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Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to paint a mural?

Time depends on the size of the area to be painted and the degree of detail. A project can take anywhere from one day to one month! After my initial consultation (which is free), I will give you an estimate of the time it will take to accomplish the job. The time that I'm able to stay on the site per day is also a factor to be considered.


Do I need to prepare the area to be painted?

I will ask that furniture and valuables be removed from the area that is to be painted. This makes it easier for me to maneuver ladders, compressors, and other equipment that will be used. I will seal off closet doors, drop canvas dropcloths over the entire floor (or craft paper), and drape and tape plastic over any items that couldn't be removed to protect them.
The walls may be prepped and painted by you or myself. Sometimes a client wants to cut corners and save a few dollars by doing this themselves, which is fine. I only ask that you consult me first about painting the surface because sometimes it's not necessary.



Do you charge for traveling to the site/home?

My first consultation and estimate is free. I do charge for subsequent visits and include them into the final price of the mural. I will be including costs incurred for traveling to and from site. These figures are all factored into the initial estimate. (Unless fuel prices drop back down to an appropriate 80 cents per gallon!)
Sometimes lodging is necessary for jobs that require me to travel a great distance, or if the job needs to be finished within a certain time frame.



What type of paint do you use?

For children's rooms and nurseries I use ONLY artist-quality, water-based, acrylic paints which are nontoxic. For other works, such as faux treatments, I may add glazes, tints, and dusts into the paint for desired effects, and sometimes I may use oil paints.


Can I wash the mural?

Yes, with lukewarm soapy water. Often times a mural may be sealed with a water-based polyurethane, which protects and preserves the artwork. This also makes it easier to clean "little fingerprints"!


What can you paint?

I can paint virtually anything! I'm not limited to what you see on this site. What you see here is what clients have requested. My motto is, "You dream it, I can paint it!" I have a natural sense of color, perspective, and shape design, most of which can only be acquired through years of experience. Ultimately, it is YOU who determines the factors that will guide me in creating your mural. Take a thorough peek through my gallery and/or contact me directly so I can answer any questions you may have.


Can you paint something I found in a book or magazine?

Most often times, ideas come from sources just like that! There are virtually hundreds of sources to refer to for inspiration! Ideas also come from wallpaper border, bedding, toys, television shows, or movies.


Once you've begun painting, can I add additional ideas?

Sometimes changes can be made to a mural in progress and I am more than happy to accommodate. Although, changes made will be added to the total cost already agreed upon.


-IMPORTANT-

Please be as prepared as you possibly can for our first consultation. Have ready any or all ideas available for me to see. This may include items like the ones mentioned above and examples of colors. Please allow me room for interpretive ideas. I won't do anything without your approval, but I will do what it is I do best - paint!

Thank you,
Art

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