It’s No Longer a Bathroom! Fresco Updates in the Bathroom (Special Edition Article)

A break from all the previous Byzantine related articles but still with with mentions on Byzantium.

Hello and welcome back to another article from The Byzantium Blogger! This one will be another special edition article, although this one as the first one in a long time to not be Byzantine history related. This article will once again cover another kind of masterpiece I created, which are those frescos found in my bathroom, which I have returned to working on. For some years, I have been painting the walls of my bathroom with different patterns based on art forms from different parts of the world, and now with Byzantine history as the new hobby in my life, I decided to erase some of the old art I made some years ago and paint over them Byzantine art and symbols. As I said this article will not really be Byzantine history related, but still it will also cover a bit of Byzantium as I made Byzantine related art in the bathroom tiles. Like the Complete Byzantine Genealogy article, this one will be another special edition piece because it will focus more on a personal project I did and how I did it rather than a historical research. This article will not only cover the finished product, which are the painted tiles but the process of doing it and where I got the ideas from. Before beginning, I will have to say that this article will no longer be a very long one like those I made before.

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Complete panorama of the bathroom tile frescos

Other Articles by the Byzantium Blogger

The Fresco Hall Bathroom Part1

The Making of the Fresco Hall Stained-Glass 

The Ravenna Mosaics and What to Expect

Byzantine Art, Architecture, and Fashion 

7 Reasons to be Interested in Byzantium 

The Art of War in the Byzantine World 

From Far and Away:

Byzantine Mosaics in Rome 

Discovering Strasbourg and the Alsace 

The Best of Bologna 

Cordoba, Spain and Coimbra, Portugal

 

