I am a firm believer that one can NEVER have too many paintings, or books. Unless they are ones you created yourself! I also believe that paintings tend to look better framed, unless they are on deep gallery wrapped canvas. Although my cradled wood panels have narrow profiles (1-2cm), they will look great on their own or in a frame. It depends on the size and whether you hang them in a group of other paintings or on their own. You can see how they look below.
I’ve had to re-jig my gallery wall in my dining room to accommodate the new paintings I created. I found some plain black inexpensive picture frames that I could easily pop the 10×12 inch paintings on canvas board into. The narrow black frame really makes the painting stand out and is great to hang on my wall for the time being, but I would recommend a more substantial frame. I also found an 8×8 inch square frame for my mixed media painting on cradled wood panel. Although it looked good unframed, I think it looks better now as it is a small piece. The sides also have a narrow profile which makes it easy to put into a frame. I did the same for my yellow teapot, which I love even more now that it is framed. My husband re-used picture hooks, the kind you tap into the wall, to anchor the painting to the frame as the profile didn’t protrude enough to use standard z-clips.
I’ve had to move some of the paintings from my gallery wall into other rooms or onto different walls. You can see that I found a bit of space behind my dining room door for the teapot and key paintings! I may soon run out of wall space altogether. I have picture rails in the main rooms of my house and hang paintings from them as I am constantly making paintings and moving them about. This way I don’t have to worry about holes in the walls. I am saving up for a tracking system for the hallways so I can hang even more paintings. I have a stash of rescued paintings in the loft that are begging to be hung.
I can safely say at this point that I do have too many paintings! If you would like to help me out, I have a coupon code for free Domestic shipping in my Etsy shop. The code is: FREE75 and is valid until the 31st of August for orders of £75 and over. To get to my shop, please click on the link on the sidebar of my blog.
I am considering free shipping for international orders and am working out a minimum spend price to make it worthwhile. All suggestions will be considered.
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