Today was one LONG... but productive day! We had the opportunity to do some awesome murals at a local high school, and decided to take ya'll along the way in our MURAL PROCESS! These murals were commissioned by the site administrator to build school spirit and encourage quality attributes in the students. The paintings were going to be on the back wall of the stage in the auditorium and in their main student hallway. We knew this was going to prove to be a busy day of painting.
Arriving at the school we decided to tackle the large Gator on stage FIRST! To begin the project we used an old school classroom projector (can I get a shout out for classic classroom tools) to project their logo on the wall.
Once we had our placement decided we used chalk to draw our paint lines, this can get complicated so we try and keep the lines simple and refer back to our original image for the details and freehand those details while painting.
With the base colors on the wall we will then choose complementary highlight colors and go back and "texturize" the flat one color paint. We're not sure if the word texturize is the "correct" art world term but its one we've always used and was inspired by our mentor-- so it may be used by us often in this blog and when we say it we mean that we're adding additional colors to add depth to a piece of art. After texturizing the massive gator we then went back and added a white border to pop the piece off the wall. We are pretty satisfied with the finished product!
After lunch we tackled the second portion of the project, motivational words in the main office hallway aimed at encouraging students. This is a longer hallway (forgive me for not having an actual measurement-- hey I'm an artist) and the principal wanted to place important motivational words on ceiling beams. We had 4 beams and 5 motivational saying so the word GRADUATE was decided to go over the exit doors because it is their main focus! Check out my excitement before starting!
The words/sayings chosen were as follows:
THINK, THINK, THINK
PLAN & PREPARE
So we got started on the first beam....
After finishing the first side of our first beam we noticed something TERRIBLE, let us know in the comments if you see what we saw? .... did you? Yep... perseverance is definitely spelt wrong, and we discovered it is a difficult word to spell correctly. Cue Leah's almost breakdown, it was depressing.
We didn't let this get us down.... we had to track down the wall color (in the creepy basement- yikes) and made our adjustments to the spelling error. This minor (felt major at the time) problem was solved after a couple corrective coats of paint. These words took us FOREVER to finish and were mind numbing, especially since they required two coats of paint!
The last big decision we had to make was when we got to the word GRADUATE above the doors. This was a fight between us (twins don't ALWAYS agree). We couldn't decide whether to center the word graduate above the doors or on the wall?!?! This was difficult because the doors were obviously off centered on the wall... we ultimately had to call a third party and after a couple picture messages and a speaker phone "argument" conversation... a decision was made. Can you tell what we decided?
After taking a step back we decided centering on the wall was the best option so the words lined up when looking at them sequentially. We were very happy with the results.
After around an 8 hour day we were definitely POOPED but extremely satisfied with another project well done and a very satisfied customer! Thanks for reading and sharing our day's experiences with us!
-Lovingly Written by LEAH of Mirrored Creations