For 4-year-old Georges, who likes to play with a toy pirate pistol, Paris came up with the dark purple silhouettes of antique firearms. "I know guns are not politically correct," Paris says, "but it's what he wanted. He'll outgrow it and want something else later. Sabine is already asking for John Lennon because she loves the Beatles." To make his murals, Paris prefers Benjamin Moore latex house paint from Cox Paint. If a project calls for a more transparent finish, he relies on Liquitex and Golden Artist Colors acrylic paints and glazes from the Pearl art supply store in Los Angeles. Paris starts with a scale drawing, eventually expanding that to actual size. Then, after outlining the design on the wall in chalk, he completes the painting freehand.
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