When most people think of art, drywall is not the first medium that comes to mind, but for Bernie Mitchell, drywall is where he does his best work!
Using drywall and mud, he creates the most detailed artwork on walls. When Mitchell first started experimenting, he used wheat and barley stalks. Eventually, he began to mold and carve pictures into leather. He used similar techniques to start crafting on drywall.
Mitchell works as a drywall contractor and uses his skills to add artwork in homes, cottages, and mostly vacation homes in Canada. While he often uses birds in his artwork, he also enjoys carving horses, wolves and dogs.
To achieve the images, Mitchell uses a variety of tools (including knives, paintbrushes and spoons) to mold his creations with a mix of drywall mud, a little water and dry setting compound. The mixture is designed to stick to the wall without sinking. Additionally, Mitchell has mastered a mixture that doesn’t crack while drying.
In 2014, Mitchell received the Drywall Artist of the Year Award.
Mitchell is currently working on adding tutorials on lighting, products and location choices to his website.
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