Welcome to "Wains World"!

For 15 years we at Nautical Chart Wallpaper have managed to keep our prices where we started: $10 per square foot. It has been challenging, but realizing that custom wallpaper is more pricey than off-the-shelf wallpaper, we do what we can to get nautical chart murals into the homes and offices of those who want them.

But for some clients, doing a wall from ceiling to floor and wall to wall just is too costly.

So welcome to Wains-world, and the misspelling is intentional. I mean “wains” as in wainscoting.

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Tara Farris is a client of ours who wanted to do a mural above the wainscoting in her bathroom. In her case, a subway tile look really sets off the mural above her wainscoting.

The mural is the coastline near her home waters in Middleneck Virginia.

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A concern Tara had was her window. She did not want her window to cover up any land or water areas important to her. In the mock-ups we sent to her, we sketched in the window as a transparent rectangle so she could see if was okay to remove that section of the chart when it came time to paste up the wall covering.

Cost of Wainscoting

Of course there is a cost to wainscoting and you might want to shop a bit for the best price and look for your room. Remember that the height of the wainscoting can vary according to your taste. The rule of thumb is that wainscoting is a third of the total height of your wall.

What do you think? Are you ready an affordable mural and a trip to “Wains World?”

Call us a 801-367-7945 and let’s talk about your project.

All Murals are Beautiful . . . ah, well, not really!

I just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how many businesses had beautiful murals painted on the sides of their buildings and interior walls.

A beautiful thing, right?

Well, there is a notable exception, and that is the creator of the mural. You see, many murals are painted freehand onto a wall. The painter has obviously met with the owner, and received instructions on what is wanted on the wall. Then the painter paints — and it sometimes looks bad.

Now what does the owner do? Hire another painter? Or just live with the results.

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I’m going to share a picture with you and I’ll keep the hotel name confidential as I wouldn’t want to hurt their business. My stay was great, but oh that mural!

Well, at least the clouds looked pretty good. And the ocean just proves how challenging the ocean can be to paint.

Why do I bring this up? Because if you want a mural in your home or office, you can get just the mural results you want whether it is a nautical chart wallpaper mural, or a scenic view of the ocean, BEFORE you approve your mural. This is what we have been doing for 15 years.

I took a few pictures on my trip, and from the second picture, you can easily imagine how splendid a mural can appear from a simple photograph.

Want a hand-painted look? No problem, we can use our graphics program to add paint strokes, or adjust the colors in any way imaginable. But you can bet it will look magnificent on your wall because we go through two separate proofing processes, including sending you the actual file that will be used to print your mural.

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So put the paint cans and brushes away and pick up your phone and email, call or text us. Our mobile-friendly website includes a graphic with a one-push capability for you to call or email us while you are looking at our webpage.

Let’s make a mural happen for you, complete with NO surprises!

Daydreaming at the Office? Let us Help You!

  Good book, but better daydreams . . .

Good book, but better daydreams . . .

“You know, Mrs. Morris, your son Steve just isn’t meeting his potential. He spends too much time looking out the window and daydreaming . . . “

So said my second grade teacher Mrs. Snowball. (Really! That was her name!) And the same thing almost word for word was said by my third grade teacher Mrs. Gosling (Again! The name has NOT been changed) Probably gave me a healthy fear of geese in my formative years.

I could go on. But in all honesty, all of my teachers were right. I WAS a daydreamer, year in and year out, all through my school years, including college and graduate school.

Would it surprise you to know that I still am addicted to daydreaming?

But as for “not meeting my potential” I beg to differ!

The whole nautical chart business began as a daydream when I was at working working on a fundraising campaign. I saw a hand-painted nautical chart mural, and it moved me to advanced daydreaming. How could I have something like this, I wondered.

Then, years later, I wondered: “Could I have a nautical chart mural by creating my own custom wallpaper?

Awww. You guessed the answer.

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But the point is, it all began with a daydream.

Nowadays, my daydreams are of wallpaper murals. All kinds of murals.

I evem daydream of weird stuff, then try to recreate it with my graphic software. For example, what would a mural of a cruise ship look like with its bow about to go over Niagra Falls?

