Have you seen wall art in sets of nine squares, hanging on the wall like a tic-tac-toe board? I have, but wanted my own custom colors and design. I have a stack of scrapbook papers, pretty papers doing nothing but hiding in a pile. What a great source of colors and patterns to make wall art! It’s as simple as this:
Here’s how you can do this too:
- Choose nine coordinating but contrasting scrapbook papers. The paper is usually 12″ x 12″. Use thicker scrapbook paper. Thin scrapbook paper tends to wrinkle much easier.
- Get nine 12″ x 12″ panels. I used American Easel Wood Painting Panels from Dick Blick Art Materials.
- I painted the edges of the wood panels black with acrylic paint. But you can leave the edges plain, stain the wood, or paint any color you want.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the panels, then apply the scrapbook papers to the panels. I did one panel at a time.
- Use a brayer, ruler, yardstick — sometimes I use a credit card! Whatever flat edge is handy — to smooth the paper and push out air bubbles.
- Start smoothing paper from the middle and work your way to the edges.
- You can leave the papers undecorated or brush a layer of Mod Podge over them. I accidentally smeared Mod Podge on some papers, so I just brushed a layer of matte Mod Podge over all of the papers and this hid the smears.
- Here are instructions from Mod Podge to get great decoupage results.
There was a huge blank wall in my office. The wall was filled with a large black & white photocopy of a state map and legislative districts, but the laws I was lobbying for passed (yay!), the boring (but very useful) map came down, and up went some color and pattern:
You could embellish the papers even more:
- Paint stencils on the papers.
- Layer more papers on top of papers.
- Distress the edges of papers.
- Work in multi-media.
- Add metal strips with rivets!
The Dick Blick wood panels I used are only one option. Most craft stores like JoAnn and Michael’s sell 12″ x 12″ square panels for lower cost, and panels of other sizes too. If you want longer panels, try using ready-made inexpensive MDF shelves from stores like Home Depot, Menards or Lowes. I used $5 MDF shelves for a similar scrapbook paper wall art project. You could use a 36″ x 12″ shelf and put three 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers on it. You can also cut wood to the size you want.
I really hope you try this! I see a lot of people commenting on Pinterest that they’ll do this. If you do it, please send a pic to me at india.pied.a.terre “at” gmail.com – I’d love to do a round-up post sharing how other people did this!
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