One of the best ways to personalize your home, your space is to do something special – a personal project born of your creativity! Something that talks about you, that talks to you, even better if you can do it yourself. I assure you, it will always be something you look at and feel happy. For someone who has lived a life of a gypsy (of course by choice and in exploration) at the end of the adventure, home should be the personal space where we feel joy and calm.
As a step in that direction, I am going to take you through a simple process of converting an empty space into art. Recently we were involved in an interesting small garden project. The client was very keen on painting a “wisdom tree” on one of the balcony walls.
It’s always good to start with a clear crisp design, whether you draw, download or create it. Of course you can do a freehand design but it’s always good to see where you would need support and where you can free flow depending on the confidence you feel with your artistic abilities and the design you choose. We selected our design and since the size chosen was 2X2 ft, we enlarged the image and got it printed.
Once we got the design printed as per our requirement, we put the prints together and created the same size of carbon paper behind the design by sticking smaller sizes together with a cello tape.
With this work done before hand, when we reached the client’s place, we selected and measured the space for the art work. We stuck the ready template on to the wall with a masking tape which is easily available with any hardware or paint dealer. Masking tape is ideal to attach our template as it doesn’t pull of the paint off the wall when removed. It really makes a simple coat of paint much easier to apply as it prevents smudges and overlapping at edges or corners.
Once the template is up, you start tracing it on to the wall. You could use a pencil, stick or just anything pointed to create the imprint on the wall. After tracing, neatly remove the template and start painting. You could use any exterior paint or even easily available water soluble or acrylic paints.
Considering we had a white wall and we were painting terracotta colour on the wall, we needed to apply two coats of paint. Always let the initial coat dry before applying the second one or else you will end up with an uneven surface.
As a decorating project it is inexpensive, as the requirements are few, with most of the items already available at home. Four hours later, we had this beautiful tree, enlivening the beautiful house of the Nairs’.
I hope that this will inspire you to test the boundaries of your creativity and you too will create a corner that will express your soul. After all art is but another human language.