Posted by: MtnWoman Silver | February 12, 2018

Day 1: Painting a mural of Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly

Friday, February 2, 2018

Last August, my husband and I spent 9 days camping and hiking in the Four Corners area–Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. I have decided to paint Spider Rock and to keep a record of each day’s progress. My last 4′ x 8′ mural took over three months because I could not work on it every day. This one may take even longer.

I thought you might like to see the step-by-step process. There are probably more efficient ways, but I am self taught as far as doing murals, and this is my method. I bought an MDO (medium density overlay) sign board because it is more water resistant than the regular plywood I used before and is not supposed to warp. I bought it already primed but decided to lightly sand it and put another coat of primer on each side and on the edges.

I am painting the back side a medium grey primer and the front side a burnt sienna because I like the warm color coming through my greens. I am using Kilz-2 as a primer and Golden carbon black to make the gray primer.

I started with the board on my big easel but find it is too unstable. I plan to move the board and attach it to my painting wall on the other end of the studio. I will wait until the back side is finished and then move it.

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MDO Board sanded

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MtnWoman Silver priming back of MDO board

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Back is finished

 

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