| Tina Dinte

Adding some ‘WOW’ to the art studio

Two years ago hubby tired of the house being full of my art shiz so he ordered a 20ft shipping container and together we converted it to a art studio. 

As big believers of re-purposing products we fitted it out with second-hand silky oak doors and windows, industrial tools for door handles and an old shower spout for a window latch. We also added a deck on the front as protection against the sun and a place for the studio dogs to sleep. 

Repurposed materials add to the coziness of the studio

What I never finished though was painting the big ugly steel doors attached to the container. They are permanently open - like wings on each side of the entrance - so they are on display all the time. 

Art studio steel doors

Ugly grey doors of the studio...

But in July 2019 I said no more! I was on a mission to tackle those doors and add some ‘wow’ to finally finish the studio.  

Off to one of my favourite places I went (ahhh Bunnings, how I love you) for a supply of spray paint, enamel paint in tins and some paint brushes. "How many times have you used spray paint to create a mural before?", I hear you ask.... Hmmmm, well never actually. But since it is my studio, I wasn't really concerned if I stuffed it up and I have to learn sometime.

First up was the left hand door...

Initially I was going to paint a Dodo over both doors but I have always drawn faces so I went in that direction. My idea was to create a face with 'ideas' flowing out of her head into the studio (sometimes I need all the inspirational help I can get!).

STEP 1:

I like to draw freehand (no sketches, just winging it) and this is how I started - a face with cactus glasses, HUGE nose and big teeth emerged.

STEP 2:

Limiting myself to only 7 colours including black and white, I started to fill in all the big areas of colours in the face and the background. I blended the colours the best I could by holding the cans away from the door and only spraying very lightly.

STEP 3:

With the black paint, I spray painted around all the different areas of the face... don't ask me why I did this, I thought it would add depth 😬.

STEP 4:

Trying with as much finesse as I could, I traced over the rough sketch with the white paint. It dripped everywhere but I quite likes the effect. I also added the eyes in at this point - yes, they do look a bit cranky - eeek - but weren't meant too.

STEP 5:

Did you know if you spray paint into the lid of the can you can use it as traditional paint with a brush? I did not know that but it made adding all the final details to the mural a breeze. This technique was used to finish off the mural along with some purple, orange and white tins of enamel paint.

Watch a timelapse below of the mural:

Timelapse video of the left hand door

The final reveal! What do you think?

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Full photo

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Who doesn't love a pair of cactus glasses?

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Who's looking at you kid.

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Whoa that's a bit close.

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Gosh, I do love a bit of pink lippy.

The day was getting away from me so it was onto the right hand door.

It was pretty much a repeat of the first mural, except more rushed and with less detail. Do you know how hard it is to paint with the western sun shining right in your eyes - not real fun.

The subject matter for this door was pure fun - a funky flower in a tea cup. Something totally not serious and full of colour just like the first mural.

Watch a timelapse below of the second mural:

Timelapse video of the right hand door

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Full photo.

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Does that flower look like its dancing? It does to me.

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Cup of tea anyone?

Painted studio doors of the converted shipping container by Tina Dinte

Not sure if that leaf exists in real life or just my imagination 🧐

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Whilst painting murals isn't my daily vocation, the bright colours and quirky subject matter sure are! Check out my artwork or commission your own piece? I truly believe artwork should inspire storytelling – what will your piece say? 

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