Civilized Graffiti

When I was little, I drew on the walls. Not once. A lot. An entire mural up the stairs. Many drawings on the walls of my room. An entire garden on Krissie Livengood's parents' bedroom wall - right over the bed. It was a masterpiece. Or so I thought, but my unknowing clients didn't always agree. As it turns out, I was ahead of my time.

This image and above, Traditional Home, March 2000
I don't know if this technique has a particular name, but it appeals to me so much. I've imagined doing it in a room, but also think it would be fabulous as decoration for a party.

It looks like you could accomplish this with one quart of paint and 30 minutes before carpool pick-up. These are the kinds of projects that get me in trouble.

Greg Jordan, who drew the back drop, promoting his Cartoon Collection, HB year unknown.
I have always wondered about gouache. It looks and sounds as if it would be dreamy to work with.

These drawings from the owners of "Atelier" in Hudson, NY.

If it seems daunting, there is a really great wallpaper available that would eliminate the risk.

"Frames" wallpaper, Graham and Brown.
On the other hand, when unable to find this fabulous paper, New Orleans designer Jill Dupre took matters - and marker - into her own hands.

Metropolitan Home, December 2006/January 2007.

My parents finally resigned themselves to my passion. They gave me a cup of pencils and told me I could draw whatever I wanted on the walls of my closet. What can I say? It was the 70's.

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