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Topic: Magazine Mural - Sunrise over the Mountains  (Read 7752 times)
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2008 06:03:47 PM »

Holy friggity frack. My suggestion to preserve it would be to adhere it to a more solid surface and seal it with some sort of...sealant. I don't know. Sandwiching it between two custom-cut pieces of acrylic also seems like a good idea. Mostly I just want to look at it and say 'wow,' though!!! This is really awesome! How long did it take? How many magazine did you go through? Eeee!
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2008 07:13:32 PM »

Thanks everyone for the comments.  One thing that I keep running into with how to protect it, is that I don't want to separate the posters in separate frames, because I like how they flow together.  Because of that I like the idea of some type of sealant with a stronger backing.  I'll let you guys know what I do.

As far as how long it took:  hours and hours and hours, over a couple of months.  But it did feel like that b/c I would just work on it whenever I was watching TV.  It was a good way to relax.  The mural actually reminds me of Scrubs, b/c I watched the first and second season DVD while working on it!

I used a lot of different magazines and separated the scraps into the different color shades that I needed.  (I actually kept the scraps inside Frisbees, which made it easy to put away when I needed to clean up my living room).

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« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2008 12:53:15 PM »

Wow that's really cool...i'll have to try something like that soon  Smiley

« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2008 12:38:48 PM »

Beautiful - I never would have guessed that it was made of magazines. Maybe you could just get a piece of acrylic cut that will cover the whole thing and affix that directly to the wall over the mural?
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2008 07:45:16 PM »

This is wonderful! I think it's definitely a keeper ... let us know how you are going to preserve it.

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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2008 08:01:22 AM »

Something that beautiful deserves to be preserved.  A few coats of varnish on the front will be a good start, and perhaps attach each piece to a same-sized piece of acid-free mat board.  A little more expensive than cardboard, but less expensive than acrylic, and will make it sturdier.
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2008 01:15:03 PM »

Love it! Don't know how to back it (perhaps on a large piece of sanded, painted plywood?Huh) but for the front, I'd cover it with a layer of decoupage glue (like Mod Podge) and then a bunch of layers of acrylic varnish (polyacrylic by Minwax is what i often use in my projects). That will give you a clear, basically glass-like surface; the more layers the smoother, that is folds in the paper will not show. But I'd first back it with something solid because if you move it and it's flexible the finish would crack.

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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2008 07:29:38 PM »

I love this! I thought you painted it. I love collages!
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2008 11:00:11 AM »

Your wall should be ashamed to be so drab, with such an awesome mural hanging on it. Or honored? Either way, this deserves a "This Rocks!" if anything does.

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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2008 11:16:12 AM »

Awesome job!  If you want to be sure it'll last as is for a good long while you could mount it to a piece of Masonite (you can get sheets of it at the lumberyard pretty cheap) that you've cut to the shape of your artwork with a jig saw using a good spray adhesive (we use 3M at the frame shop where I work-very strong bond) spray the back of the artwork thoroughly, to make sure you've got good coverage spray across the piece then go in the opposite direction...then line it up on the Masonite (you may need a second set of hands) and press it all over, it would be helpful to use a brayer or rolling pin.  Now you could varnish the front using an artists' spray varnish to seal the paper. 

I hope this helps!
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