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bodacious
« on: September 02, 2005 09:08:24 AM »

Does anyone know how one could reproduce wallies like the ones seen allover?  I found a ton of sweet ones but @ $40. to 60. for a set, I am motivatedd to create them @ home!  I thought this would be the place for a how-to.  I've heard/seen people do it with fabric, but that can get expensive. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2005 09:18:27 AM »

What are Wallies?
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2005 12:52:05 PM »

wallies are like stickers for your walls.  They adhere yet are removeable withouth ruining the wall.  I guess kinda like...uh...those stickie things for windows or glass.  Here's a site with some sorta what I'm looking for:

http://www.whatisblik.com/sg.html

Hope that was helpful   Undecided  .
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2005 07:06:15 AM »

couldn't you do the design on the computer or freehand or stencil, then use repositionable adhesive so you can move them around or take them off?The designs on the site you posted are really simple and seem easy to do, you could do them on art paper or whatever then use the repositionable adhesive so you could manipulate them or reuse them for another home.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2005 04:42:17 PM »

Cheesy Hooray a solution!!  Great Idea!  Repositional adhesive, though is unknown to me.  I had a run-in with Elmer's Rubber Cement once. It allowed the photos I'd glued to my dorm dresser to come off, but it left little gummie yickies, like used eraser dust.  Is that what you were talking about?  If not what kind of adhesive do you suggest?  Thanks-again GREAT   idea! 
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2005 04:45:39 PM »

if you would like to use fabric, you can use plain bottled starch to stick it to the wall. works with the whole sheet as well as it does for a cut out design. peels right off when you're ready to move, also. (better to not let kids know that, btw)
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2005 04:47:19 PM »

wow, that's amazing.  i had no idea these things existed.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2005 05:11:17 PM »

I was originally thinking of fabric, but it's $$$ and I want a new car...I was thinking 'goodwill, salvation Army' etc for hordes of fabric, but then, I all the sudden wanted the colors uniform, and became cautious of fraying fabric.  I've seen the starch idea on the television before.  Good idea, thanks!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2005 07:43:34 AM »

Two words:  Contact Paper.  It's the stuff you normally line shelves and drawers with.  It's not very sticky, but sticky enough that it would stay up on your wall (if thoroughly washed with water and dried).  You can buy it in a variety of colors, and cut to the shape you want with a craft knife.  I'm guessing you could also paint it.  You can do the details in electrical tape (I've seen racing stripes done in electrical tape all the way around a room, and it looked really cool). 
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2005 07:47:11 AM »

I just made a bumper sticker the other day using contact paper and a stencil, GO FOR IT!
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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2005 06:48:34 AM »

Thanks folks!  About the contact paper: I am a bit concerned about it leaving a nasty residue on the wall in addition to it harming the paint.  I'm thinking someting temporary so paint is out of the question for me.  I suppose to obtain the different shades of blue I want I could paint the contact paper.  hummmm.  Ohhh how I love craftster!
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2005 07:05:51 AM »

3M makes a repostionable adhesive, (can't think of the name), and at wall mart you can pick up the stencil adhesive, which is what they use to keep the stencil down to paint, then it pulls off.If there is a gummy residue, you can use that stuff that you can take labels off with.Hope that helps!
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2005 07:17:05 AM »

If you use shelf paper, it won't leave a residue.  It's made for being temporary...
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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2005 02:35:29 PM »

There's static paper, or window clinging paper.  the things that they make little decorative holiday cut outs and you stick them on your windows and peel them off when the holiday is over


http://www.sizzix.com/shop.cfm?function=detail&ProductItemNumber=18421-Black

that's what i could find online.  it's called static cling paper, google it, maybe you could draw or print on it.
Contact paper will not work!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2005 08:20:01 AM »

Thanks!! these ideas are unbelieveable.  I think next weekend I'll give it a go!
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« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2005 08:34:22 AM »

I love putting temporary stuff on walls Smiley  Here's a link to a site that has cool stuff that is of a more literary nature:  http://www.wonderfulgraffiti.com/index_f.html.
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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2005 06:06:09 PM »

OOH!! one of my FAVORITE artists creates whole walls of these amazingly intricute designs! He uses adhesive vinyl, and it looks Fri@@in awesome!

http://www.ryanmcginness.com/works/2003_1.html

check out his stuff, it is PHENOMINAL, and it will give you an idea of what the adhesive vinyl looks like.
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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2005 04:43:34 AM »

OOH!! one of my FAVORITE artists creates whole walls of these amazingly intricute designs! He uses adhesive vinyl, and it looks Fri@@in awesome!

http://www.ryanmcginness.com/works/2003_1.html

check out his stuff, it is PHENOMINAL, and it will give you an idea of what the adhesive vinyl looks like.

askaboutrpickles, I just checked out the link you posted.  You're right on...his work is phenomenal!  I am inspired to do something about my blank walls Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2005 07:05:25 PM »

askaboutrpickles, I just checked out the link you posted.  You're right on...his work is phenomenal!  I am inspired to do something about my blank walls Smiley

i saw his work for the first time at this cool art gallery in SF, my friend looked around at everything else but i didnt want to leave the wall, lol, the small pics are amazing but dont do his work justice, seeing them in all their huge glory is so much more satisfying, *sigh* i hope he has a show around here again.

hey bodacious, have you tried anything yet? i am curious how your stencils will work out.
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2005 09:48:13 PM »

I'm a slacker.  I've not tried.   Although an update on my thoughts on Contact paper:  It should be okay.  I was 'sealing' a care package I'd painted and didn't want the packing to ruin with contact paper and it was waaay more removable than I had originally thought.  I will in a matter of seconds check out the last few web sites suggested. ***WOW*** the art in R. McGinness IS truely amazing.  The Wonderful Graffiti is tremendus too, at first I was thinking, toooo expensive, but after checking out the site it seems fairly cheap and now I want some (or to think  of a way to do it myself)!

As for progress, it's actually in a friend's room.  She has to finish stripping the wallpaper bf we get into this project, but as SOON as we start I'll post!  PROMISE!  (it should be soon, fall break is coming shortly)
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« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2005 05:50:49 AM »

I was reading the September 2005 issue of Crafts n Things and guess what?  They had instructions for a project on temporary wall art (similar to wallies) using repositionable adhesive and Tygerag paper.  Thought you might be interested Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2005 09:49:09 PM »

Ewwww.... I just might have to pay those overdue library fines to check out the back dated mag!
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