March 28, 2015
We are having a preview/ reception for the mural tomorrow. We will be laying the whole thing out so we see how all the pieces come together. you can find the details here in this little article the Columbian ran today .
A little while ago The Children’s Center made this video about the project.
It’s been an amazing project. I can hardly believe we are almost ready to emboss the donor names.
March 9, 2015
The 40th tile, the last tile out of 40, has been a pain. 39 tiles were fairly easy, with only a few hick ups and one tile that had to be re-done. The 40th is proving to be a challenge.
The last tile has an octopus in it. I have been excited about doing the octopus since we started this project and we saved it for last knowing it would be different than the other tiles. Jane and I had planned to do a two part screen print. We decided to do the base layer in purple with a pea green for the top layer – neither color is anywhere else in the mural.
First the screen print didn’t give us nearly the detail we had hoped it would, then when fired the green was much less vivid than planned. A second coat helped some, but Jane and I were still considering scrapping the tile and starting over, until we pulled out the two neighboring tiles to see how the octopus would look with the other pieces next to it. Context is everything. Once we saw it next to the others and we could see how they all worked together everything was ok. After this next firing Jane is going to add dozens of little round ball to the tentacles to indicate the suction cups and give the octopus some bling.
Next we will be adding the donor names to the finished work….
February 16, 2015
We just started the starfish level of the mural.
It is the most colorful and fun section of the mural with red, yellow, and orange starfish. The kelp is blue, amber, and green. The fish are every color. Since this level is lower it will be at eye hight for the Children’s Centers youngest clients, so we want it to be particularly inviting and joyful.
Jane has created some fantastic textured “sand” with different types of fritt. It looks white like cloudy rock salt before it is fused. After it come out of the kiln it has transformed into gravely grey, black, and tan pebbles. It’s amazing to see it transform.
February 3, 2015
I made some coloring pages from our mural designs.