I've always wanted to create a photo wall collage with unique, multi-colored frames and I finally made it happen.
Over the years, I've driven my husband crazy because of my large stash of old frames collected from various sources--yard sales, Goodwill, Target, Ikea, my mama's house, etc. Every time he wanted to throw them out, I would give him the side eye like, are you crazy? I have a plan for these things!
Then one day not very long ago, the lovely people from Krylon sent me a big box of spray paint with all the colors of my choice (there are so many more color options online, guys) and I was quite giddy with all of my cans.
In the best colors.
|When your biggest crafting problem is choosing between Mambo Pink and Watermelon, you're living the good life.|
Some tips before you spray paint:
- Make sure you put down some sort of tarp to protect your surface from overspray.
- Wear plastic gloves.
- Always work in an area with proper ventilation--outside is preferable.
- Be sure that your surface is clean and smooth. Some frames might need a coat of primer.
- Shake your cans well. Listen to that ball jiggle around.
- Don't try to cover your surface in one coat--all it will do is drip. Spray in even, light coats.
- Give paint ample time to dry.
- If possible, wear a respirator. Your lungs and your liver will thank you.
|I chose colors that would complement the green color in my daughter's bedroom.|
|I used Grumbacher Academy watercolors on paper.|
Before I knew it, I had amassed a nice collection of things to hang up. I incorporated things that we all loved: vintage photos, other watercolors that I painted, ink drawings, our favorite Loteria cards, Frida Kahlo, monogrammed collages, vintage prints from my mother, artwork from Kathy Cano-Murillo and Patrick Murillo and a collection of my favorite cards people have given me over the years.
A few people have asked how I put this wall together and I'll be the first to tell you--I'm terrible. I don't do a layout before, I don't make stencils out of butcher paper or create a formal art display, I don't measure and I don't use a level--you know, all the smart things you should do first, before you poke your wall with a hundred nails.
I just eyeball it and keep going. If something doesn't look right, I don't make extra holes in my wall, I just put another frame up. What can I say, I like to live dangerously.
Of course, our wall isn't finished yet. I'd love to add a few poems an inspirational quotes. Until all the spaces are filled up, we'll keep adding the things we love.
Disclosure: Krylon sent me several cans of their paint and I wanted to share it with my readers. As always, this is my true and honest opinion.