4X6 WALL MOSAIC
On Saturday the 21st which was err..about three and a half weeks ago, I started my 4×6 wall mosaic. It is not a mosaic in a traditional sense, neither is it a collage but as you can see above, its pretty damn cool. I followed the tutorial from the very first few pages in Photojojo’s freaking awesome craft book (buy here or here.)
Since the tutorial is already so fabulously written by Photojojo, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by writing my own here. Just buy the book, or steal my copy. Besides, you can always follow this super
unnecessary helpful stop-motion video of my process.
For the last few months I have been printing old pictures, and trying to keep up with new ones for the purpose of this wall art. I was going to save all the 4×6’s for my basement studio, but since it is still at least a couple weeks from being finished, I figured what the hell, I can always move it. Overall, I am pleased with the finished product. And most importantly it is easy to add onto the pattern as I print more and more pictures. If you want to make something similar, which I fully recommend, here are some things to keep in mind.
***Use clear packaging tape: This tape proved to be the best fit for the project because it is wide enough to cover most of the seams and strong enough to hold a whole bunch of heavy photos together as they are tossed around. (I wasn’t very gentle with the strips and blocks of photos once taped.)
***Use Scots removable adhesive strips: These are great because with a razor or sharp knife you can cut the strips into pieces. Trim to size depending on how big/heavy your pictures are.
***Level and mark your wall area: With such a big piece, its important to level before you put it up. Not only will it look a little crooked, but with the weight of all the pictures there will be too much stress on one side, making the entire thing less secure.***Keep in mind the flip: I didn’t notice this until I had most of my pictures taped. Maybe I’m a little slow. Anyway, if you look at the video, you can see how when I flipped the pictures it reversed the order. I didn’t mind because I was working with a random order anyway. If your being exacting however, think about this before taping.
***Clean your working surface: I was constantly wiping sand off of the floor I was working on. Luckily the my photo paper had a thick gloss to it which protected the prints from most abrasions. A big table is ideal, plus then you don’t have to break your back.
***Drop the photos:
***Try to estimate the amount of time this will take: I thought this project would be a breeze. It ended up taking about three hours. But I was also taking pictures and making the short video at the same time. I’m also anal about straight lines and such. Bottom line, give yourself some time.
***Use different photo papers (if possible): I had all but two or three of my 4×6’s printed on a thick Kodak paper with the others on a thin Fujifilm. The Fujifilm paper was a few millimeters smaller in each direction and bent easily. Not the end of the world but it throws off the edges of the rows. If I add to the mural I’ll have to fill the gaps from underneath with extra photo paper.