Last year when my sister was pregnant, she was brainstorming nursery decor ideas and hit on the concept of a hot air balloon room. I’d never painted a mural before, but I blindly offered to paint one nonetheless — I figured if worse came to worse we could get some stencils and call it a day.
But before I knew it I was sketching my own balloons on transparency paper, and tracing them on the wall with the help of a good teacher friend’s overhead projector. Between my mom, my sister, Mr. Lovely, and myself, we came up with ideas for about 8 or 10 balloons, each one a little different. My sister didn’t want to stick to a rigid color palette — just no pastels, as I was implicitly ordered. And I was painting before we knew whether it was a girl or boy, so I tried to keep it very non-specific.
The first step was the blue sky. Over that went some two-tone fluffy clouds, and multi-colored hills and valleys at the bottom. I dressed up the hills with some crops, some roads, a few bushes, and a tree with a rope swing in it. After that, I painted in the balloons — the most fun part of all. You’ll notice each balloon is a little different, and no two baskets or spires are the same.
It was definitely a labor of love, but worth every second! Now the little munchkin has something to look at and dream about. xoxo