This past weekend I got restless.
Blame the dreary weather, or the millionth weekend of winter — whatever. I was bored and stuck indoors with a sinus cold. But lying around in sweats and slippers became old pretty fast, and I decided to finally get at the little DIY project I've been wanting to tackle for months. I'm not totally into DIY projects to tell you the truth. Most times they end up looking tackier in real life than they seem on TV, or my patience runs thin after 20 minutes — but this one was fairly simple, didn't take a dozen hours, and gave me the huge pick-me-up I've been needing.
Get Thee To Walmart
I had seen a bunch of different feature walls popping up on Pinterest and the like, that incorporated the use of a mix of Polaroids or 4x6 prints and it was something that I could actually see doing in our own condo. If you've been following my column over the past year and a bit you'd know that we've taken some pretty interesting trips around Europe, Mexico, and part of the USA.... a bazillion pictures and nowhere to really admire them out in the open. I loaded up a thumb drive with a slew of travel pictures and hit Walmart's One-Hour photo lab. About $50 and 275 pictures later, I was ready to tackle the wall.
Here's What You'll Need
I decided on one of the tall walls in the stairwell — we have a vaulted ceiling so the wall goes up to about 12 feet — definitely a job for a ladder. If you decide to do a visual collage, run it so it stops just shy of approximately nine inches from your ceiling and your baseboards. Rather than peel and rip off hundreds of double sided tape strips, I found these super neat little Glue Dots (at Winners of all places), meant for scrap bookers and hanging posters. The clear film peels off the back of a sheet of 12, and from there you can easily press and peel the dots onto the backs of your photos. With good intentions I did bring out a ruler in the beginning — but who am I kidding? I tend to eyeball nearly every art installation I do, and in this case, I think there's more of a graphic element to the feature wall when the pics don't all line up perfectly anyway.
Mix It Up
We had many images that had the sea or ocean in them, so blue seems to be the dominant colour in the collage. I made sure to mix things up by spreading these pictures around the entire collage, so as not to end up with most of them collecting in one specific area. Depending on your photos, you might need to do a little bit of pre-planning in terms of spreading a dominant colour throughout.
After about an hour and a half, I had a pretty nifty looking wall collage to admire — not only does it kick my otherwise fairly boring stairwell up a notch, it gives me something to smile at and remember back on each time I pass it by.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 15, 2014