One of the very first steps in our gallery installation process was attaching the vinyl for our participant’s name and their two quotes. I had never before attached vinyl to anything (and truthfully, I didn’t even know what vinyl was) so this was a completely new experience for me.
Essentially, the process of attaching vinyl follows three steps:
- Attach the strip of vinyl to the wall with tape and level it.
- Remove the bottom layer and let the vinyl fall onto the wall, wherever it lands naturally.
- Remove the top layer and reveal the lettering!
The process itself was not difficult for me. I enjoy detail work, so I found it quite soothing to methodically level, peel, and peel. What was frustrating was whenever the letters would stick to the paper, so I would have to go back over them with the squeegee (I actually found it easier to use my ID rather than an actual squeegee). At first I was overly cautious, going over the letters three or four times, but with practice I discovered that I really only need to go over them once and can go back if needed. Below I have included some close-up photos I took while installing one of Bridget’s quotes.
I ended up finishing the vinyl quickly, both because the quotes I was given were quite short and I spent a lot of time outside class working on it. I worked during our Tuesday class, and then Tuesday night and Wednesday night, and was done before class on Thursday. It was a process I really enjoyed and a skill I’m glad I acquired – I’m now considering attaching vinyl to my walls at home.