Where do I find big, beautiful art that is inexpensive?

By: Amoore Nov 11, 2006
If you look at my profile, you will find 2 pictures of different rooms in our apartment. One room is our livingroom and the other our office. We recently moved in and our walls are BARE! Can anyone suggest where to find art that could help cover our walls while adding to style to our home?

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http://www.ederalan.com He's now online and facebook. He ALWAYS let his fans choose the price. Hes very generous. Check him out girl. He has new artwork up usually every month. 

I've got some for you! kellyreaves.com

I found THIS site, the program works well

I love creating big beautiful oil paintings! At the moment, my artworks of fruits, vegetables and other objects are small because I'm producing them for a daily painter's website, but I'd love to make a large one for the fun of it. Honestly, I love seeing ordinary objects - like pears, apple wedges, lemon slices - close-up and huge. Let me know if you'd like to create some artwork together.

Hit your local travel agents and see if they're throwing out any posters - especially (as far as my own tastes go) for oriental travel.

Or do the same with local theatres or cinemas - most travelling companies, drama, dance, whatever, take their posters on from place to place, but there are occasionally some left behind.  Or any other establishment you can think of that uses large posters for advertising or PR - even video rental shops often have the odd poster to spare.

In any of those places it's even better if you're a regular, of course.

Here's an idea... that I have done already (photo will follow).

Paint your wall in a matt colour

Choose a cool 2 dimensional design you like (I did a Yin/Yang symbol with thicker outer lines).

Paint the design on your wall with GLOSS paint of exactly the same colour..

This gives a really cool effect especially at night...that is subtle and a great conversation piece...

BUT

Be aware if you ever want to move out of a rental apartment or change the design you will have a problem as it's quite difficult to get the gloss paint off the wall !! Only solution is another design on top or wallpaper !

Find your favorite black and white photo (picture, even from a book).  Photocopy on high quality paper in sections blown up.  Instead of one huge picture, take one picture in 9 pieces (3x3). Hang in Ikea black square frames.  That will cover a lot of space and only costs the photocopies and frames.  Right?

I've picked up natural, handmade papers at farmers markets or other local community stores. They are pretty large pieces, thick, and worked well on my wall. I actually hung one on the wall, using very small nails in the top corners. In the past, I found lovely, bright sarongs at the local thrift/consignment and hung them up!

Another idea we are playing with for our condo (which has massive wall space) is to hang a curtain rod up on the wall and drape a delightful sheer and modern curtains. It gives a room the feel like there is a window or an open-ness that might not acually exist.

At work, we  mounted a rod from the ceiling and hungo plain, thick curtains to create a backdrop for our lobby. It also acts as a divider. Would be a good idea if you need to create some space or divide two rooms with no wall. 

Let us not forget thrift stores! I have found some large art pieces there for nearly nothing. I paid about ten dollars for a rather large, but unattractive landscape painting at a yard sale too. I simply painted right over it. At another second hand store, I found a beautiful batik piece that appears old, and as though it has been around a lot, it was in a frame. I paid four dollars for that, and it went up as is. 

So, scour the thrift stores such as salvation army, volunteers of america, or whatever may be local to you.  

Of course you could always hang a vintage rug or blanket, adding a rustic warm feel. 

 

You could do a mural on the wall or onto canvas.  Rent or borrow a projector from your local school or library. Find an image you like a just trace and fill in with your medium of choice.  Seal if necessary. This is as easy as a coloring book!

 

You could layer/decoupage sheet music, magazine clippings, etc for a modern look.  For a nice touch, do a solid outline of a particular object on top.  for example, ontop of asian writings in the background, place a babboo shapes ontop in a solid color to make it pop.

You could use left over CPU parts and create a modern piece by just gluing or screwing them onto a painted piece of plywood cut to size.

I know the School of the Art Institute (in Chicago) has an annual student art sale... I haven't actually been to the art sale, so I can't say for sure if there are deals to be found.  But, a local art school may be a good resource for some inexpensive wall art.

You can also hang up collections of things you like, either on shelves or in frames or directly on the wall.

For example, we are going to hang my boyfriend's guitar collection on the walls of the dining room (it will be a "rock and roll" theme). They are colorful and I think they're going to look great. Then we can choose a rug and other accessories (vases, etc.) that will accent the colors of the guitars. We are going to paint the walls first, because I think it will really add a lot to have color on the walls. I will post a picture on my profile when we are done (this could take months -- don't sit around waiting!).

You could do the same thing with any number of things -- vintage plates, wind-up toys, folk art statues, a quilt -- whatever you're into.

You could also use the rasterbator to take any photo and make a big graphic for the wall. a friend of mine bought a bunch of little frames at ikea or somewhere and rasterbated a photo and it looks very cool. and it's cheap so you can change it out whenever.

I'm a web designer with graphic design background so I am always looking for cheaps ways to get my own stuff printed. I have used  http://www.zazzle.com/ to upload my own images and have them printed and have been very happy with it so far. You can get poster prints from 16x11 to 52x35. I had a 52x35 printed and was rather amazed at the quality (good) for the price ($34.95).

Hey, guess what?  I make big, beautiful art that is very reasonable.  Well I admit the beautiful is open to debate, and I could be off about the reasonable as well... Let me know what those mean to you and I could be your solution!

Textiles are a wonderful alternative to framed paintings

- Beautiful ethnic tapestries can be found on E-bay, many from Central Asia/India. They are very cheap.

- Smallish antique or boutique quilts also work well

- You can take a large piece of pegboard, cover the front w/batting and then staple gun designer fabric to it. Makes an inexpensive and interesting wall hanging.

- High end scrapbook paper like Basic Grey (www.basicgrey.com) makes great frameable art. Max size is 12x12 but you can do a series of 8x10's grouped together. You can also print digital scrapbook paper on your printer and frame it (or create cool artwork if you're handy with photoshop). Good sources are www.jenwilsondesigns.com www.scrapartist.com www.designerdigitals.com

In Dallas there are several artists' consignment galleries that are much more affordable than the snooty uptown ones. Also, I've been to a few silent auction art fundraisers where great pieces are available for a relative pittance. The announcement card for a gallery opening has a detail from a painting that I loved but just couldn't fork over the buy. So I framed the postcard instead! A collection of several 5x7 frames with theme-linked images (postcards, notecards, or what-have-you) makes a nice collected set.

You can also make your own art at:

 

http://www.photo2canvas.com/

or try this website:

http://www.md-canvas.com/ 

Did you see DIY-Mavens latest post?

Hey Amy,

Another idea that works in a pinch is to find gift wrap that you like and frame it. I've done this before with wrapping paper from Snow & Graham. Here's the pattern I used:

Although, they have many other great patterns.  

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