Hello. Today I have another Church Sunday School Story to share. In a previous post, I shared how I used Digital images to put images on a wall. In this room, everything is freehand. Now, I am not a sketch artist, but I am really good with paint, so other than the rainbow, nothing is drawn on with a pencil, I simply took a sponge and played with paint until I achieved the look I wanted. But before I tell you how I did the room, first I want to explain some history of the room because that has a lot to do with why this design was chosen.
Many years ago, someone wanted to create a more 'edgy' look for the room since it was used for teenagers. At that time 'dripped paint' was really in, so they created a 'dripped paint' border all along the top of the walls going around the perimeter of the room using purple paint. That was it. The top 1/3 of the walls was painted a solid color purple, then there was a distinct line and paint drips down the rest of the wall. Sorry, I have no 'before' pictures. Well, about a year ago we had a church visitor and they entered the room and said 'Ugh, this room is so creepy. It looks like dripping blood'. So then, everyone started to think of the room as creepy or depressing and I was asked to redecorate it. I asked the current Sunday School teacher to ask the kids (pre-teenagers) what theme they would like, and they came up 'A rainbow with Jesus coming back in the clouds'. I said to the teacher 'Well, I could do the rainbow, but I certainly can't draw Jesus. I'm not a artist' and he said 'Just do anything more cheerful and uplifting'. So we started to repaint the walls....guess what? No matter how many coats of primer we used, you could STILL see the paint drips! So then our church handyman re textured the walls. And, you could still see the paint drips! Everyone started to say that the room was cursed. NOT something you want to hear about a room in your church! LOL! So, I have a big problem. HOW do I cover up or disguise those paint drips? My first idea was sponging. So I painted the room a very light blue and started to sponge. After I completed sponging the first wall, I just thought that it looked way too busy. I just couldn't see doing all four walls like that, but I couldn't leave one wall entirely sponged and not do it on the other walls. So in order to blend the sponged wall with the other three un-sponged walls I painted over the bottom portion of the wall with the light blue and left just the top of the wall sponged. I can't explain how I sponged. I just used a medium and darker shade of the same blue I applied to the wall and dabbed till I got the look I wanted. Then, so I didn't have a distinct line from the solid to the sponged part of the wall, I just sponged the lighter two shades. In the picture below you can see the gradient sponging I described.
After all the artwork was completed, I put the first part of the song on the main mural wall. I did that by printing it on the computer in a font I liked and then projecting it onto the wall.
I found this memo board that had all the colors of the room in it at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts, so I put that on the wall. I wish it was a little larger so it fit the scale of the room. I could also buy another and just put them next to each other to increase the scale.
Have a great day! Amy