Way back in the days of Matzo ball soup - the blog (now it is combined with guc) I have created a creativity book dedicated for Tu BiShvat, the Israeli “new year of the trees”. One of the pages in that book was a black and white photo looking up a tree, that kids (and adults) could color the shapes that interlocked within the branches.
I took that same idea, blew it up, and pinned it on the wall in the local community center in ZIchron Yaakov. I put out some colored pencils and - VOILA - you have a coloring wallpaper (not only) for Tu BiShvat that is easy, fun, and seriously inexpensive.
Some technical information (incase you want to print your own):
Preparing the photo:
- I enlarged the photo using photoshop to fit the width of the plotter available in my local printing shop (90 cm wide).
- I mirrored the image to fit the length of your wall
- saved as pdf once as is and once mirrored
- sent it to print
- I asked for 2 plots from each file so I have 4 banners total of 360 cm wide.
- I asked for plain paper (the kind they used for architectural drawings), black and white print.
- I trimmed the white edges (usually plotters doesn’t print to the edge)
- Start from the center out.
- Mount the first banner perpendicular to the ceiling or floor.
- I used push pins since I mounted on drywall.
- Move to the next banner and the next.
I didn't use any glue whatsoever, but you can experiment a little to see what works best with your paper.
go print :)