I’m showing you how to create a fun, artsy gallery wall without going broke, or at least staying as broke as is haha. Let’s go below!
Creating a thoughtfully curated gallery wall can sound a little intimidating. I mean to select all those art pieces, that look great separately as they look great together, can’t be easy and/or cheap. At least these were the main reasons I let a nice gallery wall be just a someday-dream for so long.
But there was still a big, dull wall in desperate need of a change, something to give it life, and my improvisation & creativity skills were put to the test. So, one Friday night I felt especially inspired and creative, so I decided to actually try to draw and/or paint and basically make every art piece I’ll need for my gallery wall. Nothing to complicated, nothing that takes way too much time, just some simple things that I love and/or that keep me inspired and shit.
So, if you too have a wall you wanna style & bring to life, continue reading below to see how to make a gallery wall that’s also gonna be besties with the wallet.
Budget Friendly Gallery Wall DIY.
the easiest part here would be to buy some dope art prints from say Society 6 or Etsy, and hang them with vinyl tape instead of using frames. Which reminds me, I should really put up a nice round up of some of my wish-list prints, what do you think?
– Card Stock Paper (it’s best it it already cut so you don’t have to)
– Acrylic Paints (or type & colors of your own choosing; I used Martha Stewart’s Satin Acrylics in: Pink Carnation; Habanero; Geranium; Indigo)
– Brushes, Blades and other Paint Related Stuff
– Permanent Marker (i used only black, but you can add as many colors as you’d like)
– Vinyl Tape
1. The most important thing in creating a gallery wall is all the pieces have to speak to you. The prints, or paintings or whatever type of artworks, they need to inspire You, to evoke a memory, a feeling in you.
Like for example, I’ve painted these 2 pieces with red & pink because I love the color combo very much (as of recently), it’s so pleasant to look at. The Fuck Yeah I wrote because once I read this article… It said that if something’s making you say Fuck Yeah to it (like a business opportunity, a love interest, a new friendship, a great Netflix binge, whatever), then there you have it! You should totally go for it. And obviously, if you aren’t feeling that FUCK YEAH! energy, that’s your gut telling you it’s best if you’d let go of that. Also, you’re the tits <3
2. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Not in any way!
I think, and I’m risking getting attacked by professional artists who don’t agree with this here haha, but I mean no desrespect! – art is subjective. And it has nothing to do with how great a painting or drawing or whatever is! There are a lot of amazing paintings that I can see are absolutely magnificent, I mean there’s no doubt, but still, I would never hang any of those in my home, right? So, again, no disrespect to any artist out there, professional or not, you just keep going pal!
Take the hand here, in the right corner… that’s not how shit looks irl haha! I mean, when you do that, when you put the tips of your index finger and thumb, there’s no way that’s how that normally looks like, see? I know it’s not right, but I didn’t care. The important thing for me here was to look like a hand saying it’s all okay, not EXACTLY like a hand haha. There is a difference in that I didn’t give a single fuck about it not looking right.
Ah, Aladin Sane <3
3. Paper Sheet Size.
I already had the tits drawn on the 30 x 30 cm canvas, so it felt like a great starting point for the gallery… I thought a little about making all the drawings and stuff different size, that adds a fun dynamic look on the wall, but I opted for a cleaner, calmer, proportional 2 rowed grid.
4. Start Painting.
I encourage you to definitely try making an abstract painting, if you haven’t tried already that is! Abstracts are the absolute best & a beginner’s best friend I think, because it really isn’t hard at all to make a great abstract painting! But, if you’re a beginner and painting still sounds a little scary for you, no worries. Just combine two colors you really love and paint something with them.
Extra extra tip | It’s far more easier & fun to use knives for painting, so here’s what I did! I decided real quick which areas I want to paint first, and poured a little red right there on the paper sheet, and then I used the knife to kinda spread the paint around. I let it dry, and then did the same with the pink paint. It doesn’t get any easier than this! If it looks like it can use a little something more, once the paint is dry(ish) try sprinkling some paint (in a 3rd color) on top. It’ll add a fun spin on the whole thing. Just relax, you got this, right, you’re the tits, I told you already!
5. While you wait for your painted masterpieces to dry (I made all of these in one night + the next morning a little, hanging them included, I was impatient to see my gallery wall project done, so I had to manage the time like a pro), try brainstorming some ideas as to what to draw or write, next.
It’s easier if you have some regular paper to kinda practice whatever it is your drawing, writing, to get the idea of how it’ll look when final.
I drawn the wall because a) I love the Pink Floyd album, and I had the best night with 2 of my best friends seeing Roger live in Berlin with the Wall tour; b) I’d love to have exposed brick in at least one room in my house, and my house haha, so it’s my way of visualizing that happening sometime soon.
The Small Victories saying is because I used to be sooo ridiculously hard on myself. And even when I was doing or making great stuff, I wouldn’t let myself enjoy it because I thought that if I acknowledge the progress, I’ll be like less motivated to continue or some shit. Like, being productive and successful in life depends on having someone constantly telling you you suck? Man, haha, and that’s an actual struggle a lot of people, and me included, have and don’t understand, just like I did. Well I mean I actually still kinda do, but it’s a lot rarer & at least now I’m capable of actually noticing it & shifting my behavior. Like you don’t have to be a tough mother effer with yourself in order to do great things, no no no. I’m so grateful that I’m finally beginning to learn that & can only hope that you realize it too.
So, just have some fun, draw something, objects, some saying, maybe something from a movie, just something you like, and draw/write that. Or, you can cut out some patterns or shapes (like in the banana leaf poster), and glue them on the card stock paper.
6. Before actually putting your gallery wall up, lay down all of your artwork, like on the floor to see how you want it all to look.
Once you’ve figured that out, measure your entire gallery wall (that at this point is more like a gallery floor haha, if you’re following these steps that is). Figure out exactly where on the wall you’d want everything to go, the measurements will help you.
7. Take some vinyl tape & start putting your gallery wall together!
And don’t forget to strike a pose in front of it, or just shoot a photo of the gallery wall and share it (by using #artysdiylife so that I can find it), I’d love to see how yours turned out! Whooosh, this was not short haha! Hope it was fun tho! Happy Day bud!