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How to Create an Art Wall

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How to Create an Art Wall
Featuring works from The Artling by artist Corinne de San Jose.

Just bought a new home and thinking, “what do I do with these bare white walls?” Looking to freshen up your living room, bedroom or study room, besides giving it a fresh coat of paint? Well, here are some tips and tricks to get you started!  Doesn’t take much, just let your imagination flow and pick some amazing Asian art pieces from The Artling – we are here to help.

 

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Featuring "Untitled 2009 Series No.6" from The Artling’s artist, Chen Yu. 

1. Prep Your Wall
Start prepping the wall; patching, sanding and painting where necessary to create a smooth surface. Then, using a piece of masking tape, mark the wall approximately 145cm from the floor and centered horizontally. Doing this will help you center your arrangement on the wall. If you’re working with a particularly large space or with many pictures, adding a few other pieces of tape at regular intervals will also help guide your arrangement.

2. Gather Your Art
The easiest way to make a gallery wall feel coherent is to pick a theme, for example photos of holiday trips, portraits, landscapes, antique maps, or pop-art prints.

Of course, a whole collection of similarly themed art isn’t necessary. You can also create groupings based on color, type of media or even frame style. Generally, it’s best to avoid too much matching, so choose to match either the artwork or the frames, but not both.

3. Create Image Templates
This is one of those ideas that seem a bit unnecessary and over-the-top, until you start to use it. Using some old newspaper or magazine scraps, create a paper template the same size as each piece of framed art. It maybe helpful to also indicate frame thickness, color, or anything particularly striking or important about the artwork on the template, as this will help you balance the arrangement later on.

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Featuring “823” by The Artling's artist, Frank Callaghan.
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Featuring “ Secret Jungle VI” by The Artling’s artist, Guang-Yu Zhang.

 

4. Make Hanging Marks
Flip each piece of art face-down and look at how it will hang. If it’s on a string or wire, stretch it vertically as high is it will go, and make a small mark on the template where the string stops stretching, centered horizontally in the frame. This is where the nail or picture hook will go.

If there’s a metal hook or a hole to work with, you’ll have to flip the template face-down to match the picture, and use a pin to pierce it where the hook is. Flip it back face-up, and make a more obvious pen mark on the front.

5. Arrange, Hammer, and Hang
Here’s the fun part: play around with different arrangements using the paper templates and some masking tape, until you find one you like. Remember to step back from time to time and view your work from other areas in the room, and pay attention to balancing things like color, size and finish within the arrangement.

When you’re happy with your layout (which can take anywhere from ten minutes to several days), you’ll be ready to hang the originals. This is where you’ll be grateful for the previous step: simply place your picture hooks or nails to match up with the hanging marks, and hammer directly through the paper. Remove the paper, replace with the artwork, and voila!

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Featured prints: “Digiscape #1” and “Digiscape #1_2” by The Artling’s artist, Dju-lian Chng and “Proportion #1” by Foreign Policy


~Inspired by Apartment Therapy.com

 

 


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