Various types of wall covering can be applied to achieve part or all of your chosen graphic design. The possibilities are endless because a very wide selection is available.
About “Rainbow Farm in Vinyl”: Graphic design covers two adjacent corner walls. Overall dimensions: 42 feet length by 9 feet height. Design features abstract symbols of a modern recreation farm: buildings and structures, flowers and gardens, fields with lush crops, animals, Christmas tree nursery, vehicles. Templated symbols were cut from commercial-grade vinyls. The variety of colorful and textured remnants came from two large elementary school projects.
About “Blue Sphere”: Graphics free-form stripe wraps around two adjacent walls, trailing into a large walk-in closet. Overall dimensions: 12 feet-to-8 feet-to-9 feet length by 8 feet-to-6 feet height. Design features one graduated, 12-inch to 8-inch horizontal stripe. Free-style form was cut from mini-pebble textured commercial vinyl, spliced into already-installed off-white decorative stone-textured ceiling-to-floor commercial vinyl.
The layout is similar to the painting process. The work can be compared to doing a puzzle.
Before you can install the wallcovering, many pieces of various sizes and shape will have to be fashioned.
Each separate piece will need to be pasted with the appropriate adhesive or paste. NOTE: Some will require vinyl paste while others may need wheat or cellulose.
The following process is meant for the skilled paperhanger.
CREATING TEMPLATES FOR WALLCOVERING PIECES
1. Create a paper sketch of wall area.
2. Sketch in your design to scale.
3. Use grid paper, or graphic software program. Example: 1 inch = 1 foot.
A. Number each piece within design.
B. Use larger grid paper to transfer shapes to full-size.
C. Gridded architectural or engineering paper works great for this.
D. Be certain to number each piece to correspond to piece’s number in sketch.
INSTALLING/APPLYING WALLCOVERING PIECES INTO GRAPHIC DESIGN
1. To apply wallcovering to stripe areas, pre-trim pieces on zinc strip to fit.
2. Then, paste material. Be sure to use the paste/adhesive appropriate for that piece.
TIP: I’ve used small, neon-colored sticky notes to “label” front of each piece. Here’s how:
On 8 ½ inch by 14 inch paper, I’ve made a chart. I glued tiny sample of each type of wallcovering to be used. Next, I wrote the type of paste/adhesive to be used for that type of covering. Then, I assigned a neon color sticky note to each type, and adhered one alongside the corresponding wallcovering sample.
3. Butt (align) the seams of the pieces and smooth out wallcovering.
4. When several pieces are fitted, use a straight edge and razor knife to trim excess to even out any edge or seam joint. Much patience is needed here.
5. Where irregular sized and shaped pieces are to fit irregular sized and shaped pieces, I recommend one or both of the following methods:
- Method 1: Pre-cut each piece.
- Match each piece to a template, before adhering to wall with paste/adhesive.
- Several pieces, that will adjoin each other, can be trimmed and matched together at the paste table before applying.
- Method 2: Overlap the seams of adjoining pieces.
- Double-cut through the two layers.
- With straight lines, trimming is easy.
TIP 1: When making curved or arched cuts, always make up plastic templates that precisely match the curvature of the penciled line. Normally, you will need only a half dozen to allow for the making of your other cuts.
TIP 2: Change your razor blades more regularly.
6. Smooth all wall covering in multiple directions to remove creases and bubbles.
7. Using a seam roller, press down all seams and edges.
8. Use just enough pressure to adhere the wallcovering piece to the substrate.
9. Work quickly while ensuring a perfect job.
10. Wash the seam roller as needed.
TIP: In some instances, it is invaluable to use special seam glue and a heat gun to manipulate the material more precisely.
Remember: All wall coverings are not applied using the same method.
TIP: If various types of coverings are used, be ready to work with each one a little differently to fit each piece of the graphics together.
A large graphic design project . . .
On one occasion, I applied a vinyl graphics design in a corridor over one hundred and fifty feet long. It turned out magnificent in the end. However, it was difficult to achieve. The entire length of the hallway set on a slope. And the stripes and curves, that made up the design, were at eye level.
When doing graphics using wallcovering, both patience and precision are required to achieve favorable results.
And remember: Create a sample first!
Footnote: Fortunately, creating great graphics using wallcoverings is a breeze, compared to trying to transfer media files into this post. Any tips from anyone? Thanks in advance!
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