Guest Room Art

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During the summer months the late setting sun illuminates our guest room in such a beautiful manner I felt compelled to make a piece that capitalised on its beauty. The interplay between light, shadow and darkness at that time of the dwindling day is so relaxing and therapeutic. To create this interplay I knew I wanted pieces that would protrude from the wall, which would cast shadows back onto the wall.

I decide to take inspiration from the method used to display historical tapestries. Often pieces that survive are pinned in such an arrangement so to leave space for the parts that are missing.  Sometimes the arrangement of these surviving pieces can actually be more interesting than the original piece.

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Difficulty of Project: Easy
Overall Cost of Project: Minimal as this project   mainly uses things that you have around the house
Duration of Project: 10+ hours (although I did   it in short bursts)
Required for Project: Stencil (you can make this   yourself or for a short-cut, I like the ones on Etsy or Ebay, although your   local DIY store probably has a selection as well),
Paint (I used old metal paint I had, but so long as it hardens when dry any   paint will do and depending on the size of the stencil a small pot will do),
Scissors,
Canvas (or some stiff material),
Dressmakers pins (and hammer)
  1. To start lay your material out on a flat surface and your stencil on top. Stick stencil to material with masking tape so it does not move.
  2. Paint stencil to material. Remove Stencil. Allow paint to dry (I always leave things overnight, but follow the paint guidelines.)
  3. Cut out stencil of the material. Look at the scraps as you do, keep any interesting shaped pieces.
  4. Now we get to the interesting bit; putting it on the wall. You can if you like draw the stencil onto the wall to use as a guide, and then remove the pencil lines afterwards (or keep them depending on how it looks), but this sounded like way too much hard work for my liking, so I decided to wing it. I laid out all my pieces on the floor and made a pattern with them. I then pinned this pattern to the wall.
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  6. To pin the pieces, first put the dressmakers pin through the piece, or many pins depending on the size of the piece and how ridged you want the end result to look. I wanted a slightly aged organic look (and I’m a bit lazy) so I used as few pins as possible.  Then insert the pin into the wall. If I am honest I used a hammer to gently knock them in because those tiny pins were killing my thumb and a thimble was useless. The hammer sped up the job dramatically, just be careful to only hammer the pin in tiny bit – the aim is to have the piece of material stand proud of the wall. Repeat until all your pieces are on the wall.
  7. Now lie back on the other side of the room and watch the setting sun illuminate your work.

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