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Creating a Canvas Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are a great way to bring character into any home or work space.  While the end product may appear seamless, the process of pulling together a well designed wall is an art form.  Fear not, we’ve laid out a step-by-step guide on how you can design your own custom creation in just 3 easy steps!





Along with your artwork, you’ll need:

  • > Craft or construction paper
  • > Painters Tape
  • > Hammer
  • > Nails / Wall mounts
  • > Cube Level 

Let’s get started!


1. Get Creative


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The first step in creating your wall of art is to select a theme for for the wall. Determine the types of images that you’d like to work with and add a series of other photos and artwork that fit the same style.  Focus on bringing together color families, filters, and subject themes that work well together.


Things to consider when you are curating your photo gallery:

  • > Faces: Who are you including in your gallery? Will you include portraits, group photos, both?
  • > Color: Both in the artwork as well as in your space
  • > Style: Whether your home is full of antiques or modern touches, you’ll want your gallery wall to feel like it’s truly a part of your home.


Once you create your gallery of images, go through each one on your phone, tablet, or computer with an editorial eye to see how the images work together.  This will help narrow down your composite to those that work in harmony.


2. Lay Out & Mock Up!


Gallery Wall Layout

Now that you have your perfect collection, it is time to lay out & mock up!  You will want to figure out how to best configure your artwork and images in the space you’ve designated. Begin using the largest photo as a focal point and build outward.  It is helpful to do this on the ground near your wall so you can properly visualize the end product. Rotate your images to refine your layout and look.


Once your composition is set, mock it up on the wall. Use trace paper for each piece, trimming them down to size, and taping them to the wall in your desired arrangement.


Things to consider:

  • > Is your arrangement high enough (or low enough) on the wall?
  • > Does it fill the space appropriately?
  • > Is it grouped around other furniture appropriately?


Layout Out & Mock Up




3. Hang!


Hanging your work is the third and final step in creating your gallery wall masterpiece.  If you’ve noted your hang marks correctly on the trace paper, this should also be the easiest step!  To be sure, measure twice and drill once.  Use your cube level to check each piece of artwork as you’re hanging, to make sure that you’re frames are even. Take a step back after each one to make sure the placement looks correct.


Artsy Tip: If you live in a dry climate, consider using 3M frame strips.  These can be tricky, however, if you live in humid areas since the strips can lose their hold over time.


Remember, this is your wall for your space.  Have fun with the process and try mixing in different artwork media. Don’t hesitate to rotate your pieces from time to time, as it will liven up the collage and give your guests something new to look at each time they visit!



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