Making a mural: Christmas 2007

gardenbug(Canada zone 5)January 4, 2008

DSIL worked hard at building a mural for baby Reed's room, with a bit of help from DD, DH and yours truly. Individual squares (216) made by many artists were glued to a 4x6 foot surface. Each square was cut from a booklet before being attached to the frame. When assembled, the whole becomes a picture of Noah's Ark. Each artist created an animal for the ark without knowing the outcome! All they began with was a piece of the main artist's background. Here's how it went (alternating progress with details):

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dodgerdudette

'bug, how cool and colorful..were the artists known to your DD and DSIL ? Or did they just collect them over time ?

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   January 4, 2008 at 8:06PM
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cynthia_gw

Neat! Thanks for sharing GB. I'm curious about the process too. Is this from a 'kit' of some kind?

    Bookmark   January 5, 2008 at 7:22AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

The squares came in a book format and each picture had to be removed in order with an exacto knife. I believe they bought it at a fair of some sort. Personally I wouldn't have the patience required to complete it, but DSIL finished it in 2 days, including building the frame! He is considering buying a second "kit" and applying it directly to the wall rather than having the frame. We'll see. He begins his Stay-at-Home-Dad experience on Monday....

    Bookmark   January 5, 2008 at 8:54AM
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saucydog(z5MA)

What a beautiful idea on the artist's part and executed so well - I wonder if they colaborated on the color palette the way a quilter does?

I want one in my room....maybe a sunset?

I think the stay at home dad experience is a lot different from mom's because we care for alot of emotional needs where dad tends to plunder through and get all the physical stuff done (big generalization there). Not better either way, just different. Alot of times I come home to find all the machines in the house going at once as if there's been a marathon of cleaning, but everyone's hanging on my pant let wanting to talk about what happened at school today :)

I hope he enjoys his one on one time, I think he will :)

Saucy

    Bookmark   January 5, 2008 at 9:23AM
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just_t

What a beautiful mural and I think it would be well worth the work. I'd love to know if this could be ordered some where.

T.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2008 at 11:54AM
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michelle_zone4

What fun, it will surely give Reed something to look at.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2008 at 11:10PM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

I am thinking..."what a great jigsaw puzzle that would make, LOL ! It's beautiful.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 6:09PM
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