How to Create a Gallery Wall

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde

When Becca and I moved into our new apartment, we discussed putting up art work in our living room. I had a gallery wall in my old apartment which was filled with a lot of personal photos as well as some other artwork. Sharing a common space, we decided to both pick out artwork that we love and tried to create a cohesive gallery wall. I’m absolutely in love with this gallery wall that we have, it’s one of my favorite parts of the apartment. We mixed quotes, with some of Becca’s sketches and other personal touches. My favorite part of the wall is the California board, which my friends back on the east coast put together at my going away party. It has random notes from all of the people I love back home. Having a gallery wall is a great way to display some of your favorite items.

Here are a few tips I have for those of you who want to create your own gallery wall:

1. Pick out your favorite artwork. Whether it’s inspirational quotes, drawings, pictures or whatever else you want, choose the items that mean the most to you.

2. Create a layout. Before you start hammering things onto the wall, lay out all of your pictures on the floor and make sure each item has a specific location.

3. Choose a color scheme. This is optional, but I love having things look super cohesive. We decided to go with pastels and golds in our gallery wall. Everything, although different, looks very similar because the colors flow.

4. Hang it up. Bite the bullet and just start putting things up. If you don’t like it you can always remove it.

5. Enjoy!

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DIY Watercolor Word Art

diyWe love the idea of filling your space with words and objects that inspire you. For this DIY project, we will show you how to make beautiful word art that acts as both decoration and a daily spark to keep you motivated.

What you need:
Paper
Watercolor paint
Paintbrush
Pencil
Gold marker (we used the Sharpie oil-based paint pen)
Frame

Directions:

Watercolor11) Choose the colors you want to use and pool them on your paper. We like to add extra water and hold the paper up, spinning it around to mix the colors together and make a circle shape.

watercolor22) Hang your paintings to dry. Don’t worry about them looking perfect, we love the look of the drips.

Watercolor33) Once they are dry, write out your quote or saying in pencil, then trace over it in the gold marker. You can easily erase the pencil lines afterwards.

Watercolor44) I’m no pro at hand lettering, but an easy tip to make the letters look more dimensional is to thicken the downward strokes.

Watercolor55) Add any finishing touches you’d like! We decided to add some gold polka dots to our frame ($3.50 at Hobby Lobby!) for a little something extra.diy

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