Sunday, September 23, 2012
Matchbox cover poster
A couple of days ago I received a priceless collection of matchbox covers. At first I thought it was a collection of postmarks, but then I took a closer look. I found them fascinating and I felt bad that they were all hidden in a soap box. That is why I decided to make a poster out of them. It is an easy project to make and it doesn't matter if you use postmarks, matchbox covers or even public transport tickets.
I decided the poster would look better on stretched canvas. I used water-based glue for easier spreading. If you want to do a poster like this one, remember to always arrange the pieces beforehand. I wanted it to look like a puzzle, so I mixed landscape and portrait covers. I chose the oldest (and most interesting) matchbox cover for the center and then I picked all other ones by colour. I mixed the glue with water and used a soft small brush to spread it equally. After sticking all the covers, I applied a thin layer of glue over the poster, to make sure it wouldn't peel off and to give it a nice shine.
This poster is great because it's colourful and every single piece hides a story. My parents find it especially interesting because they remember all matchbox covers and I guess this brings childhood memories. For me it is a piece of history. A stylish one, too.