Creating a Gallery Wall | Display Your Portraits
Creating a gallery wall – you have had some beautiful portraits taken, taken an image on your phone or camera that you love or even have a wedding cd or usb collecting dust. So now what?!
This blog is going to focus on getting the best use from our Portrait Print Pack available in the studio after your newborn photos or family photoshoot. The principles will work for any images that you’ve been meaning to show some love. Check back for our ‘Getting the most from your USB’ blog which will have lots more ideas for printing, framing & displaying your family portraits.
So what is in our Portrait Print Pack? Perfect for creating a gallery wall, in a great selection of sizes. All of your images will arrive mounted for easy framing & long life in your home. Properly mounted images will never stick to the glass of the frame & can make even a more budget frame look polished & beautiful. Sizes included are
- One 20 x 16 back mounted. Use a 20 x 24 frame supplied with a mount or frame edge to edge in a 20 x 16 frame
- Two 10 x 8 mounted to 12 x 10
- Four 8 x 6 mounted to 10 x 8
- Two 6 x 4 mounted to 8 x 6
Once you have your prints safely home, there are just a few simple steps to creating your perfect gallery wall. You will need:
- Frames to fit the mounted size of the images
- Tape measure
- masking tape
- lining wall paper or baking paper/craft paper
- spirit level
- hooks and pins to suit your frame hangers & your wall construction
Things to think about:
- Where would I like to see my images every day
- Am I dressing one area or more than one
- Would I like to expand the gallery with future images
- Height – are the frames hanging over a surface that may have items on
Once you have had a think about all of your options its time to get crafty! Cut your craft/baking/lining paper to the size of each FRAME, flip the frame over and mark on the paper where the hanging rail or hook sits. Once you know what size space you’d like to decorate, use your masking tape to mark the corners of your wall area on a hard surface – I use my kitchen floor. Play around with your gallery wall ideas layouts inside the masking tape area using your paper models. Here are some layouts we love using our Portrait Print Pack.
Now you have your gallery wall ideas layout, use your tape measure & jot down the gaps you’d like between the frames next to and above/below each other. Using your masking tape, tape or blutac your paper to the wall at the perfect distances from each other in your chosen layout. Snap a photo on the floor before you pick them up! Transfer your paper from floor to wall and blutac in place.
Now time for a little patience – I recommend leaving the paper in situ a day or two. get used to how it occupies the space and see if there are any edits you’d like to make. Happy? Great! Grab your hammer and tap your pins into the wall through the markings you made on the paper. Rip & remove the paper before you make the last couple of taps with the hammer. Place your frames on their new hooks, check with the spirit level that everything is straight & Et Voila! Your Perfectly hung Gallery Wall to enjoy every day.
Need to update your portraits for the perfect gallery wall? With a professional photography studio just 15 minutes from Chester, Near the beautiful village of Hawarden, we can help! From Newborn Photos to Family Photoshoot & Generational portraits, we’re with you every step of the way.
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