MEL METHOD: HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN GALLERY WALL



1. SELECT YOUR PIECES COHESIVELY.

Think of yourself as a gallery curator. Does your exhibition tell a story?

SELECT pieces based on a color palette, or keep it crisp by simply using black and white photography. Whatever your style, think unconventionally & don’t shy away from 3D objects or layering components.


SCALE is also an important factor to consider. If your wall can take it, go bigger!

Select your pieces to CONFORM to the span of your wall space.


2. MAP IT OUT ON THE FLOOR.

Last thing you want is a wonky ass wall. Be mindful of composition and spacing. Seeing your pieces laid out allows you to play with different configurations before you start drilling away.


Start by MEASURING the overall length & width of your wall space.


TAPE OUT these measurements on the floor using masking tape.


Within your tape lines, LAY DOWN all the components exactly as you’d like them to hang.


3. MARK YOUR MEASUREMENTS.

Now it’s time to make your mark! Take into account the spacing between frames—you want to make sure the size of these gaps are equal throughout.

POSITION your first piece of art against the wall exactly as it sat on the floor. 

Looking at the backside of the artwork, MEASURE the distance between the top-edge of the frame to where the screw will sit. (Important: keep this number in your head!) If wire is involved, pull the wire as tight as possible to figure out where the screw sits.

Use a pencil to MARK A DOT on the wall where the top-center of your frame will be positioned. From this dot, measure directly down however many inches you measured in the last step. This is where your screw/nail will be inserted. 


4. DRILL IT IN.

For stability, I prefer using a drill and screws rather than a hammer and nails. Then again, to each their own. Now if your pieces are heavy heavy, use drywall anchors or best believe all hell will break loose.

REPEAT step 3 for each piece of artwork.

Polish up your gallery wall by USING A LEVEL to make sure no frame sits crooked.


MOUNTING MATERIAL

(3) 23" x 4" Picture Ledge Shelf in White - $14.99/each at Target

Grid Panel in Black - $24.89 for 2 panels on Amazon

Skateboard Deck Mount - $9.73 on Amazon

(2) Clips to hang print - $1.59/each at Michael's


ART SOURCES

Good Moaning print by @araxcho - purchased at Leiminspace

Warped clock - copped for $10 at a garage sale in Chinatown.

Takashi Murakami deck - stole from boyfriend's collection. Lol!

Mushroom + Cabbage print - found images and printed at FedEx

Rasta Skull print by C.R. Stecyk lll - gifted by Arkitip

 

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