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    April 22, 2022

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  • Wood Block Mosaic Wall Art

    March 23, 2022

    YOU can create art. Yes, YOU, dear reader are an artist! Even if picking up a paintbrush isn’t for you, there are many ways to express yourself to create art for your home. Look around and you might be surprised where inspiration strikes! We found inspiration in the craft aisle of our local dollar store where we picked up a few packs of mini wood blocks and created a unique wooden block mosaic wall art! Get inspired to embrace the imperfections of wood blocks that look strong in a chunky Artic Flat frame. 

    Wood Block Mosaic Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Frame
    • Wood Blocks
    • Hot Glue Gun and Glue

    Wood Block Mosaic Blocks

    Pour out your wood blocks. You might notice some inconsistencies in texture, color, wood grain or might even find some knots or holes. All these imperfections will make your piece even more unique so embrace them in your piece!

    Wood Block Mosaic Glue Blocks

    Arrange your wood blocks on the frame. Then apply glue and place them down. We did this one row at a time since hot glue isn’t always very forgiving.

    Wood Block Mosaic Art Closeup

    Add the hanging hardware and add to your wall space.

    Wood Block Mosaic Vertical

    We took advantage of this tall, skinny spot in a bedroom and create a mosaic of wood blocks that seem to dissolve at the top. Not bad for only $8 of wood blocks!    

    Wood Block Mosaic Art Vertical Angled

    Wood Block Mosaic Art Full Room

    Wood Block Mosaic Art Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Faux Watercolor Art

    March 09, 2022

    Creating watercolor art is such a unique experience in trying to tame an element that naturally spreads. Watercolor artists spend lots of time trying to perfect their technique to create beautiful florals, landscapes or abstract pieces. But we’re here to share a way to capture the same beautiful watercolor effect in a much shorter time frame. Learn how to create faux watercolor art using basic washable markers and a plastic food storage bag. Frame these water-based pieces of art in minimalist style frames, like our Bianca frame, to allow the art to stand out, while still providing a contemporary look in your home.

    Faux Watercolor Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    Faux Watercolor Art Step 1

    First, cover your work surface. Lay your food storage bag down flat and color on it with your washable markers to lay the color down. Experiment with different color palettes, like rainbows, cool colors or warm colors.

    Faux Watercolor Art Step 2

    Fill your water bottle up and spray some water on the bag covered in marker. This will add droplets to the plastic and possibly plenty some colors. 

    Faux Watercolor Art Step 3

    Place a piece of watercolor paper over the bag and press or rub down to capture all the marker material. Lift straight up and if any colors are starting to pool, dab with a paper towel to slow that pooling effect.  

    Faux Watercolor Art Final

    Once dry, you can frame it as is, or take a step further and put it in your printer and print a phrase of your choice onto the paper. If you want to create this exact project, you can download our Look for Stars PDF listing in our supplies.

    Faux Watercolor Art

    The thin molding of our Bianca frame is perfect for these colorful faux watercolor pieces as the minimalist style allows your art to stand out in your home.

    Faux Watercolor Art Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Gallery Wall Planning Tips

    February 23, 2022

    Gallery walls are a great way to fill an empty space in a fun and dynamic way. Since gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes, there’s a layout that’s perfect for your decor scheme. But getting started on your gallery wall project can be a challenge. 

    As your go-to custom framing experts, we’re here to help you get started. Here are our tips for planning a gallery wall. And instead of just telling you the steps, I’m going to walk you through how I helped Cari from @lovinglittlehalls plan her gorgeous bedroom gallery wall. 

    Find Inspiration

    Knowing what you like and especially what you don’t like is an important step in the gallery wall planning process. With so many different styles and layouts, it helps to narrow down things like your photos and art and your ideal layout style. 

    The best places to find inspiration are Pinterest and Instagram. Look for things like layout, frame styles and print ideas. These inspiration examples will help guide you throughout the process.

    North Prints Gallery Wall Layout

    For Cari’s gallery wall, she liked the layout presented by the Etsy shop she purchased her prints from. Seeing how North Prints showcased the set of vintage art printables together helped us plan the layout and pair the prints with frames. 

    Create a Moodboard

    Once you have an idea for the overall configuration and style, start pulling in the images, colors, mouldings and mats you’d like to incorporate into your gallery wall. Seeing all the details together on one page will help you finalize your vision. 

    Your moodboard doesn’t have to be pretty or fancy. It just helps to see the prints, the frames and the colors all together visually.

    Gallery Wall Moodboard

    Here’s a look at the moodboard for Cari’s gallery wall. I took the gallery sets she had from North Prints and sandwiched them together to get a loose first pass at the layout. I pulled images from our product pages to show the details of the moudlings. Lastly, I photoshopped some mouldings onto the prints to get an idea of how the styles coordinated together and with the prints. 