First of all, I began painting my bathroom as early as 2012, but the art from 7 years ago may have been unplanned and unrefined doodles and patterns. However, in the next year I updated the art with a more systematic style based on medieval frescos including the detailed stained-glass window which is still up and still with its 2013 art, except for the lower-right corner with the French style stained glass dating back to 2015, which I wrote about back in that year. 2013 brought an update to the bathroom-fresco hall but both 2014 and 2015 also brought in new changes to the hall such as the first Roman-Byzantine flags and Dutch style blue-and-white tiles as part of the yearly restoration program in the bathroom. However, in both 2016 and 2017, work was halted in the bathroom and no updates were made within those 2 years but 2018, on the other hand was when work in the bathroom resumed with more ideas for art coming into my mind. Last year brought a major restoration project to my bathroom with additions of Portuguese style tiles, a replica of the famous Japanese art known as “The Great Wave”, and various 2 color combinations. Now in 2019, this year, last year’s work was continued even more with an extension to last year’s work which filled in all the empty spaces in the bathroom and with added Byzantine symbols and other patterns. Now let’s begin with the Byzantine symbols and inspired art. Since June of this year, I have been slowly drawing and afterwards painting the Byzantine coats-of-arms on my tiles lining the whole lower portion of the southern wall of the bathroom. These Byzantine symbols were based on the heraldry or coat-of-arms of different Byzantine families or states during the time of the Byzantine Empire (330-1453), although most of these crests only appeared in the latter part of Byzantine history from the 11th to 15th centuries. From right to left, the Byzantine crests begin with the seal of the Doukas family (imperial dynasty from 1059-1081) on the tile clinging on to the door area, which is as simple as a white cross on a blue background. The next tile to the left is a variant of the classic Byzantine imperial banner of the tetra-grammatic cross of the Palaiologos Dynasty (1261-1453) with the 4 yellow Beta symbols opposite from each other and separated with a yellow cross, except in this tile it uses a purple instead of red background. The next tile features the famous double-headed Byzantine eagle, though this one is yellow over a green background with 2 stars, one above each head- this one is the flag of the exiled Byzantine Empire in Nicaea (1204-1261) or more specifically the coat-of-arms of the Laskaris-Vatatzes family that ruled it in the years when the crusaders and the Latin Empire took over Constantinople. Next to it then is the coat-of-arms of the Latin Empire which ruled Constantinople from 1204 when the 4th Crusade captured it from the Byzantines up until the Byzantines retook the city in 1261; this symbol though was only attributed to the western Latin Emperor Philip I of Courtenay who held the title from 1273-83 after the Latin Empire fell and like the Byzantine flag shows a yellow cross over a red background but on the 4 spaces instead of Beta symbols it uses 4 encircled crosses with 4 additional small crosses in the corners making it have a total of 16 corner crosses. Next to this is another classic imperial double-headed eagle which is in this case a black-outlined one over a yellow background, the imperial banner of the Komnenos Dynasty which ruled Byzantium from 1081-1185 and later ruled the independent Byzantine Empire of Trebizond from 1204-1460. Next to it then is the famous yellow double-headed eagle crowned but this time on a purple background and at the center of the eagle is a circle with the purple monogram of the Palaiologos imperial family which actually depicts the Greek letters for PALG or the acronym for Palaiologos. On the tile next to this is another common Byzantine symbol, the famous Chi-Rho appearing as PX which is Greek for the first letters of Christ’s name (CHR) seen as yellow over a red background with the Alpha (A) and Omega (w) symbols on opposite sides of the PX; this was however not only used as a Byzantine imperial symbol but also for the Western Roman Empire that ruled at the same time as Byzantium being the Eastern Roman Empire from 395 until the west fell in 476 leaving the east to survive as the remaining Roman Empire. The next one happens to be a cross-over tile back with the Byzantine tetra grammatic cross and the 4 yellow Beta symbols over red, except here there are 2 of these squares with the 4 Betas on opposite sides from each other while 2 squares opposite from each other feature the red cross over a white background which is the flag of the Italian Republic of Genoa, a great ally of the Byzantines. The 2nd to the last tile to the left depicts the famous double-headed eagle of Byzantium but this time the yellow one in the original background and also with the Palaiologos monogram at the center; these yellow double-headed eagles were not only used in imperial flags but as patterns in the robes of emperors as well especially during the Palaiologos period in the last years of their empire; although the Palaiologos family continued ruling the small state of Montferrat in Italy even after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Last in the row is a single tetra grammatic yellow cross in a red background, this happens to be what is called Byzantium’s national flag which is actually only depicted in the 14th century Castilian Book of Knowledge of All Kingdoms or Libro del Conosçimiento de todos los regnos in Spanish; here the 4 Beta symbols opposite of each other most probably means “King of kings ruling over the kings” in Greek, although in my depiction they may not look too much like Bs but like firesteels. This is it for the bottom row of Byzantine flags, though above the red tile with the double-headed eagle is the royal standard of the Persian Sassanid Empire which was Byzantium’s imperial enemy from its earliest days up until the Sassanids were defeated in 628 by the Byzantine emperor Heraclius. This Persian royal standard known as Derafsh Kaviani depicts a yellow-golden flower like symbol over a purple background surrounded by red; this symbol is not very well-known these days but the standard of the President of Tajikistan uses a similar version of it. To the left of the Sassanid flag is the famous Spartan shield symbol of the red Lambda (L) over black surrounded by red and next to it is the gold and dark blue symbol of the Cult of Kosmos from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018) in 5th century BC Greece. Next to the symbol of Kosmos is another Byzantine cross-over with the same red squares, yellow crosses, and 4 Betas opposite each other but opposite them are the 2 white crosses over blue or the symbol of the Doukas Dynasty; this symbol was also used for Byzantium’s Despotate of Morea in Greece in the last years of Byzantium while the blue part with the white cross in my theory would evolve into the blue and white of the flag of Greece. Now the last but possibly most impressive replica of Byzantine art I made in the bathroom is the one based on the ceiling of the 5th century Mausoleum of the Western Roman empress Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy after having seen it, although mine is made with acrylic paint and not mosaics and in the wall instead of in the ceiling. Of course, I did not paint the entire space to look like the mausoleum’s ceiling but only a portion of the wall using 4 tiles all connected each other with one large dark blue background supposed to represent the night sky while the 5 colorful circles in alternating pattern supposed to represent stars and in the middle of them are what are supposed to be flowers. This part out of all the frescos turns out to be one of the most difficult to paint as it requires a steady hand to fill in the smallest corners but of course, the difficulty of painting this replica is nothing compared to making a tiled mosaic of it.

