We’re no strangers to what we refer to (quite literally) as the “sticky wall“, but we had been feeling the urge for something… you know…big and sticky!
I racked my brain trying to think of what we could use that was large scale 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 mic (approx. 11 mil) thick vinyl and it was perfect! I think the roll cost $85 – but we still had most of it left to use for other projects! I can’t find the link to it right now & you can always just search for large rolls of oversized printer vinyl online, but we found it at USA Custom Pad / Leather & Vinyl Direct phone 800-310-2723, item WFR 023R02153 Self-Adhesive Vinyl 275 mic.
So we won’t lie and lead you to believe that getting this bad boy up on the wall was an easy job! 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 day, it was mostly finished, but we left it up for students in class to continue to work on it!
We love the way the mosaic wall reflects on our stainless steel tables in the studio!
The leftover small pieces were later used for these small tissue paper mosaics.