Sep 15

The Art of Hanging Art

Hanging art is often an overlooked final layer to the success of your room’s interior and can just as easily be the inspiration for a room suggesting a certain mood.

There really are no rules for hanging art. What really count is “the eye of the beholder.” (Yours!)

Pleasing wall arrangements follow the same principles of design that you follow for placing furniture in a room.

One of those principles is balance, which refers to the distribution of the visual weight within a display.
An arrangement that lacks balance may seem too top or bottom heavy or as if the side is falling.

A symmetrical arrangement where each half is the mirror image of the other is the most straight forward and probably easiest to achieve.

To achieve balance when working with a group of pieces of different sizes and scale, imagine a grid on the wall of four quadrants making sure each area is equal visually.

Artwork and other objects that you hang on your walls can demand that certain pieces be displayed by themselves.

Anything large or over scaled will need its own space to show off. Artwork that is dark, bright, or boldly patterned will appear heavier and bigger than an object that is small or pale.

It is best to display these weightier items next to similarly weighty elements in the room like furniture or architectural features.

It is also important to leave enough bare (negative) space around the pieces you are hanging for your pieces to breathe and for the eye to focus.

The repetition of a single object can create a dramatic display. This method is effective for an inexpensive show of ordinary items (wallpaper samples, seed packets, even pages from a magazine) of the same size and framed identically.

If the subject matter is the same, hanging art of identically framed items in a grid creates an impact and should be hung closer together than pieces of different sizes and shapes.
The unity of a display of this manner catches your attention and draws you in for a closer look.

Before actually putting the first nail in the wall, work out your arrangement on the floor. Generally the largest item starts in the center. Working your way out, play around with the composition by seeing how each piece relates to each other. You may choose to use paper cutouts.

Balance the smaller pieces on the larger either vertically or horizontally. Place them close together, about two inches apart, so when you stand away from the arrangement it forms a whole.

Tips for Hanging Art

Incorporate other elements into an arrangement like brackets, mirrors or a collection of plates.
Plates also work well for filling in a narrow or oddly shaped space like over a doorway or on the side of a tall piece of furniture.
Hang art 60 – 66″ from the floor for “eye level” to most and hang so the bottom of the artwork is 5 – 8″ above a piece of furniture.
Consider color but keep in mind that your art doesn’t have to match your sofa.
Frame your art for art’s sake and not for the room. The proper frame will work almost anywhere you want to hang it and gives you freedom to move things around.
Place picture framing wire about a third of the way down each side.
As a rule, the mat size for prints and drawings should be 3 inches wide but do take into consideration the size of the artwork.
Use two nails to hang a piece if you don’t want it to move, placed about 5 inches in from the frame’s edge.
Using bumpers on the bottom corners will protect your walls.
Hang frames directly on top of the paper cutouts (if you used them) then pull out the paper.
When hanging art in a hallway only hang on one side.
Hang art on patterned wallpaper if the art is of a different scale and is visually stronger than the background, with a mat to distinguish the image from the wall.

But if you are not into hanging at all, prop a large piece against a wall or layer small over a larger piece on a mantel.

And most importantly trust your instincts!

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Aug 22

Modern Art

Modern art is something that many people do not understand. There are many a contemporary oil painting that features modern art that could find places in our homes, but the majority will choose landscape oil paintings rather than the more contemporary oil painting. This is because a lot of people don’t really understand modern art and will look at it as just a series of shapes or colours that don’t ‘look like’ anything, and which they could recreate using their current art abilities. However this is a big injustice and it really misses the point of modern art.

The idea behind landscape oil paintings or oil paintings of objects or subjects is to look like that thing. With impressionism it is to ‘suggest’ that image with less detail. However in either case, the painting is very simply of something that the artist has seen. This does not really take that much imagination arguably and for fans of modern art it can seem almost bland to just recreate something that is already there.

With modern art and many contemporary oil paintings, the idea is to paint something that isn’t there, and that you can’t see. Here shapes, lines, splashes of paint, or sometimes ‘proper’ likenesses of objects – are used to convey an emotion or a feeling. Often the purpose of modern art is not straight away apparent to the viewer and in this sense it can be something of a challenge to them to try and work out what it is that the artist was trying to convey. In some cases the modern art will be ‘open to interpretation’ and this way the viewer can project their own ideas onto the canvas this way making the painting almost collaborative. As they convey emotion or ideas, then they can evoke a far more emotional reaction than just a landscape and can be thought provoking, uplifting – even sometimes disturbing.

