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How We Painted Vi’s Wall

In Art, My Files on August 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Back home, after six long years of educating herself, my friend wanted her room to look bright and inviting, both for herself and the kids she provides therapy to. My job was to make that happen. This was our first time. Before experimenting, we thought it a good idea to get together and make a rough plan.

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Wall1 Plan

 

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Wall2 Plan

From the plans you must’ve figured that Vi is a diehard green digger.

Fortunately, Vi didn’t want the paints to last forever and neither of us wanted to get into any scraping, primer formalities. So, the boring work went right out the window.

On a not-so-happening Saturday we planned to meet up somewhere and buy some paints from somewhere. We walked in unsure of what type of paints to ask for. On a random guy’s advice we settled for water based wall paints that dry in four hours flat. The colour palette didn’t have all the colours we were looking for, so, we replaced them with new colours. We bought a few brushes and rollers, drank some sugarcane juice and headed straight home. We also invited a few friends to help us out with the painting but only Hem seemed excited about an overnight project.

A bit of lazing, a glass of tang, a plate of pasta and a few television shows later we got the room ready for a makeover. By then the third member of the clan had arrived and we were ready to paint the town green.

First, we divided wall1 into four parts with a paper tape to get it ready for the four green stripes. The opposite wall didn’t look any different so I didn’t bother putting it up.

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tapes on wall1

 

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The first stroke at midnight

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Two coats later, the base for wall2 is ready.

 

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getting the colours ready for wall1

 

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stripe1 down

 

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stripe2 down

We stopped at 5:30 am and left the paints to dry. In the mean time we slept and got back to work at 9:30 am.

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Next two stripes down!

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Second coat, tapes off and here we are!

 

Next, we used buckets, bowls of varying sizes to create the pattern of circles on wall2. For very large circles, we used a rope as a rounder– used one end as the center and held a pencil at the other end.

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painting the circles

 

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painting some more circles

 

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and some more

We applied a second coat to the circles and wound up at around 4:30 pm. I decided to leave the detailing for the next day ‘cause my hand was far from steady and I needed sleep.

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Detailing begins with Vi’s sun sign—Pisces…

 

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…followed by Vi’s favourite fruit – grapes…

 

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…followed by Vi’s favourite dancing instrument- ghungroo.

 

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Vi signs her wall

 

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So do I!

We made a seperate section for handprints. Hem left us half way, so she has yet to leave her handprints. Anyway, this is what the completed wall looks like.

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Tada!

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  1. Wow!! Great Job! 🙂

    Love,
    The other “green digger” in your life!
    Mwah

    • Thank you!! 😀

      Oh you should have seen her, dressed in pistachio green shorts, green top and neon green flip flops ready to paint the wall green!

      Love,
      Red

  2. fun. i like that. aloha.

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