I think I'm really cool right now. Correction--I think B and I are really cool right now. We made my favorite project ever (it involves comic books, making our own fabric, art canvases, working as a team, and other jazzy stuff like irons) and I'm gonna tell you how you can be cool like us.Supplies:
- 6 fabric fat quarters (18" x 21")
- 6 14" x 14" canvases (1" thick)
- Staple gun
- 6 nails
For awhile now, I've been following an amazing blog called 4CP | Four Color Process that a friend introduced me to. The blog author scans select panels or parts of panels from his old comic book collection and blows the images up so you can see every pixel and then posts the resulting images on his site. Each post is a beautiful and often abstract image, and I find them incredibly compelling.
More recently, I learned about Spoonflower, a website that allows you to upload any design and make fabric (or wallpaper, gift wrap, or wall decals) out of it. You see where I'm going with this? Below are the steps we used (and you can follow) to make our own comic book fabric wall art.
1. Design your fabric B and I decided to upload some designs from 4CP (which the owner of the site explicitly allows), and make our own fabric. They turned out great! Spoonflower is awesome, because you can now purchase the same fabrics we made (or you can recreate them yourself)! You can see the fabrics we created here, here, here, here, here and here.
2. Purchase your fabric We decided to purchase six fat quarters (18"x21") of fabric. They were shipped to us in a few days, and we eagerly opened them. They were perfect (except for the fold wrinkles). Because the images are already pixelated and abstract, we didn't need to worry about the resolution of the images.
3. Order canvases (or make them if you know how!) We ordered six 14"x14" canvases from Amazon (our local Michael's did not have the right size canvases).
4. Iron the fabric Next, we ironed our fabric quarters to rid them of creases (I'm including an action shot as proof--we don't do a lot of ironing in the Beesley's Knees household).
5. Staple the fabric to the canvases We used a staple gun ($15 from our local hardware store) to wrap the fabric around the canvases. The closest experience I've had to this is gift wrapping--which I'm not the best at. Still, my limited skills with wrapping paper/fabric around corners got the job done (so I'm sure you could do it too). As my mom has always said with cross-stitch or sewing, "The back doesn't have to be pretty."
6. Hang the canvases on your wall and enjoy the view! We measured our wall, the canvases, and the space we wanted in between and placed nails in the appropriate spots.* Et voila! The canvases sit perfectly on the nails, and we now have an easy, creative, fun, colorful wall that is absolutely unique.
*We decided to do two rows of three canvases, with 3" between each canvas/row. We eyeballed where to place our first canvas on the wall for our bottom row. From that nail, we measured 10" to the right (the 3" of inbetween space + half of the width of the canvas) for the next nail. Repeat. Place the three canvases, and then measure 10" from the top of those canvases for your upper row. Offset them if you like.