Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ogee Whiz!

As part of my sales pitch to Dare and Susan I said that I'd create a super rad, totally kickin', patterned mural for Zim's room.  They were open to the idea of grey walls, now they were agreeing to hand painted wallpaper?  Are these people out of their gourds!?  No, they're merely progressive interior revolutionists.  And we were about to initiate "Operation Ogee." (The ogee is a Middle Eastern pattern of wavy lines that resembles onions stacked one on top of the other)

First I drew out my pattern.  Each section of the ogee measures 3'x3'.
I used the trim as an anchor for my measuring tape, letting gravity create the level.
Precision is not an issue, as we are not seeking perfection with this technique.
Good thing, huh?

I made a mark at three feet intervals down the wall. Every mark would
be a point at which two curves of the onion would meet.  Or, another way
to think of it, each point would be the top of an "onion" and the bottom of another.

I then began painting the outer line of my "onions."

I wanted to exploit that the fact that this was hand painted, so I allowed my brush strokes to be  loose and expressive.  Since this is such a graphic element, the looser application makes the ogee a little less stuffy, and a lot more whimsical.  The grey palette is masculine and, some may say, too mature for a baby's room.  However, the wonky charm of the painted design makes it perfectly age appropriate.  In person the pattern reads like a cross between Dr. Suess and Tim Burton, and that's a pretty magical combo for a little boy's room.

Here's how we finished it up.


And here's a quick little movie/tutorial for ya.

My Grey Heaven

This is Zimri Falls Dukes.  He is the son of my good friends Susan Falls and Dare Dukes.  He has cute socks, a mild temperament, and a whole heaping village of wonderful caretakers.  He is perfect and much loved.

And I am oh-so fortunate to be allowed to create a space for Little Zim to reside in.  This is my packet of inspiration for the baby room.  (Click each image for a better glance.)  This packet outlines the concept for the room and describes just how I propose we do it.  The first step is paint the room, taking it from bright yellow to a neutral grey.

This is Dare and Susan's old yoga room.  It was bright.  It was yellow.  It is no more.  Goodbye yoga room.  Make way for Zim.

I knew from the get go that I wanted to paint the walls of the baby's room in varying shades of grey.  I had been warned, accosted, heckled, ridiculed, shamed, besmirched, driven out of town, even!  The very thought!  A grey room for a baby!?  I, however, had faith that my ideas and actions were indeed noble.  So I fought on for the liberty of posh baby boys everywhere, and Zim was their cause personified.  I would not let him down.  Grey it would be! Naysayers be darned!  Darned I say!!!

This video is my first attempt at documenting the process, so that explains the clumsy camera work.  More to come, stay tuned....

"I see a smiling face, and fireplace, a cozy room.  A little nest that's nestled where the roses bloom.  
Just Molly and me, and baby makes three.  We're happy in my, blue heaven."