Etch-a-Sketch-ish

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Have you ever started a project, embarked on the idea, worked out the kinks, implemented the design only to have to start over again?  It harkens back to the days of the etch-a-sketch, when weary minds could simply shake the previous idea free and start anew.  This can sometimes happen, but that’s part of the process.

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Working on these large drawing boards for the resturant have been the most time consuming aspect of the renovation for me.  I am in charge of implementing the concept of the art, but that concept can sometimes change when you’re 75% done…ces la vie.

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We started with the classic, crisp bay leaf idea, bit eventually had to reassess and work on the fly, an hour before opening.  What to do?  Sand them down, paint over them and start fresh with something that could be accomplished before the first guests arrive:

CHALK SAVES THE DAY!

I drew all of these in about 10 minutes.  The owner just wanted some sort of art on them for the time being…

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 two…

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 …you get the idea.  Well, it turns out they love the flow and ease of the design!  Hooray for working on the super quick, eh?!  It has a very similar, complimentary nature to the large mural I did previously.

I was asked to make them look a bit more permanent though, so I used a wet chalk technique.  Simply soak a piece of chalk, leaving 3/4 dry, for 5 minutes or so and go to town!  I just covered over my previous design, and now it looks bolder!

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2:

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3:

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4:

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The last piece of this restaurant re-do coming up tomorrow!

 

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