The Reader’s Path

The Reader’s Path

Several weeks ago I stumbled upon this picture somewhere… out there… on the net. After a bit of searching, I came up with the original. It is titled "The Reader's Path", which was digitally created by "jerry8448". I purchased a 20" x 30" print of it from Deviant Art. (Notice the names of the books on spines 🙂

There is a few things you should know about me, if you don't already. First off… I love the world of fantasy. Duh, right? I love fantasy books, I love creating toys that allow children to play with fantasy characters, and I love letting my imagination soar in these worlds.

Next, I am a "geekish"… not brilliant enough to be a true "geek", but I've manage to surround myself with a cozy little nest of geeks 🙂 

Finally, I'm a "gamer". When my children were in college they started playing online games like Everquest and World of Warcraft. In the beginning, they dragged me kicking and screaming into these fantastical worlds, where I continually got lost and I would have thought I was more hassle than I was worth! But, I suppose I had long ago taught my wee ones that "A family that plays together, stays together", and they had no intention of leaving me behind! A 58 year old Gammy certainly isn't your typical gamer, but Azeroth has become a bit of a "home away from home" to me, and you'll still find me running amuck with my children in WOW.

Having said all that, I think you can understand why I fell in love with this picture. It appeals to my sense of fantasy, my interest in computers, my love of reading, and it resembles the worlds in which we game. Tim loved the picture, too, and after it came in we had it professionally framed using a wide, distressed frame and museum glass.

Then, came the question of where to hang the picture. I knew I wanted it in our family room where Tim and I have our computers. (They are side by side… very romantic 🙂 I knew from the start that I didn't want to hang the picture in a traditional way. Pictures hung flat on a wall can be overlooked. I wanted this picture to "pull you in" to a world of fantasy. I decided to hang it on a 45 degree angle in the corner. I went on line to try to figure out how to accomplish this. I couldn't find a single posting where someone hung a picture in a corner.

Well, leave it to Tim to accommodate my wild whims!  He came up with an awesome way to hang a corner picture, and I thought I'd share it, incase you were ever so inclined 🙂

He began my cutting a 1" x 3" board an 1/8" smaller than the width of the picture frame. He than cut the ends on 45 degree angles. We determined where we wanted the board, and he screwed both ends into the wall. (He used molly bolts in the dry wall.)

Our picture had a wire on the back for hanging. Using 2 pan screws (wide, flat headed screws) we simply attached the picture to the wooden bar.

Wah-lah… a rather unorthodox way to hang a picture, but it creates an interesting effect, inviting you to walk up the path into a world of fantasy. Note: I am disappointed that my photos really don't do this justice. It really is quite striking. My work table faces the picture. I must admit I often find myself daydreaming as I cautiously climb the books, on the lookout for fairies and gnomes 🙂

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  1. I love your way of displaying the picture. May you could create a fairy or gnome looking around the side or over the top of the frame.

  2. I LOVE how you hung this in the corner. It almost looks like you are walking into the depths of the room itself.

  3. That is so neat. I love it!

  4. WOW! What a great picture and a fantastic place for it…. sort of a through the looking glass moment!

  5. That is beautiful!! I can only imagine how much more inviting it is in your home. Wow. It looks great :-). Good work!

  6. Just like some people are natural atheletes, creativity, in all forms, seems to come so naturally to you. Never, ever, in a million years, would I have EVER come up with the idea to hang a picture in the corner of the room. Now, thanks to you, I can vizualize it quite nicely and there WILL be a picture, somewhere in my house, hung this way. You are also so creative with words. I’m a reader, not a writer, a crafter, not a designer. I am just so thankful for people like you that make if easier for me to bring beauty and laughter into our home.



    1. I was thinking the same thing, Colleen… the corner picture.. brilliant!!

  7. Before I read the first word of your post I was already thinking about how to get that print! And I love how you framed it and hung it in the corner. It’s the perfect print for a corner as the past disappears into the mist. LOVE IT!
    ~ joey ~

    1. oops, that was meant to say the “path” not “past” disappearing into the mist! ha ha!

      1. I loved the picture, but it was uncanny how the background color is exactly the same as my wall color, which really gives you a feeling of crossing the threshold into another world. I am still mesmerized by it myself 🙂

  8. What a perfectly inviting vignette! Think I need to request a copy of that picture for Mother’s Day, and find my own corner to hang it in. Perhaps you’ve started a trend? Thank you for that!

  9. Here I was feeling of so clever, and it seems I am not the first person to hang a picture in the corner : ) I guess there is no such thing as a brand new idea! I stumbled upon this link today that has a special hook for hanging pictures in a corner. Here's a video…

    And you can order here

    They come in two sizes and can hang pictures 8" to 24"

    The small hooks cost $17.00 and the large ones $20.00

    In comparison, our technique cost about $1.

    It's just an interesting option that I wanted to share : )

  10. I love this pic too :O) And i love the concept of hanging it in the corner like that – great thinking :O) I bet if you took a pic looking up from the base of your comfy chair it would look like you could clamber across it and straight into the frame ……
    Thanks for the eye candy :O) – Ani

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