Rethinking Your Impression of Wall Murals

I found this blog post that I really like and then I realized that it was all based on the opposite premise of blown up “wall murals.” The post suggested that “most wall murals and decals are pretty cheesy.” Actually, as an artist, decorative painter, muralist and general consumer, I agree; primarily because they are all mostly mass-produced enlarged photo murals, large scale graphics or solid circles stickers, etc. . Most of us don’t want to see these on our walls, especially long term. The DIY Wall Murals post from PW Style displays some pretty cool wall murals as examples, like these.

Wishflower mural_via PWstyle, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

I love wish flowers and this next one reminds me of Rousseau. These both require considerable effort to create — all hand-painted.

Tropical mural_via PWstyle, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

The author may not have realized that there is wallpaper out there that is removable and reusable, can be temporary or long lasting and mimics the hand-painted look, because they are originally hand-painted or illustrated.

flower mural_via PWstyle, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

This large scale flower mural reminds me of our Flower Power Casart wallcovering, which happens to be on sale right now on One Kings Lane!

Casart Flower Power wallcovering, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Casart coverings can give an impression of a mural or art for your walls = Casa + art, which is Casart. If you want a more geometric look, we also have stripes now on the One Kings Lane sale as part of Domino magazine’s Enliven Your Walls event. If you head over to my other Slipcovers for Your Walls blog you can see the demonstration we did at High Point, using stripes in unconventional ways.

I like the illustrated style of this birch mural featured on PW Style.

Birch mural_via PWstyle, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

It reminds me of our Birds & Birch design that comes in 16 different color combinations.

 I moved this post from it’s regular mid-week Wednesday slot to post on Mural Mondays so could also receive this in time of our One Kings Lane sale before it ends on Thursday @ 11am. Don’t blink….

Another post is forthcoming this Wednesday.

Into the Woods

Since I’m heading to a cabin in the woods to hopefully get far enough from technology to tune out and turn off for a bit, I thought this paint-by-number mural would be a fun one to post.

paint_by_number_mural as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Paint by number mural by Curtis Robertson

Paint by number mural by Curtis Robertson, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Paint by number mural by Curtis Robertson -- before prep via craftzine.com

This is not hard to do but takes a lot of prep work to map out, draw on the wall and assign numbers, which is much harder than the actual painting — that’s the fun part. In fact, if you go on to read the source for this article, the artist even says he’s available for hire to create the grid and instructions so one can map out their mural on the wall and can do it themselves:

Are you for hire and how could someone get in touch with you? Yes. I love doing these, but the best use of my time and a clients’ funds would be for them have me help them select the subject and have me basically create a big “paint by number kit” on walls, and then have THEM fill it in. Then, if they want to hire me again at the end to tweak it, I can.

I like the abstract nature that this type of mural has with it’s “naive” stylistic painting — using blocks of color. Some of us from a slightly older generation can relate to the endearing quality of paint-by-number because we did them, or at least I did, when we were younger. Funny though, they are now viewed as completely “new” by a younger generation and vintage is very in now because it all seems new. I’ve thought about doing a paint-by-number for Casart coverings but I have a different interactive idea in mind that may be coming soon to our website near you….