Teen Creates Incredible Disney Mural During Lockdown For Just £70
- Michelle Wright, 36, has two daughters, Natasha, 14, and Maddie, eight
- Natasha used lockdown creatively to create a stunning Disney mural for her younger sister
- The project took 11 days and cost £70
If you’ve had kids constantly complaining during lockdown, a creative project might be just what they need.
Michelle Wright, 36, a mum of two and holistic therapist from Glasgow, had a teenager and an eight-year-old at home during lockdown - but rather than dealing with complaints of being bored, Michelle encouraged her children to indulge in an amazing art project while at home.
Her daughter Natasha, 14, painted an incredible mural based on her favourite Disney characters for her younger sister Maddie, eight.
The project was a fantastic distraction during lockdown and cost the family just £70.
Michelle told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "The idea started because my eldest daughter Natasha, 14, wanted to swap rooms with her sister Maddie, eight.
“My husband Jim, 37, had hand-painted a pretty awesome mural in there a few years back, so as my daughters have inherited their father's talent, I challenged Natasha to come up with something special for her little sister.
"Maddie loves The Aristocats and 101 Dalmatians, so they watched both movies together and came up with the idea of having some of Maddie’s favourite scenes from both the films drawn on the wall.
“The main scene was to be the ‘Everybody wants to be a cat' scene from The Aristocats with Dalmatians, our own dogs and even Maddie added in like one big party.
“First, Natasha masked off the nine spaces for the scenes - one huge one for the main scene above the bed and eight smaller ones at each side.
"She then painted them all white. She drew the scenes in pencil first, then did the outlines in black.
"Then she hand-painted each scene with a little help from us all. I was only allowed near bigger scenes but my husband and Maddie were allowed to attempt some more challenging work all at Natasha's direction.
"Because we all chipped in, Natasha managed to finish it in 11 days, and she worked from 11am until 8pm most days.
"The materials we used were mostly from the arts and crafts drawers: lots of paint brushes in all different sizes.
“For the paint, we ordered every tester pot from B&Q. We didn't order much online as we have a B&Q across the road so we did lots of click and collect.
"I'd have to guess that the painting cost about £70 for materials.”
Michelle is over the moon with how the project turned out - and so are Maddie and Natasha.
"Maddie is delighted now that it's done and is very grateful to Natasha for doing it,” she adds.
"My husband and I were confident it would be amazing because we had seen her art work but her work ethic and the effort she went to to make it special is amazing!
"Natasha is quite blasé about the whole thing to be honest.
“Natasha wants to go to art school and become an art teacher one day so I had a hardback book made for her with all the photos to remember her first big project, because it's never too early to start your art school portfolio.
"I honestly can't believe her level of talent at age 14 and can't wait to see where it takes her in life, not to mention what an amazing big sister she is.
"This project has been amazing for Natasha through lockdown because as a teenager she really had nothing to do.
"I think it's been most difficult for her age group and this project kept her off technology, promoted the bond between her and her sister and gave us all a labour of love to work on together.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “I’m absolutely bowled over by this lockdown project - it’s hard to believe Natasha is just 14 when you consider how talented an artist she is!
“This sort of project is a prime example of creativity at its best during what has been a challenging time for many families - turning a negative situation into a positive.
“Maddie is a lucky girl to have such a special mural, all created with love by her big sister!”
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