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4 painted tiles- Byzantine symbols (lower), Sassanid symbol (upper-right), and Cult of Kosmos symbol (upper-left)
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4 tiles in the bathroom inspired by the ceiling mosaics of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (2019)

 

Another form of art I worked a lot on in the bathroom, though mostly in last year’s restoration project were Azulejo inspired tiles. Azulejo is a form of Portuguese and Spanish painted tiles, usually blue and white in pattern although other colors are added to it as well while its actual purpose was to control temperature inside buildings aside from adding design elements. The art form of the painted Azulejo tiles common in Spain and Portugal originates with the Arabs who ruled the Iberian Peninsula for most of the Middle Ages, and coincidently this form of art was made to imitate the Roman and Byzantine mosaics. In my bathroom on the other hand, the Azulejo style tiles are basically simple alternating patterns and do not depict characters of stories like those in the walls of buildings, churches, restaurants, schools, and even bathrooms all over Portugal, although the simple designs I have were also based on the tile designs in Portugal. Surprisingly, only a small part of the Azulejo inspired tiles have the classic blue and white pattern, one part having blue and white alternating right triangles crossing each other. The style of the alternating colored right triangles was based on the backgrounds used in the flags of Portuguese cities that are district capitals without the coat of arms on them. The samples of the alternating right triangles I have in my bathroom made last year other than the 3 blue and white triangles (based on the flag of the city of Braga in Portugal) are 6 green and white based on the flags of Porto and Vila Real, 4 blue and yellows based on the flag of Bragança, 2 purple and yellow based on the flag of Coimbra, 2 red and yellows based on the flags of Évora and Viseu, and 2 of the red and white pattern based on the flags of Faro, Aveiro, Guarda, Leiria, and Santarém. In this year’s addition to the alternating colored triangles I added 3 purple and white ones based on the flag of Setúbal, and another 3 blue and red ones which does not exist as a background for the flags of the Portuguese cities. Aside from the alternating right triangles, I also made another Azulejo style geometric pattern of alternating parallelograms and diamonds with different colors which are simply tessellations found in different parts of the bathroom. One tile uses alternating blue and white vertical parallelograms with light blue diamonds above them, 1 tile using red, pink, and white, 1 using purple, lavender, and white, 2 tiles combined with black, gray, and white, and lastly 2 combined tiles at the bottom portion of the east wall with a combination of dark green, light green, and white. Other than the tessellations and the right triangles are 3 blue and yellow alternating crosses where the blue sides are opposite to each other the yellow opposite to each other found right above the toilet on the northern wall. A major work of art in my bathroom from the Portuguese inspired series is a set of 4 tiles on the eastern walls combined with one large diamond at the center containing a green-compass like object and red and white backgrounds while outside the diamond is a vast green background with 4 squares, one per each corner. This work of art in the bathroom is one of the most recognizable pieces as it is one of the largest and even if being an azulejo inspired one, it barely contains any blue except for 2 parts in the 4 squares per corner. An enlarged version of the pattern on the 4 squares is seen in one tile in the southern wall where 2 squares of a blue diamond on a black background are opposite to each other while a yellow decagon/ circular object on a white background are also opposite to each other.

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Portuguese Azulejo designs
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Sample of Portuguese style art in the bathroom- The Green Compass and Red Diamond (2018)

 

