After nine months of on-again-off-again work, the Castle in mom's room is now finito. And I am too exhausted to feel as excited as I should be
It stands 7'3" tall (a bit over 2 meters), and goes from the floorboard to the ceiling. It all started once upon a time with a picture of the castle, a pencil, and a yard stck, and now look where it has ended up. The model for decoration is the 50th anniversary castle, but if you go to my Stock site you can see that some things are very different (though some are as close as I could make them to the original). You can take a look at it here: [link]
Ok, lets talk materials. The background light blue-grey, the blue of the turrets, all the greys of the bricks (and there's six colors of brick), the black, the silver, pearl and the gold are all wall-paints, semi-gloss. The gold, pearl, and silver are actually gold and silver leaf. Very runny. I did not like them; they kept dripping. Next time I will use all metallic tempura paints. The bronze and copper as well as the blue and silver glitter paint are all tempura. Since tempura is water washable we will have to "fix" the mural with polyurethane. That will be done when the weather gets warmer and we can open all the windows. I used a number of different sized brushes, as well as my fingers
and nails to egde.
The castle still needs some cleaning up: pencil marks and such, as well as the wall itself around the castle now needs a touch up coat of paint.
The swagging is covered in little flower designs, because the actual swagging is floral carving in high relief. So I tried to be as close as I could to the idea of it. All the swagging is bronze with gold highlights. THey are covered in hidden Mickeys, by the way.
It is four in the morning, and I must leave for Columbus in a few hours, so I don't have the opportunity to get a picture in daylight. When I get back in a few weeks I will retake the pictures using sunlight and replace the image.
A giant version is here: [link]
(pardon the orange hue); if you want to take a closer look at the detail. When I get the chance to get it in sunlight I will also probably take detail pics of the turrets and such, to show off all the little stuff I did.
The mural is now mom's to complete. She will do the landscaping and sky. When that's finished she'll load it into her gallery as a collaboration.