As it turns out, painting a mural is fun. And painting a mural of something simple like a tree is even, dare I say it? Easy, peasy. Once I got over my reservations about putting my paint brush on wall, and kept repeating to myself: If it looks like crap, I can always paint over it.
So, here it is; step-by-step (sort of) photos and all. At the end, I'll include links to all the materials I used; you know, in case you decide you'd like to deface your walls too.
First, you need an outline:
I tried a few things and thus, learned a few things about outlining your mural. 1) Don't use pencil. It's easy to erase, but that's just it: you have to spend time erasing it. 2) Don't use blue chalk. It doesn't fully wipe off and I can still see a little of the outline if I squint and lean my head to the side a little.
Next, get started with your painting:
You'll really only need to tape at the bottom where the tree trunk meet the floor board. I didn't tape around the sides of the tree. That's because
I also use a single color for my tree trunk and branches:
Then it's time to add leaves. Because I (and I really can't stress this enough) I'm not crafty at all, I knew that I couldn't make uniform leaf shapes without a stencil. So, a couple of Whole Foods bags later and Voila! Stencils were born:
|It looks like dandruff in this photo, but trust me- it's cute.|
Anyway, once I got everything adhered to the wall, the mural was complete! Take a look at the final product:
I really thought by the end of this thing, Bea would have a few paint splotches on the wall and we'd be calling it an "impressionist" tree. But, I think it turned out great and is a unique addition to her currently-underway Nursery Re-do!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the complete reveal of her Nursery-to-Toddler Room Transformation!
Tree Trunk Paint Color: Purchased at Lowe's; My Color inspired by Pantone Color: Griffin
Leaf Paint Colors: Purchased at Micheal's Craft Store on Clearance; Delta Creative Cermacoat Paints Colors: Village Green (light) and Medium Foliage Green (dark)
Bird House Colors: Purchased at Micheal's Craft Store in Crafting section; FolkArt Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paints Colors: Purple, Fuchsia, Aqua
Wall Decals: Purchased on Amazon, Lot 26 Studio Add-Here Collection