Copper-Outlined, Whimsical Forest Mural


"Every project is a lesson in creation...where revision is progress...illuminating visions of a mind at play." These words sum up the lesson I was reminded of while painting the second coat of my daughter's wall mural.
A few years ago, I saw a photo of a whimsical forest wall mural with repeating trees, and I held that idea in my mind, as a feeling I would love to recreate.
Now, with only a faint memory of that idea, and my own little sketch that I doodled, I set to work painting my daughter's accent wall.
copper outlined whimsical forest mural, painting, wall decor
With pencil in hand, I took to sketching out my paper design onto my daughter's wall, eyeballing proportions. I whittled away a chunk of my eraser as I revised my plan as I worked. I stepped back after each new shape to check if I liked it or not.
copper outlined whimsical forest mural, painting, wall decor
After many color adjustments, mixing various leftover wall paints together, I finally arrived at a first coat that I loved. I let it sit for a night, and came back to look at it the next morning. Deciding I had finally uncovered a wall we could all enjoy, I painted on the second coats of each color, including the Martha Stewart copper toned craft paint as the outline.
copper outlined whimsical forest mural, painting, wall decor
We love our first wall mural. I am so thankful that it turned out to be simpler once I relaxed, and let the painting reveal itself. :)
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Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-Stairs

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  • Linda Abate
    on Jun 1, 2018

    This is so adorable. This idea would be cute as a headboard and it could be framed out so that it looks like a giant painting. Love it.

  • Margaret
    on Jun 9, 2018

    Love this and I bet your daughter does also!

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