I recently did some spring cleaning and took a trunk load of discards to the local Goodwill. Included in the load were some pieces of inexpensive wall art I had hanging in the powder room. My husband said the brightly painted flowers in the artwork clashed with the license plate ceiling. I didn't really mind parting with it, except that now we had this very long and narrow blank wall.
As I was moving laundry from the washing machine to the drier the other day, I noticed some blank artist canvas boards I had stored on my crafts shelf. I had four canvases, but no frames.
I pondered for a minute and saw this calendar page hanging from a wooden pants hanger to the left of my drier.
I knew I had a few wooden pants hangers from which I could hang the canvas boards. I clamped a board into a pants hanger and calculated that I could hang three in the available space above the commode. Now I just had to come up with an appropriate subject; one that would make sense in a bathroom tiled in license plates.
I opened my crafting cupboards to look for inspiration, and sure enough I found the perfect subject matter - Maps!
Sometime last summer I picked up this 1979 World Atlas thinking I'd someday want it for a project. Now, almost a year later, it was exactly what I needed.
I gathered up my supplies:
decoupage medium (Mod-Podge)
wooden pants hangers
I looked through the atlas finally selecting three maps: North Dakota, Texas, and Montana.
I spread the Mod-Podge in a thin layer over the canvas board, then decoupaged each map onto its own board.
I tore the atlas pages into pieces and layered them to fit on the canvas board creating an interesting composition.
I added a couple of additional thin layers of the decoupage medium to get a good seal, drying them in the sun between layers.
While the boards were drying, I determined where I wanted the first to hang. I then attached a weighted string from the first nail to guide me in placing the additional nails ensuring a straight line.
I used the tape measure to determine the nail spacing.
Finally when the decoupaged boards were completely dry, I clamped them into the wooden pants hangers, and hung them up.
Wooden Pants Hangers + Vintage Atlas Maps = Awesome Vertical Display!
All photographs taken by Paulette Rodriguez.