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« on: March 27, 2006 02:53:02 PM »

I have this enormous, blank, white wall in my apartment that in an ideal financial situation would be covered with a panoramic forest photomural. However, after having looked into it a bit I have concluded that there is no way I'm spending $1500 on a wall that I'll leave behind in the next couple of years. What I'm looking for now is a more cost-effective, most likely DIY alternative to a photomural. Something that still produces the same sort of feeling and covers my whole wall; something I could ideally take down and with me next time I move.

The wall is 19'x8' and is currently sporting a coat of flat (yes, flat. My landlord is sort of cheap.) white paint.
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2006 05:01:26 PM »

You could try doing some Rasterbations...
http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/
You could make it as big or small as you want. All you need is a printer with ink, and lots of paper...
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2006 06:04:20 PM »

urban outfitters had those photo murals for awhile but I don't think they do anymore. they definitely weren't $1500!!!!!! I can see if I can find them on the net for you....
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006 06:06:35 PM »

here's some:
http://www.creativewallcovering.com/wallpaper-189.html
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006 08:58:43 PM »

You could try doing some Rasterbations...
http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/
You could make it as big or small as you want. All you need is a printer with ink, and lots of paper...

My printer has crapped out and died on me so, while that may be a fabulous idea, it is not practical in my case.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2006 10:31:13 AM »

If you want to take it with you it'll either need to be in panels or something you can roll.  what's your budget?  you could make something out of lightweight wood, like panels of 1/4" or even 1/8" plywood, and paint on them or cover them in different fabrics (i know you've got tons of fabric laying around).  They'll be light enough that you can hold them up with a grid of nails or tacks  and poster sticky.

hell, you could do that with chipboard from the art supply store, and then you could cut it with a mat knife or something.

if you want something you can roll you could just cover it with muslin and then paint as you like on the mus - be careful, though, because it can seep through such a lightweight fabric.  you could fix this problem on the cheap by thumbtacking saran wrap up to the wall first - any home supply store will probably have something wider than typical household supply.  Tinfoil would work too, and probably be less clingy to itself than saran wrap - thus easier to put up.  restaurant suppliers will have the wider stuff.  if you can't find muslin in the sizes you want from garment suppliers (or the stuff you're finding is too fine for such a project) you can check out http://www.syracusescenery.com/ (my favorite theatrical fabrics supplier) or rosebrand.com - the big guys.

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