Sunday, 10 February 2013

Bedroom Murals

I have a 3 and half year old boy. I love him to pieces. It's great playing Hot Wheels and pirates and knights. We read about dinosaurs and bugs and monster trucks. When you've got kids you kinda sink yourself into their world. It's been so cool to learn all about Lego and Wall Tracks, all toys that I didn't play as a little girl, especially with a sister too. And if you remember, the last mural I did was sharks!
So when I had a opportunity to paint some stuff in two little girls rooms, I was pretty excited. The only information that I was given was that Abbey, who is about 5, loves pink. She also loves flowers. And Chloe, who is about 2, likes purple and butterflies. Because of location and timing, I knew I would only have a day to paint in both girls' rooms and with that, set about figuring out what to do.
We made the drive to their house last weekend and I showed the girls my ideas. They seemed pretty excited which took some of the pressure off! I got started right away tracing the first room out. I found a really cool graphic online of a garden and knew immediately it was what I wanted to do. Only instead of black and white, it would be dark pink on light pink. After all, pink is her colour! I changed some of the flowers around in the image and included as rose as that is her middle name. Once I got it transferred to the wall, I began painting. I ended up with a little bit of an audience for most of the day. It was pretty cute as the girls and Charlie, would stand at the bedroom door whispering about it. Here is the first one. My favourite part of doing this painting was when Abbey said to me, " It looks like the flowers are dancing."
Once the flowers were done, I added in her name in a darker pink and highlighted the rose in the same colour. I love it!

The second half of the day was spent in Chloe's room. I knew I was going to do a butterfly, but the pattern was going to be made up on the fly. So away I went and got it drawn on and base coat of light purple down with a mix of Chloe-approved pink and blue, before dinner. After dinner I went back in with a dark purple to create some pattern and give it some character. It turned out amazing and I knew I had it right because Chloe just stood in the door with the biggest, cutest smile on her face.

All said and done, I finished by about 7pm and we were on our way home. It was a long day, but it was well worth it. I hope they enjoy their new paintings in their rooms! I had so much fun. Thanks for having me! Enjoy.