Like this I suppose.

Or how about a favorite quotation from Ernest Hemingway on a scroll in a nautical chart wallpaper mural? This one isn’t my daydream; it belongs to Diamond Neeley. (Really! Diamond is his real name!) He and I created it for use in his office. (See his picture below the quotation.)

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So I’m convinced that daydreaming is a wonderful thing, and that you, dear reader, need to do more of it, not less.

And that goes for you Mrs. Snowball, Mrs. Gosling and the rest of my home room teachers!

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What is your daydream. Want to bet me that I can’t make it into a fantastic mural on your wall? Go ahead! I dare you!

Give me a call at 801-367-7945.

I could use a good daydream right about now.







Develop Your "Mural-gination"

Okay, I’m stretching it a bit with “mural-gination.” Obviously, mural + imagination = mural-gination.

But I hear it every week when a client asks me: “Do you ever do anything else besides use nautical charts as a subject for your murals?” My answer is always the same. My job is to turn my client’s imagination into a mural, regardless of the size of the wall, or the subject.

My own mural-gination led me to nautical chart wallpaper murals. But as for subject matter, there are so much more ideas if we allow ourselves to look just a little bit harder.

For example, my wife and I LOVE Chinese Food. Last week, we checked into a Chinese Noodle restaurant, and my attention immediately went to their wall. I asked Linda if the black objects by each table reminded her of anything. “Sure, they look like boats,” she replied.

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My thoughts exactly. I love it when my wife agrees with me!

I took a picture of the wall, and later, I blurred the customers’ faces as I didn’t have a photo release with me at the time.

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The next step was to check into Unsplash.com and search for “Asian River.” I found this excellent photo taken by Mattia Serrani that was perfect for this wall.

Using one of my graphics programs, I took out the bamboo light fixtures on the wall — there was plenty of light without them — and substituted Mattia’s excellent photo at sunset. Now the metal wall decor really looks likes boats floating in the river, with a reflection below.

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And, I must say, the mood of a Chinese restaurant would be greatly enhanced with such a mural!

I might go back and with this photo try to persuade the owner to let us do a mural for him, but for now, the idea is to stimulate your own mural-gination and discover a creative idea that is precisely your style.

Once you figure it out, call us and let us make the custom-made mural for you.

Yes, we will always do nautical chart wallpaper, but we can do other murals too! Give it some thought. Then, call us at 801-367-7945 and let’s talk about your ideas!

Too Much "Information"

"Too Much Information!" You have heard it before, probably said it before. And it usually gets a laugh!

But sometimes there IS such a thing as too much VISUAL information. Take, for example, a call I had this week.  She is a designer who said that the mural we created had too much detail in a portion of the mural we designed. It was, visually, "too much information."

  Things look calm to the right of the door, but a bit CRAZY to the left!

Things look calm to the right of the door, but a bit CRAZY to the left!

Now if it had been any other company who did the mural, she would have been stuck, because all of the other custom wallpaper companies, simply reproduce what they are given. 

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We are the only company who will reconstruct a chart according to the needs of the client, which is what we did for her. 

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You can see her point in this first and second illustration. It really IS too busy for a chart that is not a harbor chart. So we agreed to simplify the chart by taking out rocks, shallow water indicators, fathom marks, text, etc. to simplify the look. 

After all, this mural will not be used to navigate Woods Hole, so why not? 

Still, we left enough detail to show that there is a navigable channel going into Woods Hole, and some shallow water to steer away from.

In short, we did not change the message of the chart that this is a harbor that needs your attention, but we don't assault our visual sense with too much information.

At the risk of sounding too boastful, I am indeed proud that we have the ability to customize beyond simply enlarging the image and that we are happy to meet our client's needs regardless of the difficulty. 

So do you have a nautical chart that you want to be made into a mural? Do you have an imagination that goes beyond what you see on the chart? 

                        Here is the "Before" on the left, and the "After" on the right

                      Here is the "Before" on the left, and the "After" on the right

You have come to the right place! Let's make your mural dreams come true!

Let's talk about your ideas for a mural. We welcome mural conversations even if you are not ready to order yet!

