Piles of Paper Artwork In Your House? Let's Make A Space For A Rotating Art Gallery.

In my last blogpost ‘Free Up Your Walls’ we looked at how much work you have on your walls (room by room) and how long they had been there.  We discussed why they are still in situ – a conscious decision or because you can’t bear to take them down due to sentimental value?  It was a really popular post, so I’m happy to continue this theme with some further suggestions to keep the art you already own fresh and purposeful.

Today I’m going to give you some ideas for paper-based art.  Perhaps you were given a print by someone years ago that still hasn’t made it to the framers – or your children hand you their works of art by the day, full of pride at what they have made – I know mine did and sometimes still do.

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What do you do with these pieces of work?  I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark that you have a full box somewhere, or perhaps some dark corners which are stashed with these treasures due to the simple fact that you have no idea what to do with them?  I know this scenario well.

I am going to suggest that you find a spot – or perhaps two, three or four spots in your house that can offer a rotating display of these beautiful artworks – the key word being rotating.

It’s a very simple concept.

Locate your spaces, I am looking at one here on my wall in front of me.  The space that we are looking won’t have tons and tons of other stuff around it  –  we are looking for a prominent place in your room that you can catch glimpses of each time you walk past.

We don’t need to worry about direct sunlight in this space as each piece of work isn’t going to be up for too long and perhaps our chosen spot might also be directly over that ding in the wall, you know that one that really needs repainting? 

Once you have your space, or two or three of them we are going to need a simple nail tacked in and ONE of the following options:

·      A bulldog clip

·      A regular clipboard (preferably a nice looking one, I use Rapesco and sploshed them with some white paint to make them look a bit nicer.   (see item below)

·      Some string and tape, masking tape is easily removed from the back of paper artwork, selotape will do as long as you don’t try and remove it, just leave it there on the back of the artwork.

Now you have your system in place, you can rotate your artwork just as often as you wish keeping everyone happy - your mini artists, the relative that gave you that print years ago and all that lovely artwork that you have yet to buy.

Places I’m going to put my rotating art display?  My bedroom on the wall to the side of to my bed, so I can see it last thing at night and first thing in the morning, our dining room so we see it each time we gather there and one in the hall too close to our front door.

I’d love to know how you get on, feel free to add up some photo’s too.

Thanks for reading my post.


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Making a Rotating Art Gallery by Artist Samantha Barnes