Monday, April 20, 2020

DIY MARUSHKA INSPIRED Mountain Wall Mural Quarantine Edition!



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Blank wall turned into a Marushka inspired Mountain Scene DIY Mural
Welcome back my Beauties!
What a WILD ride this last few weeks has been!
I have to admit that at the beginning of the Covid 19
Stay at home orders, I had GRAND PLANS of creating all kinds of wonderful works and organizing and cleaning.......
Funny, right??? ... I am guessing if you all are like me, those plans were just that.....
PLANS!!
You see I am used to being around my Family; a lot!
My husband is home in the summer and so are my kids,
but its usually WARM out and we can do things OUTSIDE..
This was not the case. 
This was more like winter break.
Lots of eating..not knowing what day it is
and not getting out of our pajamas.
My husband luckily was a bit more motivated than me.
You see since he is a Teacher he normally paints in the summers......for OTHER people.
I usually paint our home.
Since he was home he decided to paint all the rooms in the home that I hadn't painted in 15 years.
I had picked up the paint before all this and since we had it he decided to paint our hallway stairway and upstairs hallway.
He finished all that and I was left with a blank wall.
I sit and see this wall every morning while I am in my chair and drink my coffee;  and
after 2 weeks of staring at the plain blank wall, my Artist brain FINALLY got motivated.

If you have been following me for any amount of time,
you know how much I love the mountains. We do big family mountain hiking trips every summer.
You can see a few of those posts.
https://www.artisbeauty.net/2017/06/tips-on-navigating-glacier-national-park.html
or HERE
https://www.artisbeauty.net/2018/10/tips-for-hiking-arches-national-park.html
Missing those mountains finally gave me the motivation I needed to create something that would really be a time capsule dedicated to this crazy time.
Using a table top to draw a circle and hand drawing the mountain scene for the wall mural artisbeauty.net karin chudy diy

Being a child born in the 70s
I have had some strong influences.
One of them a local artist who created 
what we from Michigan lovingly refer to as
It was a style of silk screen graphic prints by a local teacher/artist named Richard Sweet
that were pretty much on everyone's wall growing up. 
I decided the wall mural I painted was going to be along those lines.
Simple but BOLD.
I needed a perfect circle to start and after trying to figure out how to maybe do it with a compass and a string and a pencil I looked into my kitchen and saw my little bistro table.

hand drawing the mountain scene for the wall mural artisbeauty.net karin chudy diy
My husband kindly unscrewed the top so I could use it to draw my most perfect circle and focal point for the painting.
After I had that I could start hand drawing my mountains. 
I took a pencil to the freshly painted walls and sketched out my design.
Use what you have to create a mountain wall mural indoors during quarantine karin chudy artisbeauty.net
Since I couldn't run out and get whatever supplies I needed I decided to go through all of my paints in the house and use those old color theory lessons and mix up the custom colors I wanted. 
mountain wall mural diy do it yourself use what you have before and after outdoors inside
Then I could finally get to work.
Funny how once I finally drew on the wall the painting was not scary.
(I know it was weird that drawing on the wall scared me more than putting permanent paint down)
Painting the sun/moon on a Use what you have to create a mountain wall mural indoors during quarantine karin chudy artisbeauty.net
I got to work painting, sometimes mixing the color right on the wall until I got the right tone I wanted.
Once I had it the color I wanted I filled it all in and gave it 2 coats and some touch ups.
I left some dry brushing on the sun/moon to give it depth and texture.
It was nice to have a distraction from the outside world
while I spent 2 days working on this mural.
walking down the stairs looking at the Marushka inspired Use what you have to create a mountain wall mural indoors during quarantine karin chudy artisbeauty.net
One of my favorite things now is being greeted by my Mural as I walk down the stairs in the morning.
Easy DIY MOUNTAIN WALL MURAL QUARANTINE EDITION. USE WHAT YOU HAVE MARUSHKA INSPIRED DO IT YOURSELF KARIN CHUDY ARTISBEAUTY.NET

It brings a smile to my face as I start my day.
Blank wall turned into a Marushka inspired Mountain Scene Use what you have in your home DIY accent wall mural Karin Chudy artisbeauty.net

Plus this is my view now when I sit and drink my coffee every morning! I get to see my mountains even when I am stuck inside.

I hope this has brought a little bit of happiness and fun to your day.

Easy DIY MOUNTAIN WALL MURAL QUARANTINE EDITION. USE WHAT YOU HAVE MARUSHKA INSPIRED DO IT YOURSELF KARIN CHUDY ARTISBEAUTY.NET

Honestly...this was the scariest part!
Having my picture taken.
At this point I hadn't put jeans on in 4 weeks...or makeup...
or done my hair.
I already don't like to be photographed as it is, but decided to be a little brave and get my picture taken...(Again as a time capsule sort of deal) 
I am glad I have this now since most likely its gonna be another 4 weeks before I do any of those things again :)
Easy DIY MOUNTAIN WALL MURAL QUARANTINE EDITION. USE WHAT YOU HAVE MARUSHKA INSPIRED DO IT YOURSELF KARIN CHUDY ARTISBEAUTY.NET

I hope you are all hanging in there.
I hope you are all healthy and safe.
Make your day Beautiful and Kind! 
Until next time! 

5 comments:

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Karin, this turned out so great! I loved seeing your process! So nice you have a view of the mountains everyday now! Love the beautiful photo of you, too!

Karen K from Buffalo said...

WoW, that is so pretty & you are so brave to do this! I don't have a wide enough wall to do this anyway. But I love that you did this!

Art is beauty said...

Thank you so much. I’m so happy with how it turned out.

Art is beauty said...

Thanks Karen. I love walking die that stairs and seeing it every day !

satsuma said...

Oh my goodness! Wonderful! What a great piece you've created. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm eyeing my blank walls now! ;) Best, Jen at Satsuma Designs