1. Put your kids’ artwork centre stage
Grab a big piece of paper, paints, brushes, sponges and some newspaper to cover the table if you’re of a nervous disposition. Then let the kids loose. If yours are anything like mine, the less direction you give them the better! But once you’ve cleaned everyone up and waited for the ‘masterpiece’ to dry you’ll find you have a mass of abstract artwork just crying out to be put on display.
Next, choose some frames – a variety of sizes works well. IKEA has a great selection of cheap ones. Then, take the mount from the frame, or just use the frame if there isn’t a mount. Move it across the paintings until you find a section that could rival Picasso. Cut it out, stick it in the frame, and you’re done, easy art for your wall. You may even get several bits out of the same picture that will look great when hung up together.
Who says you have to have children to make this work? Why not channel your own inner child and get painting?
TIP: If your budding artists are into particularly ‘colourful’ creations, you might find a simple one-colour frame works best, perhaps in white or black.
2. Picture postcard art
I love postcards. When I’m out and about I can never resist picking up a few, even if I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. It’s a family joke that I pop out for a birthday card and come back with six (not all saying ‘happy birthday’ obviously!).
Simply framing a few pretty picture cards or funky patterned postcards is a super quick way to inject a bit of artwork into your room. They look great whether you put them in a tiny frame, or add a mount to make more of a statement. You can hang or stand them up individually or create an inspired picture gallery by mixing and matching with photos, kids paintings etc.
The best bit is that cards are cheap as chips, so there is no excuse not to keep stocked up and swap them around whenever you fancy a change.
And as an added bonus, if your organisation skills let you down and you’ve forgotten that all important birthday card, you’ll always have emergency ones on standby! (Obviously I’ve never done this!)
3. Artwork all wrapped up
It’s amazing where you can spot the perfect art solution. The other day I was in a local scrap store and a lonely piece of material was staring at me, begging me to buy it. And even better it was dirt-cheap. Now it has taken pride of place in my gallery wall, framed and looking very special. And I love it.
You can do this too. Seriously. All you need is a scrap or offcut of material that fits in with the scheme of your room. This can work brilliantly with a leftover piece of wallpaper, or I’ve even been known to use wrapping paper - you wouldn’t know – there are some gorgeous ones out there.
Have a little play, add a frame and maybe a mount, and see what you think.
TIP: If you fancy trying a mount but your frame didn’t come with one, you can always cut one out yourself. All you need is a piece of card, a metal ruler and a craft knife.
4. The writing’s on the wall