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Just a fly-by at the end of a long day of obsessive project-detail-absorption, to share my new wall painting idea.

A few weeks ago I was testing a pastel color-meshing technique. It wasn't quite right, and two things caused me to change direction. First, a couple of people commented that the finish would look better with some metallic silver in it. And second, I'm getting new walls! Color-meshing is great for disguising damaged old walls, and I don't really need to do that now.

Silver metallic paint tends to read as gray, so I started playing with pearl powder. Then I thought, ooh, how about stencils?

I discovered Cutting Edge Stencils and fell in love with one called Birch Forest.

Here's my initial--and, I think, final--experiment.

What you're seeing is flat, pure-white acrylic wall paint making up the birch bark, with interference blue pearl powder stenciled on as the background. The interference blue, curiously, looks like a mild-mannered beige in indirect light, but direct light changes it completely.

Here it is in natural late-day light:
A stenciled design on a white wall showing stylized birch tree trunks

And here's what happens in direct LED light:
A stenciled design on a white wall showing stylized birch tree trunks, with an iridescent blue glow from pearl powder

I can't see much point in looking further. This is exactly the kind of mood I want the room to have. My Ice Palace.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Mar. 20th, 2014 08:49 am (UTC)
That looks wonderful! I agree, I don't see how you could better that.

I'm glad you've found the right effect. It would have been ironic if you'd fallen in love with something which was incompatible with the new Roman blinds which started this whole thing...
Mar. 20th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yup. That irony has happened. The bold black and white striped fabric that started all this won't work with this wall treatment.

Happily, that fabric will work perfectly in my living room, where I also need window coverings, while all the really expensive bits--the pulleys and ribs and stuff--will still apply to the bedroom windows.

But...yeah. The idea-trail has taken me quite a ways away from the initial concept.
Mar. 20th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I couldn't really see black-and-white horizontal stripes with the upright trunks! I'm relieved that the material will work in the living room.

It must have been fun to follow the trail, and end up with something which you never imagined at the start.
Mar. 21st, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC)
My sister, who is self-employed as a real estate broker, passed along some advice from her accountant: never let taxes be the deciding factor in whether to do or not to do something.

My tax life is pretty simple, but I can extrapolate that advice to any number of mental obstacles, including things like "But that fabric was the starting point for my whole design!"

Mind you, it took a few minutes and cost me a pang or two--because after all, I'd been wanting just that fabric for a year, and I finally found it, and it wasn't cheap, and I rode my bike 17 miles to get it and I've already half-made one of the shades, and waste-not-want-not--but I got there in the end. The fabric that cost $80 has led to a project costing literally fifty times that. It would be "foolish beyond permission," as Georgette Heyer's characters are constantly saying, to insist on molding the entire design around its starting point.

How many poor decisions--or worse, non-actions--have I taken in life because of some mental sticking point? (Hint: a whole lot.)

So, yeah. Moving on. And still learning. And also not a clue how to treat the bedroom windows now.
Mar. 20th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
Holy cow - that's *amazing*!
Mar. 20th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
I agree. I keep looking at my test patch (which is on the door of my broom closet in the kitchen) and going, "Oh, wow, oh wow, that is so cool!"

It's the pearl powder. That stuff is made of magic.
Mar. 20th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Wow! Looks amazing!
Mar. 20th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm thrilled with it to an almost unhealthy degree.
Mar. 20th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
That is GORGEOUS. Wow.
Mar. 20th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm just having another look at my test-patch in the morning light, and yep, still loving it!
Mar. 21st, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Oooh, that looks awesome!
Mar. 21st, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've now seen it in evening, morning, fluorescent, LED, and moon light, and it looks pretty cool (and remarkably different) in all of them.
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