We knew when we found the folding screen for photos at a yard-sale that it had great potential for making a Sorcerer’s Secret Folding Screen. It was basic black and had openings of various sizes for photographs. It was sturdy and a usable size that could screen a view or squeeze into a corner as needed.
Our first thought was to keep it black and decoupage it in Harry Potter trading cards. Those have black edges and we have a box full of them. We laid out some of the cards on the outside of the screen and didn’t really think they worked all that well. We also had a hard time bringing ourselves to cut up any of those cards.
Thinking from the inside out we tried to think of what pictures we wanted to show in the screen. Once we thought about it we knew that a screen may not be the best way to display pictures. We wanted something more interesting than wallpaper for example but not as specific as photographs. Since we frequently think in terms of Fantasy Decorating and about Harry Potter in particular it occurred to us that The Marauder’s Map would look great in the screen.
The screen looked fine as it was with the trading cards but the black looked harsh with the cream and sepia tones of the Marauder’s Map. We spray painted the screen thoroughly with Almond spray paint in a satin finish being sure to paint the hinges, backings for the photographs, top, bottom and edges.
Once it was dry we wiped over top of it with a brown Antique Wax. This is sometimes called a Grunge finish, but it made the color of the paint blend perfectly with the Marauder’s Map.
Please note: No Marauder’s Maps were harmed in the making of this screen! We could not bring ourselves to cut ours up. Instead we made color copies of sections of the map. We laid the glass cover for each opening on the various prints we made to find the most interesting part of the illustration.
The title and castle drawings got pride of place in the largest openings and smaller details fit nicely into some of the smaller openings. We shuffled a few sections around until we created a balanced layout that we were happy with.
Now we can solemnly swear that the screen looks good and can hide any mischief we might manage to get into!
August 10, 2018