Art but Not-Art

Posted by Christine & Todd
Mar 17 2009


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-Christine and Todd

Sometime two or three weeks ago, Christine mentioned something about painting and 3D wallpaper to me. I sorta remember that. I’m pretty sure I was doing something that was neither painty or wallpapery at the time, and likely forgot soon after. When stuff that I hadn’t ordered started showing up at the house, I asked her what was going on. She then explained, again, her idea. At the time I thought that we really didn’t have the time to start creating custom artish installations in the livingroom, and promptly thought it was a brilliant idea and agreed.

So here we are, in the middle of things. I figured that it would be fun to chronicle the progress, and you can all see the finished product whenever you stop by. Whenever you stop by after we’ve finished it, that is.

Phase 1: Raw Materials

[I forgot to take pictures of the blank wall. Oops.]

The 3D wall paper. I am pretty excited about this find. The tiles are made from 100% recycled paper. All you do is paint them in whatever color you want and put them onto the wall. Cool !!!!

So this is how the tiles look before painting

3D Wallpaper Tile

The tiles come in boxes of 12 from mioculture. Each one measures 12″x 12″.

Phase 2: Big Grey Box

Big Grey Box

Phase 3: 3D Wallpaper Tile Painting

So here we are. “All we need to do is paint them”. Yeah right!!!! If you ever tried to paint something made from paper-mâché, you know how difficult it is to actually paint it a solid color.

Somehow I thought that this would be much easier.

We first painted 2 coats with a oil based paint, followed by one coat of clear enamel paint and finished with a sprayed coat of acrylic car paint :D

So if you see Todd or me walking around with an absent, slightly dazed look on our faces, it is probably because of the fumes that accumulated in the garage while we were painting these tiles.

How hard can it be?

Phase 4: Put it on the wall

So we finally put all the pieces together.  Well, kinda.  It turns out that adherence to newish latex paint is less than simple.  Spray adhesive seems to work, but only if you can place it in under 5 minutes.  This makes it rather difficult to align.  Typical.

Finally on the wall

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