Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. ~Terri Guillemets
I blame Pinterest.
I swear I am going to have that tattooed on my forehead one day.
A few weeks ago, we finally got around to having the last bit of wood floors refinished in our upstairs. I ended up switching the rooms around too. I moved my daughter's room to the back bedroom and put my office in her old room.
Mother of the year... I know.
At any rate, once we finally got everything put back in order, I did some major purging and reorganizing in my office. (The hacksaw may have been pulled out, but shhhhhh...don't tell my husband). And after the dust settled (literally and figuratively), I was left with - HEAVEN FORBID! - a completely empty wall.
I decided that it would be fun to create a gallery wall in the wall space above the file cabinet and so naturally, I went to Pinterest where I have an entire board devoted to gallery walls. And thanks to a little serendipity, I also saw this blog post by Jamie Pate on Heidi Swapp's website. I think what I love most is the mix of shapes and textures in combination with typography and other elements. Which is what I wanted to incorporate into my gallery wall.
So the first thing I did was start with a little sketch.
I wish I was one of those people that could just pull a bunch of things together willy-nilly, but I tend to do so much better if I have at least some kind of visual to get me going. For this project, I knew I wanted to incorporate some marquee letters and I had an old, gold-tone, empty frame that I hoped to repurpose...that's where I stared. Then I sketched in a few other elements (mostly unused picture frames and word art) to fill in the spaces and keep this project as inexpensive as possible ...knowing that the end result would probably look a little different.
The one thing I splurged on were the marquee letters. I decided to give them an aged, gold finish by layering on a combination of gold, cream, and silver acrylic paints (all things I had in my supplies). I also used a tiny bit of an antique rub in between the layers to give it the aged feel.
Once I had the letters done, I started experimenting with placement by arranging the pieces on the floor. And in the spirit of full-disclosure, the layout evolved over the course of a couple of days. I had the big gold frame, the marquee letters, and a chalkboard pretty much fixed. Friday afternoon I visited Vintage Market Days and bought an antique fence picket which I thought would be a fun addition. But everything else was open for interpretation.
Here is the end result.
If you are interested in creating a gallery wall for yourself, I would offer the following pieces of advice. First, try not to overthink it....this should be fun. Next, choose a variety of elements in various shapes and sizes - word art, frames, photos. Also, try incorporating a variety of finishes in gold, painted, and/or wood. Then, as you put your design together, don't be afraid to move things around - my end result turned out quite a bit different than my original sketch. Finally, I find that keeping at least one edge of each element aligned is the best way to keep all these different styles, colors, and shapes unified. For instance in my wall, the bottom of the letters line up with the bottom of the gold frame and the framed print of my daughter lines up along the left edge.
I know this type of display isn't for everyone, but I find it to wonderfully inspirational to have all of these things I love in the place where I create. And what a gift to create something beautiful just for yourself.
I'd love to see your creative spaces! You can upload them to our Flickr pool or share them on Instagram using the #focusingonlife.
Until next time,