DIY: Gallery Wall

Happy June, ya’ll!

I get TONS of questions about my gallery wall I have displayed in my bedroom. Since summer is basically here (and you’re like me with changing it up every season) we need to decorate for it! I saw this as the perfect opportunity to show ya’ll how I created my gallery wall and also to help put together yours!

You’ll want to first figure out how much space you have and what layout you want.

Here are some examples of layouts:

I also found this blog post that goes more in depth on how to make/hang your gallery wall.

Frame shopping at Marshall’s, T.J. Max, or any store similar to them will be your best bet! They have a good selection of sizes and shapes with the best prices.

On to the art!!

I went on good ol’ Pinterest and searched “free printable’s.” You can go more in depth on what type of printable’s you want to match whatever theme you like. Also, I went to a local craft store and picked up a book of scrap booking paper that had some metallic writing and designs to give more variety to my wall.

Here are some websites I used when downloading and printing some of my art:

Top: here // bottom: here // right: here

There are pages and pages of goodies on this website especially!

TIP: Adding 3 dimensional items to your wall will give your wall even more pzazz and character!

I love gallery walls because the customization can be so personal and there are endless ways of creating them!

Hoping the best for ya’ll and your wall crafting,

Cheers!

xo Alexis

 

3 Easy Steps to Calligraphy

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I’m LOVING the calligraphy trend that’s been happening! I’ve seen and read all about so many different ways to achieve the calligraphy look. I have put together the simplest way to SLAY calligraphy.

The most popular version of calligraphy I’ve seen going around is a blend of print and cursive. The second someone here’s the word calligraphy they may get intimidated by it.

This is were my interpretation on this trend is a tad different than the rest. Really, there is one basic rule of thumb to calligraphy and transforming your personal handwriting into something more artsy. Though, if I am being honest, (and I am) I believe the curlier and whimsical your handwriting is, the more calligraphy-like result you will get. But enough with the talk, lets get down to basics.

First, it’s all about your writing utensil. Many people I have read about use a number of different types of pens. Personally, I like to use Paper Mate Marker Pens:

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Once you have chosen a utensil, here’s the easy 3 step method you need to do! (You’re only tweaking one thing about your handwriting so one could argue its only one step, but that’s enough over thinking for me.. let’s move on)

This is were my “3 step method” comes into play:

1. Write out your word

2. Make your down-strokes wider by adding a secondary line

3. Fill in the widened area

Here’s a visual:

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And voila!

This is the most BASIC way of explaining how to do fake calligraphy.

Now that you’re a enlightened and have this 3 step method to fake calligraphy, you can go wild and play around with different fonts and designs of your liking!

Also, (off topic here) my blog is still in huge reconstruction and this is my only post I have on here at the moment (getting a fresh start). There isn’t much to look around at on here just yet, but just you wait! Exciting things coming and I’m SOO excited to revamp my website and blog again!!

xo, Alexis