Archive for September, 2008
This project would be great with a circus themed room or even a Princess themed room.
First, find the center of your ceiling.
This can be done quite easily by drawing a line from one corner of the room to the opposite corner of the room. You can do this by snapping a chalk line from corner to corner. Then do that again from the opposite two corners – where they intersect is the center of the room.
Mark it securely with a nail.
Second, draw a circle on a piece of cardboard and cut that in half and use that as a template. (You could also use a large paper plate or simply draw around something like a large circular serving plate. The bigger the circle the less work this will be in the long run.) Take the half circle template and place it flat against the wall at a corner with the straight side up against the ceiling. Trace around the template to create your first “scallop” on the wall. Slide the template over, keeping the flat edge against the ceiling just until the you pass the first “scallop” and trace around the template again. Make sure the edges of the scallops touch slightly. Repeat this around the room on all sides of the room.
Third. Once you have all of the “scallops” drawn on the wall at the ceiling line, draw a line from the center of the room to the point where each scallop touches the next scallop. Continue this all around the room. If you have a chalk line – attach it to the nail in the center of the ceiling and snap a line at each scallop. Now you will have lots of thin “pie shaped wedges” on the ceiling.
Fourth - Tape off every other “pie wedge” and paint it one of the colors of the mural. Then repeat with the remaining “pie wedges” with a different color of the mural.
Thanks to my friend Patricia Newton of Elephants on the wall for this project.
If you’re like me you’re passionate about decor and would love to extend that passion that into your children’s bedrooms or babies bedroom or nursery.
Imagine what your child’s room could be like if you could continue the decor onto the wall with some kind of decorative walls feature. By the time you finish reading this short article you will begin to realise that you could easily create painted art for your child’s room.
My special interest is in the painted wall, and how to paint a wall for your child or baby nursery.
Did you know that some people think they are called ‘wall muriels’ or ‘wall murials’?
I think that’s cute, but I don’t mind what you want to call it, I am just interested in helping you to paint a mural yourself with simple wall ‘muriel’ designs. Let me show you how.
When you get right down to it you could describe my DIY mural system as a wall template, perhaps even a wall stencil, but guess what?
What would you say if I told you that basically it’s good old paint by numbers, but on larger scale?
It couldn’t be simpler.
Now that you know how simple the technique is, I’d like you to pop on over to my website and take a look at some of the designs available to you for your children’s decor. We have a custom service too, so check that out too
Let me show you how to make a DIY mural design even more special to your child.
Picture your child’s favourite theme for a mural, but then imagine what it would be like for him/her to have their name added to that painted mural.
When you paint a mural yourself, you have the option of personalising the design with your child’s name.
Consider this when planning a wall design for your child.
We have a number of paint by number designs that can be personalised.
It’s all included in the price of the mural
How to easily paint a jungle mural for a jungle themed room.
The Jungle Pool party
The easy paint by number design make it easy for anyone to paint their child a mural, and at the fraction of the price of hiring a professional mural artist.
All of your favorite jungle animals have gathered by the pool watching baby elephant and his mum do their party trick to the delight of the little crocodile taking a ride with his mum.
This adorable wall mural is sure to be perfectly delightful in any child’s room.
Choose from three sizes to fit your room
The paint by number Kit includes: pattern, transfer paper, directions & color guide.
The results are really professional your friends will be hiring you next!
This adorable mural can be purchased at
A smashing time!
I have been collecting bit of broken plates and pottery and broken it up in a plastic bag into managable sized pieces. You really need to smash it in a bag as otherwise the bits fly all over the place in your general eye direction!
Don’t do that!
I have drawn a rough design on the ball.
Now the sticking begins.
I bought a tile adhesive that is designed for bathrooms and is waterproof.
I’ve got some tile nippers that I can cut up the pieces of pottery into the general shapes I want, but they are not great quality, so the shapes are a bit rough. I don’t mind as I’m a bit too impatient to bother with fiddly little pieces anyway.
Slowly but surely I have stuck on leaf shapes, a butterfly and dark green stems, and it’s starting to come together.
It’s really theraputic, like doing a jigsaw puzzle.
The plates and pottery that I have used are all different thicknesses, so the surface of the mosaic will be uneven. You can see in the picture below how the flower petals stick up.
I like that, and I’ll regard that as a deliberate feature!
Lastly the best bit.
Grouting the mosaic ball.
I used a waterproof grey grout which pulls the design together.
Now it looks like a real mosaic!
I still have the other ball to do, and after that I’ll show you the next stage of attaching the balls to the iron bars to make them into topiaries.
(When I’ve figured out how to do it)