Collages - How To?
Collages, where to begin! I love them because I feel like I have an eclectic eye. I love the rustic and country feel, I love sleek and classy, I love elegant and timeless, gah! So, I think mixing things up on a wall lets you show off your style and can help put a room together. Currently, I have three collages in my house, but am working on adding several more, and my friends always call me to put up their collages- I'm the collage queen!
Anyway, first step is figuring out a wall to put them on. I like collages for big walls that need a lot of real estate covered. I just moved into a pretty large house and had TONS of wall space that needed to be decorated (insert heart-eyed emoji here). If you don't have a ton of space, don't fret! Just use smaller items, smaller frames, etc. to get the collage-look. The only thing you want to avoid is having your collage look messy and thrown together, so what you need next is a plan!
When picking out frames to hang up, people always suggest using the same color or like items. I agree, because while you may want your collage to look casual and uncalculated, you don't want to end up with a big mess. I really like going to Goodwill and picking up cheap frames (among other things) and painting them. Hanging up black and white pics together with black and white frames looks awesome, and you can always add a splash of color if it's too sleek/modern looking. BUT, having the same mediums is not always a must. If you're feeling daring, mix in metal prints, canvas, and other wall art.
With mixed shapes, I try and keep the amount of space in between as uniform as I can, and with rectangles and squares you want to be more precise. Some people use newspaper or butcher paper to outline their collage and then tape it to the wall so they know where to put the nails. I don't do this because I'm not afraid of using tools (and if I mess up, it's easy to patch and paint).
My plan is always laying out my frames and items to be hung on the floor. I rearrange until I have them in a layout I like, or you can draw it out on paper, or you can cheat and use the outline that comes on some of the frames!
I love to go to Michael's Craft Store and get their pre-matted frames when they're half off (like every other week!). One brand, Studio Décor, has them in all sorts of colors: brown, gold, black, grey and others, and look REALLY expensive without being so.
You'll need to gather your frames and tools; I use a measuring tape, step ladder, hammer, nails, and a level.
Once you have everything together, I start by hanging the middle piece in the middle of where I want the collage. I will build the rest of my collage off of this (some people use the ceiling, but if you're in an older building that's settled with crooked lines, or have arched ceilings this will not work for you). I left about 3 inches between these frames and added in the space from the hanger to the edge of the frame before pounding my nails in.
I actually saw all these frames and bought a bunch to make a collage. As you'll notice, there are black and white and sepia pictures in the collages in my house. Oops! I actually am still gathering photos to print and put in them; those pictures are the ones that came in the frame! HAHA! So, you can actually make your framed collage and fill in your pictures later, like I do.
The point is, get your collage up and settled, but make sure you print those pictures, so when your friends come over they're not asking "who's this beautiful couple?"!