I created this DIY Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired wall mural for a client who was converting a second bedroom into a home office. The ‘Mackintosh Roses’ are the focal point of the mural, with added geometric patterning to balance the composition. The white lines also feel a bit like a wainscot, which work to frame the chairs that I found at the GoodWill for $10. One of my favorite tricks in a small room is to paint one of the walls darker than the others. It seems to draw your eye to the outer corners of the room, making it feel larger that it really is. I was able to easily complete this mural in just a few hours.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret McDonald were hugely influential in creating a modern esthetic in Glasgow Scotland, in a time when Victorianism was all the rage. Their rooms with clean white geometric lines were a stark contrast to the dark baroque inspired furniture of that era. Some of their masterpieces include the Willow Tearooms, the Hill House Residence and of course the Glasgow School of Art.
I created this Art Deco Wall Mural for a home in LA’s Miracle Mile, known as one of the premiere Art Deco areas of the city. The beautiful yellow and black tile already existed and my challenge was to find a way to embrace the vintage tile, while also accentuating the verticality of the space. My inspiration came from the Desmond’s Department store which could be viewed from the Dining Room Window of the home. I chose shades of yellow, silver and gray to compliment the rooms existing palette and vintage mirror. This was one of my more complex murals, but the end product was quite stunning.
Here’s a DIY Butterfly Mural that you can create in your home. I know it looks complicated, but when you break it down and do it step by step, it’s relatively easy. The finished product is really outstanding, and looks great in a minimally furnished environment.
I created this Mural for my home in Palm Springs to promote Modernism Week 2014. I used traditional house paint diluted with water, on top of a light weight pencil drawing. Sample colors from Home Depot were a great alternative to buying large quantities of paint. Also, house paint has more durability and will allow for light cleaning with a damp sponge. In the video below I show you how to use an opaque projector which allows you to project nearly any image on a wall for tracing. The desert heat helped the paint to dry quickly, which allowed me to build up the layers of color. I completed the mural in about 6 hours, excluding the drawing time. The home was open to the public as a Pop Up Gallery and featured several of my original oil paintings. Included above is ‘Marilyn in Charcoal Gray’, Oil on Canvas, (inspired by the photography of the late Bert Stern) and ‘Study for Pool Coping’, Oil on Canvas.
If this is your first time watching one of my videos, I hope you find it both inspirational, and encouraging. As I like to say: It’s only paint… you can always paint over it. Good Luck!