Comment peindre une murale d’enfant, v2 How to paint a children mural, v2

J’ai eu un peu moins d’ambition pour la murale de Xavier (presque 4 ans!), car celui-ci habitait déjà sa chambre lorsque je l’ai peinte, alors je n’avais pas le luxe de travailler le soir après l’heure du dodo — et probablement car je ne souhaitais pas investir la même quantité de temps dans le projet, aussi!

Comme pour la murale d’Orléane, j’ai utilisé la couleur originale du mur pour l’arrière-plan et j’ai utilisé mon « reste » de peinture latex pour certains mélanges, en plus de l’acrylique. (Et, oui, j’ai mélangé latex et acrylique à un certain moment! Je ne sais pas si c’est recommandé ou non, mais ça a fonctionné : la texture du mélange n’était pas idéale, mais j’ai pu m’en servir quand même.)

Voilà donc mon illustration de base :
I had a little less ambition for Xavier’s (almost 4!) mural, because he was already living in his room when I painted it, so I didn’t have the luxury of working at night after his bedtime — and probably because I didn’t wish to invest the same amount of time in the project, too!

Just like Orléane’s mural, I used the wall’s initial colour for the background and used leftover latex paint for some colour mixes, in addition to acrylic paint. (And, yes, I mixed latex and acrylic at some point! I don’t know if there’s a rule against this, but it worked: the paint texture wasn’t ideal, but it was still serviceable.)

So here is my basic illustration:

Je me suis basée sur des illustrations de baleines/poissons trouvées sur le web pour monter ma propre composition en ajustant les couleurs. Oui, oui, « l’eau » est verte, mais puisque le ciel de la chambre est déjà bleu foncé — avec des brillants dans la peinture, pour les étoiles — je voulais garder le vert. De plus, ça permet aux poissons bleus de se démarquer mieux.

J’ai tracé un quadrillé sur l’illustration, car j’avais employé cette technique pour reproduire la forêt d’Orléane sur son mur mais, pour que les dunes de Xavier aient l’air plus naturel, j’ai commencé par tracer celles-ci, puis j’ai reproduit chaque poisson « à l’oeil », environ à l’endroit souhaité.

Je n’ai pas pris de photo avant de commencer, alors on saute tout de suite à la première étape : les dunes du fond de la mer.
I used whales/fish illustration from the web as models for putting together my own composition while correcting the colours. Yes, yes, the « water » is green, but since the room’s sky is already a dark blue — with silver sprinkles in the paint, for stars — I wanted to keep the green. It also allows the blue fish to pop out a little better.

I traced a grid on the illustration, because I had used that technique to reproduce Orly’s forest on her wall but, so Xavier’s dunes would look more natural, I started by tracing these, then I reproduced each fish « by eye », about at the right spot.

I didn’t take a picture before starting, so we’re jumping directly to the first step: sea bottom dunes.

J’ai commencé par les baleines au loin, ensuite. J’ai tenté de donner une teinte verte (comme « l’eau ») à celles-ci, pour qu’elles aient l’air plus loin — sinon leurs proportions écraseraient les autres poissons! Ça a fonctionné un peu mieux pour la baleine à bosse que pour les épaulards, mais bon…
I started with the whales at the back, then. I tried to give them a green tint (like the « water »), so they would look farther — otherwise their proportions would squish the other fish! It worked a little better for the humpback than the killer whales, but oh well…

Quelques heures (et quelques jours) plus tard, d’autres poissons, plantes et mammifères sont apparus.
A few hours (and a few days) later, other fish, plants and mammals appeared.

Je n’ai pas compté combien d’heures ça m’a pris, mais ce n’était vraiment pas si pire : peut-être 4 à 6 blocs de 2 heures environ. Voici la photo finale à nouveau, avec les yeux, une tortue, un banc de poisson — et quelques enfants! — en plus :
I didn’t count how many hours I put in, but it really didn’t take so long: maybe 4 to 6 blocks of 2 hours. Here is the final picture again, with the addition of the eyes, a turtle, a school of fish — and a few children!

Pour renforcer le raccord entre la murale sous l’océan et le ciel étoilé, quelques bateaux voguent sur petite tablette qui glisse entre les deux. La couette pleine de poissons vient de chez Ikea, il y a quelques années, et la grosse tortue est un cadeau de tante Karine. Xavier adore sa chambre ciel et mer!

(Je n’ai pas tellement d’expérience, mais si vous avez des questions sur le processus, laissez-les dans les commentaires du blog et je répondrai selon mon expérience.)
To strengthen the juxtaposition of the mural under the sea and the starry sky, a few boats are sailing on the shelf that stretches between them. The duvet full of fish came from Ikea a few years back, and the big turtle a was gift from auntie Karine. Xavier loves his sea and sky room!

(I really don’t have all that much experience, but if you have questions about the process, leave them in the blog comments and I’ll answer from my experience.)

16 commentaires sur “Comment peindre une murale d’enfant, v2 How to paint a children mural, v2”

  1. Wow quand même, j’aimerais ça avoir la moitié de ta « pas d’expérience ».
    Tu es géniale, les murales sont splendides et les enfants adorent leur chambre!

  2. Frank a l’air un peu licheux, là… 😉
    C’est facile avoir la moitié de l’expérience : t’as juste une murale à faire.

    Thanks all.
    Xavier *does* love it — especially the little shrimp hiding from the shark, for which he painted a tiny fish friend himself — which is the reward in itself.

    I didn’t note it here, but Xavier tried to « help » at some point, and spread some white paint (over the already white moulding) while we weren’t looking. Thankfully, it was still fresh and we were able to wipe most of it off without too much damage… hehe.

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