Sunday, February 5, 2012

Whimsical Tree of Life Wall Mural

Another fantastically fun project I completed last week, was a tree of life wall mural. My wonderful client with fabulously, eclectic taste had a vision for a beautiful painted tree on a very bare hallway wall. She has plans to fill the tree with vintage family photos framed in small, unique frames. Her vision was for the tree to blend in style with her worldly and unique collections. When I first meet with her at her home, I arrived to a dining room table fully set with delectible desserts! Mmmmmm! For me? Yes and no. They were resin/polymer clay replicas! How cute! (But sadly, no dessert for me.) Her items were similar to these I found online at
Fun Original Hot Pink and Black Polka Dot Chocolate Fake Cupcake Cherry,  Birthday Party Favor, Decor, Gift, Home, Display Stage Photo Prop  Fake Faux Chocolate Turtle Cake Chocolate Caramel Drizzle Pecan Slivers Cherry on Top House Staging, Home Decor Centerpiece Stage Photo Prop
So we discussed the tree size, color and definitely a few lady bugs. I love scrolls and had found a tree of life picture with scrolling branches. She loved it! So that's what we decided on.

With a plan to start this, I spent several hours laying out the "bones" of the tree. The photo at the left is just a a sheer underlayment of the final product. It allows me and the client to see the scale and location of everything very quickly. My client was at work, but I was able to photograph this and send it to her. (Loving technology!) With her approval, I continued to the details. I added some dimension to the branches and trunk, using lighter and darker acrylic paints. Then added the leaves and grass blades, using 3 different colors. And of course the lady bugs! Finally it was complete!

This a was a quick fun project. I hope you enjoy seeing it! If you want to see more of my murals, check out my decorative painting website at Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. You are so talented. This mural of the tree of life is simply gorgeous! Thanks for mentioning my etsy shop and showing a few photos. :)

  2. The mural is beautiful! Adding the family photos create rich depth to the home. Family members walk by it each day and are reminded of those they love and those who have walked generations before them. What a creative way to enjoy family memories while beautifying the home. Once again, you have done incredible work!

  3. Hi Sandy, I wanted to tell everyone what a wonderful job you did with our Tree of Life. Everyone who has come to our house truly loves it! The grand-kids can't wait until their photos are up hanging with the 6 adorable ladybugs! Now the trick is to find the right frames for the photos! Anybody have any ideas? I need frames that are small and flat and old looking! Mostly everything I have found on the web looks too bulky.

    Again, thank you for the great job! If I think of anything else for you to paint,I will call! Sherry

  4. Thanks so much Sherry! I would love to see it with the pictures! If I see any frames I'll let you know. Sandy


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