Tag: artwork

is this a tutorial?

So, I have been beyond busy lately finishing up my second semester (two more to go until I have my AA in Fine Arts), starting the biz, and mommy-ing.  That’s when I thought to myself – you should really stack another thing on your plate. There’s room.

Which completely explains why I decided to redo my room. It was a great room. I didn’t take before pics, so just take my word for it. Isn’t that just like a beginning blogger? All this to say,  today I’m going to share my gallery wall, even though I really dislike labeling it as a gallery due to its eclectic feel and seemingly random ordering. I’m also going to pretend that you’ve never seen one of these done before, so simple step-by-step  and tute-ish directions will be my photo captions.

First, take each item that will be displayed, and trace it onto a sheet of paper. I have a HUGE roll of butcher paper, so I just placed as many frames as I could on a sheet, traced, and cut each one. And then I scribbled a sketch and title – in the unlikely event that it should be misplaced. Flip over the cut out sketch, find the space where the nail goes, and punch a hole. Like this –

Step One: : Trace, Cut, Sketch, Punch Hole
Step One: : Trace, Cut, Sketch, Punch Hole

After you need to finish the tedious task of doing that for every piece, it’s time to play with placement. Using tape, attach each item to the wall, until you’ve filled the space (like me) or are happy with the arrangement (mostly counts).

Step Two:  Select piece, placement, and tape cut out to the wall accordingly.
Step Two: Select piece, placement, and tape cut out to the wall accordingly.

Then, it’s time to really have some fun. Move things around and make sure you are happy with the level of eclectic-ity that you see. You really want to be sure that this is something that makes you happy because, I don’t know about you, but patchwork is not quite as fun as it sounds.  If you are a believer in completely filling up all available viewing space, it should look something like this.

Step Three: Make all final adjustments before putting the nails in to those carefully marked holes.
Step Three: Make all final adjustments before putting the nails in to those carefully marked holes.

 

Step Three (extended version) - If you have an item needing two nails, make sure to use your handy dandy level BEFORE popping those suckers in.
Step Three (extended version) – If you have an item needing two nails, make sure to use your handy dandy level BEFORE popping those suckers in.

So, now you’ve aligned everything, punched lots of holes in your wall, and you’re almost done! Yay! All that is left to do is pull off those lovely sketched and replace them with the actual artwork. This is how mine turned out.

Step Five: Replace the cutouts with actual artwork. Step by, clap, and pat yourself on the back.
Step Four: Replace the cutouts with actual artwork. Feel free to step back, clap, and fist pump like I did.

And now I’m done with my first faux tutorial. I’m telling you, it is quite the task to do these – and mine was SIMPLE! Ha. The pictures aren’t the best, mostly because I decided to make this tutorial in about five seconds flat (which was NEVER going to happen).

The good news is, I smile every time I look at this. It’s directly in front of my desk and has proved to be completely functional. I have my chalkboard (which totally did not get erased), my hanging magnetic board (total score for $3), and some cork board circles for “pinning”. I hope that this inspires you to take your walls and fill them up with moments that make you smile 🙂