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« on: August 12, 2010 10:42:09 PM »

When I moved into my first ever unfinished rental house this June with my three housemates, we had no trouble picking out furniture or appliances. Artwork was a different matter, however. We all have different tastes, and I am in particular very picky. Luckily, my housemates let me do this to the big blank wall in our living room:

(outlet in lower left for scale)

It's a copy of Matisse's Le Gerbe:


To make the mural, I drew a grid over a picture of the original, scaled my grid up on colored card stock, cut out each piece with an x-acto knife, and stuck the pieces to the wall with removable poster tape. Hopefully, the poster tape will come off the wall when I move out. You can see that I changed some colors based on the card stock I had available.

Here's the wall before we moved in:


The whole living room (next project: slipcover for the beige sofa):


At an angle:


Close-up to show paper:


I had to cut out a hole for the outlet:


The total cost was less than $20 for the card stock and the poster tape. Now I just have to figure out what to do with our other blank walls.
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2010 11:09:31 PM »

OMG!!! I LOVE THIS!!! I'm totally hitting This Rocks! But I'm a bit biased because Matisse is one of my favorite artists. An entire wall of my bedroom is dedicated to a giant mural inspired by him.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2010 11:29:05 PM »

I agree THIS ROCKS!!
Very cool!!
I also love the shape of the darker couch.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2010 03:13:36 AM »

It looks great! Really brightens the room Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2010 06:14:13 AM »

Very cool!  I really thought it was painted, 'til you showed the closeups....
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2010 06:26:19 AM »

Is it sacrilegious to say that I actually like the colors you used a little bit better than Matisse?  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2010 06:41:14 AM »

This is so beautiful! What a great, creative use of that wall space!
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2010 08:45:01 AM »

Wow! Beautiful, colourful, and inexpensive! And not to mention perfect for rental situations where you can't permanently alter or damage the walls (something that deserves to be recognized as its own genere of decorating). Very awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2010 10:50:36 PM »

That is so stunning and beautiful!  and it really makes your living room look like a couture spot instead of just like a regular apartment.  Thumbs up!
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2010 04:04:12 PM »

WOWEEWOWWOW!!! I love this!!! What an awesome idea!!! I agree with KoreDemeter, I like your colors better than Matisses'. Wow, have to hit the "this rocks" button
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2010 08:37:14 PM »

I just love this! I wish my house had empty white walls Sad
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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2010 05:55:28 AM »

Aaaaaaaaaah love it!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I adore Matisse's cutouts, they're so simple but effective and he used all those lovely bright colours too. It's a great idea to use cutouts (literally) to decorate your rental place, I'm now thinking what I could do in my house (although I'd be allowed to paint, cardstock is so much cheaper/cleaner/easier)... *goes off to find the Matisse's Cutouts book for inspiration*

Thank you for sharing how you did it too, that will make it much easier when I try to have a go Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2010 08:27:28 AM »

I agree with everyone . . .  I love love love this! So bright and beautiful and a wonderful use of the wall space.  Totally rocks! 

Oh, and I love that amazing blue sofa, too . . .

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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2010 09:29:34 AM »

Great job! *this rocks*!
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2010 02:49:53 PM »

Wow, that turned out so beautiful. The colours are pure and the effect is delightful!
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2010 09:34:17 AM »

This is a beautiful and amazing project!
I am a huge fan of Matisse, and you have really brought his work to life on your wall.  The scale is fantastic.
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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2010 03:16:16 PM »

WOW! This is gorgeous!
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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2010 06:42:24 PM »

I love it! You did an absolutely fantastic job!!!
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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2010 12:53:21 PM »

This is awesome! What a good way to fill up some blank space! It loks fantastic  Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2010 03:52:11 PM »

That is seriously wonderful!  Love Matisse and love your homage.
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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2010 06:54:48 PM »

This is great!  I too prefer your colors, especially for the room. 

Do be careful of paper around electrical outlets.
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2010 11:46:41 AM »

WOW!!! From the preview I didn't expect it to be that large! Love it!  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2010 05:01:45 PM »

I have always wanted to do a wall mural! This is very inspirational. I love the colors and it makes the room look great.
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« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2010 06:03:54 AM »

This is very striking and beautiful!  Absolutely fabulous job and thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2011 09:21:04 PM »

maybe someone will find this useful:

-I manipulated several (tiny!) La Gerbe jpgs I could find online in Photoshop
-all jpgs were vectorized using VectorMagic -> svgs
-resized (no loss of quality) and then converted to pngs
-finally I used Posterazor to cut pngs so that they can be glued together as a poster -> pdfs (I believe I used a 6x10 page setup, but you choose any other scale; start with an svg, resize it, get a png, then make a pdf out of it)

then just glue all printed PDFs together in the right order and you'll end up with a huge "poster"which you can then use to cut out individual leaves. looks great! (I'm not too much of an artist and I wouldn't be able to get it done without this)

have a look what's inside, you'll probably need just a file or two (i.e. an svg or maybe a png directly). pack includes 9 svgs, 9 pngs and 9 pdfs

http://hotfile.com/dl/128552647/bbf8bb9/La_Gerbe_craftster.zip.html
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« Reply #25 on: December 27, 2011 10:33:50 AM »

Wow I would have never thought to decorate like that with paper! How creative!
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