DISCLAIMER: You may be disappointed.
I’m just being honest.
I have an obsession with gallery walls. Just look at my Pinterest board devoted to it:
I’m currently in the process of creating a gallery wall for my bedroom.
It took some trial-and-error and a few holes in the wall to get everything up. It took some planning, I couldn’t just pull from my pile of… stuff.
I probably have too much “stuff” so it’s been a process just trying to sort through and pick the best pictures. I have such a hard time separating myself from sentimental pieces, or the plans that I will have my own home one day where I can hang up my other pictures. Is it weird that I have a couple of photos of myself from when I was a kid? I just really adore the candidness of those photos, and it brings me to a time when I was not so worried with adult problems. Surely, I’m not alone with this thought?
But I’m rambling.
Basically, my way of hanging a gallery wall is very, very lazy.
First, I had to figure out how and if I was going to hang this beast.
It’s four pieces. I can’t frame that! It’s so awkwardly shaped and has a freaking mind of its own. It likes to fall, or slide around, do flips and spins, because it’s so into being beastly.
Beast really is an underused word.
Beast, beast, beast, beast, beast, beast….
So I decided the beast deserves its own wall.
As for the actual gallery wall, I started with my charcoal drawing called “Transparence”. It’s the largest artwork, second to Beast, and is a great conversation piece. Also, I spent a crap-ton framing it so it kinda needs to be a focal point.
I wanted at least three areas of focus, the other two being a print by my favorite watercolor artist Agnes Cecile (check out her speed paintings on YouTube) and a watercolor face I did in college.
Another part of creating a gallery wall is the color scheme of the room it’s in. My color scheme for the bedroom is black, gray, and red–as the main colors–with pops of bright, random colors, especially oranges, turquoise, and tropical greens. This same scheme is echoed in my artwork.
By the way… I did not choose the wall color, and I’m not allowed to change it.
UGH, TAUPE, I HATE YOU.
HAAAAATE ALLLLLL OF YOUUUUUU.
I originally had a gallery wall the side of the room with the window, but took it down. I changed the layout of my room completely when I discarded some terrible Walmart bookcases.
Don’t buy Walmart guys; go to Target, or anywhere else.
The problem I had in my room with those bookcases, aside from being poor quality, was that every time I opened my door there would be the side of my shelves. That view was just no good; interrupted the floooowww~.
Getting rid of the bookcases really opened up the room. I had to fix the holes from the previous gallery wall, and paint over them, which took fooooooreeeeeeveeeerrrr. Here’s a little tip for smaller holes, though! Use a bar of soap to fill in the tiny holes, like so:
Totally works! Save you some hole-filler, or whatever that goop is called. Can you tell I’m sooooo DIY savvy? Ha! (I am now informed it is called wall plaster….)
But if the holes are really large, definitely invest in wall goop. If it’s a huge hole, you’ll need to pack the hole with newspaper and then slather on the goop; most likely there will need to be multiple layers of goop. Be sure to utilize a scraper to get a flat even surface, then spray on some texturizer (found at hardware stores) and paint over everything.
To save some hole-making, I wanted to plan out the arrangement as well. Momtastic does a fantastic tutorial using the butcher paper technique.
But this is the lazy way! Shortcuts all around!
I wanted this gallery wall to look nice on the wall, so I still had to plan things out. You can’t just start hanging things on the wall and hope that it turns out alright. The one time I did that, I got lucky…. There were a lot of holes to fill when I had to vacate that room, just wasn’t worth the trouble.
I still measured my wall so that I knew what my limits were. My wall is about 11 feet wide, and I can’t get an accurate measurement of the height (because I’m short and tape measures like to give up on me) but I’m pretty sure it’s around 9 feet. Once I figured out the area I could work in, I laid out my artworks on the ground to figure out how I wanted them to be grouped.
Sorry for the blurriness, there’s only so much I can do with a phone camera and shaky hands. I still wish I had gotten a Nokia Lumia instead of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha….
Currently undergoing some reorganization as well… Unkempt bed, holes in the wall, blurry photos, reorganizing mayhem–I just come off as a hot mess, don’t I?
But don’t ignore the puzzle! Gaze upon it’s splendor! Admire it!
Can you tell I’m quite proud of my family’s puzzling hobby?
To hang the pictures, I tried to stay away from using too many nails (I learned my lesson). Use Command Strips instead!
Did you know you can actually cut the strips in half for smaller, lighter pictures? I just saved you moneys. 😀
After all that work laying it out, I couldn’t bring myself to hang it up. Something felt off, I was overwhelmed… there was just too much.
I decided that I had waaaaay too many pictures for my wall and edited out several pieces. Some made their way to the boyfriend’s apartment, some went up in the room on other walls, some have been thrown into the dungeon (my closet), and the rest have been ditched.
What was left were arranged in this setup:
Aaaaand then I ordered an new Agnes Cecile print for Xmas… and also moved the artwork around… again.
THIS has been a year of planning, and it still hasn’t gone up. It’s now the holiday season and my pictures are still laying on the ground.
As for the wall that used to be a gallery wall that I mentioned previously, it now has shelves. That’s another “How-To, My Way… The Lazy Way.” If I get around to it. I probably won’t at least for the one that was done in my room, because: LIFE UPDATE, I may or may not be IN my room next year….
OOoooo, enigmatic phrasing…!
Just think on that a bit.
List of Artwork
- “Others’ Voices” print — Agnes Cecile
- “Transparence” — me, professionally framed by Aaron Brothers
- “Dark Side of the Firework” print — saltyshadow, no longer available
- ‘3D’ Blue Orchids drawing on black paper — me
- Rainbow Pixel Skull — DIY
- “Femme 46” print — Aja ebsq on Etsy
- “Mute Butterfly” print — Amy Judd
- “The Golden Forest” print — Gustav Klimt
- “Blurred Sigh” — me