The great thing about this then is that it makes you think – you look at it and you have to decide what it says and what statement it’s making. At the same time some of the modern art that you find on display involves incredible imagination – combining images and ideas, even different styles of painting that you would not have elsewhere. If you have a painting of some fruit on your wall, then people won’t notice it. However if you have a painting of modern art then this will attract attention and probably start a conversation.

With a piece of modern art the artist is not restrained by conventions and can create anything that they can imagine. At the same time modern art is creating something that doesn’t have a ‘purpose’ as such, and when you think that all of the purposes we construct in our lives these too are only really arbitrary and in that sense modern art is mimicking life and just having fun creating things for the sake of it rather than with the intention to resemble something real In this way then modern art in a contemporary oil painting is very raw and real art that is both fascinating and evocative. For something a bit different then, consider modern at.

Modern art can look great in most homes. For contemporary oil painting as well as other exciting imagery from emerging artists, follow the links.

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Jul 17

Handkerchief Art

This project was born from a personal need to get my grandmother’s handkerchiefs out of the boxes and baggies she had stored them in and out in the open where they could be appreciated. All you need is a moment or two to see how beautiful these lightweight fabric squares were. In fact so beautiful, I can’t really imagine using them for what they were intended. Perhaps most of them were there for emergency brow dabbing and neck patting on those sweltering August afternoons. That’s how I’m going to think about them!

Anyway, I’ve come up with a couple ways to showcase these beauties and you can read on here and see how all the projects are done.

Handkerchiefs Under Glass

Most of grandma’s handkerchiefs measure about 11″ x 11″. Some are larger and many are smaller, but that’s about the average. In that case, a 12″x 12″ frame works beautifully for them. I found just that at my local JoAnn etc. store. They are a very thin, black plastic frame with a clear plastic front so quite lightweight. They bend to remove the clear plastic so you can insert your object, in this case the handkerchief, and then you reinsert the plastic front. Pretty cool. Goes together in a flash and really shows off the lace handkerchiefs because of the black background.
Handkerchief Potpourri

There are so many of these pretties that I couldn’t possibly display them all, so some of them I made into sachets for potpourri. This too is simple to accomplish. I first chose the handkerchief for its color, and then I bought 1/8th of a yard of colored netting to use to hold the potpourri.

It’s a simple process of laying down the handkerchief with the right side towards the table. Add a double layer of coordinating netting and add a scoop of sweet smelling potpourri in the center. Gather up the edges of the handkerchief and hold everything in place with a pretty ribbon. Matt wanted to embellish the ribbon with a pretty silver heart charm so we bought a bag of 6 and dressed up the sachets even more. These would be a very nice Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift or keep it in mind for Sweetest Day!

Handkerchief Table Runner

For this project you’ll need multiple handkerchiefs that blend well together. Again, I had so many of them from my grandmother that I could divide them into color groupings. I found just what I wanted in the yellow group to put together a pretty table runner.

And, as quick as the other two projects were, this one takes some time because there is a lot of ironing and hand sewing taking place. Don’t get me wrong, I finished it in a couple hours, but it’s not a quick coffee break craft!

Materials List:
5-7 handkerchiefs
Fusible Interfacing
Iron and ironing board
Needle and Thread


1 Begin by laying each handkerchief on the fusible interfacing and cut a piece of interfacing just slightly larger than the handkerchief.

2 Move to the ironing board and iron each handkerchief to remove as many creases as possible, then place the wrong side of the handkerchief on the shiny side of the interfacing and with a hot but dry iron, fuse the interfacing to the handkerchief. Place the iron as close to edges as possible, but don’t worry about making sure it is fused at the edges. You can come back later and go over the edge once you cut off the excess interfacing.

3 Cut off the excess interfacing right along the edge of the handkerchief. Be very careful not to cut through the sewn edge of the handkerchief. If you want to fuse the edges better, go back to the ironing board and hit the edges since you don’t have to worry about melting the interfacing onto your iron.

4 Now you need to spend some time arranging your handkerchiefs. Notice I tried to cover some of the intense yellow and let some of it show to keep it as even as possible along the runner. I also used white embroidered handkerchiefs at both ends. The ones in the middle were a bit larger in size as well so the runner tapered a bit at the ends. Just things to think about!

5 Pin the handkerchiefs together where they overlap. I worked two at a time and then put the pairs together.

6 When stitching the handkerchiefs together you are basically appliquéing them to each other. On the top I used the method of coming up from the bottom, through the bottom and top handkerchiefs, and wrapping the thread over the hemmed edge and punching back down through the bottom fabric very close to the thread coming up. Then I moved over about ¼” and punched up from the bottom again into both the bottom and top fabrics and continued in the same fashion all the way around the edge that was overlapping.

