Earlier this year (2012), I was given amazing news that my wife was pregnant with our first child. After a couple months, we found out that we were going to have a little boy. Since then, our lives has all been about preparing our lives and home for the arrival of our son. One of the things that I really wanted to do is create a nursery for my son. I didn’t have a nursery when I was born so I wanted to make the effort to create an amazing nursery that my son would love. For a few weeks, I was going over ideas on what type of theme I wanted to design the nursery. Everything from Star Wars, Toy Story, and Adventure Time came up, but I couldn’t decide. That was until I came upon Eisner winning comic artist, Skottie Young‘s amazing variant “Marvel Babies” covers for Marvel Now!. As soon as I saw Skottie Young’s newest work, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. An Avengers themed nursery.
As simple as that might sound, you would be surprised how difficult it is to find Marvel products suitable for a nursery. Majority of the Marvel Comics products you can find out in the market is really made for young children and adults and not meant for infants and toddlers. So, I decided that instead of buying random Marvel goods and throwing them into an empty room hoping they go together, I decided to create some simple Marvel themed decorations and paint a giant mural using Skottie Young’s amazing artwork. After two long months of paint spills, Sharpie fumes, paper cuts, and losing sleep, I finally finished the nursery. It was a blast putting it together and hopefully my son will enjoy it as much as I do. I hope Marvel will take notice and take steps to license their iconic characters to a company that can produce Marvel licensed infant and toddler appropriate products for the next generation of geeks.
Storage corner of the nursery.
Handmade (papercraft) wall decorations.
Custom nursery nameplate found on etsy. Each letter is cut out from a page in a comic. I decided on going with the Avengers movie line-up. J is Captain America, A is Iron Man, and S is Thor.
P is Loki, E is The Hulk, and R is Hawkeye and Black Widow
Papercraft close-up: "T is for Thor"
Random stuff: Thor and Iron Man lamps found on Fab.com, a set of "Chibi Marvel Baby" plush that I found from Japan, and couple Iron Man action figures from Hasbro
Avengers Babies Mural: I decided to feature the big 3 from the Avengers: Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man (art by Skottie Young)
DIY: The Avengers Babies Mural
I took my favorite pieces from various Marvel Babies covers that Skottie Young created.
Materials: Various acrylic paints, various paint brushes, and Sharpie paint markers
It's really hard to enlarge art perfectly onto a wall, so I used a mini-projector (Tracer Jr.). This is perfect for anyone that has a difficult time drawing.
Kind of looks like a cross between an arc reactor and the TARDIS.
One of the most important things is to keep your arms off the wall to avoid staining and smudges from oil on your hands/arms. You will need a steady hand and patience. You want to avoid using an eraser on a wall with flat paint.
I used different colored pencils for each character so you don't get confused when you start painting.
Painting started. It's better to paint as much of the mural that uses the same color paint instead of painting one character at a time. It saves time and paint.
Patience is a virtue. You don't want to get impatient and rush your painting just to finish it. Move onto the next color when your 110% satisfied on the application of each color.
I recommend painting multiple layers to make the mural pop. The number of coats depends on the quality of your paint, your painting techniques, and the surface area.
My paints were generic acrylic paints (that applied a bit thin) and the wall is an eggshell/ivory flat paint. It took about three heavy coats to make the paint vibrant on the wall. Also, watch out how much paint you try to hold in your brush. Too much and you will get excess paint drip onto your floor, carpet, wall, or even on parts of the mural you already completed.
The way you paint is all up to you. I decided not to paint over my line work so I have a accurate guide when I start outlining.
Let your paint dry and set before moving onto inking. I let my paint dry for two full days with a fan on.
Inking started. Always ink from left to right (vice-versa if you're left handed). It helps you avoid wiping your arm over your inking when it hasn't dried. It will ruing your paint.
Inking/outlining is my favorite part because it brings the mural to life. My favorite marker for murals are Sharpie flat based paint markers. You can find them online or your local craft store.
Tip: Change your paint marker when the tip gets worn down. The line gets thick and inconsistent. You want a new tip for crisp and sharp outlines.
Just like the paint, let the outline set and dry. I suggest a few hours.
Last minute addition. Facepalm.
"You meowing quim..."
Due to the fact that this is Skottie Young's artwork, I added his insignia/signature on the mural.
DIY: “A is for Avengers” Papercraft
Materials: Sharp scissors, graphite paper, and an assortment of foil/textured craft/construction paper.
I printed out a image I wanted to use for the piece and flipped it on Photoshop and printed it out. Using the graphite paper, trace the image onto the back of the craft paper.
Slowly cut out the pieces and keep them organized on a clear table so it doesn't end up on the floor or in the trash.
Did the same with the letter. Instead of freehanding a letter, you can just print one out using a Word program using your preferred font/size. Using the graphite paper, trace it.
Slowly glue all the cut outs with a glue stick. Be careful on the amount of glue applied because it can stain your foil craft paper. Use different textured paper to add contrast.
Make sure you choose a frame before you start so you know the dimension. I prefer using a matte to make it a bit more fancy lookin'.