Call or text us at 801-367-7945 or email us at skippersteve@gmail.com

Think BIG, Artists and Photographers!

Throughout the 14 years that Nautical Chart Wallpaper has been around, I occasionally cross paths with artists and photographers whose work I admire and have purchased. I have not missed an opportunity to encourage them to "think big" and work with me in making some of their photographs, oils, watercolors masterpieces into a full-size mural. 

  New York Skyline. Photo by Jonathan Riley, Unsplash.com

New York Skyline. Photo by Jonathan Riley, Unsplash.com

Every artist and photographer I have suggested this to has the same reaction. First, they say that they have never thought of doing so, and second, they say no thank you, they are happy with the photos and canvases that they sell already.

I'm never disappointed as it really isn't a big thing; I'm busy enough with nautical chart wallpaper murals to seriously consider opening another revenue stream.

But their reaction demonstrates just how entrenched we can be in doing things "the way we've always been doing things."

Of such thinking are many opportunities lost. 

So whether you are an artist, photographer, or a lover of nautical charts, try this little exercise to expand your mind. In your home or office, find a large blank wall. Next, pull up a chair and stare at it for a few minutes.  Ask the question: "How can I make this wall a spectacular conversation piece?"

  Grand Tetons. Photo by Adrian at Unsplash.com

Grand Tetons. Photo by Adrian at Unsplash.com

Now ask yourself why you live where you live? Did you move here because of the mountains, a lovely view of the ocean or lake? Or the stark beauty of the desert? Is there an iconic image that you are attracted to, such as the New York skyline, or the Grand Tetons? 

Just play around with the idea and share your thoughts with us. We can make your wildest ideas come to life on the wall of your choice.

Call or text us at 801-367-7945 to get the conversation going. 

The Perfect Companion to a Nautical Chart Wallpaper Mural - Nautical Pillows!

When people order a nautical chart wallpaper mural from us, you might be surprised to learn that the next question is: "Do you also do nautical chart accessories, like lampshades, curtains, and other nautical chart accessories?" But the most common query is: "Do you carry nautical chart pillows?"

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And we always reply, "No, but we wish we thought of it a long time ago."

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Well, today we have some good news. We just learned about a company that makes excellent nautical chart pillows for every part of the country. Caron's Beach House ( https://www.caronsbeachhouse.com/ ) has a great website on nautical chart pillows. 

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So let's say you order a nice nautical chart wallpaper mural from us of say, the Cape Cod area, and you are are thinking about accessorizing your mural room with pillows of the same area, this is the very place to look! Their pillows look as amazing as our murals!

Murals AND pillows! What a great way to "chart your course" in interior decorating!

Want more ideas? Give Nautical Chart Wallpaper a call at 801-367-7945

The ultimate sailboat -- the ultimate mural?

Ask any seasoned sailor this loaded question: "What is your favorite sailboat of all time?"

Then, grab a beverage, and a comfortable chair. You are about to hear some amazing nautical tales of sailboats past and sailboats to come. 

As for me? I saw the ultimate sailboat in a small movie theater in 1990. It was in the movie "Joe Versus the Volcano. Now that movie is worthy of a News Article in and of itself. The part that took my breath away was when Joe set sail on the Tweedledee. The scene shows the boat under full sail. It was shot from a helicopter, and it sent chills up my back. The beauty of that sailboat is like no other I've ever seen. Just to make sure I'm not remembering it with the embellishment of fond memory, I watched it again last night. Chills again. Right up both arms and the back of my neck.

I've always wondered where they found that gorgeous sailboat, and even wondered if it might have been a model sailboat with Hollywood magic to make it seem real. 

  No longer helping Joe with his jump into the volcano, the Spike Africa (aka Tweedledee) is available for charter in the San Juan Islands.

No longer helping Joe with his jump into the volcano, the Spike Africa (aka Tweedledee) is available for charter in the San Juan Islands.

Then, a year ago I was waiting for a ferry in Friday Harbor Washington, a small town located on San Juan Island in the 172-island archipelago in the northwest corner of Washington State. The ferry was not due for another half hour when I noticed a very cool looking schooner. When I got a better view from the dock, I thought it looked very familiar.

