It may surprise you that most of the walls in the house are still starkly blank with almost no art or photos hung. In fact, I have a horrible time buying anything for the walls. I tend to walk the aisles of stores and scoff at the prices. “Really? They want $50 for that! I could make that!” Over the last few years, I have made World Map Art, A Grid Gallery Wall, a Marquee Arrow, and a chalkboard for the kitchen.
Coloring can be so therapeutic and relaxing. My son and I were both were creating some pretty nifty artwork to hang on his display gallery. It kind of took me by surprise how amazing it was to sit down, slow down, and create with such ease.This got me back in the groove of finally finishing a gallery wall I was stuck on and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I have been planning a gallery wall for some time on an awkward wall that sits between two staircases. I wanted a theme of “Happily Ever After” with the focus centered around our family. In addition to the adorable coloring pages we made, I made some simple geometric art with colored pencils that pulled the gallery wall all together while adding a personalized touch.
For those who like a slightly more advanced technique, I created an almost watercolor-like effect by outlining and blending the turquoise color inwards (pictured above). After outlining in colored pencil, I dipped a small paint brush in odorless mineral spirits and pulled the color where I wanted. I wanted to mute the color a bit so I layered additional colors in.
Nearly everything on this wall was created or altered in some way to fit the theme. It also goes beautifully with my 4 drawer dresser. I am kind of blown away at how everything looks like it belongs now. No more awkward wall!
What do you think? It is really amazing to see what simple coloring can do and I am thankful to my son for showing me that coloring isn’t just for kids! The possibilities are endless and it is awesome to create easy, beautiful art even if it is just for yourself.