Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The making of a gallery wall

I finally got my act together and started my gallery wall last week.  I'm the queen of procrastination and the one thing that gave me that final push I needed was the fact that the frames were all laid out on the guest bed, and there was a pending overnight visit from my in-laws in the very near future.

You really don't need a lot of money to start a gallery wall. Nothing within these frames cost more than a few dollars.  As the frames are either Ikea or from the dollar store, they didn't break the bank. Here's what I used:

1-4. Photocopies of pages in the brilliantly illustrated children's book, Along a Long Road. The book was illustrated on one continuous 35-foot piece of art - which is why the four pictures create one long image when hung horizontally. 
5. A postcard I picked up at an art gallery in the HydroStone Market in Halifax
6. & 7. New Yorker covers I liked (I used a hair dryer to remove the address labels).
8. A print I bought at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on our last trip to Quebec City 
9. A photo I took of a building in Pamplona
10. Martha Steward paint chips - Araucana teal & Egg yolk (left over from my mirror makeover)
11. A postcard that came with my prints from Etsy seller Blanca Gomez
12. A Calvin Klein fabric swatch that I couldn't bear to toss after finding out it costs $283 a yard. 
13. A postcard from a trip to Seville.

Although inexpensive, many of the pieces are great reminders of trips we've taken.  The bridge in the book illustration reminds me of the Halifax/Dartmouth Macdonald bridge.

I rearranged the frames on the bed several times until I found an arrangement I liked.  Then I took the above photo to use as a reference when hanging them.

I started by marking the middle point of the wall between two doors, and deciding how high I wanted the middle row to hang.

Then I built it out horizontally...

And then added the top and bottom rows...

It's really a work in progress as I'll continue adding to it over time.  Pieces with less meaning (read: paint chips) will probably be swapped out as I start accumulating more personal photos/art/postcards.

1 comment:

andieclark said...

Your picture hangers are very interesting because of the diversity and colors. You gave me an idea on how to hang the artworks I just bought. Thanks a lot!