started to paint what I saw on the printout.
This was an in-progress picture. I don’t have a final picture myself; I’m not sure why. And my sister has since changed apartments, so this mural doesn’t even exist anymore. 🙁
Seems pretty easy right? Kind of like paint by numbers easy. I didn’t have to figure out how to shade, or how to scale the flowers in relation to the branch. Tracing an image allowed for a relaxed verisimilitude. The problems I ran into were more technical in nature, like:
- Which size brush to use?
- How or when do you blend wet paint?
- How do you prevent muddiness of colors?
If you look at the top right, you will see some muddy, brownish petals. I tried to blend colors (rather unsuccessfully) to get the color I wanted, but instead I came out with a brownish mess. To be honest, I can’t remember if I corrected the color later or not, after the paint had dried. As I mentioned earlier, this picture is not of the final mural as you can still see some of the pencil tracings. I hadn’t painted some of the flowers yet, nor any of the greenery. The bird is looking mighty cute though. I remember that Katie spent a great deal of time staring at the bird when she was a baby. Each successive petal was easier and easier to paint and to replicate the look of the original image.
Now that I have remembered this forgotten project from 6 years ago and talked through some of the details and process of it, I feel the urge to create something similar again. Maybe with some pre-stretched canvas. Maybe a triptych of this kind of scene. I do love me some chinoiserie. Wouldn’t something like this be so beautiful, inspiring, and peaceful hanging above your sewing machines?
Kathy of Spottedroo is continuing her learn how to paint series. Check out her latest post!
Happy painting, sewing, or whatever crafting you’re doing right now everyone!
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