I’m always amazed at the cost of art work. True, it has a tremendous impact on a space, but for someone on a budget it’s great to know there are alternatives. I know there are many diy art projects that show us how to make our own artwork by using poster board or canvas. But suppose you have a large area you need to fill? Poster board and canvas may not come in the size you need, plus, they can be a bit pricey as well. How about…(drum roll please)…sheething? The kind that is used for wall insulation or underlayment.
Edited to add: In January of 2014, I lost a lot of my pictures, including the ones that were in this post. If you have any questions about this process, email me and I will be happy to respond.
I spent a fair amount of time on line looking for something that was not only affordable but that would be the right size. It’s a pretty big space for art work and anything that was on canvas was at least $500. I googled ‘really big art’ and came across a web site called ‘Really Big Canvas’ and they offer something that I thought was quite unique. It’s called a wall peel. Basically, pretty much whatever they sell is available as a peel for a fraction of the cost of getting it on canvas. But then the challenge was what to put the peel on? Since our walls aren’t flat, putting it directly on the wall was not an option. Actually, I don’t know if I would like that look even if it was a flat wall anyway. Maybe for a child’s room or rec room, but having it mounted on something gives it more presence. We needed something lightweight and inexpensive, so I thought about the stiff foam insulation that is readily available at home improvement stores.
So off we went to Lowe’s, bought an 8×4 piece for around $10, cut it to the exact size we needed with a basic kitchen knife, hot glued wood shims on the back for the hanging wire to be adhered to and just used a staple gun to secure it. (We had to do this step because the material itself is very porous and wouldn’t support any nails, screws, etc.)
We then sprayed the back with spray adhesive (why, you might ask, did we spray it with adhesive if it’s a wall peel? Stay tuned.) and hung it. We were very proud of our handiwork until about four hours later, the poster pealed away from the backing!
The adhesive didn’t stick! So we did it again. Got the big ladder out, and began round 2. This time, we left the house for two weeks (remember, this is a weekend getaway). Upon our return, we found the same thing!
Double and triple nooooooooooo! Now here’s the good part, albeit embarassing. Remember I said it’s a peel? Silly us didn’t ‘peel’ anything. We just figured a ‘peel’ meant it was a sheet of some kind.
We didn’t think to separate the print from the back, which would have exposed the self-adhesive. Yeah, I’m actually admitting this faux paux on line for all the world to read and ridicule.
We liked it so much we did it again in the living room
We have the same look as a piece of art on canvas for about 80% less! Not bad.