Installing a reminisart is so easy, it can be done in minutes.
Before you start, please read all instructions:
1. Choose the best spot. Pick a spot where your loved one won't have to twist or strain their body to see their collage. If your loved one is a wheelchair user, place the collage at eye level for them to avoid neck strain.
2. Prepare the wall. Have you just repainted? Wait two weeks before applying your reminisart. Otherwise, simply wipe the wall to make sure it's dry and dust-free.3. Gather some supplies. You'll need:
- Green tape (or other non-marking tape)
- A pencil
- A level or plumb line
You may not have a plumb line handy—in this case, improvise with 6' of string tied to a small weight like a pen, or a similar length of dental floss still attached to its packet.
Even if you don't have any of these things, it's still easy to apply a reminisart to a wall.
4. Flatten the curve. Unroll your reminisart and, being careful not to wrinkle it, re-roll it outside in. This will relax the curl and make it easier to handle.
5. Mark the spot. For this step, keep your reminisart rolled up and use the length of the rolled collage as a measuring tool.
For horizontal prints: Visualize where your collage will go. Hold the rolled-up collage vertically to the wall where you want the short edge to be, and mark the wall at the corners. A large reminisart is twice as long as it is wide, so measure two rolled-up collage-lengths away from your initial mark to place the other corners. (For small collages, measure one and a half lengths.) Mark the corners with L shapes using tape or pencil lines.
For vertical prints: Keeping in mind a vertical collage is 5 feet high, (152 cm), visualize how high up on a wall it should be. Hold the rolled-up collage horizontally where are you want to put the top edge, and mark the wall the width of the roll. Measure two rolled-up collage-lengths down from your initial mark to place the other corners and make sure it’s high enough that it won’t hit the floor. (For small collages, measure one and a half lengths.)
Once you've marked off your desired positioning, stand back and take a look standing up and sitting down to make sure you're happy with it.
6. Straighten up.
For horizontal prints: Verify your positioning with a level, or use your plumb line or string to make sure both top corners are the same distance from the floor.
Vertical prints: Verify your positioning is straight with your plumb line or string. Hold the line at one top corner so the weight hangs down almost to the floor. Mark the vertical edge along the string using tape or pencil marks to create a guide. You only need to do one side.
7. Stick the landing. Pick a 'leading' edge—typically the top edge for a horizontal, the left edge for a vertical. Peel about 12 inches of backing away from that edge, and line up the corners with the corresponding markings. Stick that whole edge to the wall.
(If it doesn't look right, no harm done. Simply unstick and reposition the collage with minimal fuss.)8. Admire your handiwork. Gather your loved one and admire the beautiful and unique piece of art you have created. Celebrate with a hot beverage, remind your loved one they are a star, and be easy knowing they will always have a tangible symbol of your love close to hand.