Make art from artwork


Term 1 of school is over. Months of day care have passed and you now have another stack of your child’s artwork to deal with.  Do you put in in a box and shove it at the back of the wardrobe, only to be sorted with you child leaves home?

Here’s a few nifty ideas to turn art into…..well, art!

  1. Sort out the best of the best – the ones with the great drawings that tell a story, or the ones that simply have great colour combo’s. Laminate them to preserve their masterpiece and blu-tack to the wall in a gallery style layout.
  1. Again, choose three or four of the best and display in a glass-free frame. Find frames at a charity shop, remove glass and spray paint in funky colours to complement the artwork.  Hang the frames, and Blu-tack the artwork on the wall, inside the frame.
  1. Choose a few pieces with lots of colour (painting artwork works best). Chop up the artwork into shapes (either squares or circles).  Arrange the squares in a frame to make up a new piece of artwork!
  1. Hang up string or fishing line into three rows across a wall and secure in place. Use pegs or bulldog clips to clip the artwork on to create a unique display.
  1. Choose your all-time favourite to be printed onto canvas.

And if you just can’t deal with all the artwork your child brings home….try these ideas:

  • Recycle and use it as wrapping paper and gift cards
  • Send them by snail mail to grandparents for a nice surprise
  • Number the back and then cut the art into shapes to create your own DIY artwork puzzle.
  • Take photos of the artwork and use an online program like Snapfish or the photo booths at Harvey Norman & Warehouse Stationery to create a photo book of all the artwork.
  • Take photos of the artwork on an ipad/tablet that the child can then view at their fingertips.

By Yvette Parker

Studio Y Interior Design

Make family photos shine


Do you have family photos and artwork hung differently all over the house?  I have pulled together six of the best gallery wall layouts that will let your art and photos shine!

Once you’ve got your frame’s ready it’s time to move on to the hard part: hanging it.  I know, it sounds easy — just hammer a nail into the wall, right? — WRONG!  Once you start hammering away, there’s no turning back…and you don’t want to be stuck with a million nail holes because you didn’t plan it out!

Simply follow these examples and simple tips and you can’t go wrong!

  1. Inside the lines. Tape out a rectangular or square area that you’d like your photos to fill, and arrange them loosely within the borders of the box. This is an easy way to decorate an oddly shaped or narrow space.
  1. Above and below. Using a vertical line, arrange groups of photos above and below the line. Aim to cover about the same area above and below to avoid a top, or bottom heavy arrangement.
  1. Spiral effect. Use a large frame as your central picture and spiral out the rest of the frames from there. This works best with four rectangular frames and four square frames.
  1. Line them up. Arrange all of your photos along a vertical line, with the largest one in the centre. This works well in a space with high ceilings, narrow wall spaces, or on vertical structures like a beam or pillar.
  1. Centred. This simple, classic layout which requires minimal effort. Just choose one or two frames to centre and align the left and right sides with one another.  This works particularly well if you’re trying to highlight particular pieces of art.
  1. The perfect square. This simple grid is a take on the modern gallery-style layout. It’s a simple arrangement that has a big impact.  Just ensure your frames are matching in size and width for maximum wow!

Hanging Tips:

  • Use all the same coloured frames for a cohesive look.
  • Select black and white photos to create an understated, classic picture gallery.
  • Or mix it up with colourful frames and artwork – anything goes as long as you love it!
  • Layout all your frames on the floor, and play around until you get the configuration just right.
  • Next, trace your frames onto paper/newspaper and cut out the shape. Write on the front which picture it corresponds to.   Then you can use Blu-tack to pin up the paper frames on the wall, and move them around until they’re perfect.  Now you’re ready to start hanging your frames!

By Yvette Parker

Studio Y Interior Design