Making a Mini Gallery of Art

It took me forever to write this post, not because it’s so complicated but because I haveno idea what this thing is called! Wall art? Art collage? I don’t know. Does it even have a name…?

UPDATE: Recent musings of the internet indicate that this might be called a Gallery.

Anywho, Tim and I have wanted to put something above our radio for a while. It used to look like this which was fine, but it just didn’t feel balanced with the mantle or anything else in the room really. Just a little bare… Tim came up with the idea of putting a bunch of pictures together. Something like this by the incredible Emily Henderson, but smaller:

I was totally on board, but it took a surprisingly long time to get the artwork together. Here’s our version with a closeup!!

Here’s the breakdown of stuff…

  • The postcards are from an antique store in Salem, MA - $2 to $4 each
  • The key art was from the same store - $25 (it’s a little more than I wanted to spend, but I priced out making my own and this was actually a good deal. Keys were $2-$3 each, plus burlap, a frame, and taking the time to do it)
  • The silhouettes are from an antique store in upstate NY - $15 for the pair
  • The metal bird was from a design store in Encinitas, CA - about $6 (can’t remember exactly)

I wish I remembered all of the store names, but it’s been a while. I’ll try to do better next time :)

Either way, it’s a great little addition to our living room. I’m really excited to keep collecting more wall art. Happy-sadly Tim and I will be moving in a month into a new apartment in San Diego, CA. We can’t paint the walls there, so I’m sure we’re going to use a lot of wall art. More wall-art-collections-collages-combinationsofpicturestogethers.

Sigh… if you know what it’s called let me know!