Prepping the wall (Photo: Finn Pedersen)
Part three (!) and final post on my mandala mural process. As with many projects, setbacks can occur and often challenge my ability to flow and make changes when necessary. This is a good thing! I always feel that with each project, I learn something new in the process and in turn allows things to go smoother for me and my client.
Part Two had me completing the design work and ready to begin on the wall. The first step of the transfer process is to mark out the wall with the correct size and "pie" divisions.
Two slight setbacks occurred with this commission that I had to work around. When I went to the house with the intention to begin transferring the design, I realized that the wall was in pretty rough shape. Ideally, it should be as smooth as possible for the paint application and also to facilitate small details with accuracy. It's hard to create a straight line that is interrupted with a pitted surface!
This realization, you may have guessed put me behind a couple of days. In other commissions, I have hired someone to create a paint-ready surface with "resanador" as it is called here in Mexico. In the interest of time, I decided to do it myself. After marking out the dimensions of the mandala, here I am in the above pic applying a coat of resanador. This requires a lot of smoothing and then sanding. It's a dusty job. Next time I will leave this part to workers who can do it best and more efficiently than me.
My client happened to be putting in a swimming pool and general overhaul of her backyard during my time there. This required some rescheduling and working around some of the needs of the workers. In the end, it all came together beautifully to have the mural coincide with the pool, landscaping and general beautifying of the area.