This White Elephant Screen owes a great deal to Graham Rust, whose book The Painted House is crammed full of designs for murals, screens and fireboards – not to mention studies from nature of flowers, shells, fruit, scenery and wildlife.
It is also full of excellent, professional advice on how to plan a painted project and tips on how to achieve perspective and lighting effects.
I would dearly like – if only I had somewhere to put it ! – a dolls’ house that I could decorate with his designs.
Unfortunately, I am fairly certain that I could never put any furniture in such a house as I would not want to cover up the murals.
My attempt at a compromise is the White Elephant Screen, which is adapted from one of the room plans in The Painted House.
In the introduction Mr Rust writes that The Painted House is:
…is intended to serve as a pattern book for professional painters and a source of inspiration for those seeking ideas for the decoration of their houses…
This does not mean to say that his designs are copyright free and, if you buy his book and use his ideas, please make sure you give him full credit.