The Tale of the Three Brothers

25 Jul

So. Over the July 4th weekend I decided to embark on a new craft-like project. I’d always thought it would be cool to paint a chapter of a book on a wall, but never actually followed through with the vision. Untillllll I decided to ask my mom if she trusted me enough to paint the wall in the stairwell leading to the basement and she said YES. I started drawing lines on July 4th and two weeks later, I had successfully painted the entire chapter of The Tale of the Three Brothers from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the wall, word for word. I completely guessed as to whether or not it would all fit, and miraculously it fit perfectly, all 20-something pages. I completely ruined my paintbrush, in the end, but I’d say it was worth it! I submitted this to¬†craftgawker, my favorite website everrrr. You should totes check it out. If you wanna “favorite” my post go here. I’d love you forever, because nothing makes me happier than knowing that hundreds of complete strangers appreciate my work :)

77 Responses

  1. marissa 25. Jul, 2011 6:12 pm #

    you are awesome! I’m always solidly a potteraholic but I’ve been potter crazy the last couple weeks and just happen to be wearing a deathly hallows shirt as I type haha. the wall looks great!

    • liz.kirkham 26. Jul, 2011 12:50 am #

      Thank you so much! I have a Deathly Hallows shirt, too, haha :)

  2. Meggie 25. Jul, 2011 6:13 pm #

    Wow! I could never have pulled that off without whining and crying a little bit! If your paintbrush was the only fatality I would number this a big success!

    • liz.kirkham 26. Jul, 2011 12:51 am #

      I had a mini break down halfway through when I realized I forgot a few words but luckily I had time to fix it. Thanks!

  3. Melody 25. Jul, 2011 8:11 pm #

    Definitely not a HP fan but DEFINITELY a fan of this! Awesome job!

    • liz.kirkham 26. Jul, 2011 12:51 am #


    • liz.kirkham 26. Jul, 2011 12:51 am #

      Thank you!

  4. Anja 25. Jul, 2011 8:52 pm #

    Wow, that’s really awesome! Wish I had the space and the patience to do something that cool :) really love your work!

  5. amy 26. Jul, 2011 12:11 am #

    In-freakin-credible…how much do you charge???

  6. Katie 26. Jul, 2011 12:40 am #

    I’m not a Harry Potter fan myself, but I loved the Tale of Three Brothers, and I definitely love the dedication shown in this! It’s really a great idea.

  7. Vicki 26. Jul, 2011 1:59 am #

    THAT IS CRAZY AWSUM! I love the way it looks. Your effort obviously was worth it. :D

  8. Jeanne 26. Jul, 2011 12:14 pm #

    This is totally awesome! Love it! And kinda want it in my house!

  9. Michael@BlueVelvetChair 26. Jul, 2011 2:13 pm #

    wow! i could learn something from your incredible patience! what a fab result!

  10. Cath 26. Jul, 2011 2:36 pm #

    Best project ever *—*
    It looks amazing!

  11. Talia 26. Jul, 2011 2:50 pm #

    amazing. just. amazing.

  12. Stephanie 26. Jul, 2011 3:03 pm #

    WOW, that looks amazing! Your writing is so neat and even :) That is so creative- great job!!!

  13. ahnkadragon 26. Jul, 2011 4:16 pm #

    Awesome! Love Harry Potter=) A whole tale on a wall? Pretty epic!

  14. Hilda 26. Jul, 2011 4:22 pm #

    this is amazing!! Love it!

  15. Lucy 26. Jul, 2011 9:22 pm #

    wow, wow, WOW! amazing! I love it and how creative !!

  16. Gretchen 27. Jul, 2011 9:42 am #

    Amazing! I would love to do this with some of my favorite book passages.

  17. wtflol 27. Jul, 2011 11:11 am #

    thats incredibly stupid & useless

    • liz.kirkham 27. Jul, 2011 11:32 am #

      hahaha thank you! :)

  18. libby 27. Jul, 2011 11:29 am #

    this is amazing! i am an obsessive hp fan, even have a tattoo of the deathly hallows.

  19. The creative muslimah 27. Jul, 2011 12:18 pm #

    Oh. My. God.


