DIY Project: A Projector Screen that Plays Art Piece During Down Time

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Projectors are great substitutes for televisions because they're a bit less invasive than say a 50-inch flat screen. You can easily hide a projector amongst books on a shelf, but that screen... Unless you put down big bucks for a professional screen that can be easily rolled up and down, you're stuck with a big white screen on your wall. Well, Instructables user Fylke thought, why not turn that blank white canvas into art when not watching primetime on it.

What he made was a projector screen that, when flipped over, showed off a painted work of art he'd made. We are super impressed. "It turned out to be a lot of work but I'm very satisfied with the result even though a lot of things didn't turn out as I thought (some better, some worse)," he writes.

After the jump, how he did it...First he made a the inner frame using unfinished lumber (40mm x 30mm).

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He then made sure there weren't any sharp corners on the frame that could tear the fabric that would be stretched over it. Once everything was sanded down he stretched his art canvas on one side -- he notes the fabric you use should have at least 20 cm to pull at at each side. If you aren't artistically inclined, you could choose a decorative fabric to stretch over and act as a piece of art.

He then stretched the projector side of the frame with a material called Barracuda, which is a plastic tarp similar to the stuff they use for printing advertising banners on. He finished it off with an outer frame that he then painted black.

Fylke decided to use images of Steve McQueen from Bullitt on his art side. He imported the images to Gimp (you can also use Photoshop) in order to create a silhouetted effect with each of the images.

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You can read the detail instructions here. With the image composed in Gimp, he plugged his computer into his projector and beamed the image onto his canvas and used that as a blueprint to paint on.
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photos: Fylke

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