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The Magical Gnome Forest Mural

Hey guys, so I am still unpacking my studio after our cross-country move but I wanted to share something really exciting that I did back in May- I painted my first mural!

My Aunt (who own an earth ship and lives in Colorado) asked me to paint a mural along the stairway to her root cellar. She is a lover of fantasy so it is a magical gnome forest mural, with fairies, gnomes & more! Of course because I never doing anything too simple it is pretty detailed for being in such a small space.

Get ready for a photo overload-

I really tried to personalize this mural for my Aunt and Uncle. Here are a few fun details:

  • What's up with the weenie dogs? They only have one dachshund now, but they had 3 so I wanted to add a couple of weenie dogs in the mural.
  • The mountains are the Spanish Peaks in southern Colorado. You can see them from the front yard of their house- it's amazing and I wanted to include them.
  • I added bees because my Aunt and Uncle keep bees.
  • My Aunt (and me!) is a tea lover, so of course I added a gnome drinking tea.

This mural took me about 2 weeks to complete, working on it a little bit every day, trying not to get sun burnt at 7500 ft elevation!

Here are some in progress shots:


What paints did I use? Red, Yellow Green, Blue, and Pink acrylic paints and also Black and White. That's it! I love mixing my own colors.
We did seal it after it was completely done too.

I'm really really thrilled with how my first mural came out and I would love to do more in the future!

What do you think?

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  1. I love it! But, you already know that. It is such a pleasant thing to open my root cellar doors. I never tire of it!

    Thank you so much for giving me such a magical gift that is as delighting now as it was when you first finished it.

  2. What a fabulous entry to a magical underground fairy (and gnome) land! Root cellars are uncommon in Hawaii. I love the stone pathway down the stairs, the affirmation on the way back up the stairs, and my favorite is the little red tea pot cottage for the wee gnome girl. First mural of many more, yes?

    1. Thank you!! I hope to do more murals in the future! :)

      Both my Aunt and I love drinking tea, so I had to add a teapot in there somewhere!

  3. This is amazing, Katie! How fun it would be to walk up and down those stairs! Great work!

    1. Thank you Kayly! Now I'm thinking how awesome it would be if YOU did a mural! #amazing

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    1. Why thank you I had so much fun painting it.

  5. This is AWESOME, Katie!! So detailed and bright. :)

    1. thanksssss! :) I had a hard time stopping and not adding more and more details.

  6. Love it! I think you should start making and selling your own illustrations or prints!!!

    1. Thank you! That is something I'd love to do, I'm just not sure that prints ever sell?

  7. I really love your mural! It is so beautifully detailed and everything is so well composed into one scene.
    However, I am concerned about how long acrylic paints will last on the wall surface, have you checked that?

    1. Thank you! and no, I'm not certain how long acrylic paints will last on the wall. I can tell you that we sealed it really well (especially on the floor) and that the root cellar doors are closed 90% of the time, so light hardly ever gets in so I am hoping it lasts a little while!


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I'm Katie, the artist behind the blog Punk Projects. I love everything crafty, I drink tea all day long, I'm a bit of a nerd, and I usually have ink or paint on my hands.

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