    You are way too cool. :)

  20. waywardmedic 28. Jul, 2011 8:39 am #

    That is fantastic! I’ve got a wall in my living room that needs to be painted why don’t you come over? I also did a Potter-theme decoration for my living room wall LOL. Half of Snapes face in pixels on a 2 x 4 feet canvas. You can see the tutorial here:

    • liz.kirkham 28. Jul, 2011 1:27 pm #

      Thank you so much! Snape looks AWESOME. I’ve never tried something like that before… maybe this will be my new project :)

  21. Cecilia 28. Jul, 2011 11:50 am #

    WOW it’s really awesome. Have you Tumblr?

  22. Tasha 28. Jul, 2011 12:12 pm #

    This is fabulous! It looks like this is a cupboard under the stairs–how much more perfect can you get for a HP tribute?!
    I am curious, what would you have done if this didn’t fill up the space?

    • liz.kirkham 28. Jul, 2011 1:25 pm #

      If it didn’t fill up the space, I had planned to continue with the next chapter, but it turned out to be a tight fit!

  23. Brian J. Hill 28. Jul, 2011 5:00 pm #

    That must’ve taken some commitment! You never cease to amaze me.

  24. jessica betts 31. Jul, 2011 1:27 pm #

    Using a Sharpe woulda worked nicely. It looks good and no paint, paint, dip, paint, paint, dip ;) love it tho

  25. Rachel 31. Jul, 2011 7:35 pm #

    THIS IS SO AMAZING. Wow. That is dedication!

  26. Nicole 01. Aug, 2011 10:53 am #

    Very clever! Love how the walls came out!

  27. Page 04. Aug, 2011 1:50 pm #

    That is absolutely incredible. Great work :)

  28. Angie 07. Aug, 2011 5:39 pm #

    Hey I saw this on tumblr and I just wanted to say that this is fantastic and awesome :] you did an amazing job and I think I may now have to add to my to do list an attempt to paint a chapter of a book on a wall :]

  29. Rizalenio 13. Aug, 2011 7:38 am #

    Fantastic. Nice chapter of the book you chose. Wanna do the same thing. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  30. Taylor 23. Aug, 2011 12:29 am #

    I love HP and I love that story! Your work is creative, awesome, and beautiful!

  31. Daisy 03. Sep, 2011 6:01 pm #

    That’s awesome! You have a lot of patience. I did notice that on the right-ish side, the word village was spelled with two i’s rather than two L’s. But it looks great besides!

    • Liz Kirkham 03. Sep, 2011 11:16 pm #

      Thank you! I think it was just the flash from the camera haha although I must say you have a great eye for catching things because it does look like two i’s!

  32. jen 06. Sep, 2011 4:48 pm #

    I went to that website & ‘liked’ it. It is a great idea kudos to you! I’ve always thought of doing something like this in a hallway using some of my favorite poetry. I’m going to use big frames & block it as a few pieces of artwork working together. Now it’s sealed.

    • Liz Kirkham 06. Sep, 2011 5:02 pm #

      Thank you so much! That sounds fantastic – I’m sure it will look so great :)

  33. Michelle 10. Sep, 2011 2:12 pm #

    That is absolutely amazing!

  34. Audrey @ lonelypaperdesigns 19. Sep, 2011 6:04 pm #

    Wow this is seriously so awesome. This makes me want to go write all over my walls now! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Liz Kirkham 19. Sep, 2011 6:26 pm #

      DO IT! It was so much fun and it makes you appreciate each and every word in a new way. Thanks so much! :)

  35. Geneve 24. Sep, 2011 4:51 am #

    Love it. What type of paint did you use?

  36. Madison Thompson 02. Oct, 2011 9:37 pm #

    Wait… Are you telling me you MEMORIZED all of this?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Liz Kirkham 03. Oct, 2011 12:15 am #

      Haha, my memory isn’t that impressive! I had the book open and in front of me the entire time (which explains why it’s now basically ruined, considering it’s covered in paint splatter!). :)

  37. Maria 11. Oct, 2011 8:05 am #

    I love this! I would do something like that, if only I had the patience and talent. I have plenty of ideas, but I am never able do actually do them. I’d probably be too worried that it wouldn’t fit… Good work!

  38. Ms. Bright 11. Oct, 2011 8:42 am #

    That is CRAZY…awesome. You have more patience than I ever will. Love it.

  39. Llyrianna 06. Nov, 2011 12:05 pm #

    AWESOME! Really totally HAVE TO do this! Can’t wait to spring when I’m gonna paint my room. This is a must have! :) You’re amazing :)

    • Liz Kirkham 06. Nov, 2011 5:29 pm #

      Thank you! I had a blast painting it, I hope your room turns out fabulously! I’m sure it will :)

  40. Meka 28. Nov, 2011 2:16 am #

    This is very impressive and inspiring. I am now wondering what ‘The Prince’s Tale’ would look like emblazoned on the front of my house!! Are you available for private contracting? LOL Nice job!!

