A Color Affair Murals

Loganville, GA

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About this pro

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

What do I like most about my job? That's such an interesting question with a complex answer. The most satisfying thing I like about my job is the freedom to express creative side through my art. The more creative the customer, the more creative I can be and I like it more and more each time I paint. I hand paint murals throughout Atlanta the SE USA and each project (job) I am hired to paint, the clients and my own creativity shines through. That's got to be one of the best things I like about my job. Working with the clients on the design is also another favorite thing about my job. Probably the most favorite thing I like about my job as a muralist ... I get to paint and create while getting paid for it. You just can't beat that. Oh - and I'm my own boss. :-)
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Location

Loganville, GA 30052

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Sarai Z. Feb 21, 2013
    Michelle painted murals on the walls for my baby's room and my twin boys room. She was easy to work with, works hard to please her client and is very creative! We love the rooms and couldn't be happier with the results. You won't be disappointed with Michelle's work!!
  • Janel B. Feb 5, 2013
    Michelle is creative and works so hard to make sure you have just what you want. She did my kids rooms and they love that they each are so personalized. She took our ideas and made them Great! We highly recommend her to anyone who appreciates hard work and awesome creativity!
  • Traci G. Jan 15, 2013
    Michelle Black has worked with me to create murals and various artworks for a variety of projects including a mural for my son’s room, a t-shirt and banner design for my business and multiple volunteer project for the public schools. Michelle’s professionalism and work ethic are only outshined by her incredible talent! She goes above and beyond to ensure that her clients are happy and fully satisfied with the art that she creates. You will not find a better person to trust with your design needs!
  • Michelle S. Jan 12, 2013
    My experience with A Color Affair Murals was excellent. We suprised our daughter with a Hello Kitty mural, flowers and a little saying that says "I Love My Kitty". She came to our house about 8:00 and she covered so well with plastic and was done within 4 hours, it brought so much to her bedroom and so many people ask me who did it. It was scary when I saw how big it was but I absolutely love it and would have her do work for me again and I tell people about her all the time. If there is a way to upload a picture here I would love to.
  • Linda M. Sep 23, 2012
    My husband owns a large hunting lodge in Alabama, and had two large rooms to complete as a "western saloon". He wanted every part of the interior to be part of the mural. This work was difficult at best, as the rooms contained one garage door, concrete floors, metal ceilings ranging from 10' to 14', and is located in such a rural area in Alabama that even police jurisdiction doesn't exist! Phone service requires an eight mile drive, and the closest fast food joint is around 20 miles away. Giving Michelle just a few ideas, she furnished drawings and sketches that were unbelievable, but nothing compared to the finished product! She spent about 4 weeks away from her family, working 6 - 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, to complete this project. You will be hard pressed to ever find another artist to compare with the talent, ethic, imagination and drive as Michelle, and you will certainly never find one better!
    Michelle B. Sep 23, 2012

    The McFarlands are ideal clients to work for. They know what they want in a mural but always gives me freedom in the ways to accomplish it. I took their ideas and just expanded on them. Getting the opportunity to know the clients and their family helped me create a mural that works for everyone. This mural has something for everyone; subtle adult jokes, cute animals for the grandchildren, personal touches here and there. It's all about the clients' and their family and I wanted to make sure everyone would enjoy the mural. The "McFarland Ole West" mural project took a total of 27 (275+ hours) working days to complete and I just finished a week ago so I haven't had a chance to load the photographs from this mural project on my website at http://acoloraffair.com. For now, you can view the progression photographs on https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151100578431585.459869.133102716584&type=1

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
By far, this is the most asked question I get from clients, fans and people just walking by as I'm painting a mural! How did you get started with painting murals? I've always been able to sketch and draw, ever since I was a little kid. I didn't start painting until I was in my teens and looking back now, I wasn't very good at it. It wasn't until I was in my late twenties that I started taking painting seriously. I painted my first mural in my 9 year old son's bedroom back in July of 2008. My new husband (of two weeks) told me it was awesome and I should post pictures of it on craigslist to see if anyone would hire me. The first call I got from the ad was Zoo Atlanta, asking me to quote on a project they had in mind at the Zoo. I meet with Zoo Atlanta, listened to what they were looking for and then came home and designed the mural on paper, then submitted the proposal to them. Two weeks later, Zoo Atlanta called me, said "You're Hired!" And that's how I decided to get into this line of work. I get paid to do what I love doing - Creating Art! Did you go to art school? Other than taking art classes in middle school and high school, no, I did not go to art school. I was raising two kids by the time I was 25 so there was no way I could afford to go. I always wanted to though! How long have you been painting murals? July 7th, 2013 will mark my 3 year anniversary of painting murals FULL TIME as I finally quit my day job after painting murals for two years! July 7th, 2013 will mark my 5 year anniversary of painting murals, creating art and finally finding myself!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
These murals were hand painted secretly! In Apex (Metro Raleigh), North Carolina, my client's husband is a big University of North Carolina (UNC) Basketball Fan and for his birthday, his wife had these murals hand painted (by me) in his "man cave" without his knowing. She's going to keep her husband away from the "man cave" as long as she can because his birthday isn't until April 19th! I can't wait to hear how this turns out! About the Murals: The husband loves basketball and even more than that, he loves UNC Basketball. He went to UNC and his wife went to North Carolina State University (NCSU) and if you don't know, UNC and NCSU are big rivals! The wife wanted to incorporate all the things her husband loves about the university and his beloved team, the UNC Tar Heels. In the main mural, you'll find the mascot for UNC - the Tar Heel Ram, the Dean Dome and the Old Well. Across the bottom of the mural, you'll see 5 years representing each year UNC won the NCAA Title and the words "National Champions." The wife wanted NCSU represented in this mural so I painted the NCSU Wolf mascot being stomped by the UNC Tar Heel. The husband will get a kick out of that, I was assured! In different areas of the "man cave", there are three Basketball Jerseys hand painted with the players the husband likes the most. Of course, Michael Jordan is the most important one (big fan, I am) as well as Tyler Hansbrough and Vince Carter. Each jersey is life size and three dimensional (trompe l'oeil murals - French for "fool the eye"), giving the appearance that they are real, hung up throughout the "man cave." Hopefully, once the wife presents the coolest birthday present ever to her husband, she'll tell me all about it! It's not my birthday but it sure does feel like it when I think about this project! You can check out the work online.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Tips for the Perfect Mural: If you're considering a mural for your nursery or child's room, there are plenty of things to consider. Like any other "project" in your home, you need to do your research because it's important to know all the facts and what's involved. 1. Search for muralists that have inspired you with their work. 2. Set up interviews with all the muralists you contact. 3. Meet each of them to find out which ones are most in-tune with you and your ideas. 4. Ask for a quote and draft of the mural design from each muralist; Consider the Muralist, the Artwork, and the Cost before making your final decision. 5. Don't be afraid to ask questions and always be honest, especially if you don't like something. If you do all of this, you'll get the perfect mural for your home or business because you made sure the muralist was on the same page as you were. And for years to come, you'll enjoy the mural, smiling every time, knowing that you had a huge part in the design.