I stumbled upon this book a few years ago at Midtown Global Market and immediately fell head over heals in love with the drawings of John Bauer. So fantastical, so mystical, lots of little blonde sprites, and many many trolls. I liked the idea of incorporating Bauer’s art into my home; not only was it gorgeous but it was a little nod to my Swedish roots. So I did a bad bad thing…I cut up said book so that I could hang those glossy prints in my home!:O BUT don’t write me off now! The end result makes up for my naughtiness!!!
These are the prints I chose (after much painstaking deliberation lol;P)
First, I set out to find frames. I needed something cheap, cheap, cheap, so where else do I turn but the ever-inexpensive IKEA…You can’t get more Swedish than that! Haha;P I found these perfect cream colored frames which blend nicely into our cream-colored apartment walls…this makes for a neat effect; I think the art looks as if it is floating in space whereas with black frames, the art can seem more contained.
Now for the arrangement. There are lots of blogs out there that will tell you that whenever you do an art montage on the wall, you should get out the butcher paper, cut it to the size of each picture, arrange accordingly with tape on the wall, THEN hang. Well to that I say, “Phooey! That is waaaay too time-consuming!” All you need is a floor to arrange your pictures on (see above) and a few friends or family to hold up the arrangement on the wall and put in nails while you stand back and yell, “More to the left! No, not that much!! Now a teensie weensie bit to the right…PERFECT!” It’s a lot more fun and guaranteed half the time!
Now for a few side notes:
I got these two prints from a lovely website called Zazzle which sells an amazing variety of prints for an inexpensive price. The best thing about the site though is that you can customize the size of the print. So say you have a lovely frame that is an odd size; simply measure, put those measurements into Zazzle, and your print is delivered custom-sized! Spectacular! Finally, if you do decide to butcher a book, don’t be afraid of using a page that has snippets of the story’s text attached to it. (This specific story is actually horrifying: A Merman kidnaps this young girl against her will, impregnates her many times, and forces her to live in the sea with him. She eventually abandons all her children and goes to live on land again…not one for the small kiddos) But including a little snippet of the actual story adds visual interest and draws people in to examine your arrangement more closely. All of this cost less than $75 including the price of prints, frames, and even the book! I would venture to say that that’s considerably less than your average single art piece, so what’s stopping you from creating a neat art wall all your own?:D share w/ me; I’d love to see what you come up with!<3
xoxo chloe ella