Walls painted and ready to go.
First job is to get the picture divided up and cut up into pieces.
I used both paint shop pro and photoshop for this, mostly because I simply couldn't get the grid function to work properly in photoshop.
The image needs to be divided into 11.8cm x 13.8 cm rectangles. The reason they need to be this size is because this is the size of the rear of a cd case, the bit below the cd holder which you can simple snap out.
Why use cd cases for the mosaic?
I used cd cases for my mosaic for 2 reasons. Firstly, the rear of a standard cd cases is completely clear, and new cases have a lovely shine to them. Secondly, if mounted as I have done, it is a relatively simple process to replace the picture used in the mosaic at a later date.
You can usually pick up cd cases dirt cheap - mine were about 4p per case.
Obviously the larger the design the more cases. I used 40 in total, but I had another 20 odd spare.
Once I'd cropped all 40 rectangles I simply printed them out (2 panels per A4 to conserve paper - and the worlds resources) and cut them out. I then placed them into the rear of the cd cases and got ready to mount.
I could either arrange the cases on the wall directly next to one another, which would simply form a large almost seamless picture or break the image up a bit by adding gaps. As stated earlier, adding gaps will enable me to change the image when I get pig sick of it, which will happen as I am extremely fickle.
Final prep, attaching a couple of strips of double sided padded sticky tape to each case (Shout out to Blue Peter!).
Mounting the image
The best and worst part. It's much harder than you'd think to get the cases all completely square to another, whilst at the same time ensuring that the image looks right.
Obviously having a big ruler and spirit level is essential. Anyway, as the evening turned to night I pushed on with the mosaic.
Daisy gets in on the photo action
Sadly, I only have a mobile phone camera here at the moment so I apologise for the poor quality shots.
That was fun. So what's next?