For my most recent art project, I painted my locker, and two of Shannon's, to look like the TARDIS. The TARDIS is the time machine and spaceship from the television series Doctor Who, which I'm a tiny bit obsessed with.

I ran into several problems while creating this project, but, despite this, the finished product made me very happy. Originally, I had wanted to start my locker about three weeks sooner than I actually got to. I had to delay, due to a lack of blue paint in the school. Seeing as almost the entire TARDIS is some shade of blue, it wouldn't really work to paint it without blue paint.

A second problem I encountered was painting edges. I have shaky hands, so keeping lines straight and clean can be difficult and very time-consuming for me. I managed to overcome this problem by taping the borders where colours met. However, this lead to a new problem. If the tape stayed on the locker for extended periods of time, the paint underneath would peel away with it. Again, I managed to overcome this problem. I learned that if I kept the tape on my locker for two days at maximum, the paint wouldn't peel away when I removed it.

Another problem, though very minor, was trying to decide how many lockers my design would take up. Three lockers was slightly too wide for a proper scale, but two lockers was much too narrow. I ended up adapting the design a tiny bit in order to make it fit across three lockers.

The process of painting the locker was a bit lengthy. I first had to prime the locker, which left it in a nasty-looking shade of grey. It stayed this colour for much longer than I would have liked, due to the no-blue-paint issue. After I got the locker primed, I went on to sketch out the design. This involved a lot of measuring, in order to get proportions as close as possible, and to get the design to be symmetrical. When the design was sketched out, painting could commence. I taped the borders, so that the paint would only go where I wanted it. Each part of the locker required multiple layers of paint. Anywhere that was white took two layers. Blue areas took three; a light layer, a medium-toned layer, and a dark layer on top. Because I painted the layers on with a sponge, you could see some of the lighter layers through the darker surface layers. This was done in order to recreate the 'wooden' texture of the TARDIS.

Overall, I'm insanely happy with my locker. It's incredibly satisfying to be able to go to it every day and feel a bit of pride at what I accomplished. Not too many people in the world can say that they have their own TARDIS.

No Copyright infringement intended.

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Here's a close-up of the sign on the front door.
 


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04/17/2012 3:19am

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am (part) owner of the photo agency Black Sheep Syndication based in Europe.

We are a photo agency focussing on selling unique feature, entertainment and news stories and I am interested in the pictures from the locker you created as published on this blog.

If you are interested please get in contact with me via rickert@bspsyndication.com, so we can discuss all details.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
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06/09/2012 12:59am

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Tim
04/17/2012 2:30pm

I don't know if you know thinkgeek.com, but they just sent me here from facebook. This is quite the awesome art project. Keep it up!

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Oraicia
04/17/2012 7:50pm

Thanks very much, Tim! I'm a huge fan of thinkgeek.com. To have them find my locker is amazing for me.

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Jesso
04/17/2012 4:58pm

Thinkgeek sent me here, too. I love the locker, and I love that you knit a Triforce wrist cuff. I'm also a knitter and a lover of the Zelda games, so you've got quite a trifecta of awesome going here, as far as I'm concerned.

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Oraicia
04/17/2012 7:51pm

Knitters unite! Glad you like the site. There'll definitely be more stuff here in the future. Hopefully you'll check back some more? :D

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Jake
04/17/2012 8:10pm

Also here thanks to ThinkGeek. You are very talented! This inspired a design contest in my office for everyone to paint their doors and we're having more fun at work than we have in a long time.

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Oraicia
04/17/2012 8:26pm

That sounds amazing! I'd love to see pics when they're done. Glad to hear that my school's locker-painting habit inspired something like that. :D

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Shaylene
04/18/2012 7:28pm

Next time you have straight lines and colour changes, use chaulk (silicone) on the edge of the tape. It won't bleed or peel off your paint.
Cool work and props to your school for allowing you to show off your talent!!!

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Rhonwen
04/27/2012 10:00am

I saw that you posted this on r/doctorwho and some fan sites, but did you actually send it to the producers at the BBC (i.e Moffat et al)? If not, I hope you don't mind but I sent them a link to your blog. Of course, as an admitted DW addict, I just adore your locker, but I think that everyone should see your talent and creativity! Well done you!

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04/27/2012 10:05am

Thanks so much! It would be absolutely amazing if you sent BBC a link to my blog. :D

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Rhonwen
04/27/2012 10:20am

You'll have to show it to Remie too. She's as big a DW fan as I am (if not more so!) and a budding artist herself. She already thinks you and Shannon are awesome but this will just blow her little mind when she sees it. I haven't told her anything about it yet...I thought it would be cool to just take her through the halls and let her "find" it.

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