Archive for December, 2008
A beautiful tree mural with very little painting required.
You can create a tree mural design using the concept from my previous post.
Find yourself a tree shape outline. There are loads to be found when you ‘search on ‘tree mural’ and using the google images option.
Find a tree shape that you like and copy and trace the image onto your wall freehand, or onto overhead projector film and project the image onto the wall and trace.
Alternatively you can buy the tree mural design below from me from my websites.
Wallpaper Tree Mural outline at Wallstory Murals for UK and European buyers
Wallpaper Tree Mural outline at Magic Mural factory for USA buyers
The shape will come as a full sized paper pattern and transfer paper which you tape to the wall and trace the design onto the wall. This will make your life much easier.
Next draw up a simple leaf shape that you can use as a template. Draw it onto cardboard and cut it out. This is your template.
Go to your local DIY decor store and choose a wallpaper design. You could choose 2 or 3 designs that coordinate well. Save money by looking in the bargain bins or ask for samples of each paper.
Choose designs that have small repeat patterns.
You could also use beautiful craft papers. There are so many gorgeous design to choose from.
Take your leaf template and draw as many leaves as you can on the wallpaper or craft paper as you can fit. Cut each leaf out. The tree above will take about 100 leaves.
Paint in your tree trunk with a tree colour of your choice. It could be any colour, not just brown. If you want a subtle look, paint it in a pale greeny brown or any pale colour of your choice that will tie in with your leaf wallpaper colours that you choose.
Use acrylic craft paints or tester pots of arcylic wall paints from your local DIY store.
When your paint is dry, paste your wallpaper leaves onto the ends of your branches using either wallpaper paste or PVA glue which dries clear. Overlap some of the leaves. You could have some blowing in the wind, or in a pile on the ground for an addtional effect.
Cut out some little bird shapes and paste them in the tree too.
There you have it! A simple and effective way of creating a tree mural for your baby nursery or child’s bedroom.
For those of you who would like to try their hand at painting a simple tree mural I now have a selection Paint by Number Tree Murals available in all sorts of shapes and sizes
You can buy this and other Tree Murals here (USA buyers)
UK and European buyers can find my own Wallstory Tree Design range at Wallstory Murals
Wallpaper tree mural
I came across this delightful idea for a child’s room or nursery from Enfant Terrible.
It even has a little bird house with a light inside it!
Silhouettes of little birds are also available that you can paste around the room as in this tasteful baby nursery.
A baby will not grow out of this design too quickly as in some mural themes. In fact I would be happy with this mural in my room!
This is a really easy tree mural for you to create as you simply paste it on your wall.
The leaves are handcut from designer and vintage wallpaper by Inke, and are available in spring, summer and autumn colours.
They are made by hand in Leiden, the Netherlands, providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities.
Priced at C $323.00 for 5 piece trunk and 84 leaves.
Height approx 2 meters x 2.5 meters
The trunk may be trimmed.
It’s packed in a tube complete with a brush, a packet of paste and simple instructions.
It’s not often people think of grey as a bright and fun color suitable for children’s decor or the nursery art for your baby. Grey is however often a very elegant color which allows more vibrant parts of the kids room to jump out, while avoiding the clutter that can come to be associated with bright rooms.
A sophisticated color grey is a key component to many color schemes, especially in a children’s rooms where strong and bright schemes are often used. For grey after all does not have to be made from mixing black and white, grey can be made from mixing complimentary colors such as red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple. Such mixtures if done correctly can be vibrant and very warm bright colors in their own right. Such colors include butter milk, silver, white gold, platinum, and creamy colored diamonds. With these colors in mind it’s easy to begin to see how grey can be a fun color used to ad vibrancy to your child’s nursery or room.
Of equal importance these complimentary greys can be used to bridge the gap between the complimentery color schemes of a room. This will help prevent the complimentary color scheme from hurting your child’s eyes or becoming generally overwhelming. Avoiding the overwhelming nature of bright color schemes is especially important when you are designing a room for your child. As children’s décor is often made better with simplicity and only a few bold statements.