Now onto the last art series I have in the bathroom both made last year (2018) and this year (2019), these are some more Portuguese, Byzantine, and other art inspired by other parts of the world. One of the largest series in the bathroom is on the right edge of the northern wall made last year featuring 9 squares of red and white patterns with alternating blue and white in the middle and within them symbols representing the 8 courses of a school a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away- these 8 courses are music management (the musical note), entrepreneurship (the money bag), marketing (the graph), film (the film reel), multimedia arts (the camera), theatre arts (the masks), computer science (the atom), and information technology (the cable), while the tile representing the 9th course which is fashion (the sewing kit) is found on a separate space to left of the panel and not connected to it as this tile was only made this year but having the same patterns as last year’s work. In the middle of the panel of the 9 courses is the tile of the former shower knob which now has a blue, white, and gold classic Portuguese Azulejo style pattern surrounding the knob in a form of a flower. Below this panel is a series of 6 tiles all connected to each other with the same dark blue background dotted with golden stars while the faucet at the center of it is surrounded by one large golden star; this portion was inspired by the central ceiling of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. Extra art works I have in the bathroom include a tile with the French national football team logo (the rooster on a blue background) with 2 French flags made to commemorate the victory of France in last year’s world cup and beside this is a tile depicting a replica of the famous Japanese woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai made from 1829-1832. Another thing this year I experimented on in the bathroom was the black and white patterns and here a set of 2 tiles on the southern wall features a central part consisting of a black and white chessboard and surrounding it are white columns lined with black as well as black and white stripes; this portion was inspired by an altar in the Basilica of San Domenico in Bologna, Italy. Meanwhile on the right corner connecting the south and west walls is a type of medieval ceiling design I decided to paint on the corner tiles which have red diamonds in the middle separated with the blue outer wedges by a gold border which has some extensions overlapping into the red and blue areas; this design was inspired by a ceiling in the church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune in Strasbourg, France. Last but not the least is the final piece I just finished today (August 31, 2019) before September begins, which was inspired by the marble floor patterns in the church of Sta. Prassede in Rome. This art in the eastern wall of my bathroom is also somewhat Byzantine in style but it appears much simpler and minimalist in color just with a large maroon square in the middle, a diamond with black and white checkers and a gold border going around 4 circles in each of the 4 corners in alternating dark green and maroon colors. As this was the last to be finished it was also one the most tiring to paint because of its large size and large quantity of paint that had to be used to fill in the spaces despite using limited colors. The black and white checkered board around the large central maroon square was difficult in the way of making it precise but at the same the finished product of the checker board is not very even. The outer part of the 4 tiles were much easier except in aligning the circles and surrounding gold lining but at the end, the finished product I can say looks satisfying enough but is still not an exact replica of the marble floor of Sta. Prassede.

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The wall of 8 Courses- red and white style Azulejos with a classic blue one in the middle where the knob is
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The former faucet surrounded by gold stars in a dark blue background (2019), inspired by the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
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The finished square (2019)- inspired by the marble floor of Sta. Prassede in Rome and the last piece in the bathroom’s restoration project

 

Before I conclude the article, I just want to say that painting a bathroom seems fun but the process of doing it is very tiring, requires so much water that the sink becomes the painting palette, paint getting all over your hands, and it will hurt your body a lot, especially if the bathroom is very tight like in this case my bathroom which is just a simple box. However, even a room so small and plain such as my bathroom can have the potential to be a different world of all kinds of art forms that could even rival the most decorated Byzantine church or Renaissance/ Baroque palace, however I haven’t gone that far yet. Also it was not that easy to just start painting and fill up all the tiles as it took so much inspiration, which in my case came from the fascinating art and symbols of the Byzantine Empire and the geometric patterns of the Portuguese Azulejos to actually carry out the restoration project for my bathroom. After all, it took years to perfect the bathroom and since 2012 I have been working on it but over the years, the art just kept on developing in more systematic patterns rather than random pop-ups as it originally was. It takes a lot of ideas and inspiration, and even travelling to other countries (for these kinds of ideas) to make quality art on the tiles, which is why from 2016-2017, no new art was made in the bathroom but in 2018 the tide turned and the restoration of the bathroom came once again up until its final completion this year. As for August 31, 2019 the final full restoration phase is completed now where the Portuguese and Byzantine worlds meet as their art forms are seen together in the same room, but of course this not really the end as in the near future I might have new ideas and will want to put them into restoring them by painting over the remaining original 2012 tiles- although some of the original tiles were still kept for legacy purposes. The latest restoration process actually took place in the span of 2 years but in 2 phases which were related to each other in producing the same forms of art; the first phase taking place from July to October in 2018 and the second one from May to August of 2019 which saw the completion of it. Now with the restoration project of this year completed, almost the entire bathroom is covered in different art forms making the area at last no longer an ordinary bathroom but a gallery itself as it not only has painted tiles but a hand-painted stained-glass window while on the other hand the shower as the primary purpose of the bathroom is no longer in use leaving only the sink and the toilet as the only working parts of the bathroom. Anyway, this is all for now from the Byzantium Blogger as a buffer article or break from all the Byzantine history related ones, even though this still had Byzantine related things, but still this hopefully would be a good break from the previous Byzantine related articles which I will go back to next time. Well, up next will be another intense researched topic on the “Byzantine Personality”, but still, thanks for viewing!

