|Living Well photo wall.|
The centerpiece of my first photo wall is a shot of my parents, featured on the cover of "Living Well", a section of their local paper. This set the theme for the whole display, and helped to narrow the selection process. Not noticeably narrowed to anyone else perhaps, as it may be hard to tell the connection between two dogs tussling over a stick, my Aunt Rose's barn painted with giant sunflowers, a childhood friend caught in the bliss of eating Mystic Mint cookies, and a polymer clay fish sculpture. It doesn't really need to make sense to anyone else, though. It's my personal wall of fame/ bliss list/ hall of champions, all reminding me why I do what I do, in an office I don't share with the public. (I do meet with clients here at the house, but I use the work tables in the studio, or the adjacent "dining" room, to spread out portfolio and samples.)
|This newspaper feature photo of my parents makes the perfect anchor for the rest of the montage.|
|A changeable photo display board in the foyer is a great way to share current snapshots and cards with visitors.|
- Before assembling, I painted the chicken wire black with spray paint, as I didn't want bright silver.
- On this one, the wire is stapled to the front of the frame, to help keep it spaced far enough from the wall to get the clips on, and to avoid marking the wall with scuffs and scratches from the wire.
- If you staple your wire to the back of the frame, glue halved wine corks to the corners, as spacers.
- Grosgrain ribbon and scrapbooking paper flowers cover all kinds of staples, nails, and scuffs.
- Plan a hanging apparatus that looks good, because it's pretty hard to hide it.
- Clip on the cards and photos with binder clips from the office supply store.
- My favorite heavy duty stapler for these kinds of projects is the cheapest one made by Arrow. It's the easiest one to aim, gets into tighter corners than the pricier ones, and I haven't found any of the fancy features of the others made them any easier to get the staples in deep, unless you upgrade to an air powered one.
You can view my reasonably decent photos of some of my work at theartofthehome.com, where you will also find all the information on how to hire me.
If you need clarification of the directions for this, or any other crafty project, feel free to ask in the comments below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't hesitate to ask, I truly don't mind, and in fact, I love to hear about your creative projects.