You can guess the rest. It was indeed the Tweedledee from the movie, but its real name is Spike Africa. And, to my delight, they take passengers for a few hours on a regular basis.

So very soon my wife Linda and I will board the Spike Africa and even help sail her. An ultimate getaway, to be sure. 

Take a good look at her. Could this sea-going beauty become a great mural? Above is also a quick video of Spike Africa in a sailboat race. She passes by the camera lens at 0:06 through 0:27. It doesn't capture the majesty of the sailboat, but I may revisit this topic with a video of my own. Stay tuned!

So what is YOUR ultimate sailboat? Drop me an email, text, or a phone call. I'd love to hear your ideas!

--Skipper Steve, skipersteve@gmail.com, 801-367-7945

Focal Area in your Mural - The Rule of Thirds

In working with our clients, we sometimes become too concerned with how to keep the important areas from being cut out for windows, medicine cabinets, doors, etcetera, and not enough about making the mural into a piece of art. If the wall mural on a wall is indeed the canvas, then the "art" or chart should have the elements of good, framed art.

One of these principles is the rule of thirds.

  Note the position of the Surf Dad's head and round window in the top right-hand of the crossing

Note the position of the Surf Dad's head and round window in the top right-hand of the crossing

The Rule of Thirds helps us keep the focal area out of dead center, where the focal area is stagnant and the most uninteresting place for the important part of the mural.

Put simply, the Rule of Thirds divides the height and width into three, equal sections. The imaginary lines that divide the area into thirds appear as a giant tic-tac-doh sign, or "hashtag" for you Twitterites in the audience. Wherever the lines cross in one of four places, that is where your focal area would ideally appear in the intersections.

With "Surf Dad" the mural actually goes down one level of the staircase. Making the lateral thirds equal, the top crossing area is near the head of the surer and includes part of the circular window. But positioning the surfer near the top right of the Rule of Thirds makes the scene seem dynamic as he "surfs" down the staircase!

In another example, two crossing points bring out the focal area of Stove Point Neck and Fishing Bay. 

  Note the top left crossing and the bottom left crossing which brings out both Stove Point Neck and Fishing Bay.

Note the top left crossing and the bottom left crossing which brings out both Stove Point Neck and Fishing Bay.

If the Rule of Thirds is new to you, here's a homework assignment. Go to a movie. Any movie. then imagine the screen cut into thirds, top, bottom, and from side-to-side. Notice how many scenes use the rule of thirds. In each case, those are the scenes where the subject matter REALLY matters!

In the meantime, give us a call at 801-367-7945 and we'll be happy to discuss your mural ideas!

Quiz Time: Can You Pick GOOD Wallpaper Ideas From Bad?

This year has been a banner year for Nautical Chart Wallpaper. To find out why, lately I've been asking potential clients where they first heard about us.  The answer surprised me. You won't believe what I've learned. 

But to help, I would first like to give you a pop quiz, just three questions long. Ready? Scroll down for the first question.

Which of these is a good nautical chart mural? A or B?

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Now, question two: Which of the next two is the best nautical chart wallpaper?

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Finally, a tricky question to conclude our quiz. Which is the bad wallpaper idea?

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Pencils down! Let's grade your quizzes. 

If you answered "A" to all three questions, you are indeed an A student in the Interior Decorating Arts.

I'm guessing almost everyone answered A for all three questions. If you did not, ask yourself these follow-up questions:

Which of the two murals is easier to look at?

Or, which mural do you find more interesting?

The Mod Podge mess that passes for wallpaper is a temporary fad at best. Charts and maps are made to be charts and maps, not wallpaper.

Maps applied as wallpaper will often bubble, do not stay well-adhered to the wall, and from what I've read on the web, many users have resorted to thumb tacks, tacking or (groan) stapling their chart pieces to their walls when peeling inevitably begins. 

And don't forget -- Mod Podge will discolor soon, turning the chart "wallpaper" an unflattering yellow.

As the quiz should have demonstrated, Mod Podge maps as wallpaper just look bad. And I mean really bad, disjointed, conflicted, and convoluted. 

