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« on: March 07, 2006 10:21:10 AM »

Well, just got a new apartment, and haven't quite moved in yet (that's gonna be the next week or so).  The problem is that it's a 2 level apartment with a loft overlooking the livingroom.  So the very first thing you see when you walk in the front door is a 2 story white wall, with the roof line angled on the left side, and on the right are the stairs going up to the loft along the wall.  This is the focal point of the whole apartment, and I haven't got the slightest idea what to do with it.  My neighbors hung up what looks like a screen printed sheet on their wall, but I don't want to rip off their idea if I don't have to.

I'll post a picture later this week when we go down to sign the paperwork with the landlord, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas in the meantime.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2006 10:27:32 AM »

you could use a stape-gun to tack fabric to the wall. staple holes are easy to fill when you're ready to move. although now that i think about it, that would be a lot of fabric and may look wonky. or even if you can't paint well you could do like 5 - 7 geometic canvases to hang on the wall. just a few ideas, hopefully you'll get some better ones on here soon.

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2006 03:15:20 PM »

I like the canvas idea but you can do a geometric print on them that goes from canvas to canvas. Just continue the pattern on to the adjoining canvas. 

Or maybe a landscape or mural but use several canvases to compose (for lack of a better word) the mural.  Think of the canvases as sort of like tiles in a mosaic.

I want to do something like this in my office but using bulletin boards instead of canvases so they will be art and functionable.

« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2006 04:51:08 PM »

I would cover it with art too... If fact, I used to live in a loft and had the wall covered in dozens and dozens of smallish canvases. You could join the wall art swap. Smiley
If painting isn't your thing you can always stretch any fabric on canvas stretchers (reasonably priced at art supply stores). Choose a bold print... something that goes with your decor. I'd love to have a huge wall. You could have a lot of fun with it. Hang something unexpected... like a beat up old window frame or unusual hats or antique dresses or items suspended on ribbons or place staggered book shelves.

Here's the ribbon wall thread:
You could do all sorts of variations on that theme...

Oh! check out the tutorial on the metre stick (I guess you'd say yard stick) shelf

Imagine a bunch of these scattered around your wall...

Also, maps are cheaper than wallpaper and can be attached with few tiny holes and look great.

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2006 11:53:16 AM »

Well, I found a solution:

I'm going to make a massive wall mural using this program to enlarge Escher's Relativity.  I think it'll look good next to the stairs  Grin
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2006 03:14:55 AM »

maybe you could cut shapes from fabric and paste it to the wall using cornstarch? you can do the same with tissue paper - and it peals off really easily when you tire of it or move.

Also, if you like the canvas idea, but want a huge one and don't want to shell out the muh-la for it,  buy some cheap plain wall trim and a queen or king sized flat sheet (you can usually find some for like $7 at discount places like Walmart). Make a frame out of the trim and stretch the sheet over the trim and staple - then get your painting groove on. if your no Arteest, then get a sea sponge and sponge paint, or stripes are easy too, especially if you don't care about how exact they are.
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2006 03:30:15 AM »

I liked this tree painting - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=64772.0

Basically the person got a lot of canvases, painted a tree over them all and spread them out to fill the space.

You could also get some wood and make frames and then stretch attractive fabric over them like canvases.

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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2006 08:58:47 AM »

I saw some good ideas on this board https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3296.0
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2006 11:45:17 AM »

Command Adhesive poster strips are really stong: they can even hold up panels of fabric, yet easily come down.  I love them for my dorm room, as I used them to mount this huge tie-dyed throw (cotton, you'll have to test with thicker or furry fabrics) onto my wall. 

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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2006 11:55:06 AM »

long strands of lights hanging down would be cool, or long strings of something interesting (fabric tatters, felt balls, stones, paper cranes, whatever you like!)

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