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Ways to Display Your Art

Lesson 25 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Ways to Display Your Art

Lesson 25 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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25. Ways to Display Your Art

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Ways to Display Your Art

so I'm gonna show you some examples over here on ways to display your art. So the 1st was this Reicher Mount box. Now, we talked a little bit about this before, um, when we were talking about ways to have a sketchbook and this is a butterfly box or a Reicher mount or a specimen container and it's just a little box. It has these pins and the sides that keep it from falling apart, and you can order him on the Internet. It comes with a little piece of padding in there, and you just cut up any little scrap of drawing that you do that day and put it in there. And if you want, you could buy these hooks separately. They even have stands that hold him up on the table. Put it in there, put the cover on so you don't need to buy a frame. There's no special framing or, and then you could put Ben's back in. I'm just hang it right up on the wall. So here we haven't example they make a great kind of a gallery. All the display that come in all different sizes, big ones, little ones medium ones even h...

ave teeny tiny ones, and you can hang him up by the hook. Or you can also just shove pins in the back box that's in their shovel Monster pins in there, and then it's permanent on the wall and you just take the top off anytime you want. And I recommend, you know, if you're doing a a daily sketch instead of doing it in a sketchbook, do it on a piece of paper and then just change it out. Or, if you are doing it in a sketchbook, you can also just take your sketchbook and hang it up by some clips like this. Um, so what I have is my little Moleskine notebook, and I do a lot of color, and I hung it up. Just clipped it. Tomorrow. If I do a different sketch in it, I'll turn the page. Probably Requip it. Just keep it up all the time, just like you would have your guitar hanging on the wall. I guess this is something I kind of wanted to point out to you, because this is just a little extra added bonus. This is great for travel, so you know how in the last segment, we were painting with the wash, and I was emphasizing a lot that this watercolor is not permanent. And if you get it wet and come into it, it's gonna lift up again. So we like to use those things to their advantage. And what you can dio is you could just take a little piece of paper and you can coat it with medium or not. This one's not even coated and real thick. Just put some dots of your favorite paint on there. You can get watercolors in a tube, or you can get the wash in a tube and just paid it on there. So now this is basically like the tiniest, most portable watercolor palette You could have you could. You could shove this in your wallet because when you get your your brush wet and you re dip into this and smear it around now your brush is gonna be loaded with blue, and you can do a teeny tiny little painting like that and not even have to carry a paint set with you. Another thing. Great weight. Display your art. So we've been working on clipboards all the time, just to keep our paper flat in case there's a problem with a wrinkles in our table. Just keep your art on your clipboard and hang your clipboard on the wall, and these also make a great gallery display. Stack a whole bunch of them, you know, like have seven clipboards hanging on your wall and seven blank pieces of paper and just tell yourself when you come home. Oh, there's my paper. Better fill a debt. What am I drawing this week? Oh, I'm drawing me dinner everyday. Draw your dinner, put on your clipboard and you'll have the whole gallery every week and you can Then you know, snap that put it on instagram. Whatever you want to dio share it with the world, even if it's just your dog home. Also, clips, clips, clip more clips. These clips come in all kinds of fancy colors now copper clips, white Cup clips with copper. They make ones that air just fully made out of wire. These air just regular office supply stores. I think I got these target, but they're super decorative now, So any painting you've done like I have messy edges on these I didn't even bother to tape it off, and I think it still looks neat, just clipped to the wall with some thumbtacks like that. Course your most basic go to here is Washington. Just tape you're going to the wall. Don't even have to worry about eclipse. And watching tape isn't gonna really damage your drawing or your wall too much, either. Because it's it's pretty removable. Um, here's another example. I started doing a little sketch in this notebook. This is just a spiral bound notebook with lines on it. I don't usually paint on lines, but here I started a little sketch. I got a little carried away. I even put some metallics in here, ended up being like a full on painting. But it's in like my notebook that I would like keep class boats in or something so that, well, I'm just gonna hang it up like it's OK if it's sort of this not against the art paper, it can still just go up on the wall also with this one. These are just my tracings and this tracing in particular. I did all my black lines and I transferred it on, and I was gonna paint it, but I kind of liked it so much. I put just a few tiny little white highlights on it and really made it pop. And I saved all my stuff. And this I was just trying out, like, Do I want to use coated paper or not coated paper? What samples of colors, removing techniques, different blues. But I