If you've read any of my previous posts, you probably know that I just bought a house. You might also already know that my fiance wanted to have one room dedicated to his favorite baseball team - the Toronto Blue Jays. He painted the walls grey and the ceiling blue (the team colors). I was trying to come up with something that would really pop for the room, so I thought about getting him a fathead for Christmas. But - $89.95 for a giant sticker with a logo on it? COME ON. After browsing craftster for ideas, I decided to paint a logo/mural-y thing for him. I used the fathead as semi-inspration (http://www.fathead.com/mlb/toronto-blue-jays/toronto-blue-jays-logo/
). While searching for the different logos online, I came across Chris Creamers Sports Page which is awesome because they have pretty much every major teams logo ever made (must bookmark this for future use) and I found this image http://www.sportslogos.net/logo.php?id=1396
which I decided was PERFECT.
After I decided on the image, I knew I couldn't freehand because I haven't taken an art class in about 5 years. So I went to blockposters.com (http://www.blockposters.com/
) which is another great site. It basically takes any image and turns it into a wall-sized poster you can print out for free. It's a lot like the rasterbater, but it doesn't come out in dots. I used this to make and even "grid" on my design. After I had the different sheets printed out, I traced a sheet of paper across the wall for my "grid" (mine was 5x3 sheets of paper). After I had the grid on the wall, it was easy to draw it in peice-by-peice based on the individual pages I printed out from the block poster. (You can read more on drawing a mural using the grid method here: http://www.wallmurals123.com/painting-wall-murals-drawing-grid.html
About 5 hours later, I finally had the image completely sketched and outlined on the wall in colored pencil. Regular pencil didn't show up since the walls were already painted grey. Over the rest of the weekend, I filled it in with acrylic paints. I spent maybe 6 hours in all painting it in and touching it up. Now I am exhausted and I am SO GLAD it's done, but I LOVE how it turned out and so does my fiance. And the total cost of supplies was.. $1.82 per bottle of acrylic paint in blue, white, black, and gray (I mixed to make the different shades of gray) and $7 for a pack of paintbrushes (About 20 in the pack and I only used two different ones). So total cost about $14.28 plus tax. TAKE THAT, FATHEAD!
Anyway, here's finished project:
And here are some in-progress shots:
Before - blank gray wall
Block poster all printed out - and my cat Frank who refused to leave my side through the entire project
Beginning of sketching - this part was sloppy due to the fact the only colored pencil I could find was one of those 4-colored fat ones. After I finished the "S" I finally found my set and used black for the rest.
Sketching done, let's paint!
Supplies - The black round thing at the bottom was just an empty plastic container I rescued from the recycling to pour the paint in
Finished! FINALLY! Whew! There is still one *minor* spot to touch up - above the "a" and "y" a bit of blue smudged and I tried to touch it up with the light grey I was using, but it's just a touch lighter than the actual wall color so it didn't quite work. Oh well, I have some extra grey from the walls still in the garage, so I will touch that up some time this week. I am just so happy it's done!
I hope you like it as much as we do
Feedback greatly appreciated before I attempt another one of these!