I am a newbie to this forum, but just so happen to have extensive experience as an airbrush artist (since I was about 15 yrs old) and as a graphic artist, signmaker, t-shirt screenprinter.
I still make my living as such ( www.myLGonline.com
I have always been into home theatre. I am on my second one now in a second home, but I am really ready to put some 'wow' factor to it. I have been debating fiber optics, but given my background, and by reading this particular thread, I am starting to rethink things. I have a couple questions for the hand painting guys here in the thread, as well as a couple statements regarding the large format printers.
1.) Can you tell me what your source is for the glow in the dark paint? ( I didn't see it anywhere, but my apologies if I missed it.
2.) I currently have two large format printers One prints 48" wide, and the other prints 64" wide. These are the same printers I use to print full sides of box trucks, semi trucks, vans,cars, whatever. All you do is place small seams at the width of the print to cover larger areas in tiles. Only problem is, for the most part these printers don't print WHITE. They use K (black)
Cyan (blue) Magenta and Yellow. Any white in a picture is where there is no ink printed and the printed material shows through. I actually have a glow in the dark additive (powder) I could add to an ink, but it would risk messing up my machinery and it is very expensive to fix, and I would doubt any ink other than the yellow would take it.
BUT... as I read the thread above.. I could do something different. All that talk about back and neck pain.. I was thinking I could PRINT the nice blue sky scene on some available pre-pasted wallpaper material. The star pattern, stipple, or splatters, etc. could be added while the print was horizontal and not installed upside down on the ceiling. Maybe that would make it easier, and also alot better to get a nice star pattern that is still hand painted, but it would be 'fatigue free'. You would just then install it like wallpaper when you were done.
I may actually try that when I determine what glow in the dark paint I should use.
Anyway.. thanks for all the great ideas and info on this thread.
I am including a couple of pics of my theater now. It's decent, and I definitely didn't spend a huge sum of money. I have a custom HTPC with touchscreen at rear of room on bar for cue-ing up movies, and music. I used fabric remnants on the walls, and I have a set of risers in the rear of the room. I did all the work myself. The seating has been removed in these photos. I have plans for additional lighting, neon tubing, something that more resembles a 'marquis sign' at the rear of the room on the bar header, a 'scooby doo' hidden bookcase doorway to enter the theater, and hopefully this star ceiling with mural.