think sometimes I think that if you save the scraps before the finished piece, they really hold the most promise because that's when you're inspired and you've got this great idea in your head and it hasn't really come to fruition yet. And it it shows this moment of inspiration that when I go back and look at it again, I kind of get that feeling again, looking at it like, Oh, I love that I love that when I'm like just about toe bust out and do that Good idea. So I like to save those scraps and just look at him. So I think they make my start to, And then there's the clothes line. So I just took. I was practicing doing our Lord different candy techniques that we just painted, and I thought, What if I do some metallics and some colors, and I did a whole bunch of them and I thought, Well, let's hang him up. So I I just tore out pieces of a notebook because I really like that kind of office supply. Look, but you could do this on a fancy bunting, you know, like a banner with flags or something to. And then it looks nice if you add some tassels. Is there a little tassels like made? So let's make this one. This looks kind of fancy. Where again, we're doing that kind of, Ah, school science chart chalkboard. Look, maybe we have a little bit of a scroll, like where people do a fabric scroll calligraphy type of thing. Those are inspirations for it, but again, it's just trying not to use too fancy of materials. So there's there's archival, high quality stuff, and you can get to that. But I think it's great to just hang up what you have. So I have this little drawing that kind of reminded me of a little chalkboard. I thought, Well, let's make it look a little bit more like one of those chalkboard displays, so I got some chopsticks you know, those aren't expensive. Uh, and this is just wine. This happens to be waxed linen thread because I'm going to do some book binding, and I like this for that, So I'm going to use it for this also and have some sisters. So I take my drawing and it's just the right size for these. Carefully break him apart. Now, if you were drawing with any bigger than these chopsticks, you would go find a piece of wood trim. You know, like in a hardware store they make would term in every size. And they actually went sell kits on how you can hang posters this way, and they just get a court around for the hardware store and they take some double stick tape. They tape it to the wood from the hardware store and storing it up, and it's it becomes like the fancy kit on on how to hang your your poster like a school chart. Or you can use chopsticks. I broke my chopsticks a little crooked, so I'm fixing that. Okay, so there's a narrow end and a wide end. I think I'm gonna go narrow toe. Why doesn't matter at all your own aesthetics and I'm going to cut a piece of string longer than I need just time together. OK, drop it twice and tie a square knot left over right. And right over left or the other way around. But that makes the square dot Okay, to chop six tied together with a square. Not gonna slip that over the top of this. Pull it down a little further than I need. I want that to be about that far. Do it again. Hey, this one's right over left and then left over right? Just to keep you on your toes. Okay, Now that's in there. And then when I slide it a little further than I who Please don't come out. OK, slide it up there. Sometimes your chopsticks aren't very even. Okay, way got so trim the ends and I'm gonna take my glue stick. I'm just gonna run a little bit of glue pulling this out further than I need. Teoh doesn't want Teoh. Okay, there run a little bit of glue down along here. That way, when I slide this back and I let it dry, that'll stick together and I won't have to fight it so much. Now, this paper is, um it's pretty thick. This is just some Mike, uh, poster board. I think it was just a scrap I had left over from something. So I could just hang that up like that if I wanted. But this other paper that I had when I did this sample, that was some thinner paper. So I just tied these two together on the bottom. Same way on Lee. I used smaller pieces like this. Didn't have the string in between. Okay, a little bit like the educational charts that you had referenced earlier. Yes, there's old pull down. It's a theme. I can tell. That's not of interest. No, it's fun because it's super simple and easy. Ha! And what? I've been looking at a lot of those charts lately, and I noticed a lot of the backgrounds are black like, huh? Why would that be? And then I realized Oh, that's because people pulled those down in front of their chalkboards and they wanted him to look like people drawing on a chalkboard like I like black backgrounds. Okay, so that's essentially what you dio do the other side to glue the bottom on the same way I did it. And then, you know, you could make yourself Ah, whole little collection of art hanging on chopsticks. And if you want, I've done some where I just took my same wash paint. So watercolors, any kind of pain you have around water down and you can paint your chopsticks and, like, bright colors or metallics or anything you want, but I kind of wanted to keep him playing toe. Look in that school science chart. Look. So again, another collection on I bet you could probably even do this, like with napkins in a restaurant here for your free stuff you're collecting. Uh, then we have one more technique that I'm gonna show you with this one. And this is wood veneer edge banding. So I had this little drawing and what I did, was I Actually I was experimenting with things I could put through my my new scanner. So I scanned a dishcloth, and I put a piece of this is mulberry paper. It's often called rice paper, but has nothing do