Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

‘Stranger Things’

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Well, it’s the first day of spring, and here we are in Virginia with this crazy winter storm!.. Pretty Strange… BUT- it inspired me to write this blog post just for fun. I often get asked by people, “What’s the strangest thing you ever painted?”

Below find my Top 15!… Not that I would say these things are ‘strange’… just unexpected for someone who typically paints on walls. Here we go:

Amy, What’s the strangest thing you ever painted?

Inside an elevator shaft!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The background for a model train set.

The inside of an old bank vault turned into a hair salon studio.

Tire cover for a Jeep:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large cable spool – turned into a fun kid’s table!

Inside a very small closet under the stairs- I painted it to look like a dollhouse:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simpson-themed dance floor on vinyl!

Russian nesting dolls.

A Monogram on a Driveway:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A canvas sailboat sail for a parade.

A fan and its blades to resemble an old propeller plane.

150 ft of canvas to look like a castle for a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed party:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tabletop to look like a pizza.

The floor of a small indoor basketball Court:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, a huge metal storage container ( 2 actually! ):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my sometimes unexpected career!

Wanna make the list?… Use your imagination, and see what you can come up with that’s unusual, but fun!

To contact me or learn more about my services, visit my website at www.MuralsByAmy.com

Cozy up with Burberry Plaid

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

One thing is for sure- a Burberry Plaid room- much like the iconic pattern itself- will never go out of style!…. I have to give it to my clients- they are some of the most creative people!… Always coming up with the coolest ideas for me to paint.

However, don’t be fooled- even us artistic painter types have to use MATH from time to time- particularly with this pattern. ‘Winging it’ is NOT an option!… So after carefully analyzing the pattern, I came up with my measurements for each line.

We opted to do this pattern extremely large- so that you’d get the essence of the iconic plaid in a bold statement- while not making the wall too busy with a smaller scale.

In order to create the look of feel fabric- I used tape to mask the lines, but then I cross-hatched the lines, rather than roll the color on flat. I think the effect would have been lost by using solid colors. After all, a plaid is NOT solid- rather a myriad of overlapping colors.

Once my ‘down lines’ were dry, it was time to start on the horizontals. Where the colors overlapped, I was sure to paint in those areas extra full. And in case you’re wondering about that crazy green tape- it’s Frog Tape- found in most paint stores. Love the stuff!!!… I should be a spokes model for them… but I’ll stick with my day job.

Next, it was time to add the white- so I had to block off the black lines with tape- unless, again, the white line overlapped with a black line. This really did feel like weaving with PAINT!

Lastly, the red lines went into place. We used a slightly more pinkish red to give the room a softer look. For that matter, the ‘black’ was really a dark grey.

Are you starting to see how much measuring, math and leveling was involved?!.. I didn’t mind it though, because I could see the end product- and it was fantastic!

The wall had a pitched ceiling- which is hard to see in the photos. But the added height of the room was complimented by this bold plaid pattern- a perfect fit!…

The final result- clean and classic!…

While we’re on the subject- side note- but my children’s book features a character named Mrs. Brrrberry. Get it?!… Love that scarf!

School Spirit

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

I thought in honor of that Back-to-School time of year and the onset of fall- a SPECTACULAR season to live in Virginia…. I’d highlight some of my previous school mural projects.

Most recently, I completed this Success Pyramid for Lakeridge Middle School in Lakeridge, VA. What an inspiring wall for all these young athletes!

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Next, is the cafeteria stage at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, VA.

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This was painted during the summer, so needless to say there was a lot going on- it was difficult to get a good picture!

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Here’s a close up of their logo:

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For Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, VA, I painted their Stingray mascot to label the various areas in the hallway.

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The gymnasium mural at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg, VA proved a little more challenging due to the acoustic boards that surrounded the gym.

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For Congressional Schools of Virginia, I keep adding to the mural in the reception area. Here’s a before and after of the front desk area- showing the outside of the Early Childhood Program building.

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Lastly, I had the privilege of painting the Senior Cafe at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. It was a gift from the class of 2012. You can see from the before and after pictures- this added some much-needed color and excitement to the Senior-only area… afterall, they worked hard to be there!

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From Barn Door to Shoji Screen

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I do a lot of tranformations in this line of work, but this recent painting project turned out SUPER! But unfortunately, I cannot take the credit for the idea itself- it was a concept my client in Laurel, Maryland had for her upstairs hallway. She wanted to replace the standard doors opening into her hallway bath and laundry room with barn doors in order to maximize space. She already had an extensive collection of Japanese artwork, so the idea of painting the doors to look like a Japanese shoji screen just came naturally.

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The first task was to draw the lines in even segments. I decided is was a good idea to make use of the blank wall space in between the two doors since it was similar in size to the doors.

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I reinforced the lines with a little dark paint so they wouldn’t get lost when I started adding the background colors. Nothing drastic- just subtle gold and cream tones to give the impression there was light behind the screens.

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Next, I painted a shadow of a tree- to break up the stoic pattern but to also add softness and interest to the overall look and feel of real shoji screens.

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Finally, I needed to make the lines of the screens really pop- making them clean and precise, so that part was done last. Some blue painter’s tape helped keep everything tidy and looking good. The contrast of light and dark tones is really what is needed to make this design work!

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The result was truly incredible- a perfect compliment to the kimono hanging in the foyer and the perfect tones for the lightly colored hallway.

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Below you can see the door opening up the the bathroom.

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As one final touch, the inside of the hallway bathroom was painted with this koi pond scene.

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Broadway Dreams

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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When Showcase Dance studio in Manassas approached me about doing a Broadway-themed mural for one of their dance studios, I was thrilled!

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The space was truly a ‘blank canvas’- a large wall about 9 ft high and 20 ft long. In order to get a good grasp on the concept, I printed out pictures of New York City and Broadway to help inspire my sketch.

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In order to give the mural a nightime feel with glowing lights, I started by painting the entire wall a midnight blue. Then, as I added the bright colors, it was like painting with flourescent lights!

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The final result was eye-popping and colorful- hopefully a great reminder to the aspiring dancers of where they can go!

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80’s Arcade Mural

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

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When asked to paint a Pac-man themed mural for an arcade room, I jumped at the chance. Being a child of the 80’s myself, I’ve pumped my fair share of quarters into Pac-man machines growing up!

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I started with my wall painted flat black. And because the Pac-man game board is square in shape, I had to do some scaling ( using math! ) to make the grid fit on the wall while keeping it as large as possible.

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This design involved A LOT of measuring and leveling vertical and horizontal lines. The blue tape I used was instrumental in keeping everything evenly spaced.

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The result was a fun throwback-themed arcade room!

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