Our art wall at Purple Twig was formed out of me trying to solve the problem of what to do with all the art my own children make here at the studio. My home is full of artworks created by both grown ups and children. Full to the brim. The unhung artwork was piling up in bins, which was so sad because I love to look at the work and it was wasting away being hidden away on storage shelves. The solution came to me while at a thrift store scrounging around for art materials and coming across a bin of empty frames in different sizes.
Not only has this wall become an attractive point of interest, it also displays the variety of projects we make and materials we use here at the studio. Because there isn't any glass on the artworks, I get the ease of changing them out when it strikes my fancy. It's really quite simple to put up. It's just a matter of organizing the size of frames. I started at one end with one frame and just pieced the wall together frame by frame.
skinny long nails-at least 2 inches
The nails are used to set the frame onto so the nails need to stick out enough to hang the frame.
Use the level and make two pencil marks on either side just below the level. You are marking where the nails will go. As long as the pencil marks are at a distance smaller than the size of the frame it's fine.
Hammer the nails in at your pencil marks making sure the nails are sticking out enough for the frame to set on.
Hang the frame onto the nails and check to make sure it's plumb. I then just put some tape on the back of the painting and taped it to the wall inside the frame.
It took me a while to build it across the studio and it's still growing. The more frames and artwork I add to the wall, the better it gets. The varieties in color and materials just add interest to the studio inviting viewers to ponder the possibilities of art making while in our space.