Each year for our Fall Festival, it seems like the bar gets higher and higher. We love to come up with a large-scale, collaborative project for our huge open wall. Last year, we drew a giant woodland mural. This year, we just felt like we wanted something…you know.. sticky.
We’re no strangers to what we refer to (quite literally) as the “sticky wall“, but for our Fall Festival this year we wanted to take it to a whole new level. I racked my brain trying to think of what we could use that was big and sticky… I Googled and Googled until I hit the jackpot! Self-adhesive vinyl! The large rolls that professional printers use for large format sign printing. I found a 60′ long 5′ high roll of bright white 275 mil vinyl and it was perfect! I think the roll cost $85 – but we still have most of it left to use for other projects!
The night before the festival, we taped the edges to the wall, with the sticky side up. We left the paper backing attached when we taped it up, and then slowly peeled the backing off in strips. This stretched the vinyl a bit, so we had to go back and pull the tape at the edges tight to avoid large areas of wrinkles. Here is Katie peeling off the backing, I can’t remember if she was laughing or crying. Or both.
We used oil pastels to draw loose lines in various colors, and provided big trays of leftover painted paper cut into small geometric shapes, in warm and cool colors. The idea was that kids would match up small pieces of cut painted paper to the colors, forming a giant mosaic. This has so much potential – we’re already thinking of our next “theme”!
It worked! Kids of all ages loved it!
At the end of the Fall Festival, it was mostly finished, but we still have it up and students in class continue to work on it!
We love the way the mosaic wall reflects on our stainless steel tables in the studio!