The teenager in me still loves a magazine collage.
I wanted to bring this element to my sewing/craft room as inspiration in the form of fashion and art/design images that I had been tearing out of magazines for years and collecting for just such a project. However, knowing how my tastes change and not wanting to make a design mistake that I would regret for years to come, I decided to come up with a quick non-permanent solution to my desires. It’s simple enough – I just used posterboard as the barrier between my collected pics, the adhesive, and the actual wall. This gives me the flexibility to change out images as I get the whim or take out the installation altogether with little to no evidence of it ever being in existence.
Since there is a chair rail in the room where these were going, I decided to only put them on the bottom half of the wall (kind of like wallpaper). I measured my wall and bought enough posterboard to cover it, taking into account that I’d need to overlap a little.
I then simply sprayed each tear-out with a spray adhesive and placed it on the posterboard in a manner that was pleasing to my eye, being careful to overlap everything and balance the composition of color, B&W, negative space, etc.
I did this until I had covered enough pieces of posterboard to cover the wallspace I had identified. Once I had enough, I cut each poster to size. I needed to cut a hole for an outlet, and I also had both an outside and inside corner. I found that it was easier to place the poster directly on the wall where I wanted it, use a bone folder to crease the posters where I needed to cut them, and then move the poster to a safe surface cut with an Exacto knife.
After that I just used simple thumbtacks to attach each poster to the wall. Now I just have to figure out how to mask that ghastly electrical box…
The entire project only took me a couple of hours to complete. A couple of quick warnings I want to give, though:
- I used repositionable mounting spray on my first go thinking it would give me the flexibility to move tear-outs around if I didn’t like their placement, but this proved to not be able to withstand our Florida humidity, so I definitely recommend using the regular spray adhesive instead.
- Speaking of humidity, it can wreak a little havoc on your posterboard causing it warp a little, so if you live in a high-humidity area like we do, you want to take extra care to get your posters tightly attached to the wall in multiple places with your thumbtacks.
- Also, be prepared to have super sticky fingers after using the adhesive spray. This stuff doesn’t really come off after washing with soap & water either. If this is a deal-breaker for you, you can just throw on some latex gloves while gluing.
- Lastly, I recommend performing the gluing step outdoors since spray adhesive does have a habit of over-sharing its lovely stickemness (waiting for a call from Webster’s for that one!). I just set up a card table outside and covered it with newsprint to protect it.