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Painting a Family Tree on Your Wall

This project is fairly simple to do, and looks great with pictures to be a family tree.  It is easy to do on a regular wall.  In the photos, as you can see, I chose a foyer painting up a staircase.  This requires an extra step of precaution.  Good, sturdy ladders and most likely, a helping hand might be needed for an inexperienced, DIY.  My husband actually built a small platform that laid over two steps to make it easier to reach higher when I was on a step stool.  The tallest part from the floor level was done on an 8′ A-Frame ladder.  I do not recommend using an extension ladder.  #1:  Find a design or image possibly from Google that you are interested in trying to copy.  You can keep the design fairly simple or make it more intricate if you like.  I actually found several pictures I liked, and then freestyled this design as I went.  Purchase the small 2 oz. craft paints at Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or even some dollar stores sell them.  I chose a dark chocolate brown, a cream color and a bronze metallic color. Also I used a piece of white chalk to draw at the tree on the wall.  You will need a good quality 1″ flat brush (Royal Crafters Choice or Royal & Langnickel) or a comparable brand. I usually keep a cup of water to rinse my brushes in and a damp paper towel for errors.  I freehanded leaves, but if you are not confident enough with painting them, look for a stamp that has 1 to 2 inch leaves in size that you can brush the paint on and stamp randomly after painting the tree shape.  #2:  With the piece of chalk, draw out the tree starting at the base near the floor.  You may want to put a piece of tape across the floor molding to keep the brown off of your trim.  Draw out the basic tree shape and branches.  I chose in my design to do a less traditional and more curly freestyle branch for my tree….  I drew out the base and branches and then just painted my tree in by filling in the lines like a coloring book with the chocolate brown like a silhouette.  #3:  Paint or stamp on the leaves…. step back every so often to see if you have gaps that you need a branch or leaf to fill in.  #4:  Take some cream and mix a hint of brown in to where you have a fairly lighter shade and paint a highlight on the left side of the base of tree and a swish here and there on the left side or top of some branches.  I then added another line of bronze and highlighted along some branches and leaves to give it a little shimmer here and there.  This is all done in a very random way.  Once it is “completely” dry, you may take a slightly damp paper towel and wipe off any chalk that may still be on the wall or shows on edges.  Then you can randomly hang your framed pictures here, there and everywhere all over the tree design.  The pictures do not have to be laying exactly on a branch.  Just have fun with it!Family Tree

 

Growth Chart

growth chart

Ever want to keep your child’s height measurements on a growth chart?  You can do it on your wall or by simply doing it on a board.    If you decide to do  the board… you can cut your own piece or go to the local hardware store or places like Lowes and Home Depot.  Choose a board that is at least 6 feet tall.  I would suggest at least 6 inches or wider and it can be thin.  It could be a 1/2″ thick piece of MDF or Birch is a great lightweight type of wood.  You could stain it (not the MDF), but I would highly recommend you paint it.  Choose a contrasting color to your walls or if you have a colored wall choose white.  

I have chosen in my example below to paint straight on the wall.  And of course this would require some artistic skill.  Or hire someone to do it.  It can be any theme you would like.  I chose a version of a sunflower… it could be a beanstalk, a ladder, a lighthouse, a tree, or a freestyle design or pattern.  The sky is the limit with possibilities.  Just make sure to create some form of a center point that will go up your wall vertically.  Measure up from the floor and mark with something permanent or with paint every 12 inches representing a foot.  Determine when you measure your child to mark that area with a line and date it and their name if there is more than one child being measured.  It is a treasured memory.  This is why I also suggest putting this on a board and mounting it to your wall, because if you would move at a later date, you can remove it and take it with you.  Therefore, taking your memories with you!

 

 

 

Freestyle Theme-Based Art on Walls

This is for a very creative Do-It-Yourself-er!  LOL!  A wonderful way to bring in some artwork to a bedroom or possibly a living room or spare room is to take something design wise from your fabric or something very similar that you may find by Googling images on your computer in the graphic category.  In the first picture, I found some unique graphic style art and painted it in the very dark purple color from the fabric.  I free-handed it, but you can always play it safe and sketch out your design with chalk.  Sometimes pencil will work, but you have to be careful with color choices, because you can see pencil through most colors unless they are very dark.  You can also photograph your art on your fabric, blow it up to a larger scale size such as an 8×10 and have a transparency made at somewhere like Office Depot and project the art onto the wall.  In the other example, I free-handed the artwork from the actual bedding and just duplicated the shapes and colors to create my own piece of artwork over the headboard.  This may take some time and a little artistic skill but it makes a much larger statement sometimes to have something uniquely your own instead of store bought artwork.

 

 

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