Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Reveal -- Our Art Gallery

Last week I mentioned I was in the process of creating something big. To whet your appetite I gave you a sneak peek, and now it's time for the reveal. I've had this idea percolating in my mind for a long time. First I'll tell you how I did it, and then I'll tell you why.

The "How"...

My idea was to make a wall grouping of original artwork in a hallway of our home that was befitting an art gallery. I began by purchasing five 80% off clearance prints in frames at Hobby Lobby. I disassembled them and tossed everything out except the frames. I also used two small frames that I already owned.

I wanted these frames to mirror the antique gilded gold frames that one would find surrounding works of art in a museum. I bought two cans of spray paint and experimented with both to see which one I preferred. I ended up using both with a layering effect. A heavy coat of the Krylon Brushed Metallic "champagne nouveau" was applied, then after it dried I lightly sprayed the Krylon Outdoor Spaces "metallic gold" on the frames. Both paints were purchased at HL.

Next, I inserted a burlap covered cork board into each frame. To do this cut a piece of foam board to fit the frame, then cut a piece of cork board (a roll of cork board was purchased at HL) to match the dimensions of the foam board. Adhered the foam board and cork together with spray adhesive. Cover the cork board with a piece of burlap using the spray adhesive to glue them together...

Use the same painting technique on the burlap covered cork board as the frames -- a heavy layer of the "champagne nouveau" spray paint, then a light covering of the "metallic gold"...

About a week ago I ordered a personalized vinyl wall decal to be placed above the grouping of frames. (That's what arrived in the beautiful tissue paper in my previous post!) If we were going to have an art gallery in our home, I wanted to give it a proper name. I found a vinyl wall decal company on the web, called "Wall Envy", which specializes in custom orders. I "designed" the decal choosing from their fonts and styles, and LaNae went to work and whipped up several samples for me to choose from! It was made and shipped the same day, and I received it two days later. Awesome! And it was very reasonable. $32 -- including shipping -- for this 12"x36" custom order...

Next, I arranged the frames onto a piece of paper until I found a pattern that I liked. Then I traced around each frame and marked on the paper where the nail would need to be "planted." I centered the paper underneath the vinyl wall decal and taped it to the wall. Nails were hammered into the wall, through the paper, on the previously marked spots. The paper was torn away and the frames were hung -- perfectly matching the arrangement made on the paper!

The "Why"...

Now that you know the "how", I'll tell you the "why." Every once and awhile my husband and I receive through the mail an original work of art from an up and coming artist. These pieces of art arrive without frames or fanfare, but, as you will see, they are worthy of praise and befitting a distinguished spot in our home. Let me introduce you to some of their work...

Sentiments from the heart transferred to canvas...

Don't you love a soothing watercolor in blues and greens...?

Mmmmm...
abstract expressionism at its finest...

This still life is appropriately named, "Happy Grape."

My heart melted when I was presented with this masterpiece...

Impressionistic showpieces entitled, "Give a Hoot"...

I love self-portraits...

And, of course, a folk art piece or two...

Last, but not least, a portrait of my husband (below) -- a very good likeness.
Now you can see why it's been so easy to wake up next
to this man for 33 years.
Three letters...
H.O.T.

I love how this project turned out. It was conceived because I grew frustrated at seeing these priceless treasures from our grandchildren taped to the front of a kitchen appliance -- my refrigerator! The doors of a refrigerator just didn't seem like a noble enough spot for these works of art. I feel like they have a deserving spot now, and it will be easy to interchange the artwork as we receive updates.

Have a great day!


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81 comments:

Julie said...

Truly a fabulous idea--very very clever!

kisa said...

I LOVE IT! Such a great idea!

Jan said...

I LOVE this. Since I'm so non-creative, I may have to steal this idea. (I need you to come for a visit and help me get my new house looking lovely!)

This is fabulous.

Aubree said...

Oh that is so cute! It is very touching that you would work so hard just to display children's art work! Bravo!

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

*tear* Suzanne!I love this! So sweet...and such a great way to display...the most wonderful pieces of art! just great!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

That is adorable!!! I love it!!

Chris said...

I need to do something similar for all the art my kids produce. What a fun idea.

Donna said...

I found you on All Thingz Related and thought your project was so cute!! I'm sure your kids are so excited to see their artwork on display. Good Job!!

Decorchick! said...

This is awesome!!! What a great idea. Love the vinyl too. Great job!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

That is one of the coolest ideas of all time. I absolutely love it! Great look. The best way I've ever seen children's art displayed. Fantabulous!

shelly @ the familyblt said...

It's awesomesauce! I love how it came out!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

That is the sweetest and cutest idea! You must be a wonderful Grandma!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

A really beautiful idea and such a fun blog entry.

- Brittany said...

Such a great idea!!! I clicked on your link from Metamorphosis Monday expecting (and hoping) to see family photo displays. Only to be blown away by this fabulous idea!!! I have 2 little artists in our house, so I will definitely be trying this idea. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Absolute perfect idea for the kiddie art work! Wonderful encouragement to keep them creative too!