So save yourself some grief and let us help you with a mural that fills your wall with one, meaningful, enlarged image printed on our moisture friendly, mildew resistant wallpaper -- and treat your room to a professional look.

Now for the answer to why our business is so good lately? The arts-and-crafts crowd has now seemed to realize how temporary their paste-the-chart-on-the-wall really is. They liked the idea of nautical charts on the wall, and whenever they look for a company to do the wallpaper professionally, we show up online, near the top of the search engines.

A similar phenomenon has happened to us before, when Ralph Lauren cancelled their nautical chart wallpaper, and we got several referrals from folks looking for their paper. Now it is the arts-and-crafts crowd seeking a more permanent solution for displaying nautical chart murals in their home or office that brings them to us.

In any case, regardless of how you found us, we are delighted to help you achieve your mural ideas. Call us at 801-367-7945  or contact us online and let's talk about your project! 

 

A Nook With Nautical Chart Impact

I can help my clients create murals for another 14 years and I'll never get over how clever they are on their home decorating ideas.

A good example of this is Rhonda, who knows how to make her mural come alive with lighting and color. 

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The lighting is simple: a little lamp with a lampshade that matches the color of the land and a beautiful base the color of the cabinets below -- tying it all together. 

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We love to help with large murals, of course, but a small mural can make a big impact if you have the right place for it. Rhonda did, and you can see how very splendid the result was.

I'd also like to share a view from Rhonda's home that she shared with me and believe me, this photo would make a wonderful mural!

(Don't forget that we do photo murals, satellite murals, topographical murals and more!)

Time to take another look at YOUR nook?

Consider this a "referral" for your mural. Contact Nautical Chart Wallpaper at 801-367-7945, or drop a line to skippersteve@gmail.com

 

Finally! A Mural For Me!

My wife has always joked with me that I'm like the cobbler who is so busy making shoes for everyone that he never makes them for himself or his family.  She happens to be right! Out of the hundreds of murals I have made for my clients, I never have made a mural for my walls -- until now!

I have always loved the San Juan Islands, located in the northwest corner of Washington State. Since the 70's, I've chartered sailboats there and taught several people to sail larger boats while having a splendid time on their vacation. 

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For my mural, I wanted to change the color of the land to go well with my light green office walls.  I changed the color to Garland Green (Sherwin-Williams). I also changed the dark magenta shipping lanes to a more eye-appealing SW Sapphire Ice.

I also wanted to "frame the mural" but do so with a rope border. I changed the color of the silver rope to a SW Silken Moss for the dark brown, and SW Green Tea for the light brown.

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The rope border presented a challenge. As my clients will tell you what I tell them, "we can only print in rectangles."  This is true of the mural with a rope border, but this graphic rope, which looks like the old three-strand line, has contours all the way around the mural. I didn't want the background to be white, so I had to get a small pair of scissors and trim the white away from the rope. Now, when it is mounted on my light green wall, the rope will stand out and enhance the framing of the chart.

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Another feature we wanted to add was our cartouche.  This is the freebie that we offer all our clients to show their role in designing their mural. We positioned ours in the lower left-hand corner of our mural.

A modern version of the cartouche has been a regular option for our clients for some time now. We think it is a lovely way to give credit where credit is due: to our clients who first imagined a nautical chart mural on their wall. 

Tomorrow, the paperhanger is coming to install the mural in our office. If I can get my time-lapse camera working, I'll have a cool movie to show in the next news article.  When it is all done, it will look like this:

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A Mural for A Shoestring Budget

Just to be clear, everything we do is a custom mural for each client. The idea is to give our clients the exact mural they want on their walls.

Of course, the bigger the wall mural, the more expensive it is. But what about our clients who are on a limited budget? Is there a mural in their future?

The answer is yes, and further, a small mural can still make a big impact in your home or office.

Here is one example. The mural of Cape Ann is an important one to our client, but where would it make the biggest impact? The answer in this case was on a bathroom wall.

  A 5' x 4.5' mural similar to this is just $395.  Shipping is free in the US.

A 5' x 4.5' mural similar to this is just $395.  Shipping is free in the US.

The client kept the colors that NOAA charts come in and we did a mural centering Cape Ann on the wall. 

