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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / How does a second grade teacher best spend Spring Break?! on: April 10, 2009 05:44:43 PM

This could be considered interior decorating, but I'm going to put it under here because it was mostly an art project despite that it is considered a major piece of decoration in my son's room!

I decided to spend this spring break creating a mural for my son's bedroom.  I let him pick the topic and he choose Pokemon as that has been his obsession for more than a year at this point in time.  So he won and I decided that it at least the topic would be easy to paint.

To start out, he created a list of his favorite Pokemon and I found online pictures through google and used Photoshop to generate a single 8 by 10 image.  I printed that out and made an overhead of it.  Borrowing an overhead from school, I projected it on the wall and traced it.  I used a pencil and I definitely need a better medium to trace with next time.  The mural was then painted with craft acrylics.  It was a medium I felt comfortable with in terms of mixing and changing.  I'd like to try something a bit more of a challenge next time.  When I finished, I traced outlines with a black sharpie to make it all stand out.  The best part of doing it this was though was that it cost me nothing!  Next time I will go for a different medium and seal it as well, but as I live in an apartment, I will have to paint over it eventually.

Here it is!  Needless to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results and so is my son.  Questions and comments appreciated.

If you want to see more of the process or close ups - check out my Flickr account - http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativelinemn/sets/72157616487753066/

Thank you for looking!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Painting a Wall Mural - Paint choice? on: March 28, 2009 07:33:04 PM

I am looking for some advice on paint choice.  I am going to paint a mural on a wall in my son's bedroom.  I know how to lay out the mural and the like, but I am wondering about the kind of paint I should use.  I'm really excited about doing this, but am hoping to do it right.

Do I need to use a typical latex wall paint?  Can I use acrylic paints - like the kind you can buy in arts and craft stores?  It is in an area of his room that often gets 'hands on' so I want it to last.  I've used acrylic paints on the wall before, but in locations that weren't touched at all frequently.  If I do use acrylic paints - would you recommend sealing it with something?  I'm renting and will have to paint over it later on, so I don't want it to last forever.  Besides the fact that, six year olds eventually out grow pokemon!

Thank you for all your advice and suggestions.  Hopefully it turns out well!  I'll be sure to post pictures if it does!


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