Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009
in Arty Farty, Music
Recently I went on a rather anal whinge about home decoration… there really are too many shades of paint to choose from.
Then I had a brain fart, inspired by a coffee shop I used to visit a lot in Blackrock shopping center which was plastered floor to ceiling with old musical manuscripts.
Ok so I probably should have screwed the doors back on before showing it off, but you get the idea.
This is how I did it:
– First I downloaded some free piano sheet music here, and printed it off onto extremely cheap printer paper (the more absorbent the better)
– Then I found a large tray and added two kettles-full of boiling water to about six teabags (including raspberry tea for interesting colour). The printed manuscripts went into this massive brew to soak overnight; I sprinkled a few teaspoons of instant coffee between layers to add interesting speckling.
– The next morning I heated the oven to its max, and began to dry each sheet individually for about a minute per sheet (this part requires intense babysitting obviously) until I was left with a stack of crispy, slightly burnt paper that looked like it had just been rescued from a 200 year old vault.
– I then mixed some PVA glue with a little water, and plastered it to the surface with a wide paintbrush. The bonus here is that PVA glue is waterproof, meaning that the finished plastered surface is washable and permanent, provided that an extra coat of PVA is applied to finish the effect. Happily this doesn’t mean that the surface ends up glossy, but with a pretty nice textured matt effect instead.
While this whole ordeal is slightly labour intensive, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than buying paint or wallpaper, and a lot less messy than applying same.
Thanks to Chaplin’s (ex) coffee shop for the inspiration, and to Art Attack for glue enlightenment.