  41. Liz Kirkham 28. Nov, 2011 7:03 pm #

    Thank you so much! I had a blast painting it (then again, I was unemployed and very easily amused haha). You should TOTALLY do The Prince’s Tale :)

  42. Jamie 02. Dec, 2011 12:29 pm #

    Holy crap! This has to be one of the coolest things I have ever seen on the Internet. Ever. Great job!

  43. Mano 07. Dec, 2011 2:29 am #

    You’re an inspiration.

  44. jsmith 08. Dec, 2011 10:26 pm #

    seriously so freakin rad!

  45. Apple 15. Dec, 2011 3:45 am #

    I find this when scanning the website, I love it very much, you are so great to finish it!

  46. ana 17. Dec, 2011 8:14 pm #

    You and this wall are amazing. You must know this.

  47. joshmarken211 18. Dec, 2011 11:32 am #

    I love this

  48. Emily Anne 24. Dec, 2011 1:09 pm #

    what kind of paint brush did you use????? would it work with just a sharpie cause im really bad at writing with a paint brush. i defiantly want to do this though,

    • Liz Kirkham 24. Dec, 2011 1:59 pm #

      A really tiny one. Haha. I’m sure it would work with a sharpie, you might just have to go over it a few times, depending on how dark the sharpie is. Good luck! :)

  49. Leia 23. Jan, 2012 5:42 pm #

    This is amazing. I love to read, and I’ve always wanted to somehow display my favourite chapters. I love HP, especially thelast book. THough, personally, I would’ve painted the chapter “the Prince’s Tale” because I’ve always been a Snape fan. Right back to the first book. Even still, You get THREE thumbs up on awesomeness. The Tale of the Three Brothers is a great chapter too

  50. cat 08. Feb, 2012 4:49 pm #

    do you think a paint pen would work for this? I’m doing something similar in the entryway of my house.

    • Liz Kirkham 09. Feb, 2012 8:20 am #

      A permanent marker may work better… :-)

  51. Jenny Koehler 12. Feb, 2012 6:03 pm #

    I am so impressed, this is wonderful! I hope J.K. Rowling has heard about this, she should be honored!

  52. beingbored 27. Mar, 2012 11:28 am #

    Great article, thanks a lot for taking the time to compose it. I like the direction you are taking your blog. Im subscribing to your site in order to keep up down the road. Would like to see more posts soon.

  53. Porfirio Krommes 31. Mar, 2012 6:33 am #

    Have you ever thought about creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

  54. Tammy 09. Apr, 2012 12:01 am #

    That’s so cool! Awesome work = D

  55. Connie 11. Apr, 2012 2:08 am #

    what materials did you use? kind of paintbrush/paint? I do want to do something with quotes for my bedroom, but I do not want to ruin the effect by using the wrong materials, great work! congrats!!

    • Liz Kirkham 11. Apr, 2012 11:23 pm #

      I used a can of really old black paint and a crummy paintbrush. Haha nothing special at all. It’s been almost a year and the wall is still in great shape, even in a high traffic area there hasn’t been any fading. :)

    • MadisenFae 03. Jun, 2012 3:25 pm #

      This is amazing! I want to do this so badly. Do you have any idea at all how many square feet your wall was? I only have one wall available an would hate to run out of room at the end…

  56. amy 10. May, 2012 9:29 pm #

    liz kirkham!!

    so i was totally surfing pintrest and came across this and thought holy cow that girl is cool. and brilliant.

    and then i saw the pictures and said hey wait, that is liz! we had aerobics together! good to know i’ve rubbed shoulders with people who do epic things :)

  57. Tinisha Hamzik 08. Jun, 2012 3:13 pm #

    Keep working ,splendid job!

  58. Marlen Baez 09. Jun, 2012 12:35 am #

    Great blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

  59. How to make Banana Nut Muffins 11. Jun, 2012 3:20 pm #

    You are a very clever individual!

  60. Beth 13. Jun, 2012 2:12 am #

    Wow, can I be another person so say how fitting this is under the stairs?

  61. Sara Bahnsen 01. Mar, 2014 4:09 am #

    It’s a good thing you didn’t write that with Umbridge’s quill…

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