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Creating a Picture Wall

A picture wall displays a group of framed items in a coordinated design. The frames may all be
the same style or the same color, but most often a picture wall includes a variety of different
frames. The artwork may be united by a theme: vacation photos, a collection of sports
memorabilia, family portraits. Or they may be connected by subject matter: coastal scenes
depicted in photos, watercolor paintings, old engravings, and other media. Color can be the
unifying factor, and color-themed picture walls have a lot of impact, bringing the coolness of blue
or the vibrancy of red strongly into the room. Collectors of posters, etchings, photographs or
watercolors can develop a picture wall to show the variety within their collection. But some of the
best picture walls display a very eclectic mix of sizes, colors and styles that reflects a range of
personal preferences and experiences. And it doesn't have to be limited to pictures: an
arrangement can be enhanced by including mirrors, shelves, or objects in the mix.

When placing several different sizes of frames and art together, arrange each piece so that one
outside edge is in line with another picture next to it, either vertically or horizontally. This
technique helps bring a sense of balance to the grouping. Keep the space between frame edges
fairly small, typically about two to four inches; this will visually "gather the group together". The
grouping can build from the center and spread out in all directions. Or you can plan to have it
develop into a rectangular shape. An irregular shape is very useful if you are likely to add to the
wall after the first design is finished.

One thing about a picture wall: it involves a few nail holes. If you are a bit anxious about making
those holes in the right spot the first time, there are a couple of ways to determine your spacing
before hanging: try organizing the picture arrangement on the floor in front of the wall where it will
hang, then hang the pieces one-by-one. To get a more accurate visualization, cut pieces of
newspaper to the size of the framed items and tape them to the wall with removable tape.

When hanging pictures above a sofa, be sure that the bottom of the lowest frame leaves
clearance for the head of a seated person. But don't go any higher, or the pictures will seem to
be floating instead of visually attached to the sofa. If there is no furniture against the picture wall,
and there are a number of frames, the arrangement can cover the entire wall from ceiling to floor
for a dramatic presentation.

Light is necessary to enjoy the picture wall, but avoid direct sunlight or other strong direct light on
the art. Keep track lighting and overhead picture lights away from close contact with artwork-heat
from the bulbs can cause damage to the art, and fluorescent lights (including the new compact
curly bulbs) may cause fading of some artwork.

A picture wall can be a significant design element in your home or office and a great source of
enjoyment. Choose a wall and gather a few of your favorite images and you will be on your way.

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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