 

 

 

Fresco Hall Stained Glass window- the making

As I have mentioned about last year, for quite a time I’ve been doing some painting work with the help of others in the making of a spectacular “Fresco Hall” or murals in a simple bathroom, this also includes a complex stained glass on the bathroom’s window. This time, I have made an update to the bathroom’s paintings, in particular a small addition to the stained glass window. This art I have put into the window is originally inspired by a small portion of the actual stained glass window found in the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. My window design was made replacing an older and much more plain design of the original bathroom stained glass window, and now it has the design of the French fleur-e-lys pattern with red linings and a red frame with alternating designs, around it is a red and green checkered pattern, and in fact it did not take too long to make.

finished product of the new stained glass portion
finished product of the new stained glass portion
The whole window set with the new portion stained glass
The whole window set with the new portion stained glass

Beginning the whole stained glass renewal and bathroom paintings restoration project, I of course begin with a plan for the project and a design for the stained glass. First of all the original piece that inspired this stained glass project is a stained glass piece found placed into one of the walls of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris but not a stained glass piece in the large windows itself as it would be too difficult to copy the design of the 15 windows of the Sainte-Chapelle (found in the middle of the Palais de Justice in the Ile de la Cite, Paris). The window from the Sainte-Chapelle I’m trying to make my own version out of may not be an original 13th century made stained glass window. That window in particular is very small but I’ve spotted it when I was in the Sainte-Chapelle and thought of doing something like it when I do a bathroom restoration project as it looks simple to make and does not use too much colors. When making the window design, I did not end up using too many colors which would end up being useless but only used a few colors; black, red, blue, yellow, gold, green, and white and only used 3 paint brushes in the making. When making the whole thing, I begin with a sketch of the design on paper to make a draft for me to follow to do the actual paining itself. To guide me while painting the windows, I placed a print out of the picture of the actual window in the Sainte-Chapelle and the sheet with my sketch. Afterwards, the actual painting of the window begins, starting by outlining the frame with black marker then traced with black paint for the permanent frame. When making the stained glass window, I use painting as a method for making it rather than the longer medieval way of patching up glass, which would take longer, but when painting the design on the window, I did as precisely as possible.

Original design from the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris
Original design from the Sainte-Chapelle, Paris
Sketch for the window design
Sketch for the window design
Starting off the window painting
Starting off the window painting

