I'm moving into a new town home. My friends and I are very stylish girly girls. We're trying to find some really cute framed wall art. We're only 20 so we're into bright colors, Hello Kitty, zebra print, things of that nature. But it's been really hard to find art work for girls our age, and that's not too expensive. Any suggestions of where to look?
Calenders, card board, and ribbon. Calenders cost what? $7.00 at the most, and you instantly have 12 pics to use. use some stick glue to paste them to card board, and trim them out in some ribbon with neat buttons at the corners, or ANYTHING you can dream of. You could even use marshmallows, lol. Stick em to the wall using push pins!
Calendars are a good source; so are books, greeting cards, etc. You can buy mats and frames at the craft store, and end up with some really nice looking works. If you create a unifying element--such as the mat color, frame color, etc.--you can sort of mix and match the art. If you find an image online you like, (and if it is not copyrighted), copy it and have it blown up at the copy store. Similarly, you can trim images from greeting cards, and arrange them on a plain background.
You can sometimes get frames at the thrift store. Try blowing up photos--it is not nearly so expensive as you think. Turn some of the color ones to black and white (if you don't already have the software, you can download Picasa from Google for free), and frame them. Black and white photos can turn a mediocre photo into a real eye-catcher sometimes.
Here is a craft idea from Michaels.com using fabric and styrofoam sheets. Check it out.
Remember that Walmart carries styrofoam sheets in their craft department and they have the $1.50 and $2 a yard fabric tables. Tracey in Jacksonville FL
go to www.allposters.com
You will find free art you can download and print, or purchase for a small fee. Posters are great, as is calendar art like the gal said. Sometimes, you can go to the local craft shop and get some cheap scrapbooking paper! It's amazing what you can find now! Happy Decorating!
As an artist myself, I'd encourage you to buy original art (artwork made by an artist....not something from China or a poster or print that everyone in the world has.) You have an opportunity to support a talented artist and you'd feel good about owning something one-of-a-kind, unique, handmade in the USA. Go to the website, www.etsy.com EVERYTHING on there is handmade by artists. You can find things to hang on your walls, things for your kitchen, office, etc....you'll be amazed at the cool stuff! There is everything....art, jewelry, stationery, woodwork, glasswork, pottery. And there are good prices. You can even organize your search by price, so you only look at things within your budget. Have fun. You are in for a thrill!
-Lee in FL
ps. you can also try ebay. just search for art by 'self representing artists' and you'll find things there made by artists too.
Google "japanese posters" and see if anything suits you. I looked down about 1/3 on p.1 and there were some nicely sized pretty cheap ones. They may be too edgy, I was hoping for "kitty" ones right away. There may be some but further down. The fabric idea is a good one if you live in an area with a big cheap fabric store. Go for shiny and then pin up your photos or cut-out pictures on them at angles. Have fun.
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