Even as grey can turn what might have been an overwhelming color scheme into a fun possibility it can add its own emotions to any color scheme. In the example of purple and gold, a silver like grey could help to make the room seem regal dignified which could be very fun for a child. A butter milk grey could also be used in a similar way to as a bridge between the complementary colors of pink and aqua green to help create the perfect room for a princess without the overwhelming sensation that pink can cause.
Even as Grey can be the perfect color for a child’s room it can also be a good color for the children’s wall art, or the art you might hang in your baby’s room. This is because as a subtle color grays can be used to create great detail or pictures which can stir the imagination. The color grey is easy to look at which means that any pictures done in this color will be easy on the eyes allowing a child to stare at them for a long period of time.
There is one last advantage to grey rooms and color schemes, this is that because grey is so easy on the eyes it creates so few distractions, and requires so little mental effort to process. This means that it is easy to spend long periods of time playing in a light grey room, and grey is believed to help stimulate thought and creativity.
Boy was it hard picking a winner for this Children’s Mural Contest. Everyone had such great ideas!!
Thanks to Dawn of Nursery Murals and More for hosting my custom children’s mural competition.
She has been a delight to work with, and I hope to do more joint ventures with her in the future.
We decided we liked the robot idea the best.
So Congratulations Miranda Dixon aka JustMyRinda or you may know her by her Twitter name: @fabrichound.
Thank you everyone for being a part of this fun giveaway.
We will be offering more fun things in the future, so stay tuned!
Thanks to Debra Conrad for this technique.
Check out her website, ‘That Painter Lady’ jam-packed with mural tips, tricks and ideas
My favorite way to paint the water portion of an Underwater Mural is also the best way to paint a sky background.
If you can master this technique… Ocean Style Murals and Cloudy Sky Style Murals will be quick and easy to accomplish.
Step 1 : Paint the entire wall blue.
Step 2: Glaze the entire wall with blue.
In a nutshell, that’s it!
So… now I will give you the essential tricks of the trade to achieve these results.
- Latex Paint – Eggshell or satin – Baby or Powder Blue (Purchase enough to actually paint the walls.)
- Glazing Medium – Big jug or can from the big box store
- Thalo Blue Paint Tinting Liquid from the big box hardware store
- Chip Brush – From the big box hardware store- Cheap and disposable
- Water/Rags/Drop cloth/Tape etc.
Woolie Pad – From Home Depot or order online here:
Woolie #100607 Lambwool Faux Appl Tool
The entire wall must be painted in the baby or powder blue color.
This base coat color must not be skipped. This technique looks terrible over a white background.
The chip brush is used for two reasons.
- You just can’t get close to the ceiling or baseboards with a Woolie Pad so I use a chip brush to cut into these areas… blending very carefully.
- I need a tool to get the blue glaze applied to the Woolie because if you just dip the pad into the glaze, it will soak up to much liquid.
The Woolie Pad is used because the technique requires long horizontal strokes that can’t be accomplished with just a brush. Also, the Woolie Pad makes painting sky or water murals easier on textured walls.
The ratio of glazing liquid to blue tint is not an exact science.
I will give you a formula so you know it must be mixed very strong.This is to get the desired intensity… as the glazing liquid is transparent. (… and no, this technique will not work with just dark blue paint… so don’t try it!)
The formula for the glaze is – 6 parts glaze to 1 part blue tint.
The paint is “glided” on in horizontal (left to right) strokes. More glaze (intensity) is applied as you work your way down the wall.
I keep a dish of clear glaze and a spray bottle of water nearby. I can work the horizontal striations (what looks like brush strokes) out of the painting as I go.
Remember to work with a damp Woolie Pad.
Always spritz the pad with water and work it into the wool before you start painting. And… keep that pad damp. If you have to walk away from the work area, slip the pad into a plastic bag. The tips of the wool pad can dry and then all the softy goodness is gone.