Sunday, 10 August 2014

Mural making at Translate Bar, Shoreditch

This weekend I have been in Translate Bar on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch working on a massive mural, thanks to everyone who helped me hold the gigantic ladder! I would lie if I would say that I wasn't slightly scared swaying around 4-5 meters up trying to reach the ceiling but thanks to my ladder-holding-assistants it all worked out, thank you!

Translate Bar has a lot of natural light coming in from the high street as the entire wall facing the street consists of windows and also there is light coming in from the back of the bar through their cosy small back garden. So I thought that I should go for it and be bold and use the colour black, and as the wall is very big, I thought that I should go for a simple clean but bold design and not have to much small details that might make the wall to busy, here's a sneak peek of what I did;

The mural is based on a print I made called Giraff-o-mania where photos of real giraffes are mixed up with simple graphic shapes. Now I adjusted the design to make it work on this wall and to fit in with the lights that are placed on it, but I have never done anything like this before so I was quite nervous to be honest but yes, I made it - and guess what, I had no projector so I had to draw the circle freehand!

I have a tip for others who are about to paint graphics on a wall, do not use normal masking tape for sketching up graphics, it doesn't keep tight and doesn't stick to the wall so you will get lots of bleed and not the sharp straight outlines that you want, instead use Kleen Edge Easy Mask tape that you can get it any paint shop, works perfectly!

I will go back to the bar and take some more pictures so that I can show you the finished mural, until then, if you live in east London I can really recommend Translate Bars vegetarian burger with fries ;)

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