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a Mural {8}

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Holy Moly! This past week went by really fast. Ok, hope you’re ready for a simple tutorial on how to paint clouds.

It really is pretty simple. {And, yes, I know you might not believe me at all… but trust me it is.}

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What you need:
2 kinds of light blue, one slightly darker than the other
White paint
Sponge, preferably natural

With everything that I’ve done with this mural, I’m mixing my own colors. I don’t like using a color straight out of the can/tube for many reasons. Mostly, because it’s boring. Anyways, have fun and mix up your own colors!

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You can sketch out the clouds if you want but be careful because the dark lead will muddle with the colors and you might end up with stormy clouds instead of happy clouds. {If you get the reference – you’re awesome. 😉 } I simply had an idea in mind because of the pilimary sketch I did at the very beginning.

Mix the slightly darker blue paint with a little bit of water so the sponge would grab it easier and dabbed away. You don’t have to be precise with the first color because it is there for the silhouette and shadows. You don’t want it completely filled in either because light bounces all around inside clouds due to light refracting through water, etc… You don’t have to think about all that. Just dab out a cloud like shape.

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Next, add water to the lighter bue paint and begin to dab away with it. This layer is for the mid-tone values so don’t cover up all the base blue paint. You need it to show through. You want to show the volume and depth the clouds have with this layer.

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Lastly, take the white {no water this time} and find where your light source is. What ever direction it is coming from dab a little bit of white along the edge of the cloud. And think about where the light is touching the interior of the cloud as well.

Now you’ve made your own happy cloud. 🙂

Here are a few of the ones I painted over at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources. 

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I’m almost done with this project – it’s getting down to the nitty gritty and a lot of detail work to finish it up. The next time I post about the mural will be the last one and it will be a doozy.

I hoped you enjoyed this little tutorial. Let me know if you tried it and how your clouds turned out.
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P.S. If you want to get caught up on the other installments, here they are!
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a Mural {7}

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There were a couple extra people with me over at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources this time.
Eric came by again to continue to work on the lady.

AND Intern Edwin came by to check out the progress. It was a little different working while someone else was around simply to watch. But Eric and I forged ahead steadily. Eventually we both began talking about the painting techniques we were using. I had a dry-brush technique for the shaded grassy areas whereas Eric used a combination of washes.

If you are unfamiliar with those terms, here’s a simple breakdown:

Dry-Brush: is a painting technique in which a paint brush that is relatively dry, but still holds paint, is used. Load is applied to a dry support such as paper or primed canvas. The resulting brush strokes have a characteristic scratchy look that lacks the smooth appearance that washes or blended paint commonly have.
Wash: is a painting technique in which a paint brush that is very wet with solvent and holds a small paint load is applied to a wet or dry support such as paper or primed or raw canvas. The result is a smooth and uniform area that ideally lacks the appearance of brush strokes and is semi-transparent.

 

Through out the conversation Eric and I both reflected on our opposite backgrounds and experiences at SCAD. Though we both started off in opposite directions we somehow managed to end up together and because of our diverse backgrounds work well together. Plus, it’s kinda epic making a wall transform and tell a story.

Till next week.
{I’ll show you how to make clouds} 🙂

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a mural {6}

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This week’s update on the mural over at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources. 
Have you ever been satisfied with something and then, after some time has passed, you look a the thing and realized it was crap?
Yeah. Me too.

I’ve never been fantastic at figure drawing. I’m one of the many artist who hides behind “my style.” In this situation it was completely unacceptable.
So I brought in my best friend and greatest ally in any battle.
Eric.

Together we tackled the walls. I continued to press forward with detailing the hills. He took to the immense task of correcting the figure in the painting. I had already briefed him on the concept and gave him intel of sketches and the option to adapt.


And soon the evolution happened. Slowly, in sync with the hills, the figure began to transform. A new painting blossomed.

It’s was funny, looking back through the photos, seeing how both Eric and I rhythmically stood away from the wall to see the totality of the work.  It’s an essential part of the process. You can’t keep yourself buried nose first into the sands of whatever project you are working on. You have to step away and gain a full perspective. And often. Otherwise the end result will be poo.

Eric’s background is quite different and similar to my own. We both went to SCAD and would not be the artist we are if we had not attended. He will continue to help out on this project for the next couple weeks. It will be 10,000x better for it.

But, then again, I’m a little biased. 😉

Till next week,
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a Mural {5th}

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

{Text and Photos by +jo}

Wow – last week disappeared. At least that’s how I feel about it. So many thing are happening right now. I know I’m going to enjoy it all because that’s the least I can do. And take pictures to share with you all.

Thanks for stopping by – here’s the update for this week:

This is where things become a little interesting. I wasn’t happy with how I sketched the tree… but it was hard to try to keep adjusting and drawing onto the wall. I made the decision I would fix it with the paint. I did just that. I tried to follow the curves and flow from the sketch. In the art world there is a measuring technique used by holding up the pencil, pen or brush as a guide to find the angles, ratios, etc. needed in the image. So that’s what I did. With my entire body. And I jumped to put the end spots of branches on the ceiling. I’m glad I was alone… because I’m sure I looked crazy doing this. I probably confused the people working in the unit below Magnolia Pregnancy Resources. No one came knocking and I continued to work.