  Notice how the tiles pick up the green and beige in this mural.

Notice how the tiles pick up the green and beige in this mural.

But it is what the client did in modest decorating that really added to the mural. Note in my second picture how the colors of the starfish tile matches both the tidal flat green and the beige land color. The shower towel is even flattering to the mural!

Point is, budgetary concerns should not stop you from having a nautical chart wallpaper mural in your home or office. And the bathroom decorations can easily add to the effect by careful selection of color and seagoing theme.

Want more ideas? Just give us a call at 801-367-7945 or send an inquiry to skippersteve@gmail.com and we'll work with you to get the "most mural for the money."

To Vector Or Not To Vector -- That is the Question!

We love to create big murals. The bigger, the better, and frankly we do a better job of enlarging murals than our wanna-be competitors. Fourteen years of doing nautical chart murals does have its advantages.

  Longing for Long Island? A BIG mural will help!  We LOVE to create giant murals!

Longing for Long Island? A BIG mural will help!  We LOVE to create giant murals!

But enlarging murals from NOAA charts into a nautical chart wallpaper mural sometimes has it's problems. Can a chart be enlarged so much that it becomes too jagged with pixels? Well, yes! And when that happens, the solution is to use a vectored file, which we can also create.

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To begin the discussion, consider the following two images. This is from an actual job we did for a client in the Boston area.

They wanted a fairly small part of the chart to be enlarged to nearly 15 feet in height.

These images demonstrate that a rasterized image (first image shown) may appear too jagged when one or two conditions exist.

1. When too small of an area is desired to be enlarged to mural size

2. When the mural wall is so large that the image will be jagged no matter what we do.

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But there is a price to be paid for vectoring an image such as the second image demonstrates. Numbers tend to be tapered at the ends. The image isn't quite like it appears on a NOAA Chart. A vectored image is composed of tiny triangles of image which allow enlargement without significant loss of quality. If your wall is gigantic, vectoring is likely the only option.

So how do you know if you need to go with a rasterized image or a vectored one? Well there is a way you can check. Or we can do it for you if you like.

Let's say that you have a chart that you like but only want a portion of that chart on your mural. So you crop the chart to the approximate image you want on your wall in your favorite graphics program.

Next, be sure your program's rulers are displayed, especially the vertical ruler.

In this example, your newly cropped image is 5 3/4 inches high in your program, or 5.75 inches.

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Your challenge is to see if the mural will look good on your mural wall happens to be 8 feet in height.

Is that too much to enlarge? Let's find out. Because your wall is 8 feet high, let's divide your chart image that is 5.75" high by 8. So 5.75 ÷ 8 = 0.71875 which is between 11/16ths of an inch and 3/4 of an inch.

Crop your image down to 0.719 in your graphics program. We are doing this to yield an area that will equal one foot in height of your mural.

Now enlarge the resulting image until it measures exactly 12 inches high on your screen. You can check it with a 12-inch ruler as the illustration shows. Tweak your graphic's program magnification until it matches the ruler. On my program in this example, the magnification was 220% to get the screen image to match my 12-inch ruler.

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At this point, back up from your screen about 18 to 24 inches. Do you like what you see? If so, then you don't need to vector your image.  But if the image appears too jagged, well, you need a vectored file and that's what we're here for!

We'll vector your file, change colors and do whatever is need to give you the nautical chart mural of your dreams!

Just call us a 801-367-7945 and tell us about your project. We'll tell you what it will take to make your custom mural dreams a reality!

 

 

 

 

Raising the Bar . . . With A Mural

When Jeramy Larson told me that he and his friends were opening a bar and were considering a nautical chart mural of San Diego Bay, I wanted to be a part of the project! 

  "X" marks the spot where Goodbar is found on the Nautical Chart

"X" marks the spot where Goodbar is found on the Nautical Chart

Jeramy's idea was exciting. The name of the bar was "Goodbar" and he wanted to make the nautical chart pop with color, show off the San Diego Bay, and put his bar on the map -- literally! 

The logo of Goodbar is an octopus wearing a diving helmet. For certain, the octopus had to have a prominent place on the chart.

