The Making of a Gallery Wall

Thursday, February 03, 2011 | Category: Material Girls Projects, Walls

I wish I could say this is going to be a enlightening tutorial on how to create a gallery wall.  The truth is, I am super impulsive and impatient and have never taken the time to create a template.  Fortunately, there are some great DIY how-to’s online.  I had planned on trying this one out, but alas, I didn’t have the wax paper and I wanted it done like NOW.

The most fun part is collecting the art.  Like I said, I’m pretty impulsive and get the itch to do a project at a very inconvenient time like, for instance, the night before a photo shoot.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE collecting art, prints, photography, postcards, ANYTHING I could use for a gallery wall but I also created about half of the “art” you see on the wall.   

My first step is trying to find enough space to lay out all the pieces.  I take photos of the different configurations with my iPhone and then analyze. 

Then I enlist a.k.a. dragmy husband in the room to assist.  I definitely tend to “eye ball” most everything and am notorious for using seemingly insufficient sized nails and even straight pins from time to time.  This helps keep the damage to the wall  at a minimum and makes me feel less guilty if I move a print over a hair.   

The “After” – the best part is I can keep adding pieces as I collect (or create) them!

The sketch in the bamboo frame was in a bag of un-used drawings from design school.  The charcoal canvas was created by me on a whim.  The chair sketches were from an assignment in school, chair photo I took at Versailles, the settee sketch was inspired by a sketch in Suzanne Kasler’s book, the antiqued mirror frame and print were purchased at Mockingbird Manor in OKC, I painted the “crown of thorns,” the pagoda was purchased at Clutter in Warrenton at the Antiques show, and the drawing of St. Paul’s Cathedral was purchased at the gift shop in London.

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7 Comments to 'The Making of a Gallery Wall'

travelkate @ travelmoon 03 Feb 11 at 8:31 pm

I so relate to this description! When I get the impulse to do something like this it must be immediate, so I scrounge around for nails, and I have seen that wax paper tutorial over and over, but there is no way I will ever have patience for that.

It is my husband holding the pictures up just like you pictured and pure trial and error.

I think yours turned out great!

Lisa 03 Feb 11 at 9:14 pm

looks great!

House on the Hill 04 Feb 11 at 1:05 am

Hard at work on a gallery wall of my own, so appreciate all that went into yours! Love the blog.

Brother LS2125i 04 Feb 11 at 9:55 pm

Great looking gallery wall. I think the “eyeball” method is the way to go. Great idea to take photos with phone to see which configuration is most appealing!

Friendiversary 05 Feb 11 at 8:04 pm

I’m impressed. I’ve tried the gallery approach and ended up with chaos on my wall…and tons of nail holes I just had to spackle and paint over because of the disaster I created. 🙂

Maria Alejandra Creative Prints 16 Feb 11 at 11:34 pm

Looks amazing!

Paloma {LaDolceVita} 21 Feb 11 at 5:11 am

It looks fantastic! I love it, Lauren.

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