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Mar 14, 2016 11:06 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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A few years back (I just went through all the threads in this forum) Nap (Nancy in Buffalo NY) and Boo (Becky) started threads about murals they had done either in their own gardens or for clients.
Both were VERY nice, for sure.

I'm trying to revive this "mural" thread idea and hope some of you can post photos of murals you've done or seen in gardens.
They can be of any design, simple or elaborate, any subject matter, and be done on walls, fences, sides of bldg's etc.

I just spent two hours on Pinterest looking at murals looking for ideas. There's lots of them on there and I figured with all the artistic/talented people on this forum there must be more murals we haven't seen...so don't be shy !
Show us what you've painted to enhance your outdoor space or even photos of ones you've seen.

I can't draw to save my life but would love to see what any of you have done.
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Mar 15, 2016 2:43 AM CST
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Name: Vicki
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Great idea Mike - I'm looking forward to seeing what is posted as well.

Ditto here - can't draw either.
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Mar 15, 2016 8:49 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Me too but I can't draw either.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Mar 15, 2016 8:51 AM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I've seen a lot of mosaicked murals, but I haven't done any large ones. I also can't draw to save my life!
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Mar 15, 2016 9:07 AM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Roses Hummingbirder Farmer Daylilies
Birds Cat Lover Region: California Bulbs Butterflies Garden Ideas: Level 1
So far that makes 4 of us who can't draw ! LOL
Wait...I take that back...I can do killer stick figures ! (Who can't ?)

I've seen people do some very cool murals on fences, gates, etc. which completely transform "dead space" in a garden and it changes the look dramatically, regardless of how simple or intricate the imagery is.
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Mar 15, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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I love mosaics and would love to be able to do one. Who knows, maybe I will one of these days.

Here are some beautiful projects: http://www.themosaicstore.com....
I garden for the pollinators.
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Mar 15, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Roses Hummingbirder Farmer Daylilies
Birds Cat Lover Region: California Bulbs Butterflies Garden Ideas: Level 1
The other reason I started this thread is that I have an area in my garden that is under some stairs and is walled in on 3 sides.
It's actually a little outdoor shower alcove with a cement "floor". (These were common back in the day so you could wash the sand off yourself when returning from the beach.) It's in total shade, so nothing will grow in there.
It has a cool old hanging light fixture to illuminate it at night. I used to put potted plants in there but then I'd forget to water them and/or they'd die from neglect.
I want to do some kind of simple "scene" in there but don't have a clue as to what to do.
If my stupid photo program were working I'd submit photos.
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Mar 15, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Thanks for that link, Carole. Nice mosaics there.

This wasn't a big mural. We had a bench in the back yard that contained the equipment that runs a fountain. I mosaicked it on all 4 sides. It's held up well and adds a bit of interest to our xericscaped landscape.

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Mar 15, 2016 10:16 AM CST
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
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These ought to be not easy...but achievable.
At a distance murals are forgiving
I will take some photos for you ..chapel hill loaded with murals on buildings.
Hope you enjoy
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Mar 15, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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Karen, you do such beautiful mosaic projects! Lovey dubby

Rosie, those murals would tie in nicely with the beach theme.
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Mar 15, 2016 10:45 AM CST
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
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I liked them thinking it was originally an area for showering. Plus that grass is easy to do. I watched one being done with little more than a pencil eraser
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
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Mar 15, 2016 11:32 AM CST
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Name: Vicki
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GREAT link Carole - thank you!

Karen - you do astounding work Lovey dubby

Rosie - those are just beautiful Thumbs up

Mike, I sure hope you're able to brighten up your area.
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Mar 15, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Bookworm Dragonflies Garden Art Region: North Carolina Plays in the sandbox Deer
Beautiful Mosaic Work..wow. Patience and Talent
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
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Mar 15, 2016 5:00 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Roses Hummingbirder Farmer Daylilies
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karen: Your mosaics are superb ! Hurray!
Patience and talent in the extreme. Drooling
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Mar 15, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox
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Thank you all, but as I've been saying, anyone can have fun with mosaics and create things you're proud of. It's very simple, and can be done in little bits of time. Eventually you have a finished project. If you have any interest, give it a try! There is so much info out on the web, and on youtube. If you have any questions, ask them here and I'll be happy to help.
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Mar 18, 2016 9:40 AM CST
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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I was a muralist for many years before retiring two years ago. I still paint for friends. but no more ladder work at my age!

For your alcove, Mike, painted plants would be perfect. You could place a real chair there too.

These are a few more adult styles I've done, maybe they are on the other thread.

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Mar 18, 2016 11:49 AM CST
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Bookworm Dragonflies Garden Art Region: North Carolina Plays in the sandbox Deer
Lovely Boo!
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
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Mar 18, 2016 1:30 PM CST
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Becky is an awesome artist Thumbs up
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Mar 18, 2016 5:30 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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I agree I agree I agree
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Mar 18, 2016 7:14 PM CST
Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
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Beautiful! I tip my hat to you.

If you ever need a fresh "canvas", my empty garden walls are not that far away! Smiling

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