The painting progress of the window begins first with scraping off the old design painted on the window, which has been around for 2years now, but this old design has been replaced with this stained glass project. When the old window design is gone, the whole lower part of the right window is empty leaving this empty space to be the exact same spot where the new window design would be. With the portion of the window plain and clear, the painting work begins with the outlining of the frame, first with black marker then black paint over it making the lining. The first thing outlined is the frame; first an inner box forming an arch above, the next layer is the outer box much larger and also forming an arch above, outside the arched boxes is the diamond patterns for the alternating red and green. The arched pattern goes with 2 layers, the inner and outer, the inner arch first curves then makes a straight slanted line meeting with a circular pattern enclosed at the top, which would be left plain without any paint serving as a light hole, the original Sainte-Chapelle stained glass does not have this light hole though. The next step is making the pattern within the inner box, made up of symmetrical intersecting red lines, intersected with yellow squares, forming symmetrical diamonds between the lines, which is original to the Sainte-Chapelle stained glass. Within the diamonds, the fleur-de-lys pattern goes next outlined then painted within each diamonds, if the diamonds are only half as it touches the black borer, the fleur-de-lys would be cut in half as well. The next step in the making would be the design in the outer box layer, this would be the design of the gold Castilian castle and the white York rose alternating each other going around the frame of the box, the patterns curve to as it reaches the curved portion above. After this, the next step is coating the gold fleur-de-lys with the blue background giving it a traditional French look, the blue has to be carefully done without overlapping and must be surrounding the fleur-de-lys and within the red lines. The inner box lines with the gold and blue patterns is also lined with white bordering right next to the black outline separating the inner and outer box in order to follow the Sainte-Chapelle pattern, when doing the white, it must be thinly done making it look like an extra border where the blue and gold ends but the red lines and yellow intersecting squares overlap it. After this, the next step is painting the red background for the outer box between the castles and white rose patterns, the red background for the outer frame is also seen in the Sainte-Chapelle version as well. Next goes, the outside squares already as the actual window pattern is almost done; the outer squares however is much easier to make, as the red and green squares only alternate each other, in the intersecting points of the green and red squares would be the same gold-yellow intersecting small squares again, and to make it properly proportioned and aligned, black paint is used again to line the squares over the colored glass. Lastly is the finishing touches, here the whole window design is mastered where no mess is left and everything must be perfectly aligned, proportioned, and completely colored, most of the paints are used again but used less already and only to make the colors complete. Most of all, black is used again to properly line the design and make it aligned well, afterwards, its all done.

starting with the outline
starting with the outline
Full outline of the window
Full outline of the window
Window with the red lines with diamonds in the middle for fleur-de-lys design
Window with the red lines with diamonds in the middle for fleur-de-lys design
The flour de-lys and castle and white rose pattern added
The flour de-lys and castle and white rose pattern added
The blue background for the diamonds added
The blue background for the diamonds added
The red backgrounds and red squares added
The red backgrounds and red squares added
Almost done with the colours finished
Almost done with the colours finished

As the whole painting progress is done, the window can be seen differently during day and night. After all, its just a small portion of the whole stained glass windows that was done but it still gives more vivid detail to the window rather than just alternating squares like before. As the window is complete, it is best seen during day especially when the light is at its brightest, here the window can be seen in its natural colors as the sunlight hits it, in fact the outside can be slightly seen with light passing through but it cannot be seen to clearly with the puzzle of colors. The window during night is completely different as the colors look much more flat without natural light but the precision of colors is seen much better at night without any light passing through. However, during sunset or sunrise is the best time to see the window as the light slowly changes making the perspective of the colors change slowly. When seeing the window itself, a mix of art, especially of medieval symbols of Europe is seen making it a medieval cultural reproduction having the symbols of France (the fleur-de-lys), Castile (the castle), and England (the white rose) combined giving it an authentic medieval look. Most of the window’s design remained true to the original Sainte-Chapelle window, except for the light hole above and the alternating green and red squares outside the frame. Rather than the window itself, the bathroom restoration project includes a few new painted tiles on the walls. There are 4 different examples of the new tiles of the walls added in this restoration project; the national symbol of Medieval and Renaissance France, which is the 3 fleur-de-lys with a white divider and blue background, the other is the seal of Rome with the gold eagle and wreath with red background and the standard (SPQR), the other seal on the tiles is the Genoa football team seal, one of my favorite football team seals, and lastly is the design of the classic Byzantine war flag giving a piece of Byzantium into the whole art filled bathroom.

Night view of the new window design
Night view of the new window design
Day view of the window design
Day view of the window design
SPQR Roman symbol tile
SPQR Roman symbol tile
Byzantine war flag tile
Byzantine war flag tile
Medieval French symbol tile
Medieval French symbol tile
Genoa symbol tile
FC Genoa symbol tile
The window at sunset
The window at sunset
Full window in warm color
Full window in warm color

Overall, doing the whole restoration project was not as difficult as I expected it an in fact took quick in the making. Mainly, not much was done this time compared to before, but the highlight of all this was making the window. This time, what is new to me is working on a painting design with advanced planning and an advanced sketch, also I had design kept in my mind ever since seeing the original piece in Paris but of course it does not have its medieval originality any more but is still something unique. True enough, it is a lot better and faster to work with a plan of the actual thing, anyway hope the newly installed stained glass stands strong… thanks for viewing!

