Wall Art

25 Jul

Want a conversation starter for some yawn of a wall in your house? Try this easy wall art idea.

An inspiring home begets inspiration, so first, pick a theme that inspires you.

For instance, when we remodeled our bathroom, we found a newspaper from 1930 layered among the floor boards, which gave me an idea …

I clipped out the paper masthead, date, and a few ads and stories that tickled my fancy about the time period. Then I arranged my clippings on a piece of uncut matting and popped it into a basic frame. Simple, and now I have one-of-kind art piece with interest and meaning.

Here are a couple of ways you can riff on this idea:

  • Copy newspaper clippings at the library from the year your house was built.
  • Use stories from the newspaper your mom saved when you were born.
  • Use historic records about your ancestors. Check online or your local library.
  • Copy pictures from a certain time period that appeals to your personality or design style.
  • Make a collage of old family portraits and bits of journal entries and letters.
  • Find old newspaper clippings particular to the theme of your room: sports den, office, toy room, home theater, etc.

Tip: Make sure the glass in your frame will protect your art from fading. Check with the sales clerk. Places like Aaron Brothers are a good bet, with reasonable prices and a pretty good selection (no, they didn’t pay me to say that).

If you’ve created something like this, please share a photo. And if this inspires you to make your own clippings art, share that, too!

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14 Responses to “Wall Art”

  1. Roooooger July 25, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    That’s actually really cool, Angela. I want to find old 1930 news papers in my floorboards……

    • Angela Taylor Hylland July 27, 2012 at 9:41 am #

      Thanks, Roger. Maybe we should tear up your floor boards when I come to SF, just to check? 😉

  2. Amelia Barney July 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    i really like the copper frame. It looks so awesome with the old newsprint. Thanks for the idea of copying the newspaper from when i was born. Or it could be the day i got married. Did you make the frame?


    • Angela Taylor Hylland July 27, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      I wish I could make a frame like that! I got this one at Aaron Brothers about two years ago. I don’t know if they still carry it. Great suggestion about the wedding day papers, by the way, and thanks for commenting!

  3. Julie Jordan Scott (@juliejordanscot) August 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi! I came over from Bloggy Moms and my immediate thought was… “What a great idea for the bathroom!” You know, people need something to do while they’re sitting around… ha ha ha.

    I will make some of your suggested art and put up a post about it, K? Most of my art includes old book pages I paint and collage or make mixed media with, so this will be a fun addition to that work….

    • Angela Taylor Hylland August 10, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      That would be fantastic, Julie! I’ll look forward to seeing what you create …


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