the Craft Wall Experiment

March 28th, 2009 in member junk     
junkrat junkrat, member
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the dry Pattern Wall, before i squared up the edges and cleaned up all the drips :)
now its covered with projects to finish, thingamajigs that used to get lost on my table and mementos.
a closer view..., notice the squared up edges... my sister said she KNEW i would square up the edges because i LOVE graph paper :) my OTHER sister said its because im anal retentive, LOL!
a closer close-up :)
the embroidery is one my granny made when i was born, soon it will be a pillow. and i LOVE those snapping badge clip thingys! i found a huge bag of them at the thrift shop for .99!
the dry Pattern Wall, before i squared up the edges and cleaned up all the drips :)

the dry Pattern Wall, before i squared up the edges and cleaned up all the drips :)

Now that I have an empty bedroom to turn into my workspace, I decided to experiment on the wall in my living room, which is where I work now. I used liquid fabric starch, an old, clean paintbrush and the pattern pieces from my kids homemade halloween costumes :) [I also kept a damp towel around to catch the drips..., apparently I'm a very messy liquid starch painter!] I slathered a bunch of liquid starch on about a third of the area to be covered and then tore large pieces of patern and stuck them to the wall. That simple! Although pattern paper is relatively thin, I had very few rips or tears from smoothing the paper down [I just smoothed it down with my hands]. After it was stuck to the wall, I went over it with more starch, making sure to poke at the bits that were bubbly to get it to lay smoothly.

The whole process took me about 2 hours, including drying time and hanging doo-dads all over it! This idea is DEFINITELY moving up to the new craft room!

Pattern or design used: My own design - Georgia | ratty
posted in: member junk, crib, craft room, pattern wall, ratty

Comments (11)

MarcioWilges writes: Thanks for sharing with us these useful tips. I have to admit I am indeed very afraid of moving to a much smaller house. You are absolutely correct when you say we do acquire many things when we stay in a much more spacious place. Over the years, as long as there is still space left, we will buy more and more things. However, when the need to downsize arrives, we are just thrown into a predicament and the most obvious solution out is to get rid of as much as you possibly could. Posted: 6:54 pm on December 16th
georgiamoon writes: Oh my leetle ratty could i have missed this wonderful post??? I love what you did and it looks great. Sorry I didn't see this until Candy did hers and posted the link. I use old pattern pieces in my collage art all the time. I love how it comes out kinda transparent but with the lovely aged color. When are you coming up this way. I miss you, Geo Posted: 5:29 pm on April 22nd
RobJ98167 writes: Who knew that a crib bed frame would make such an efficient storage holder? Posted: 10:22 pm on March 30th
MelHow writes: brilliant

Posted: 4:40 pm on March 30th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Love, love this!! I too am working on a crib spring project and just love the way you used the old patterns on the wall.
Great job!
Candy Posted: 2:41 pm on March 30th
monakent writes: This is not only wonderful to look at, but a great way to hang things. MUCH better that a boring old bulletin board. This ads pa-ZAZ to any room!!! Clever, clever idea. gailmarie, bfa Posted: 7:47 am on March 30th
alicemom writes: Great idea. I have one in storage............but not for long!
Alice Posted: 10:33 pm on March 28th
junkrat writes: yes, LOL! i forgot to mention that part :)
it's a crib mattress spring i found at the thrift shop for $4. Posted: 7:57 pm on March 28th
LuAnn writes: Great organizational piece. Good job!!

LuAnn Posted: 7:23 pm on March 28th
jojo1118 writes: is that an old mattress spring? maybe a baby one? Posted: 6:12 pm on March 28th
jojo1118 writes: how cute Posted: 6:10 pm on March 28th
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