Sunday, August 20, 2023

Elevating Elegance: Adding Magazine Photos as Art to My Gallery Wall

Hey there! How is everything going in your part of the world? Here in Texas, there is still no sign of cooler temps.  We had a small cold front come thru and lower our temps to the nineties and it was glorious.  I'll take the nineties, just leave the 100 plus degree days out completely please!   Maybe sometime soon it will feel more like Fall, just not anytime too soon.

Let's talk gallery walls and free art!

Gallery walls have become more than just a decorative trend; they're a canvas for personal expression, an avenue to curate a story within your space. While traditional artworks hold their charm, using magazine photos as art in a gallery wall adds a layer of dynamic flair that is both visually engaging and emotionally resonant, not to mention free! In this blog post, I'll explore the art of adding a stunning magazine photo to my gallery wall.

Embracing Themes and Styles

Whether you're drawn to vintage glamour or contemporary minimalism, magazine photos can help you achieve the desired theme and style for your gallery wall. Create a cohesive aesthetic by focusing on a specific genre of images, like travel photos for a wanderlust-inspired gallery. Alternatively, mix and match genres to evoke a sense of eclectic charm that resonates with your personality.

Mister Zel is always here to help make my photos amazing! *wink*

I grabbed this magazine from work. We get at least 5 magazines per week, so I knew when I saw this cover, it was going home with me.

DIY Creativity

One of the most exciting aspects of using magazine photos in your gallery wall is the opportunity to infuse your personal touch. Cut out images that resonate with you and frame them using a variety of materials, such as simple wooden frames, ornate vintage ones, or even sleek modern options. The act of physically handling the photos and crafting the frames deepens your connection to the art. I love sunflowers, so guess which one I chose?

I grabbed my scissors and scored a line done the edge so I could remove the page easily. This magazine is full of Texas beauty!

From Imitation to Innovation

While imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, true artistic growth comes from pushing boundaries and embracing innovation. Use the magazine photo as a launchpad, experimenting with different techniques, styles, and mediums. Blend realism with abstraction, infuse vibrant colors into a monochromatic scene, or play with texture to add depth and dimension. The aim is not to recreate the image verbatim, but to infuse it with your own artistic voice.

HINT: I change the photos out in this frame to suit whatever theme I'm going for. I keep lots of prints stashed behind the one I'm currently showing off.

Injecting Sentimental Value

Personalize your gallery wall by incorporating magazine photos that hold sentimental value. These could be images from your favorite articles, images that remind you of cherished memories, or snapshots of sunflowers that you really adore. This infusion of personal connection transforms your gallery wall into a unique reflection of your life.


Creating a gallery wall with magazine photos as art is a transformative experience that adds a layer of depth and creativity to your space. From embracing diverse themes to experimenting with layouts, the process allows you to express your individuality while curating a visual feast for the eyes. As you embark on this artistic journey, remember that your gallery wall is an evolving masterpiece that evolves with you, reflecting the beauty of life's moments captured within the pages of magazines.

For more views of this gallery wall, visit my Instagram. I post every single day. Find me @TexasBlueBunglaow on Instagram.

If you loved any of these ideas and want to save them for later, be sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board.  I have a Pinterest board set up for all kinds of farmhouse decorating ideas and it's called Farmhouse Decor Ideas.  I'm pinning something new on Pinterest every day. Won't you join me?

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  1. Such a fun idea!! I've done this too with beautiful magazine photos. It's such an inexpensive way to create art for your home! thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

    1. Hi there! Thank you so much sweet friend! :)

  2. You had me at "free art". Your gallery wall looks amazing and all the more impressive considering the price tag. Thank you for sharing this post on the Home Imagined Link party!


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