A great work of art from the bathroom

A bathroom in my house, supposed to e mine is currently and will be in no use as a bathroom, so out of imagination and hard work, I converted it into my treasury room or a storage but also a hall of wall frescos with a stained-glass window replacing the ordinary bathroom window. The unused bathroom was then turned to be fresco hall in 2012, when the painting of it began leaving it to be a room of frescos in just 2 months (June-August, 2012). It was then kept that way then in 2013, I planned a restoration for it from June-July, this time changing some of the old styles and putting newer styles, also adding and subtracting to and from some of the old painted tiles. From November-December 2013, it was restored in a minor way, this time   revisions and restoring the damages were done. Then again last July 2014, I did another restoration for it again, this time taking away some of the old worn out ones but adding new styles and figures to it. Working this all is quite a tiring job and only done when I have quite a lot of time. As you can see in this page, the photos are mostly of the 2014 version of my bathroom, the latest restoration project for it.

Scenes from my fresco hall bathroom
Scenes from my fresco hall bathroom

Shown here are 2 highlight scenes of my bathroom taken at different light angles. First is the painted walls of different patterns and designs while shown above is the highlight of the stained-glass in the upper wall of the bathroom. As you can see the wall may mostly be paint in all sorts of designs especially in the important walls having the highlight frescos though some wall tiles may be worn out, these were the tiles from before in 2012 from the first project of this.

Stained-glass window at day
Stained-glass window at day
other shot of stained-glass at day
Lighted shot of stained-glass at day

The stained-glass window is the highlight piece found high on the wall facing the outside. The stained-glass can be viewed in many ways though it is quite impressive if you see it at first. From photos, the stained-glass can have different views corresponding with light. At day, the photos show it clearly visible and though it covers sunlight in the bathroom, you can still see through the colours of the stained glass. Without lights on during day, the colours may seem darker though you can still see it and through the puzzle of colour patterns. On a brighter day, the colours in the window still stay the same but can be seen in a lighter way making the colours lighter and even clearer. The stained-glass plainly shows a colourful puzzle of colour patterns in all sizes, shapes, and directions. The centre of the window shows a colour pattern wheel on the left window with a blank keyhole at the centre where light can come in. The centre section on the right window has 2 columns with different patterns, the left having the French fleur de lis and the Bretagne symbol on the right. In the lower and upper sections of the stained glass, it just shows a checkered pattern of 2 colours repeating; the left blue and red, the right green and red as in the upper section too, the upper left has a blue and yellow pattern; both checkered sections at the bottom have a sort of crest in them, the one on the lower-left is clearer to see as this bathroom’s seal.

stained-glass at dark
Stained-glass at dark
the window, nighttime with artificial lights
The window, nighttime with artificial light

When at night, seeing the window looks completely different especially with the change of light. When dark comes, the appearance of the window will change, especially without the sunlight, it will become bleak and not too visible needing for the bathroom lights to be turned on. With the bright artificial bathroom lights on, the colours come back however not looking its natural self anymore but plain and artificial though the colours can be seen with more detail and the exact colour it was paint with. This stained-glass window seen here is the 2013 version of it as this window was painted with detail in the major 2013 restoration which totally changed the window’s appearance as the patterns were painted on the window itself. However, there was a version earlier to this from when it began in 2012, though the first one did not look as intricate but plain an simple and a little bit too ordinary to look at. This year, the stained-glass of last year was still kept, the window was just repainted by shading the colours thicker and edging them too. The inspiration of the 2nd stained glass from 2013 came from my France trip in 2013, based on the Medieval stained-glass of the churches and medieval castles of France.

remains of the old tiles
Remains of the old tiles
other remains from 2012
Other remains from 2012

