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Mural Painting: Designer Mind, Painter Mind

by Bridget — July 12, 2019
Bridget mural painting. Up a ladder. Mural in process.

Mural painting for a new nail & lash salon, Bridget shares her painting woes and a timelapse of her creative ingenuity.

I’m overdue to show you the mural I completed a few months ago. I designed an ambitious watercolour effect mural for Glorious Gorgeous, a new nail & lash salon, in the heart of Central in Hong Kong. Most wall art of a similar ilk are printed on wallpaper but for some reason my creative brain thought it would be a great idea for me to paint it. One of those seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time moments…

My good friend and colleague, Candice–who I usually do fun stuff like this with–was unavailable, leaving me to go it alone. However, she lent me her airbrush and compressor, gave me a few pointers, and off I went.

For this mural painting I used numerous greens and blues, sea sponges, paint brushes, the airbrush, and a bunch of masking. It took many days and a tonne more hours than I originally anticipated. My crazy design had me using new techniques–it’s really difficult to make something look like watercolours, on a vertical surface, using house paint, and acrylics.

End of the Day WhatsApp Message of Despair

A WhatsApp message to Candice about mural painting. It's taking forever. She says it's because I'm using my designer mind and painter mind at the same time!

I ended up taking a few of the Lunar New Year holidays to finish it. But it was better that way anyway. I could blast my own music, sing at the top of my lungs, and I could leave my mess laying around overnight!

You won’t believe how happy I was when I finished it! Unfortunately it was so hard on my knees that the very next week, while I was walking to my pilates class, my left knee suddenly went–pop–OUCH! So I had to go see my massage therapist (aka, Chinese torture massager!). It’s still doing a weird twangy thing every once in a while. Mural painting is a tad hard on the knees.

Check out the timelapse I put together below. Like it, comment on it, and share it with your friends. Thanks for the love!!!

Watercolour Effect Mural Painting Timelapse

Head to Glorious Gorgeous to see the mural and get your nails done while you’re there, 2A World Wide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.

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