Gabriel’s tree mural

Tree_mural_tutorial I am very proud to share the tree mural I painted for Gabriel’s room. I just love it and even though it was a HUGE amount of work. I do SOSOSOSO LOVE it. I’m also so super proud of myself. I originally saw this tree done on Just a girl’s blog and just knew this is what I wanted to do in Gabriel’s room. Check out how I did it so you can too.

Gabriel’s tree mural tutorial

Tree_mural_tutorialI found this picture of the tree mural on etsy and printed it out on A3 paper. Tree_mural_tutorialI placed a piece of plastic over top of my photocopy and used a permanent marker to draw the tree onto the plastic (check out the two amazing Stephanie Alexander books I’m using to keep the plastic flat).

Tree_mural_tutorial I borrowed an OHP (old school!!) from John’s kindy and taped the plastic drawn tree to the top so I could project the tree onto the wall.  Tree_mural_tutorial The OHP hadn’t been used in a long time so the image it projected wasn’t super clear so I had to do a lot of the tree free handed. Tree_mural_tutorialI used white chalk to draw the image onto the wall. Tree_mural_tutorial Once I had completed the tree from as much of the OHP image as I could see I kept adding more and more branches and leaves until the whole wall was covered with my tree. Tree_mural_tutorialI used a good quality brush to paint the leaves and branches. I painted straight over top of the chalk using the chalk outline as the edges for my tree (don’t worry too much if you go over the edges but try to stay within otherwise the leaves get too big).

I used VOC-free water based Resene paint in Alabaster that I had leftover from the bathroom.

Tree_mural_tutorialI found it easier to draw the edges and outline then go back and fill them in a section at a time. As you can see my handy work is pretty rough as I’m not an artist at all (but my tree still looks awesome!)

Tree_mural_tutorialHere is my work in progress. It took me a long time to finish my tree with two small children trying to “help”. I did two coats of paint to get a nice crisp white finish. Since my edges are a little rough if you wanted to you could use a thinner brush and go over the edges of the tree to give a crisper finish.   Tree_mural_tutorial After a few days when the paint was completely dry I used a cloth to wipe off all the chalk outlines.  Tree_mural_tutorialTada!!! Here is my finished masterpiece. I am very proud of my tree and just LOVE it. There were moments there when I wasn’t sure it was going to be completed but I am so glad I finished it!!!

Tree_mural_tutorialHere is Gabriel’s tree in all it’s glory with my little man asleep in front of it.  Tree_mural_tutorialI had to share this super cute photo cause I can’t help myself!

Have you ever made a mural? Have I inspired you? Trust me it’s super easy.

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12 thoughts on “Gabriel’s tree mural

  1. Nikki
    March 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Very pretty! And great idea to use the projector, although, not a lot of people have those lying around (or are able to borrow them) but it came out great! Thanks for sharing!

    1. March 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      I tried really hard to make my own with a box and a light but I couldn’t get it to work 🙁 I was lucky John’s kindy still had one otherwise I would have had no idea where to get one. Thanks Mx

  2. Honora
    March 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Wow! Very effective and nice soothing colours for your little one.

    1. March 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks I just LOVE how his room came out. I’ll share a post soon on his whole room. Mx

  3. March 26, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Double Wow – it looks amazing, well done!
    Talent 🙂
    So awesome to see an old OHP in use again, they always bring back memories.

    1. March 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Aww thanks babe. I know funny aye!! I was so lucky I could borrow one. I don’t knwo what I would have done if I couldn’t Mx

  4. Saskia
    March 27, 2014 at 2:56 am

    It is absolutely awesome! You deserve to feel proud!!!!!!!!!!

    1. March 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Aww thanks. I sure do!! I love it Mx

  5. Belle
    March 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    In my first year of teaching I used a similar method to make a ‘poetree’. My english class created poems on leaves. A math’s teacher took the classroom over and it became a ‘geometree’ . The students did groan audibly!

    1. March 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Wow a poetree that is so super cool. He he geometree that’s so funny. I bet it wasn’t as fun as your poetree. Mx

  6. Belle
    March 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Yup, totally dorky! Gabriel’s tree is gorgeous.

  7. April 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I am obsessed with trees! I love your tree mural!!