Blake and Cherie said...

Oh WOW! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! You amaze me with your creativity. :)

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

I LOVE this whole project -- well actually your whole wall! The frames are awesome -- LOVE that you can use push pins on them! And what a wonderful way to display that artwork -- this looks amazing!!

Jeralee said...

Thanks for the tutorial! You have a fantastic idea here. Your grandchildren are lucky to have you! :-)

Chris said...

Oh MY!! This is the sweetest project ever!!! I love the idea of using the old frames and the spray paint (I just tried that on some frames that will display calligraphied names of each of our children that also includes the meanings of their names) it turned out great!! Now with 4 grandkids I will just have to try this project! You always have the best ideas and I love that you share them with all of us in blog-land. :) Thanks Suzanne!!!

Lynn said...

What a great idea, I love it! I have some similar artwork on my refrigerator right now. I might just steal your idea as I feel like you do, the frig is not the best place to display this fine art!!

BeachCoveJewelry said...

I really love all the carving on those frames! So pretty and the color you chose is great!

Lisa said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Love it! What a fantastic idea and it looks amazing.

willoughbywhimsy said...

Such a fine art gallery!! You are the ultimate purveyor of such a lovely collection. A collection to be treasured.

Your treatment of the frames is an excellent choice. I adore how you placed one frame at an angle, so fun looking!

I hope you'll take pictures of the young artist as they visit your/their gallery.:)

Clever, clever idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Shannon said...

It looks fantastic! Love how it turned out!

MiaKatia said...

This made me tear up!!! Beautiful and so sweet. I can't wait to show it to the kids and see if they can pick theirs out. So amazing and heartfelt.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Beautiful! I LOVE your ART!

Carolynn said...

I love it. So creative, beautiful, fun & empowering to the wee little budding artists.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Ahhhhh...this is such a SWEET idea...I just luv it! HAPPY NTT!

Blessings,
Linda

Julie Harward said...

I loved the pledge by your grandsons...my 2 year old grandson just learned it too and at the end he adds.."To infinity and beyond!"
I love this idea of the frames for their art work..just too cute! Very special for them and you! :D

Terrell said...

Seriously precious! I just love little ones art - it's a treasure and this is a wonderful way to display it all!! Love it!!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Quilted Cupcake said...

This is a fabulous idea. Bet the artists are proud to see their works hanging in such a heartfelt gallery. Well done!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

very, very clever and creative! I see where the kiddos get it.
this is truly so precious!
great job.
gail

Barbara said...

This is wonderful! I am sure your artists are so proud to have their work displayed in such an elegant gallery.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Suzanne! Suzanne! Suzanne! This is so fantastic! It looks drop dead gorgeous and so sweet and sentimental at the same time. I even got a little choked up looking at this darling art. This is sheer genius!

Ginger said...

What a great idea! I just love this! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What a great idea; much better than on a refrigerator!

Beth Eaton said...

What an absolutely AMAZING idea! I would have never thought! That's why I LOVE all my bloggie friends. I'm going to have to "steal" this idea and do it down my hallway. Thanks for sharing!!

in the Attic said...

Priceless!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Awesome idea and it turned out beautiful!!

Lorie said...

Suzanne, it is beautiful! I can't wait to find a place to use this idea in my own home! I am going to feature it on my blog!

Tina said...

This is beyond fabulous Suzanne! I love it so much and how special will your grandchildren feel when they see that you have their beautiful artwork on display!! Just gorgeous, what a lovely Grandma you are! Hope you are having a wonderful week my lovely friend ~ Tina xx

hawthorn said...

brilliant idea!

Melissa said...

What a fabulous way to show love to your grandkids and to decorate with their precious art!!

Petie said...

Great way to display kids artwork! Love the gallery by itself as well. Such a creative idea. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by :)

Cindy Adkins said...

This is positively astounding!!! What gorgeous work--and a delightful way to enjoy your precious treasures!
Hugs,
Cindy

Misty @ Random said...

What an awesome grandma you are! I want to "steal" your idea. My kids would get a real kick out of seeing their art up on the wall. Thanks for sharing!

JJ said...

i l.o.v.e it!!! this is such a great idea!! i am definitely going to have to remember this one!! very,very creative!!

Stacie said...

Suzanne...what a neat idea!! I don't know how many times my son has mailed little pictures to his grandma. :)

I featured it here:

http://thecreativecrate.blogspot.com/2010/07/fine-art-gallery.html

Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Vanessa said...

What a great idea!! It looks awesome! And what a great way to map out a grouping of pictures on the wall.

Jenglamgirl said...

Coming over from Creative Crate~ this is so precious in so many ways. What a great sweet grams you are. I adore this. Love the vinyl saying too. Jenn

Carrie said...

I've been searching the blog world for something to do with all my old frames. This is way beyond fabulous. For now, I'll go with the "empty" PB look since my little one isn't old enough to add his artwork, but I am so adding the corkboard and fabric when he gets a little older! I absolutely love it!!!

