Crafts To Make For Christmas Decorations

Crafts To Make For Christmas Decorations


Over the past month I arranged an objective to print some of my work and make use of it to decorate my home. As photography enthusiasts, we commit our time and talents to develop our skills so that in the end we can create artwork! I like to think of designs as the icing on the wedding cake. After all of the hard work, there's nothing more satisfying than viewing your images on the net and viewed as art!

Crafts To Make For Christmas Decorations

Crafts To Make For Christmas Decorations
Crafts To Make For Christmas Decorations

  1. Think About Size

    Smaller artwork is better to come across, it's simpler to store and it's generally cheaper - so most people have a lot more small stuff, which works great if you have a snug bedroom, or a cramped hallway. However in an expansive room with high ceilings? Not really much.

    Think about the wall around a bit of art as part of the art. You want to buy to be always a natural extension of what's there. In case the art's too small, it will be stressed by the emptiness and disappear - and it will give off a timid and helpless vibe. Whether it's too big, it'll feel like a huge wearing too-small slacks - also not a good look.

    For large spaces, there are several solutions: the first is simply looking for greater works of art. The second reason is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about that below). And the 3rd is by using several pieces of art in combination with each other, to produce a larger piece.

    With high ceilings and large walls, a small piece of artwork above the bed simply won't do.

    As an example, in my home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 foot in height. Just a little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't going to trim it. I needed something bigger.

  2. Choose a Kind of Artwork That Works

    Art work isn't only a framed print out or poster. There are quite additional decorative choices you may make. For instance, buying a wall-mounted shelf and placing figurines or vases onto it can be considered a great way to decorate a larger space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate adornments to take up a more substantial space could work well, such as this Umbra Wallflower establish - check out their site for further options.

    Other choices include mounting attractive plates in a row, adding a large mirror or using decals - which can be surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Have a look at WallPops!, for a few ideas.

    When deciding what you want to put on a wall membrane, it's okay to think outside the box. A large framed picture is often the least interesting (and often most expensive) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I decided to go with three 16"x20" framed designs - rather orthodox.)

  1. When using a collection of different coloured and textured structures, choose black and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Black colored & white images can also supply the display a more unified look. I needed my friend Kristen from Studio room7 Interior Design help me choose attractive frames & fine art for a small gallery wall in my own entry.

    This is a wall that would normally go un-noticed. I wanted to turn it into a center point. I held all my images in black & white except the family photography in the center. The target was to draw the attention there first, then to the dark & white images in the external frames. In the same way as effective would be to choose vibrant images for solid black casings or solid white framessuch as this wall structure, also designed by my pal Kristen.

  2. Choose larger size images and canvases for areas where you can see them over the room. What's the point in stamping small 4x6's and 5x7's if you cannot see them unless you walk up to them?

    The designs on my mantel would have to be big (at least 16x20) in order to take pleasure from them from over the room. The big an example may be a 22x27 inch size. I actually would have gone bigger for the area available, but I didn't want to pay the attractive trim-work of the entire mantel. So, definitely, consider the area you are filling up when deciding how big you can go.

    I also chose a more timeless, creative image of my children walking, rather an enormous portrait of our faces. This is an individual decision when i was taking a more artistic feel that proceeded to go with the style and colors of the room. Even though our faces remain unseen, we are incredibly well displayed by the structure in the image as well as in the close up of the kids in the image next to it.

  3. Too many portraits all over your home? Try switching a few of your images into artwork using the Waterlogue app! That is a good way to use your images, but provide them with some other look. My interior design friend recommends displaying skill or still life/food in your kitchen, rather than portraits. A graphic transformed through this application might be considered a good solution. Here's an example of an image turned into skill using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)

  4. Choose photos to display that were taken in that one room of your home. For instance, food photography in the kitchen, lifestyle images in the family room, bath images of your children in the tub viewed in the toilet, plus more personal images in the bed room.

    The other day I determined I had a need to fill the space above a doorway in my own kitchen with some food images.

    Considerations I made before I took the images:

    1. Just how much space I needed to fill and just how many images.

    2. Appropriate size for this space.

    3. The style/colors that could go well in my own kitchen.

    4. How those images would look from across the room.

    Because I couldn't go bigger than a 10x10, I thought we would use my macro lens and tried to fully capture close-up textures of the berries vs. a far more styled shot with atmosphere that could be harder to see from over the room.

  5. Edit your photographs to match the design of the space it will be in. For example, light and airy, rich in color & distinction, dark & white, etc. Also, if you are displaying images jointly, edit them hand and hand in your editing program to be sure they combine well and the colour is steady from image to image.

    I did this with my berries images. I moved them around in Photoshop to help me imagine how they would look hung. I segregated the blueberry image (mainly blue) and the grapefruit (blue background) with the yellowish pineapple in the centre so each image would stick out and look balanced next to each other.

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