May 01, 2014

Mountain Mirage

Now I get to wake up in the mountains—every morning!


I don't even need to set up a tent or take a long flight to a distant land... the mountains live right here, permanently, in my bedroom.

Within a week, my bedroom radically transformed, from a blank wall to a complete mountain scape. The mural is like a mirage—it seems like the real thing and then draws you in to look closer. The multiple layers create visual depth, like you can actually see over each mountain ridge. The gradation in colour looks calm and creates a peaceful feeling that fills the entire room.

All it took was a vision, 2 gallons of paint and a lot of fun. Here's a glimpse at my process in making this mural:

I used string to grid the wall, then transferred a pencil outline of the image
Pouring the paint into more manageable-sized containers
The solid colours used at the top and bottom complete, time for a break!
Adding the first layer of mixed paint
Each mountain had a bit more grey (Kendall Charcoal) added to create a gradual layering effect
Yippee, only 1 more colour to go!
All done... time to enjoy the view and my cup of tea
Photo-shooting the final mural
Would you like to see these mountains painted in one of your rooms? If so, which room would it go in? If not, what mirage can you envision?

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31 comments:

  1. Saw you mural on AT...good job girl! J.Nigh

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    1. Thank you for letting me know Judith, I had no idea it had been published!! Happy Holidays!

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  3. Anonymous12:10 pm

    This looks amazing. Well done! i'd love it in my bedroom!

    margie

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    1. Thank you Margie! I'd love to arrange that for you! I have other options--please email me for deets: pam@pamlostracco.com

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  4. Wow this is absolutely beautiful. How do you think this would hold up painted on an exterior surface? What I would absolutely LOVE is to have this painted on a tall fence. It's breathtaking.

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    1. Hi Jen! I think if you use exterior paint, it will hold up for at least a few years. However, it may fade from sun and the elements over time, so keep the paint chips on hand, to colour match for any future touch ups.

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  5. This is breathtakingly beautiful. I find being in the mountains is so serene. You have captured this feeling 100%. I saw the article in Apartment Therapy .

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    1. Thank you Traci! I agree, the mountains are so serene... I wonder if our captivation lies in the fact that something so large can be so still? :)

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  6. Hi Pam, I might be a little late on this post but I'm absolutely thrilled with that. If you could only live a bit closer I would totally have you do my bedroom :) I featured you in my blog and hope that people get as inspired by it as I did. Merry Christmas from Germany!

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    1. Mari, Well I do plan to be a traveling mural artist, so the sooner the better! Thank you for the feature--I've commented on your blog too, hope it's helpful!

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  7. One of the most breathtaking and inspiring decor ideas I've ever seen!!!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much Gabriela!

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  8. My brother and I were just looking for ideas for repainting his bedroom. Thanks for the post!

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  9. oh ...very good , very inspiring pam ! love your work

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    1. Thank you, glad you think so!

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  10. This is so beautiful!
    I want this in my bedroom so badly!!
    Are you ever in Ottawa area? Do you still have the name of the colours you used?

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    1. Thank you so much caronnj! I would actually go anywhere to paint another mural. Please email me at pam@pamlostracco.com and we can discuss further!!

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  11. I would love this in my bedroom cause it would be tranquil. Or living room cause I have one super long wall it would be awesome on.

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    1. I have to agree Julia, it's super tranquil and lovely in the bedroom!

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  13. Anonymous7:49 pm

    Pam,

    I too like others would love !!! this on a bedroom wall...The wall I'd find it amazing on is 11 feet long and not quite 8 feet tall.
    I've never had a mural done...am curious.. and do wonder about a price - can you possibly give me an estimate on cost?
    How many paint colors did you use?

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    1. Hello and thank you! Sounds like your wall is almost the same size as mine. I used 3 paint colours and blended all the tones in between myself. I can certainly give a cost to paint a mural for you. Please send me an email at pam@pamlostracco.com and I'll send you a quote! Thank you :)

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  14. Anonymous1:10 pm

    Hi Pam,

    I am obsessed with the mountains. I don't know if it's my eyes but the top looks a bit pinkish to me. I love it! The problem is I'm overseas, I rent and I cannot paint the walls. :( I am planning on buying a roll of paintable removable wallpaper and then... try to paint it. But I know I'm going to screw it up. Because I'm no painter! :) :(

    There are people here who print wall murals from a photo. I don't know if they use the removable kind though. My question is: can I buy a digital copy from you? Or can I commission you to paint the wallpaper and send it to me? Wow the last question sounds like a lot but I thought I would ask. :)

    Thank you,
    Mindy

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    1. Hi Mindy!

      The top is a natural white that blends into a warm taupe/beige colour--so no pink here :)

      How about you send me an email and I'll let you know about a couple options I can do for you! pam@pamlostracco.com

      Thanks!
      Pam

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  15. Anonymous6:00 am

    Hi Pam,

    Thanks for this beautiful image. I can't tell if it's optical illusion or you faded the paint just above the hard line that represents the mountaintop below. Can you tell me?

    I actually live in Luang Prabang, Laos.

    Best regards Richard

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    1. Hi Richard,

      Laos is gorgeous! And yes, it is an optical illusion. Totally unplanned but I love the effect :)

      Pam

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  16. Anonymous8:24 pm

    Hi Pam! I love what you have done, you are so creative. Is it possible to know the codes for the paint you used for the warm taupe/beige colour? Love variations!

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    1. Hello and thanks! I've written about the entire process here on Apartment Therapy:
      http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-mountain-mural-bedroom-makeover-renovation-project-213738

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  17. Hi Pam

    Thiam is something I would definitely have you paint in my bedroom so if you are ever in Ireland and want a job �� let me know...I would never be able to do this myself it would not end up as good.
    Natalie Hughes

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    1. Hi Natalie, This sounds like a fun opportunity! How about you send me an email (pam@pamlostracco.com) so we can discuss some more. Thanks!

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