16 Blacktop Mural 35' at Ronald Reagan Elementary
May 20, 2013

I have been a member of the Parent Club at the kid’s school. This year I was contacted by the President of the club to see if I would be interested in repainting the USA map on the blacktop. I guess after they resurfaced the area it covered up the old mural. I of course said yes and scheduled an appointment to check it out.

Boy was I in for a surprise! We met, looked over the area, I picked up the stencil package and set the date. Ty and I went out the first day and got started. We laid out the stencil. It was 8 large strips of paper with holes cut in it. You spray or paint the holes, remove the paper stencils, then basically connect the dots. I’m pretty sure we picked the hottest day of the year so far… Out on the blacktop for about 7.5 hours the first day I got it all outlined and two-thirds of the color done. Not to mention, a HORRIBLE sunburn…

Second day we were out there were two other mothers there to help. They started the last color and helped apply more coats to the less solid colors. That gave us a great head start to finish up. We finished it that evening and even painted the state abbreviations on each state.

Sometimes as an artist you should pay back. God has given you a talent and you should use it. Just don’t forget the sunscreen…



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