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a Mural {2nd}

6 Feb ’12
Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

{all photos and text by +jo}

Wow – so here is a quick update on the process of the mural I’m doing over at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources. 

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.comOn the larger section of wall was wallpaper. Really really old wallpaper which had about twelve layers of paint on it. The seams were splitting away and I was very worried about laying down more paint and have the mural eventually ruined by the wallpaper falling.  After a shopping trip to pick up the paints and other supplies, Rebecca and I decided to just go for it and pull the stuff down. The paper had to have been from the sixties because of the smells and the cheesecloth on the back of the paper. Rebecca’s daughter was more than willing to help tear everything down and beat up the offending wallpaper bits.

The paint was so thick that it actually flaked off the wallpaper in huge chunks. No good.

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

Basic prepping happened – covering vents and removing plates. Also, lay down a trusty drop cloth.

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

Then do the fun stuff. Sanding the entire wall to remove the nasty 40+ year old glue. :{ The dust was awful and that is why I wore a mask for all of this part. I like my lungs and need them to stay healthy. An electric sander was a godsend. I thought I was going to have to do it all manually… but then the electric one showed up and I jumped for joy. An all day process turned into a couple hours.

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

I got most of it done, except for the very top of the wall… I forgot my stepladder and didn’t know if I could use Rebecca’s chairs for it. I had to run off to meet some of the new interns and Rebecca finished the top part and wiped the wall down.
Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

 

 

Then I had a lovely bare wall to repaint before I could get truly started. Luckily an amazing friend, Christy, came and help me out. It made life so much easier.

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

 

We went at it and quickly conquered that wall. Two layers painted and even did the detailing on the window sill.

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

We even painted the ceiling. The first layer at least. I didn’t want to worry too much about filling it in completely because I want it to look like clouds later… we will see if I made the right call.

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

 

But for now – the wall is painted and ready for the real work to begin.

 

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com

 

 

 

If you want sneak peeks on this project – follow me on twitter. @JoaArtist.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Phillip J Oakley 6 Feb ’12 at 8:21 pm

    This is what's happening at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources. A New Face Lift!

  • Reply David R. Arellanes 8 Feb ’12 at 1:24 am

    Want to see the next update…..

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