Jan 27, 2009

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, It's a mural! (+tutorial)

My sister and I have a deal: she is going to help us build or renovate our future house — she's an architect — and I'll help her out with all her futher graphic needs: wedding invitations, birth announcements...

I thought I had the better end of the deal since she actually isn't engaged yet and so far it doesn't look like their will be any babies on the way soon. But then she moved into her first rental house with her boyfriend... And she aked her big sis to design a nice mural for their bedroom.

So I knocked out a design and started painting with some help from the boyfriend.

I'm not that good at freehand drawing so I made the design in Illustrator and we then projected it on the wall using an video projector from my boyfriends work.



We traced the outline with a pencil.



And then started filling it in. This step actually went a lot faster than I thought. It did however take about 3 coats to get the color right.



And here's the result.

15 comments:

Amanda said...

Wow, that's fabulous Carrie! You are so clever. x

Drea said...

Saw this on craftster and had to check out your blog.

It's really pretty.

shutters said...

i really like the mural and using a projector is such a smart idea

please sir said...

Ohhh I love it - what a fantastic result!!!

Carrie said...

Thanks for all your nice comments!

Tina said...

the result is stunning! i must try it one day when i've got my own place!

yombix said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful!! Don't you have the illustrator image?, i'd love to see it :) (i'm facinated for everything wallart these days).

Elizabeth said...

This turned out super cute! You might inspire me to do it in my bedroom...

DesignTies said...

That's such a pretty way to dress up the bedroom wall :-) It's simple, but has a lot of impact.

I used the same method you used for your mural to create word art in my home office. If you'd like to check it out, I've posted a few pics on our blog:

http://design-ties.blogspot.com/2009/01/whose-design-is-it-anyway.html

Lucky you, having an architect in the family!! I think you're definitely getting the better end of the deal!! :-) Although your sister is lucky to have your wonderful artistic creativity whenever she needs it too :-)

Kelly (one half of DesignTies)

Rachel said...

This turned out really really cool!!! What a great job.

I found my way over here from Coco+Kelly. You have a great blog!

Utah Man said...

Looks really neat!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to say i like it, and that the text on your blog is a pain to read because of your repeating background image.

Brett M. Figliozzi said...

Beautiful wall mural. Want to do the same one in my room. Was wondering if you could send me the mural to save me from painting my own. I have a projector and know how to complete the following steps!


I thank you so much in advance!

Brett

brett.figliozzi@gmail.com

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sam said...

i love this! i plan on doing the same thing above my bed and i was wondering if you could send me the picture you projected on the wall? it would be very much appreciated!!

my email is sselpileht@yahoo.com

sincerely, sam