I've been preparing for this event for weeks. Practicing my art on my rough canvas (the driveway) with pastel sticks that wash off easily with water.
|These characters are the Texas Eight Pointed Forester. |
They are vacationing in the Texas Gulf.
The last time I worked on murals, I was in high school. So, I wanted to practice, practice, practice. I'm glad I did. As I worked, I discovered I needed a list of things I would have never thought of unless, I was actually working on the mural.
- Making a grid drawing was too time consuming. I was worn out before I began to fill in the design. I needed tracing paper and a document projector for magnification.
- The sun zapped my strength. I should work before 1:00 PM and after 4:00PM, if possible.
- I must wear clothing that won't drag and smear my work as I lean over. Must get a hat.
- Rubbing the pastels into rough cement hurt my fingers. I bought stencil sponges on wooden sticks. These I used to blend and spread the pastels.
- I need a chair for resting breaks.
- A damp washcloth helps keep me, and my materials, clean.
- I should start at the top and finish each section before starting on the waves.
- My water drops need a template to be perfectly round. The hardware store has washers in varied sizes.
|Finished Pastel Mural 4'x4'|
I received a beautiful T-shirt advertising the festival. I washed it and tried it on for comfort. The neck was too snug so, I snipped. The shirt was too long so, I snip-snipped. The sleeves were too long; I folded them under. Then, I took out my sewing needle and thread. I sewed. I took out my crochet stick and yarn and added trim.
Gosh, I guess I'm ready.