7 On the back, simply tack the bottom fabric to the top in three or four places. Try not to go through the handkerchief and just catch the interfacing if you can.

Once all handkerchiefs are sewn together, put your pretty new runner in place and enjoy for more crafting and sewing visit us at

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Art is an amazing topic. It’s something that is described to be a process or art work of something that is a symbol that influences and effect either the senses, emotions and intellect or if not all of these into one item. It a creation that can make you feel different feelings all at the same time and can be set aside and stand out of the crowd from all the rest.

Art can come in many forms, cave paintings and sculptures and been known to have been found from over 40,000 years ago. This is a very long time and if you are to find such beauty in a good condition then it could mean a very good future for yourself and can make others very happy indeed. Another form of art would be  canvas artwork which is also very popular to a lot of people which also dates back to a few hundred years ago.

A brilliant human find to do with art would be the oldest piece of art which was found and it is over 75,000 years old, the art is of a series of tiny drilled shells which was discovered in a south African cave. That would have been an amazing find and has truly added to the creating side we have and just goes to show that it’s not just these modern materials we have to hand these days but it comes down to imagination and talent to.

Works of art can be very elusive as the art is always created for one purpose but then can also be looked at in another way and used for a different purpose in another one’s mind. This would explain the shire brilliance and can show you what an art piece can be, even if it’s something made from  canvas or if it’s a painting or a sculpture or even if some form of pottery. That is the beauty of art and it’s why it will always be a part of who we are and what we do as we will always continue to create these wonders to for fill our need to express our feelings and to show off out talents.

If I had to give someone a gift then you can never go wrong with giving them some art. I would personally give a painting or a print of a painting but if you have a bit of spare money that you don’t mind using up then would look into getting a piece of art weather that be a strange object or a painting or sculpture I think giving someone something that has history to it will be absolutely fabulous and the outcome will be breath taking.

Now that you have a little idea as to how long ago art has been around then why not let your friends know of the importance art has in our lives and yours. Are has know to become very trendy in our modern homes so it can also be looked at as a fashion icon as the art we all enjoy in any shape or form has something in common either way.

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Dec 14

Framing Fine Art

When people consider buying a work of fine art, they usually focus on what kind of artwork they prefer – whether sculpture, painting or photography would be best for the space they have in mind – and then the details of what would be right within the medium, for example whether to choose a wooden sculpture or a metal one, an abstract painting or a figurative one.

All of these decisions are important, and getting them right is the only way to end up with something you’re really happy with at the end of the day. It’s worthwhile taking your time, discussing with friends or family, and going around galleries or searching online, such as on, to see what’s out there.

However, once all of these decisions have been made, there is often another decision, which is also important but often not given the consideration it deserves. That is the question of framing. Of course, this generally won’t arise if you’ve chosen a sculpture for your room, but paintings and photographs, for example, do usually require framing.

The kind of frame you choose will have more of an impact than you might think. It actually influences the impression of the work itself, and how it looks on the wall and the kind of atmosphere the piece as a whole contributes to the room. For this reason, it’s important to choose the right frame – right for the piece, right for the room, and right for you.

In some ways, picking a frame is a personal decision in the same sort of way buying art is something special to each individual. Some people can’t stand gilt frames, or anything ornate, while others hate thin frames, or dark ones. Never choose something you’re not going to be happy to see on your wall every day.

However, there are also aspects of the artwork that need to be taken into account. Not every frame will suit your piece – for example, sometimes a detailed, visually complex work will be best set off with a plain frame, as an intricate one will only detract from what’s most important – the work itself.

Your own sense of what is appropriate will be valuable here, but for guidance or for an indication of what sorts of factors are worth considering, you can speak to the person or organization you bought the work from. An artist will be able to tell you what he or she imagined for the piece when they created it, and although this isn’t necessary binding, it’s definitely something to consider. Similarly, a dealer or gallery director will be able to explain the formal considerations they take into account when framing works in their own space. They’ll also have years of experience which will help them work out what’s suitable and what’s not.

Another aspect to consider – and to let the artist or director know about if you’re talking to them about the issue – is the wall that the painting is going on. If it’s a yellow wall, for instance, you might not want a light wooden frame, as the colors might not show the painting or print to advantage. Or, if it’s a relatively small wall, you might not want to go for a thick frame, which could clutter your visual space. Take a photo of the space in question, and show it to the person you’re asking for advice, so that they have an idea of what to suggest.

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