 

 

Another thing I should mention… I didn’t realize what all I would need to paint the tree and bushes’ trunks and limbs. I didn’t have a paint brush small enough for the limbs for the bushes so I used my fingers. I gotta say – I’m really happy with how well they turned out regardless of that fact. I almost thought about doing that  for the tree.
Then I realized the same texture that I loved so much when applying the blue paint to the ceiling I now loath for the tree. It took so much paint on the brush to smoosh it into all the crevices that the paint would drip afterwards. My trusty drop cloth wasn’t big enough to catch all of the paint droplets. And I think I would have passed out from incorrect blood flow if I kept it up for too long. The ceiling isn’t very tall but I still wish for a scaffold so I could at least lay on my back to paint the ceiling. Instead of all that, I will buy a sponge brush to conquer this little problem. Keep moving forward, there are so many things that need to get done. The limbs can wait a little while.

 

 

All in all – I could be moving faster on this. But, I don’t think it would turn out as well if I did.

I hope you are enjoying the journey nonetheless.

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a Mural {4th}

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources | LeahAndMark.com (33)

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I bet you thought you weren’t going to get an update on what I’ve been up to over at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources?

SURPRISE! 

So all the prep work is completed. Now to the part that really matters. The painting. I figured I’d take you through a semi-step-by-step tutorial of my thought process when doing this stuff.

Clean up – set up. A drop cloth is so important because I’m messy. I wear the same two pants when working on this because they are going to be covered in paint by the end of it all.

Prepping and mixing the paint. Paint separates easily. Especially water based latex paints. Rebecca was awesome enough to buy the good stuff too. It only takes one coat to cover any other color. That’s great and could complicate things down the road… we will see. Because there is more than one layer to the hills/mountains I wanted to have a sense of atmospheric perspective when painting them. So I decided to do washes of color to build up the paint from the basic blue of everything. {That’s why I repainted the wall blue.} So, take the paint – add the solvent of the pain {water in this instance.} Mix well. 

And if you get any one you – wipe it on the wall. At least at this stage it’s okay to do this… later… the pants. 

And start building the layers of color.

It was dripping and I wasn’t too concerned about it. It would be covered up in the layers below. Also, in this phase I could fix things I wasn’t happy with on the fly. 

First layer filled in.

Also, don’t forget to take off ALL of the plate covers and tape over the holes. Don’t need the paint getting into and onto things that wouldn’t like it.

Keep painting. 

Adding in more paint to create the next layer. The 2nd row of hills received two coats of watered down paint. The top layer just one coat of water down paint. 

The bottom row had the full color straight from the can applied. It was at this point I realized – that paint really covers like they said it would. There wasn’t as much of a difference as I was hoping. The more it dried, the more the green covered the blue. Rebecca certainly got her monies worth from the paint. Wow – it’s good stuff.

I didn’t let the paint slow me down any. I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve to create the look of atmospheric perspective. Keep on painting. 

Until you sling it all over the place. Oops. Wipe if off…

and onto the wall and/or pants.

Whew! First section of wall down! Make sure there’s no paint on your shoes before you step off the drop cloth. I was lucky this time – no paint. 

So, keep painting the layers as planned. Can’t really switch of the game plan mid-play. Otherwise something would look off later on down the road. 

Don’t for get the window and the details. Add the second coat.

Fill in the rest.

 

Boom! Grass, hills, and mountains’ base layer is done.

Now to move onto the tree and bushes.

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a Mural {3rd}

{all photos and text by +jo}

 

It’s been a crazy week and it will be crazy this coming week. I’ll keep it simple with this update: things were drawn.

You can’t really see much in these photos… and even if you could the final painting won’t look anything like what is on the wall now.

I literally sketched on the walls and ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something interesting I found out: I have a rhythm to how a draw. A very physical rhythm. I forgot to put down the drop cloth and when I was done drawing I saw the mess I had made whe drawing the figure and tree.

I had no idea nor have I ever been in the situation to discover it.

I’m glad I did… and then I cleaned it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week there will be paint.

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a Mural {2nd}

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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a Mural {beginnings}

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources

 

{Images and text by +jo}

 

Normally I my posts go up on Monday mornings but we have Season [SeVen] flooding the gates with their first posts. Check ’em out!

 

This is the beginning of a big project I’m doing. It’s funny how life will throw things out there for you to catch. Mark’s good at doing that as well. One day he simply sent out a tweet: “I need a muralist. Anyone?” The irony? I was driving over there to have my headshots updated by Mark. I simply responded “Me painter.”

Soon I was standing in Leah and Mark’s place meeting their dula, Rebecca. Her company is called Magnolia Pregnancy Resources and her studio is in Dunwoody. She has a room where her clients have their birth classes, but it is rather bland with four walls of Robin’s Egg blue. She wanted something to make the space come alive.

That phrasing can be very scary… something, anything, an open canvas, a blank slate, tabula rasa… I didn’t really know where to begin. All I really had was Rebecca’s business card and the knowledge that Magnolia is her daughter’s middle name. So I sketched out something and talked to Rebecca over a few emails.

Without ever seeing the space this is what I had:

Jo Arellanes | Painter | Watercolor | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources

Then I had an opportunity to view the space and take in a wonderful critique from Rebecca. She sent me references and allowed me to see a beautiful tattoo. Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources

When I was able to see the space everything seemed to make more sense. The walls are a wonderful sky color and will be a good base to determine a cohesive color pallet.

I took a panoramic shot on my little iPhone and scurried home. With the help of my trusty Cintiq I was able to translate everything I had learned about Rebecca and her company and created this secondary sketch:

 

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Photographer | Painter | Mural | Magnolia Pregnancy Resources

 

This is going to be Epic.

Holy.

 

So, like I said at the start of this post: this is the beginning.  There will be weekly updates on this project on top of my normal “Jo’s ramblings” posts. But, if once a week isn’t enough – follow me to see what I’m doing each day I go in to work on the mural.
Twitter: @JoaArtist
Instagram: @littlestargirl

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