with rice? Um, and I put that through my scanner. I'm through my printer and my scanner and I just printed a dish cloth on this paper just for fun gives you a great background to paint on. So once you already have a really nice background, you don't have to paint very much at all. I just I painted a sport. Come highlights works and just picking up some white background, some green paint and pencil over it, a spork on a dishcloth. But I wanted to frame it. So I thought maybe a spork on a dish cloth didn't require me going out and getting a custom frame because this is kind of an awkward size, so I'm framing it on this now. What this is is wood veneer edge banding. This is something you can get. This it Home Depot or lumber yards, Not necessarily at the hardware store, because this is a woodworking tool. I suggest ordering it because it does come in two different styles. This one has iron on on the back, and if I wanted to get out and iron right now, I could iron it all in the paper. It also comes in self adhesive where you can peel off the back. I think that one is not as good for carpentry because it comes off. It won't hold up on the edge of your sink as well. So it's a It's a little bit harder to find, but for our purposes, it would be great. Um, but I'm just gonna use my glue stick. And that works just as well. So as you can see, I've gotten started. I'm making all my edges. This is actual real wood. This is cherry wood with blue on the back. I cut a piece, so it's just a little bit easier to deal with. I haven't angle. And then I just start, Lay it where I want it, right? Like that. Take that angle from the edge. Now you have a few choices. If you're super particular about this, you can use a blade and do some measuring. I'm gonna use a pencil. Just draw a little line and cut it with my sisters. See how that looks. Okay, that looks pretty good. Same thing on the other side, so I know I'm going to start right there. I'm gonna put that right there. Try a little wine. Okay? Cannot my trusty glue stick. So I'm going right over that iron on stuff, and this seems to work pretty well. I think it it likes the glue. Put it down there and you do have to press is under a book for a while just to get it toe to stay out, I would leave it overnight under a book. Now what I did is keeping with the school in office theme. My background paper that I used was a file folder, one of these hanging file folders, so that's a little bit flimsy. And for sure, if I put would with glue on one side of something that flimsy along and long, it's gonna work. And although I don't mind to a little bit of warping, its gonna really get wrinkled on the wall. So any time something is working on, you paid the back with the same thing. You painted the front and that'll even it back up. If you If there's no paint on it, you can spray the back with a little water and press just very lightly with water press. Press it under a book, and as it dries, it'll flatten back out. In this case, there's no pain on this, so I put the edge edge banding on the back also. So I've got it now nicely on my front, And it's also on my back just to offer some more support. And also, if I want, I can hang something else on the back. Then you can use a tiny hole punch. You can use an all. This isn't all. This is a book binding also with a lot sharper than a regular carpet for you all and poke some holes in it. Hey, again, I used the's a lot because I don't like to matter. So I just lying things up on this. Okay, take your same strain. And here I'm making a loop, just going in one side, back out the other side. And then sometimes you have to re cut your string ticketed in that tiny little hole or just make your whole a lot bigger. Okay? Then get it in there. So it's a loop. Decide how high you wanted. Hang. I want to take that high. Tie it off now. You have a choice here. If you like it, toe hang this way. Or if you like, it's hang that way with string in the front. Actually, I would put that on the back with the string in the front. So I'm gonna go with this way. Okay. On this, I'm in a loose ticket. I left a gap when I measured how big this piece was going to be. I left a gap around it because I wanted to be able to see my green. I liked it a lot There. That is another nice piece that add to our gallery wall.

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This fun course is perfect for the beginner that wants to learn how to draw with pencil. Cleo had lots of great tips and techniques that are easy to employ and you can get started with whatever supplies you have around the house (back of the envelope and a #2 pencil..). It is great to have more fuel for my creative habit!


I thought this course was great! Cleo broke down the fundamentals of drawing in a way that was easy to understand. I was particularly impressed by the different tracing paper techniques and using the pencil as a measuring tool. After taking this class I can now look at drawings and identify the techniques that were used to accomplish them and that's an awesome feeling :)


This class is fantastic for getting you off and running for a daily practice of drawing and DIY exhibition. The range of techniques that Cleo goes over are easy to follow and enable you to create something that has potential! I am inspired to apply what I have learn in this class right away. I primarily work in the digital space, so spending time developing analog skills with an experienced instructor has been so valuable for me and my work. And as a side note, I loved focusing on everyday things (keys, scissors, etc.) and bringing out the character and beauty of those objects in our drawings.

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