Jun
09

Prints: June Edition

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Affichette Lune by  // Akvarelprint by Stilleben // Ash Grey by Watercolor by Muren //
its monday and thats okay by The Motivated Type

 

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Owl by Stephanie Cole Design // Star Cards by Present&Correct //
The Crown of the Chrysler Building by The Lab // Crystals by Andrea Lauren

May
15

You Can Do It: Create a Gallery Wall

Creating a gallery wall can be really intimidating. I know it was for me. The first time I made an attempt was a few years ago, and can only be described as comically sad. I tried to do it freeform, without a plan. Just nailing and hanging as I went. The wall I used wasn’t big enough, or a good location. Just all wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

A few months ago I was chatting with my friend Natasha, who works with Minted. It just so happened that they were planning on releasing their first ever limited edition and custom print art collection and we decided to collaborate on this little how-to guide. Several of the pieces I used are from Minted, as well as a few from other sponsors, and quite a few I previously owned. I’ll share where everything came from and where you can get it at the end.

A large central wall works best for a gallery wall. You want it to be a focal point, not a side thought. I chose the space over my couch. You’ll want to visually divide your wall into quadrants. Your art can then either be built off of the horizontal line, the vertical line, or both. I went with the last option.

 

After choosing the artwork from Minted, I went about filling in the spaces. I knew that wanted a variety of sizes and mediums. Illustration, painting, photography, etc. I was so excited to pull out pieces that I’d never found the perfect spot for before! Next I nerded out and hopped on my laptop to lay it all out. You can do the same, or print out thumbnails and play with arranging the pieces that way. Whatever works for you, just remember the goal is to have a plan.

I didn’t want the end result to feel flat, so I chose frames of varying depths. The majority are from Plywerk and are 3/4″ bamboo platform frames that I adhered my art to. One is a printed canvas from Thumbtack Press. Everything else I framed in simple glass frames or adhered to the wall with black and white striped washi tape.

 

I used contractor’s paper (you can get it at any hardware store) to lay things out on the wall. This step is a little time consuming, but you’ll thank me later. Measure all of the frames you plan on using, then cut out paper accordingly. It also helps to label each piece of paper as you go with the art it’s representing. Then working off of your axis (vertical, horizontal, or both) to begin laying out your gallery wall. Try and keep the margins between pieces the same, I went with an inch. Once your paper is taped up you’re going to go ahead and hammer in your nails. Go back to your frames, measure horizontally and vertically where it hits to hang from the nail. Mark it with a pen or pencil on the paper you’ve hung and hammer away, right through the paper. Fun, right?

 

You’re so close! Rip off the paper and hang your frames. Fine tune anything that’s acting up, but remember that the point is not for things to be perfect. Things are going to adjust themselves according to how your home sits, etc. And tada, you’re done! Not so difficult, right?

 

 

1 painting by Erin Cooper/Pippin & Pearl

2 + 3 Toronto and Cherry Blossoms by Anabela Carneiro/Fieldguided

4 After the Heist by Patrick Leger from Thumbtack Press (Sponsor)
Thumbtack Press is like a nebulous cloud of rapidly changing art matter. Picture trillions of creatively charged particles smashing into each other, exploding, fusing together, spinning – everything moving, moving, moving. TTP exists to foster that nebulous cloud. They help it grow by injecting new particles and catalysts, always dedicated towards the creation of something that’ll push the cloud of art matter forwards. Of course, they’re also an online store where open edition prints by top illustration, lowbrow, and character artists from all over the world are sold.

5 je t’aime from Minted (Sponsor)

6 type study new york from Minted (Sponsor)

7 Silly Kitty from Minted (Sponsor)

8 vintage Pittsburgh map

9 Constellation from Minted (Sponsor)

10 In a Row from Minted (Sponsor)

11 Black Bear by Ryan Berkley from Little Paper Planes

12 Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow by Mike Monteiro

13 Painted Ferns from Minted (Sponsor) (not yet released, but based on this invitation)

14 Antlers by Besotted Brand

15 Trust Your Instincts by Ashley Goldberg from Little Paper Planes

16 Read More Books book page print by Weather + Noise

17 Vintage Keys from Minted (Sponsor)

18 Gloves by Caitlin Keegan from Little Paper Planes

19 Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers screenprint by fifiduvie

20 Be Nice Or Leave letterpress by Louella Press (no longer sold)

21 Red Elusive by Cori Kindred from Little Paper Planes

Frames for all Minted prints were sponsored by Plywerk, eco-conscious bamboo mountings and maple art panels. Stay tuned later this week for more on their fabulous product and the good they’re doing!

Disclaimer: All Minted prints, Plywerk frames, and Thumbtack Press canvas provided in kind.

Sep
20

Smoke Signals

Completely in love/obsessed/enthralled with Bark Design’s Smoke Signals giclee print. There’s something about the realism of the foxes and the abstractness of the geometric pieces that’s got me ensnared.

Jul
25

In Print Weekly

Outlaws of the Wild West by 1canoe2
(via paper crave)

 

Ship print by BANQUET

 

Birds of Australia by CAKE WITH GIANTS
(via Creature Comforts)

 

 Terrestrial and Celestial Globe Chart

 

Grilled Peaches by Claudia Pearson
(via pinkshirtsandcarwrecks)

 

I Believe in Good People by Fifi du Vie

 

I Love My City by Judy Kaufmann

 

Jun
10

Happy Weekend


PHOTO: Julie Pike

01. making some old school chevron friendship bracelets this weekend
02. Talk-o-meter is an app that shows just how much everyone is participating in a conversation
03. a great video explaining letterpress
04. make your own A-frame tent!
05. turn your power cords into wall art
06. rad reclaimed wood neckties
07. can’t stop thinking about these chocolate mousse + caramel tarts – YUM!

Jun
06

Charm Cards

Can you tell what’s going on here? Letterpress earrings, that’s what. Egg Press is genius like that.

Apr
01

Time Wasting Experiments

 

 

 

 

Alyson Provax’s Time Wasting Experiments are an on-going series of letterpress pieces documenting just that, time spent. I like it that Provax refers to them as “permission slips” as well as billable hours of life. {via Teen Angster}

Dec
16

In Print: 12.16.10.


Adalyn’s Party Trick 1 by Dr Kennedy Jones


The Ice Cream Theorem by Society6


The Great Gatsby Business Card Print by The Heads of State

Oct
05

Hail to the Chief.

Being a self-admitted nerd, this Hail to the Chief letterpress print is very appealing to my honor roll student side. I love the little caricatures of each president. {via Wide Open Spaces}

Jun
09

Chocolates.


I just picked up this Chocolates oversized postcard from YeeHaw Industries. It’s unusual size is perfect to hang on the backsplash in my kitchen. Can’t wait!