    We chose our Palazzo, Liscio Argeto and Adair mouldings for this gallery wall. 

    Plan Your Layout

    The easiest way to plan your layout is to take a picture of the wall and add the images and frames digitally. Again, it doesn’t have to be pretty or realistic but the closer you can get to the right scale of frame sizes on your wall the better. 

    Once you have the image uploaded, you can take screenshots of your images and frames and start moving them around until you find a gallery wall layout that you like. The more time you spend on planning here, the easier it will be to both order and hang your gallery wall. 

    Gallery Wall Mockups

    Cari and I went back and forth several times to figure out the layout of her gallery wall. We swapped frame styles and images sizes. We moved the prints around to find the right balance. With so much room on her bedroom wall to play with, we used it to our full advantage. We sized and spaced the frames to essentially cover the area from bed level to curtain rod height. 

    Gallery Wall Templates

    After we decided on the frame sizes and configurations, Cari cut out paper templates for each frame. She used our mockups to confirm that the sizing and spacing were perfect before we placed the order.

    Gallery Wall Layout 

    Once Cari received her frames, we ended up making some last-minute changes. Seeing the frames together in the configuration we planned out, we were able to spot some areas of improvement. 

    Hang Your Frames

    Creating a mockup of your gallery wall layout on your wall is great for more than just planning reasons. It acts as a blueprint or map to help you hang your frames. Having your mockup printed out or on a screen nearby will help make hanging your frames a breeze.

    If you have the space, layout the frames on the floor or a surface so you can easily transfer them to the wall. Start with the center of your gallery wall and work from there. You can check out our gallery wall hanging tips for more information on hanging your frames. 

    Gallery Wall Final Mockup

    Since she didn’t have to worry about perfect spacing or straight lines, Cari was able to use our updated mockup to eyeball the placement of her eclectic gallery wall. With sawtooth hangers, she was able to translate the gallery wall from her screen to reality. Check out our picture frame hanging tips to make your picture hanging experience easier!

    Vintage Eclectic Gallery Wall Idea
    And voila! The gallery wall is complete. 

    Let’s recap

    • We found inspiration for the frames and layout from the Etsy print shop she found her prints from. 
    • We created a moodboard compiling all the prints and frames that we thought would look great in her space.
    • We used her real wall to mockup different layouts and configurations to make sure our vision would look right at home in her bedroom.
    • We cut out templates for the frames to make sure the sizing was correct before ordering.
    • We made last-minute adjustments after seeing the frames together. 
    • We used the mockup as a blueprint to hang the frames on the wall.

    The process of planning a gallery wall can be a long one, but in the end, it’s time well spent. If you’re in need of some gallery wall advice, contact us.

    Thank you @lovinglittlehalls for your trust, assistance and patience in this planning process!


    About The Author

    Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
  • Textured Canvas Wall Art

    February 09, 2022

    We’re about to share a little secret to create a DIY texture frame your home worth of the best home décor Pinterest feed. Are you ready? Joint compound. Yes, this container filled with a material used to smooth seams and smooth drywall in your home can also be used to add texture and layers to a canvas frame filled with peaks and valleys. Take it a step further and create a mixed media piece with an ombre assortment of acrylic paints and chunky glitter for a little sparkle. The thin molding of our Ryder frame adds a beautiful finishing touch to your textured piece that looks great in a dining room or any living space in your home.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Canvas Frame
    • Canvas
    • Joint Compound
    • Putty Knives
    • Acrylic Paints
    • Paintbrush
    • Glitter

    First, make sure to cover your workspace.

    Joint Compound Textured Wall Art Step 1

    Apply a generous amount of joint compound to your canvas. Use a putty knife, plastic fork or whatever tool you have handy and push around the material. Try different techniques to achieve different results. Squish it in and lift to create peaks. Smooth it over to create flat areas. Drag a string through to give a fabric texture. Use a plastic fork to poke holes to create a pattern.

    Allow to dry overnight.

    Paint Texture Canvas Wall Art Step

    Apply acrylic paint onto the canvas. We tried an ombre technique with different blues starting with a deeper blue at the bottom.

    Glitter Textured Canvas Wall Art

    For a little extra sparkle, sprinkle some fine glitter onto the piece while the paint is still wet.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art Final

    Once the paint and glitter are dry, screw the canvas onto the frame. Tip: Try to do this while the frame is standing and don’t flip it over to apply. This will help stop the raised peaks from getting cracked and breaking off.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art Close Up

    With the help of the 1/4 inch lip, the Ryder frame will make your canvas look like they're floating within like you commonly see in art galleries.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art on Wall

    Hang this DIY Texture Frame in a dominant place in your home and enjoy your inexpensive piece of art.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art on Wall

    Textured Wall Art Pinterest 

     


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.