Finding this post this morning came at the PERFECT time! I was just going to the store TODAY to pick up frames for my kids pictures over the years. Thanks so much! These instructions will make it a very quick and easy task.
So you’ve got a blank wall and you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to cover so much space with artwork. A collection or collage of photos or prints with a similar theme is a classic way to fill up that blank space.
But, you want it to look artsy-fartsy and NOT like you’re obsessive compulsive with everything in straight lines and measured to the millimeter.
Here’s the easy way to do it…and I do mean EASY!
In addition to the artwork, you will need:
Various picture hangers/nails
Begin by laying out your artwork onto the floor below the wall that you intend to decorate. Shuffle them all around until you think you’ve got a pretty good arrangement.
Turn the artwork over keeping each one as close to the same position as you had them right side up.
Take pieces of copy/printer paper (or whatever you have on hand) and lay them out to the shape of your frames. No cutting should be required for frames that are square or rectangle. Just overlap the papers as needed.
Put a few pieces of scotch tape to secure the pages together. Don’t go crazy here (like your aunt that always tapes every side of the gift box). Just use the scotch tape to tack the paper together loosely. It’s not rocket science. At least I hope this isn’t what rocket science is. Otherwise, astronauts are going into outer space on a wing and prayer…and very little adhesive.
Mark with a pencil/pen/marker onto the paper where the hanger of each individual frame is hung. This is especially helpful if some of your frames have several different kinds of picture hangers on the back.
Use painters’ tape to arrange the paper shapes onto the wall. Refer to your artwork still lying on the floor as to the “idea” of what you think you want it to look like. The beauty of this step is that you can slightly readjust or completely switch up different pieces. Now, you are looking at the overall shape of the collage and how it will fit onto the wall without making any holes or marks.
After you have stepped back and viewed the paper shapes on the wall, use the marks you made with your marker to hammer the nail straight into the paper. When you have finished hammering all the nails in, remove the paper by gently tearing it off.
Hang your artwork and make sure each piece is level (step back and eyeball it).
VOILA! Piece of cake. And you didn’t have to take a bunch of measurements!
A few things to keep in mind:
If you hang the artwork to where each piece is staggered, new artwork of any dimension can easily be added to the collage without rearranging.
Traditional rule-of-thumb says that when hanging artwork on a wall where there is no furniture beneath, make sure the center of your collage is about the “average height” person’s eye level. If there is furniture beneath the artwork, use about a hand’s length (heel of hand to tip of middle finger) to separate the furniture from the bottom of the artwork from the top edge of the furniture piece unless you’re going to have something fill up the void (i.e., candleholders, vase/flowers, knick-knacks, etc.).