Choosing the right pieces of art to compliment your space can be one of the most challenging parts of decorating. With so many choices, and the added pressure of framing and hanging- it can get overwhelming- but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re struggling to commit to art for your empty walls, we’ve got you covered!
Today’s instructor Kent Youngstrom is an accomplished artist on a mission to make the walls of your home, office or secret lair as colorfully composed as you are. Kent has collaborated with Cb2, LULULEMON and Lulu and Georgia– just to name a few- and you can also find prints of his work at familiar stores like Target, Minted and Urban Outfitters.
Kent believes life is complicated enough, so he keeps his work simple. With layers of colors and clear messages of love or motivation attached- his work is guaranteed to make you smile. We’re beyond excited to have Mr. Youngstrom as our art teacher for the day.
By the end of this class you’ll have the tools to select, frame and hang artwork with confidence. So grab your coffee and let’s Van Gogh!
IS IT POSSIBLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE ORIGINAL ART?
- YES! Find something you like that is made, instead of a print.
- Check out street markets and fairs.
- Locally made is great!
- If you’re starting out, look for an artist who is starting out!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TIPS FOR FRAMING PIECES?
- You don’t have to frame everything!
- Canvases are great as is.
- You can make a gallery wall and use binder clips or something where you can change stuff out.
- The big box stores have inexpensive frames- Kent suggests sticking to one idea/look.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR ACTUALLY HANGING ART?
- Everyone has a different eye height, the general rule is measure from the floor 57 inches up the wall, and have all artwork in your house have the center of that line.
- It creates a consistent eye line.
- For a gallery wall, measure the entire group and divide it by 2 to create the center line- then hang that at 57.
GREAT PRODUCTS FOR HANGING ART:
- Go to a big box store and grab the little nails with the hook on them.
- Generally Kent likes to use a wire because it’s easiest to get it straight.
- Furniture bumpers, 3M strips or rolled tape is great to keep swinging frames under control. Make sure your walls are primed before you use them!
WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING ART?
- Get rid of everything you only bought to fill a space.
- Buy art that makes you feel something.
- The art in your home should make you feel happy when you walk by.
- You don’t have to fill every nook and cranny.
TIPS FOR CREATING PROCESS ART FOR YOUR HOME:
- Canvas is a great material to paint on. You can stretch it onto a wood or just hang it.
- You can also use a 4X8 sheet of MDF. 1/4 or 3/8 inches.
- Tar paper is also fabulous for painting on.
- Stand in the middle of the biggest place in your home and spin around, and see if it’s all at the same height. Hang everything with a center mark of 57 inches.