I’ve always struggled with how to fill large walls, and I swear that how all the walls in our house are…large and empty! I have a gallery wall going in the entry, but unfortunately there can only be so many gallery walls in one house. Enlarged photographs are a great way to go, but I wanted something with a little more interest. So here is what I came up with!
I started with a photograph that I loved. This was taken when Jesse and I drove up the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, and spent an afternoon kayaking up the inlet. I opened the photograph in photoshop and used filters to give it a slightly blurred effect. It’s kind of subtle from a distance, but can definitely be seen up close. I then enlarged the image to 36×24 inches, then used the rulers to divide it into 6×4 inch sections. Then I took each section, copied, and saved as an individual file, so in the end I had 36 files to print as 6×4 inch prints. Sorting them into order was kind of fun, a little puzzle.
Once they were all laid out, I got my large piece of foam core. The best way to do it would be to cut the foam core down to fit the frame first. I did it last…should have done it first. I’m using a large IKEA Ribba Frame. Using pencil, I drew a grid on the foam core to make sure that each picture was straight, and then I worked my way out from the center. Each photograph I pinned into the foam core at each of the 4 corners. I didn’t push the pins in all the way as to not damage the table.
Once all the photographs were pinned to the foam core, I held it up vertical and pushed them all the way. Then I turned the foam core upside down on the table with all the pins stuck out the back. I didn’t want all the photographs sticking out too far, so using piers, I clipped the pins down about a 1/2 inch.
Once they were all clipped down, I held it upright again and pushed the pins from the back so that the clipped ends were flush with the backside, and the photographs were sticking up about 1/4 inch off of the foam core. Each height was ever so slightly different, but that gave it a nice dimension that I was going for.
The form core that I used was 1/4 inch thick, which would never fit into the frame, or at least between the frame and the little frame clips that hold it in place. I had to thin the outer edges about 1/4 inch by carefully running an exacto knife around the backside 1/4 inch from the edge making sure to only cut through the back paper layer and the foam – not the whole thing. Then from the sides, I ran the exacto knife between the top paper layer and the foam. It felt like the game of operation…such precision!
Notice how wide the matte borders are? Yeah, I completely cut it wrong. I measured correctly, but laid it out very poorly. Luckily I didn’t cut enough out, so it was easy to cut out a little more..to make it fit correctly!
Because the photographs are raised, it eliminated the need for the (plexi) glass front. So the matte went in, then the foam core.
Once all the tabs were folded over, it was time to hang!