Thursday, August 25, 2011

HHC Mural: Part 1

The real title of this post should be something like "how the adventures of Suki, Kimmi, and Kaelyn went while working on the HHC mural over the summer". Or the beginning of the adventures anyway.

Beginning view below. Whose idea was that red rust color? And why is the earth brown and blue? Such questions went unanswered. The four panels on the side (unpictured) were not in Kimmi's original plans but when they asked about it (someone asked anyway), she said she'd do them.

Kimmi got her initial supplies with our dad. They kept calling me... "do you have this? do I need that?" I recommended this stripper (oh, google key words will have fun with that). I didn't know it came in spray can form but that's what they got. It is called Citristrip. It worked well.

Until it stopped working. It just stopped spraying. No matter what we tried, we couldn't get it to start again. I recommended that Dad take that one back. We got the Citristrip in its regular gel form. Worked awesome. I had tried another paint stripper before I had heard of Citristrip. Not as good. And this stuff smells nice. It'd be okay to use it indoors if necessary.

We had to scrap the majority of this panel with my other paint stripper (I can't even remember what it's called). Total pain. Not recommended. Just get Citristrip.

End of Day 1. We primed part of the tree in the upper right corner just to see how it would turn out. Oh, just fine. If you want tree like textures underneath your finished piece of art.

Day 2 (not necessarily the next day). Kimmi didn't like the nose mask so she wore her bandana. I thought it was pointless and she did too after this day. We had purchased the gel Citristrip for this day. Hallelujah!

It doesn't look like we got far... but there was like four layers of paint on those panels! And some of it just didn't want to get off. One of the layers said "welcome" in different languages.

Even Kaelyn wanted to help. She was such a trooper. Some of the days were pretty hot and she hardly complained. She loved the playground and going down the slide. And just running away in general.

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