Amelia, solo-preneur of Heritage Murals since
1997, designs wall scenes with sensitivity to clients' tastes in
colour and interior design; taking into account the architectural
era of their property. It is the designer's natural inclination
and responsibility to bring out the best of any place situation.
I will discuss ideas with clients, offering new ones when I am
so inspired by the place; i.e. the aspect of the house, the view,
the property period, interior decorations, wallpaper, and existing
paintings on the walls. The more I can understand about the client's
taste, lifestyle, interests etc., the better I can come up with
a design specifically to suit their home.
research the subject matter, over several days, then prepare some
coloured sketches of one or two layouts for an initial fee of £75.00 (small wall) £250.00
large room 2-3 walls. If client provides own images to be copied/enlarged
across a wall, there is no design fee.
Classical photo-realism or abstract designs with distressed
finishes are welcome. Please ask about any idea you have which
I am happy to discuss in relation to your space. With my extensive
experience in bespoke painted furniture for many clients over
many years, I can coordinate colours schemes for murals and painted
furniture with room colours.
am passionate to develop my own style which hitherto I have
barely touched on. Future designs will include symbols from world
cultures. I envisage this integration to become more abstract.
New mural inspirations will take as a starting point: classical
scenes, to include ancient architecture, ancient civilizations,
magical places, gardens, animals, ancient symbols; a development
one step beyond the much loved traditional scenes of gardens
and architecture. I have an interest in world wide pagan and
shamanic art images and symbols – whose meanings I believe
are universal across countries and cultures. I would hope I can
produce timeless designs which communicate that which is at the
heart of mankind, universal symbols which relate to all peoples’ lives.
started with Textile Design in the 1990s. When my designs were
becoming scenes, with an historical reference, I realized the
natural progression was to mural painting. I was happy to make
that decision as it seemed to attract mural commissions my
way from the interior design contacts I had had whilst painting
furniture! Samples from 1990s textile designs can be viewed at
http://www.ameliajanedesigns.co.uk under the Textiles section.
I particularly like ‘Roman’ and ‘Persian’ inspired
designs. Although the designs are in half-drop 340mm x 640mmrepeat,
(ready for textile printers) I can see now how they could easily
translate into mural designs so I will take my next creative
departure from these.
early 2000s, I had reached a very confident stage with my
approach and execution of clients' briefs for murals. However
in 2006 everything stopped following emergency major surgery;
following a long recovery, I could no longer stand for hours
painting and have since then focused on other work (integrating
English Language TESOL teaching and ethical fashion making).
In 2014, I still wouldn’t want to take on many sided large
rooms or swimming pools as I am still working on fitness following
more (unrelated) ops. I could, of course, design the mural and
layout on the wall for others to paint.
Ideally, I wish to paint murals on boards in my home workshop,
and indeed have plans to start painting some exciting new mini-murals
on boards as saleable products. (see prices below)
My choice of wood for a background is because I have extensive
experience painting designs on furniture. I therefore want to
utilise my skills at distressing the colour effects, producing
layers of magical colour, which will be particularly relevant
applied to the new abstract work I wish to develop.
COMMISSIONS (for indoors)
On boards, 6mm-10mm plywood boards.
2ft (601mm) x 2ft 6in (706 mm)
3ft (910mm) x 4ft (1202mm)
4ft (1202mm) x 5ft (1502mm)
4ft (1202mm) x 6ft (1803mm)
as an average guide would be cost of board, plus around £50
per square foot for painting. Depending on research needed, and
details to be included, cost can rise to £80 per square
foot. This includes varnish layers to finish. (fixings separate
quote, see below)
I use household water based emulsion and acrylic eggshell, mixed
with acrylic paints for colour tone variations.
DURABILITY and FIXING
are suitable for indoors and conservatories. All painted
boards will be finished with 5 coats of water-based acrylic,
colourless varnish, for durability against any exposure to dampness
over time. Frames with fittings attached can be made if required;
please ask for separate quote from my carpenter. Please state
if you require frame to be matt varnished or artistically painted
to coordinate with mural colours. Frame painting can also include
layer-upon-layer distressed/sanded through/antiqued ‘effect’.
Outdoor wall murals are painted in Dulux Weathershield paints.
They only come in large tins, so its an expensive layout for
materials, so the fewer colours the better.
For outdoor boards, marine ply will be used, and boards will
need to be set in a steel frame for durability, due to damp separating
the layers of ply around edges. Hardwood could last okay, with
varnish over. You would need to arrange that yourself. I can
also work on any material or wood you have at your disposal that
you wish to supply.