Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Design Wall for Travel and Workshops: A Tutorial

IMG_5074A couple of days ago I finally changed up my large design wall, 8′ x 8′ approximately. It was black for the past 7 years and served me well. For some time now I intended to change the color to a mid-tone grey. Why grey? It goes back to my explorations in photography. Grey will help photograph my work with fewer issues. Grey renders the color more realistically. My white design wall often “swallows” some of the intensity of the colors I create with. A change was in order.

IMG_5075I purchased the perfect grey fabric at 404 in Saskatoon with best intentions some time ago. For the past three months it was gathering dust in my cupboard. But I am soaring into July with a new design wall!

So often we purchase more fabric than we really need. I was left with about 3 meters of grey. I looked around the studio and found just what I was looking for.

IMG_5057Two sheets of whiteboard…

IMG_5056I was in business!

A few more items from my stash lead me closer to my new project:

IMG_5059A roll of duct tape (I had some white on hand, but silver would work just as well), hockey tape (it is nice and flexible – read on you and you will find out why that is important!), several T-pins, a small amount of quilt batting and the left-over grey fabric. I was set to create a travel design board for workshops!

I started with the two sheets of foam core and the white duct tape. With the foam core board, one of top of the other, I applied the duct tape and smoothed it along the joint of the longest side.

IMG_5060I opened up the joined sheets and applied a length of hockey tape. Note: I use it for book binding and designer boxes. It is amazing and lasts forever!



Time to add a layer of batting. I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, just because I had it on hand.

IMG_5064Small T-pins were inserted to keep the joined edges in place. These pins stay in place and are not removed once the fabric cover is added.

I cut the grey fabric to size and started sewing the cover.

IMG_5065Careful trimming of the corners ensures a crisp corner when turned.

IMG_5066I left a large opening to insert the batting covered foam core board.

IMG_5067The cover was turned right side out and the board inserted. This was a bit tricky. I made sure that the batting didn’t bunch up in areas. I could have glued the batting to the foam core but that renders it less usable as the glue hardens and makes it difficult for pins to be inserted.

IMG_5068The cover is in place. Time to securely stitch the opening closed.

IMG_5069Looks messy and a little daunting? Don’t give up too quickly. Sewing up the opening didn’t take long!

IMG_5070I used a ladder stitch which is durable and helps make the cover fit snug and secure.

IMG_5071And here we are, a folding design wall, perfect for small spaces and workshops.

IMG_5073Had to try it right away…

IMG_5076I added a few small T-pins to the edge for use in workshops (so that I don’t have to start looking for pins when I am in a hurry!)

IMG_5078for travel I fold the board up with clamps…

IMG_5079…which double as hangers to provide the full surface for composition. Fully open the design board measures 30″ w x 41″ h. Folded and standing up I have four surfaces I can share with other students. Each side measures 20.5″ x 30″. For a challenge you could make one side white, the other black or grey… so many options!

Estimated cost of this quick project is less than $ 10 (Canadian) and it took less than 90 minutes to create.

I hope you find this little project helpful. Share the link if you are so inclined! Thanks for your interest!

This entry was published on July 2, 2015 at 6:49 am. It’s filed under Creativity Update, Design, In the News, Journaling, Tutorial and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “Design Wall for Travel and Workshops: A Tutorial

  1. Nancy Sachro on said:

    Great photos and instrtuctions .
    I hope the forestfire smoke is blowing away from your home.


  2. Thanks for the detailed instructions and pictures. I’ve been planning on making a small design wall and your post on how to make one was perfect timing.


  3. Helene Blanchet on said:

    Brilliant! Thanks for this Anna. I can fully see how this design wall will be useful for me in my small cabin space once we finally get home. You have just given me a way to lessen my frustration. Kudos to you!


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