- Look through books (or whatever) and find pictures you want to put on the walls. If you are not artistic, try to find pictures that don't have any color shading, shadows, or color blending.
- Scan the pictures in on a scanner.
- Print the pictures onto overhead projector sheets
an overhead projector from work/school/church. If you can't borrow one,
you can rent them from any office type store (OfficeMax, Staples, etc).
I bought one at a yard sale for $1.
alternate to #3 and 4 above are to just use a laptop and an LCD
projector - they seem to be pretty cheap these days, and you can often
borrow/rent one from various places.
Tip: If you can't do 2 and 3, take the books to Kinko's and get some color copies on transparency paper. It won't be cheap, but then again, the inkjet transparency paper runs about a $1 per page.
Tip: if you want copies of copyrighted material, go there late at night, be friendly and courteous, and explain exactly what you are doing and why you need the copies. Usually you'll find someone who will help you. If they won't, try again another day, or at another location. You can also rent "scanner time" at Kinko's - put the pictures on a USB flash drive
How to paint the wall images:
(if you want to see how to paint the wall stripes, scroll down
Alternate to Painting on the Walls:
The last time we re-did the room, instead of painting directly on the walls, I painted some of the characters onto foam-backed poster board. Then I cut them out with an exacto knife. To make the edges look nice, I colored them with a paint pen and a sharpie marker.
I attached the cutouts to the wall with some mounting tabs (little double-sided sticky pads).
Some of the Seuss characters have spindly legs that are just a single line (like the bees from Mr. Brown Can Moo), and I used pipe cleaners instead of painting them.
A few words on materials:
We used the little bottles of craft paint. The nice thing about them is they cost about $1 each, and they have many colors (so you don't have to mix colors if you don't want to, or are not so inclined).
The problem with the craft paint is that they don't cover very well, and you may have to put on 2 or 3 (or more) coats before it really starts to look good. The red covering the blue was especially bad.
If you decide to use regular wall paint (which would cover much better), they do have the little "sample" pots at Home Depot for around $3 each - and they will match them to whatever color you want. I'd say they might get a little annoyed if you went in and had them color match 10 little paints at one time.
Regarding brushes, we bought a few packs of inexpensive artist's brushes ($5 a pack), and we found that each of us tended to find a couple brushes that we liked.
Get a little container of the "brush cleaner" while you are there, it helps keep the brushes cleaner.
I found that my favorite brushes were:
- skinny outlining brush
- fat angled brush for fill ins around the edges
- big flat brush for the middle parts
Another tip: ALWAYS USE A DROP CLOTH. Seriously, you are likely to be painting for hours and hours and the likelihood of a mishap is high. Thank me later.
How to paint the wall stripes: