Design sketch for the 32ft. long mural, with the aluminum composite panels resting against my table, waiting to be sanded and primed.
Designing by collage
I scanned my final shapes into a computer image program, printing various sizes and morphs. Then, I printed and cut out the shapes, so I could move them around to come up with a rhythmic flow resembling the movement of ocean water.
The finished mock-up for the corner mural (a few primed panels in the background)
My finished mock-up. The darker section on the left would be the part of the mural mounted on the west wall of the building. Then, the mural would wrap sharply at the corner to continue on to the south wall for another 24 ft.
Transferring my small drawing onto the panels
To transfer my design from the mock-up to the eight 7ft. x 4ft. panels, I traced my mock-up as a line drawing and used that drawing to order blueprints enlarged at 800%. Then, I transferred the blueprints by pencil onto the panels.
Keeping notes on how I arrived at each color. Also, I stored extra quantities of the final 38 colors in jars labeled with a number, so I could find the right one for touchups, if needed.
A close-up of my process
Masking off with Friskit and tape using an X-Acto blade gave me the crisp edges I wanted.