The bathroom may have been restored a few times putting new style and patterns especially to the more important tiles, however when it began in 2012, the rest of the other tiles were painted on too though in simple forms only. The major parts of the bathroom have changed and some new designs were aded to the tiles but around the rest of the bathroom, most of the tiles remain in their old condition since 2012, and also have not been restored but remaining in as the ruins of its past with some still intact but some in ruins, some may have been deleted too. The remains of the 1st fresco hall from 2012 are seen in the other parts of the bathroom such as where the sink, the unused shower area and above the toilet coming in all forms randomly. The tiles though could still change having new things on them in the next restorations to come though some of the memories of the 1st tile paintings will remain.

The 8 alcoves wall
The 8 alcoves wall

The 2nd or even the main highlight of the bathroom is the wall or the friend’s wall below the stained-glass. This main wall in the bathroom’s shower box has the form of an altar or crypt showing images of 8 characters with sets of ensigns and colours around them. There are 2 rows here with 4 characters on each with a different colour background and pattern around them. If you look carefully, they seem to be wearing not modern outfits and have modern backgrounds but of Medieval and Renaissance ones especially the clothes, some are shown wearing colourful outfits and some wearing armour with crests, though all the seem to have a weapon. The mystery within this is that these people are existing and could be the circle of friends and those close to myself as I am seen painted here on the 2nd alcove from the left on the upper row. This 8 alcoves wall has already existed too since it began in 2012 though at the start, it looked quite ordinary with less detail and more childish or modern in look. The whole style of this was completely changed in 2013, including the designs of the alcoves and the people in them , some actually remained the same, today only 2 characters remain to be from the original wall, though the appearance of them changed but both of their names and positions still stayed the same. The other 6 of them changed through time as the bathroom was being restored, some characters were not from the original one anymore but were added as new ones as some of the older ones were removed, at any time the characters can change, though actually the designs stayed the same from how it started out in 2013. This part of the bathroom is one of the greatest mysteries, since this actually my hidden, personal square where my personal documents chest is located too and not to be opened by anyone.

Delft tiles in my bathroom
Delft tiles in my bathroom

Looking around my bathroom, new designs on tiles were added through time based on different travels and experiences of mine. This year, a few new designs were added over the old tiles which were erased and turned blank again, though new things adde on them. One of the newly added tile works include 2 blue and white Delft tiles and some more. The delft tiles, just made from blue and white paint show some exact detail making it look real with Dutch designs on them such as flowers an windmills. These blue and white tiles on my bathroom was based on Holland’s Delftware inspired by my Holland trip in 2014.

The Deutschland tile
The Deutschland tile

Strangely seen in the newly painted tiles from this year is a German tile with German colours. This was made towards the end of the restoration last July, when at the same time Germany won the Fifa World Cup of 2014, from their win this tiles was made in memory of Deutschland, no matter what country would have won the world cup then, a tile will be made in memory of whatever country.

My I, Claudius tile
My I, Claudius tile

Another tile, I added from an old one this year was a tile I made for one of my best series of all time, I Claudius from the 1970’s. By being a true fan and highly interested in it, I painted a tile for it having the exact same look on the series’ opening screen with the snake and the words, this was one of my simplest tiles I’ve painted here.

The fresco hall crest and my own seal
The fresco hall crest and my own seal

One of the greatest mysteries here is this seal, having the Medieval look with the 3 fleur de lis above and a tree below is actually my own seal an the bathroom’s seal, something else based on my France trip. This bathroom though was not just born out of my imagination, its designs were inspired by designs of the ages and from my travels and painting it was not so easy but really tiring, though from it, it was all worth it as it brought up a really legendary fresco hall that no bathroom can have. It was just painted using ordinary acrylic paint but all sorts of brushes though from it, it brought up all this, making it be a legendary sight. However being in here, there are rules including do not mess up the hard worked tiles or play around with them, though photo taking is allowed, an also admire and respect this impressive work of art as if it were out of this world………. With this bathroom and its impressive works of art and painting skill being there, it is truly a very great mystery of myself and of everything unexplained why and how it got to be there…… .The End