Kelli @ WhimsiKel said...

This is so elegant and clever! I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I L.O.V.E this!!! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #14!! ~Bridgette

Brooke said...

I'm head over heels for this idea!! I'm always trying to think of fun ways to display my kids' art and this is fabulous. I want to do this now in my home!! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea. I'm a brand new follower! :)

Brooke @ TheCraftingChicks.com

Autumn said...

Too cute, you'll be amazed at how much your little artists skills grow in such a short time and pretty soon your Smith gallery will rival that of the Metropolitan.
I just love your sidebar with all of the lovely pics of your tutorials. I'm adding you to my blog roll, Sweetie!
xx,
Autumn Clark

Karie said...

Very nice. I love the look. Thank you for sharing.

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Dear Suzanne:

I wanted to drop by and let you know that I chose your project as one of the features for this week. You can see it here:

http://wwwbobbypinsboardwalk.blogspot.com/2010/07/featured-attractions-on-bobbypins_11.html

Feel free to grab a featured button, and thank you for linking this "bragable" to the Boardwalk Bragfest. I would love to see you again this week. Congratulations!

Susan Staus said...

That is such a fabulous idea!!! I just love it! Thank you so much for sharing! I would like to try something like that in my home, I just need to figure out where to put it. I just love it!! A perfect place to hang the kids art work and done so beautifully!!
Thank you for sharing this idea!

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

Such a cute idea! I LOVE LOVE the color of the frames, thank you for sharing how you achieved it.

Cheap Like a Birdie

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

I love how you put the paper on the wall and put nails straight through the paper! I mean that is simply genius! Where were you a few days ago when I was making a million holes!!

I just did this too =)

And 32 bucks for that gigantic wall art is fabulous!!!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Oh and I bet that little artist is all smiles when she sees her masterpieces framed on your wall!!

IHeartQuilting said...

Pure genius!! I must try this at home - this is probably the best idea I've seen to display the endless supply of art one gets from their children. Bravo!

Its So Very Cheri said...

This is going on my favs list tomorrow morning.

You should check out our vinyl gal at the DIY Club inc.com, if you order from her, you will be able to enter the competition.

Cheri

Christe said...

Oh! It's just what I want to do in my upstairs hallway! You are fabulous! :)

Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

This is fabulous! I'm working on an artwork gallery collage idea right now too and I thought for a second that it was the same as yours. I was going to be disappointed because I thought my idea was so original. :o) It's not the same idea and your idea is so cute that now I'm thinking of scraping my idea all together and copying you. Did I just say copy? Be inspired by you! Great idea and execution!

Kim Walus said...

What an inspiring project for any of us to recreate. Thank you for your wonderful idea. I love it so much I'm going to keep an eye out for some picture frames and bet started on it as soon as possible.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Too Cute! I'm sorry I missed the chance at the wristlet giveaway, I've been overwhelmed with all things SUMMER.
xoxoxo
~a

Room to Inspire said...

I just LOVE this idea! I am trying to find somewhere in my house I can do the same!

Chelsea

Stacey said...

Fine are has nothing on a proud grandma!


Simply beautiful!

Stacey

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I love this! I featured you at this weeks link party!

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/07/21/hookin-up-with-hoh-12/

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I love this! I featured you at this weeks link party!

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/07/21/hookin-up-with-hoh-12/

Leanne said...

It turned out so beautiful. What a wonderful way to display these priceless works of art. I going to have to do something like this. It's a brillant idea. Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday. I'm mentioning this great idea on my blog today.

The Price's said...

This is such a wonderful idea! I had an idea for displaying my children's artwork, but this is an even better idea! Thanks for sharing with us all....it's so cute!

Ellie said...

I love love LOVE this! It looks good, it's sentimental and it's practical. Wow! Found your blog thru HOH. :)

kristincita said...

this is fabulous! what a way to make kids art special. now i need a wall!

Raich said...

Ha Ha...I have looked at this post on the creative crate blog quite a few times and thought...how cute! i have a bulletin board just for the kids pics but have wanted to spruce it up and thought about an art gallery for my hallway...i love that it probably took me 3 times before I realized...just another hang up?? i know her!! she's my sis friends mom...and she's so crafty...and so you are! someday i'll have some more time to be more crafty as you but prob not so talented...love it!!

Traci said...

This one brought a tear to my eye! I can't wait to do this at home...I think everyone should have a fine art gallery! I'll be sharing this one and linking back to you! Thank you!

Green Door Girl said...

what a gorgeous project and an AWESOME reason why - I just did a gallery wall, but now I want to do an "art gallery" wall also! :)
I love it!

Kelly (Seaux Southern) said...

What a great idea! Love it!

Karen said...

Fabulous! I love it - and was also drawn in by your story telling. Keep up the inspiration. I'm happy you shared this and your family is lucky to have you!

MJ Shellabarger said...

LOVE!