Create an interesting antique wall collage from assorted antique pictures, art forms, and collectible wall hangings. At first, it may seem like you have a "hodgepodge" of garage sale and antique shop finds that you can do nothing with. Try these techniques to assemble a wall collage that pleases the eye and enhances an otherwise boring wall space.
- Measure your total space on the wall, and then use a tape measure or some string to mark off the same amount of space on the floor.
- Assemble and reassemble. By placing all of your art pieces into an arrangement on the floor in front of your bare wall, you can create an art structure that fits together like a puzzle. Move every piece around until the pieces begin to fit together.
- Look for colors. If you have complementary colors in your collections, it may be that one piece will visually pull the colors from another. Do not place the same colors right next to each other, but spread them out. Place them in opposite corners.
- Spacing. In a wall collage, spacing is critical. It depends on how much wall space you have to work with, but generally small spaces between art pieces are more effective. Decide how much space you like between pieces (1/2 inch or 1 inch).
- Height and width of your wall collage must be decided up front. Keep the rule of "pictures at eye level" in mind. Use some removable tape to mark off the area on the wall. Stand back to get an idea of whether or not centering the wall collage will work. You do not want it to be too low or too high.
- Ready to hang. Once you have your antique wall collage assembled the way you like it on the floor, you are ready to move it to the wall. Start with the largest pieces in the center, and work outward, making sure you use the correct measurement between pieces. Try to place difference types art forms next to each other to break up the line.
You can enjoy an antique wall collage that contains family history pieces, collectibles from trips afar, or just "stuff" you have picked up at the local flea market on a Saturday morning. If you did some Spring cleaning and you hate to throw away fine pictures and artwork, this is an organized way to display the treasures you love.