Monday, February 20, 2012
ABSTRACT BIRCH FOREST
The material on these panels is cork wallpaper. This is a Candice Olsen wallpaper featuring white cork with a silver foil backing. (She also has a design with natural cork with a copper backing – very cool looking as well.) I fell in love with the wallpaper after seeing it featured on one of her shows on HGTV and liked the fact that it resembled birch bark. It’s pricey stuff, so I was happy to come up with the wall panel idea.
After some research and tests, I decided to go with stretcher-bars for the base. (These are used by artists to stretch canvas.) I ordered them from www.frenchcanvas.com. These are ideal because they can be ordered in any size, are relatively inexpensive, are put together with a rubber mallet (no hardware), are made for the purpose of attaching fabric, and are lightweight and easy to hang. All you need is a staple gun. Just be careful with the corners. Neat corners will make or break the final look of these types of projects.