Digital Artist Samantha Jones brings her work to life in a cheery wildflower mural
09 Sep 2020
The wildflower mural on Samantha’s wall is reminder that good things take time. “It was inspired by a digital drawing I completed in 2018,” she explains. “It was a doodle of my youngest sister in front of a brick wall covered in these bold wildflowers. I always thought it would be fun to bring that doodle to life, I just needed a wall to paint on.”
Two years later, a blank wall in her downstairs rumpus room presented the perfect blank canvas, albeit it a rather dark peach one that needed painting in Resene Alabaster first.
Once the background colour had been sorted out, it was time for the fun part to start. Every evening for three nights after her boys went to sleep Samantha would chip away at the design, taking another week to perfect areas that needed touching up or reshaping. Her diligence was worth it in the end.
“Choosing the paint was easy and the actual painting was a dream, because I had years to think about it. Waiting patiently for a layer to dry before I could start the next was the challenging part!” she says.
Basing her colour choice on her digital doodle from 2018, Samantha picked out Resene Sweet Corn, Resene Geronimo, Resene Summer Green, Resene Deep Teal and Resene Blossom to bring the work to life on a wall painted Resene Alabaster.
To bring her playful print to life, Samantha chose a palette that most closely matched her original doodle. After pouring over the colour swatches at her local Resene ColorShop, she settled on Resene Sweet Corn, Resene Geronimo, Resene Summer Green, Resene Deep Teal and Resene Blossom. The finished product is a heart-warming design sprouting up the length of the wall that spreads cheerful colour over the rumpus room.
Admirers of the mural will be pleased to hear that Samantha has also used the pattern to decorate a gift card available to buy on her online store. Because of the times we live in, Samantha has also recently started making a range of facemasks from fabric offcuts that feature her adorable patterns.
Samantha hopes the happy room will one day house her studio, but for now the rest of the family gets to enjoy the fruit of her work. “At the moment it’s the Lego room. My hubby ended up working down there during lockdown, he said he’s surprised how much it brightens the whole space,” says Samantha.
While Samantha’s isn’t sure exactly when she’ll get exclusive use of the mural covered room, there is one thing she knows for certain, her next mural will not be so long in the making. “I was nervous because I had never done anything on this scale before, but now I want to paint a mural in every room of the house!”
Check out more of Samantha’s creations in her online store
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