Our minister had seen Soraya drawing during church, so Rev. Heather asked Soraya if she'd be interested in painting a mural in the Nursery.
It took a while to build up the courage and find the right time, but Soraya finally planned and created the mural this summer.
She drew a sketch, researched how to paint a mural, and together we collected the supplies and spent a week at church. It was an excellent experience.
First, we got the girl in the paint department in Lowe's to help us pick colours for the background and decide how much we needed, and then we went to Michael's and to our basement for the rest of our supplies. We used latex paint, and acrylics mixed with matte medium, large and small rollers, and a variety of brushes and sponges and black marker.
The background was so pretty on its own!
At church, Dianne got us a ladder and the overhead projector as well as some overhead transparencies, and opened the door for us a couple times a day for a week.
We measured and taped and painted and waited. Waiting for layers to dry was time-consuming.
Using the overhead projector was magical. Soraya simply traced her drawing lightly with a pencil as it was being projected on the wall. Well, drawing while standing on a ladder wasn't easy, but the method was simple.
Using the overhead projector was magical.
Sometimes things looked strange at first.
It was interesting to see how the parts came together as a whole. It took some patience, but was worth it.
When I first saw the finished lamb, how it was transformed by the final details, I was brought to tears by the miracle of it.
When the lamb got its features, I was overwhelmed with emotion.
When the whole project was done, I nearly burst with pride. I literally jumped up and down. It was more beautiful than I had imagined. Each of the animals had its own personality and the colours were bright and perfect.
We cleaned up and put all the toys back in place, and the mural looked like it belonged there, like it was meant to be. I guess Rev. Heather knew what she was doing!
The nursery mural.
I'm so proud of my Soraya's signature on her art on a wall at Trinity United Church in Newmarket!