Since it was either watch the Super Bowl or Faff Around in the house this weekend, I spent a bit of time arranging some art in the bedroom. I have put this white table here temporarily as a place holder, hoping to eventually find an appropriate dresser to go here. In the meantime, it is the right height and has lots of space. I hang anything on the wall. Vintage purses, prayer beads, necklaces.....an antique tambourine. And I like a grouping. This wall in the newly renovated bedroom was lacking personality. I began with a very battered plaster frame that someone had put a blackboard in. My daughter had drawn a big heart with Mooch + Gracie in it (my now departed dogs) and a photo of them together sitting on a bench. We can't erase the chalking. It has become the art now, and is there to stay.
To the right of the frame, there are 2 hand beaded little purses made by a former sister in law. Too small to stand on their own, they work well in a grouping and act as a good filler. The workmanship is so fine that it is a shame to hide them away.
Under theb lackboard are 2 frames containing some beaded wire words that I purchased from an Etsy seller. They are french, and mean, mine, yours, ours, my.....something like that. Very old and brittle, I mounted them on a piece of muslin and framed them with cheapies from Ikea.
The Crucifix was one of seven identical ones purchased when my brother-in-law died. One was buried with him, and we all got one to keep in his memory. Naturally it is very special to us. It works really well in this grouping of odd bits. I didn't realise that a bottle of Tylenol was behind that case of tulips...sorry.
Above the cross are 2 Sid Dickens tiles. I have been collecting these for a whole now. I think they are beautifully made and they add another dimension to a wall grouping. Sid Dickens is from Vancouver.
When you create an art wall, whatever is below it on a surface becomes part of the display. In this case the arrangement was created with the lamp in mind, as well as the stack of books ever present on the nightstand.
Flowers, candles and all other bits become part of it too. The colours and shapes have to be considered before you put the nails in the wall.
Create further smaller display areas with trays. I have to stash small bits on a tray because Hannah Cat likes to get up here and start flicking things off. It keeps little bits like earrings safer. I have a little Gideon Bible (yes, they are meant to be taken from the hotel rooms, that's why they put them there ) that I have to place on top of my water glass otherwise she drinks my water at night. I learned this after many weeks of not remembering drinking my water much at night, only to wake up and hear her drinking. Yuk.