|I’ve been imagining a workshop mural filling in the spaces on the wall with some color since My Own 2 Hands opened last fall. The large posts had been painted a fun, bright yellow, but the space still needed something more. So in March we worked on a plan to create a mural! While I do love woodworking, painting is my absolute favorite thing.|
|For this mural I knew I wanted to keep the color choices limited but also make a big impact. I have been inspired by other murals I have seen utilizing a mixture of organic shapes with straight line work. Using a palette of white, blue, yellow, orange, I got to work. You can see what my aim was with this initial sketch:|
Sketching it Out
The mural still felt like it needed something more. I decided to incorporate some graphic imagery that would fit with the woodworking and DIY philosophy of My Own 2 Hands. Then, I also added in some phrases to really help people creating in the space feel inspired!
Once I had roughed out my ideas I then made a final mock-up. Jeff and Trista loved it! While we made a few tweaks to the wording, this final sketch is pretty close to how the final piece actually turned out! I was excited about how the colors were popping off of the neutral gray walls in the shop and I felt like the colors would also balance with the wood of the desk and idea bar.
Starting to Paint
Now that I had the idea planned out, it was time to paint! I started with the large white and yellow sections. Then, I moved to using a paint roller to put in the orange and blue sections on top! Once I had the angled sections I started on the horizontal line sections that would then have words on top. After that I sketched and painted in the hammer, wrench, and light bulb. I have to say painting the lightbulb might have been one of my favorite parts! Finally, I painstakingly sketched and painted , “A Makerspace for Everyone” and “Create What You Imagine.” The writing took a long time because the tiniest tweaks to the letters can make all the difference in how it looks, so I had to keep stepping back to make sure it was right.
Overall, I am so so happy with how the workshop mural looks! The shop feels bigger, brighter, and so much more fun! In the evenings, I love how the mural reflects back from the windows. I hope when you come in to My Own 2 Hands, you can feel even more inspired to get making!