The color Jeramy and his friends chose for the land was Benjamin-Moore's Nottingham Green, with Georgia Peach denoting the Naval yards. Other color changes were also made to complement the green land without losing the nautical effect of a NOAA chart. 

But when I learned that he wanted to install it with his friends, I must confess, my blood ran cold!

I have always counseled ALL of my clients to go out and find a paperhanger who has hung wallpaper commercially.  Reason? It is not easy to match latitude lines, do a one-inch overlap and a double cut to match the edges. This is the sort of thing you really want a professional to do.

  The San Diego Goodbar Gang, just "hanging around" -- a Nautical Chart Mural, that is!

The San Diego Goodbar Gang, just "hanging around" -- a Nautical Chart Mural, that is!

So what did the San Diego gang do? They ignored me and decided to hang it themselves! As you can see in this picture, they had a wonderful time doing it, with a couple hanging a panel while others pasted the next panels to go up immediately after a panel was in place . 

Then came a phone call to me. Jeramy was worried we didn't have enough paper! I ran to the calculator. Allowing for the extra for overlaps, it should work out.  Jeramy wasn't so sure, but he hung up and got back to wallpapering.

I, however, paced the floor. Did we have bad measurements? Finally another call. "We had just enough and it fits perfectly." A collective sigh of relief was heard in both San Diego and Post Falls Idaho!

Well, THAT was an adventure!

From that point on, I now add even more extra inches the larger the dimension happens to be.

I don't like close calls. Neither do my clients.

  Add some running lights to the wall, and the nautical chart mural is ready for the soft opening in December, 2017. The Grand Opening is Saturday, February 10, 2018

Add some running lights to the wall, and the nautical chart mural is ready for the soft opening in December, 2017. The Grand Opening is Saturday, February 10, 2018

But the good news is that our mural was up looked fantastic, and really added to the atmosphere. Jeramy said his contractor couldn't believe he and his partners hung the mural themselves. 

  Jeramy Larson, and his sidekick Ralph, admire the Nautical Chart Wallpaper mural. A good dog likes Goodbar!

Jeramy Larson, and his sidekick Ralph, admire the Nautical Chart Wallpaper mural. A good dog likes Goodbar!

So if you are in the San Diego area, be sure to stop by Goodbar at 1872 Rosecran in the Point Loma part of San Diego and enjoy a tasty libation while marveling at the amazing mural over the shuffleboard table.

Then give us a call and we will order a mural for you!

It's Goodbar . . . and a good mural as well!

A Big Mural . . . That's The Ticket!

When I'm not helping clients design their nautical chart wallpaper murals, I do have other interests.  Sailing is one of them, but music is a powerful interest. 

I loved The Eagles, Neil Diamond, Moody Blues, The Grass Roots, The Rascals, The Turtles, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Johnny Rivers, Three Dog Night, and Tommy James and the Shondells. 

And of that group, I have heard all of them in concert. All, that is, except one: The Eagles.

  The Eagles in concert, making magic with their guitars, voices, and memorable songs.

The Eagles in concert, making magic with their guitars, voices, and memorable songs.

For years I've wanted to hear The Eagles in concert, but was never around when they had their concerts. But this year, The Eagles are coming to Spokane, Washington, just 25 short miles west of where I live. 

Naturally, tickets sold quickly, and I ended up driving to Spokane to buy my tickets at the Spokane Arena Ticket office.  I ended up paying more for two tickets than I had for any concert in my life.  If I arrived at the ticket office any later I would have probably needed a co-signer. 

Anyway, when I fulfilled that missing goal of Eagles tickets, I turned away in line and caught a sight near and dear to me a HUGE mural!  This one, on the wall of the ticket office, was a rendering of most of the ticket seat numbers in the Spokane Arena. And suddenly, I have another goal. I want to create a mural for a ticket office somewhere in the world.  

  A great way to find your seats before purchasing them is spotting them on this mural.

A great way to find your seats before purchasing them is spotting them on this mural.

As nice as this mural is, I know I can do a better one!  

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Any ticket office managers out there interested in a marvelous custom mural?  

I'm your guy! Call me at 801-367-7945.