Hello! Today I have special post to show you of what I do in my spare time, which I actually have very little of since I work full time. About a year ago my Pastor's Wife asked me to redecorate all the Sunday School rooms (I'm in charge of decorating of church). At first I was like 'WHAT??? I don't have time for that!!!' and I really didn't want to tackle that huge job. The Sunday School rooms were in really bad shape about that time. The room I'm showing you today I actually completed last winter, and this year I've finished another two rooms which I will show in later posts.
This room is a pre-school room. It already was painted blue and had clouds on it (sorry no 'before' pictures) and it had this little plastic fence stapled to the bottom of the wall all the way around the room with fake silk flowers stuck in them and a few of those fake butterflies you see in the floral dept of a craft store. It had a good start, I could see the 'nature' element, but I felt the theme wasn't completely pulled off and the fake flowers and insects weren't working because the little kids were continually pulling them off. So I decided to use their 'nature' element but take it to the next level, and this is what I came up with.
I started with a tree in the corner. It's the first thing you see when you walk in the room. The trunk and limbs are hand drawn, and the leaves are sponged in several shades of green. From there I used Heather Ellis Digital Image "Pure Innocence O23" (you may recognize them from MFT as stamps from the Pure Innocence line), and printed it on an overhead projector sheet. Using an overhead projector I projected the image onto the wall, traced it with a pencil and simply colored it in with Acrylic Paints. Now I used digital images, but you can also use stamps. You simply stamp the image onto the overhead projector sheet with Stazon. The sentiment was created on my computer, again printed on the projector sheet. Now, obviously I could probably just 'sketch' these images/sentiments on the wall, but the reason I like to use a projector is this: I GET TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE WALL WILL LOOK LIKE BEFORE I PAINT. It helps me to get the scale right, because I can adjust the scale with the projector. If you are a really good artist, you could probably even sketch a design onto a projector sheet and then shoot it on the wall.
"The Boy and the Dog 004". I did not shade any of the characters because I wanted them to appear cartoon-like, but everything else in the room is shaded. All the flowers were hand drawn by my friend JoAnne.
Doodle Pantry. The rabbit image is from Angel's Landing.
Digital Stamp Oasis. He is sitting right under the tree.
Have a great day!