Murals add life to Indy homes

Murals add life to Indy homes

Edwards (left) and Blice caught the art bug early in their lives, but didn't mesh their talents until 1993. They say the favorite part about their job is pleasing clients. "We love the genuine excitement we see when the project's finished and they're grinning from ear-to-ear," Edwards says.

We canvassed Christopher Blice and Jon Edwards, founders of highly rated Blice Edwards in Indianapolis, to get the fine details about murals for the home.

What different services do you offer?

We specialize in trompe l'oeil, murals of any size or style, paintings in many styles and mediums, props of any shape or size, custom wall finishes, decorative hand-painted ceilings or walls, custom art furniture, faux mosaics, color consultation, glass tiles and custom glass furniture hardware.

How do you charge for your services?

Our prices vary - depending on the technique, number of helpers involved, materials used and the number of days we estimate the job to take. We have a minimum charge of $850.

What's the most distinct project you've ever done?

The most unique project to date would have to be a panoramic mural in a car collector's showroom. We created an Indiana landscape with a 1950s "mom and pop" roadside diner and filling station. The windows and shades were converted into signs, and the center of the room feels like you're under a carport with the roller-skating waitresses.

Photo courtesy of Blice Edwards

Why do homeowners hire you to paint murals?

Our clients hire us to give a room an extraordinary final touch that enhances the experience of being in that space. It makes that place somewhere you want to be.

What types of materials do you use for the murals?

When we're doing a mural in a home, we typically use a high-quality house paint. I find that an eggshell finish works the best, as it has very little sheen yet is durable after curing for a few weeks. We also can use the same paint on primed canvas and install it like wallpaper.

How do you create a mural, and how long does it take?

We gather the thoughts of everyone involved and then come up with a concept, thumbnail sketches and an estimate. Once we have an agreement and contract, we make more detailed sketches and produce sample boards. If the creative juices are flowing and there are no kinks to work out, a 10-by-10 foot mural can take as little as three days - but they typically take a bit longer.

How long do your murals last, and is there any maintenance involved?

If a mural is on a ceiling or in a low-traffic area, it should look good for years and years. A clear coat of paint adds durability and could cause the mural to last until the wall falls down!

Do you do other art forms other than murals?

We mainly work out of our Meridian Hills home, but we just opened another studio at the Stutz building downtown for our glass work. We make glass tiles, art glass and have a new line of belt buckles.

How do you get your inspiration? Is it a collaborative effort?

There are many ways we reach a solution for a job. Sometimes clients know exactly what they want, while others want to be surprised with whatever we come up with. Most of our clients are somewhere in between.

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