Filling your Home with Original Art on a Budget

I truly believe that the art on your walls is what makes your home yours.  It’s what separates generic & unique, boring & intriguing.  To clarify, I’m talking real art.  Paintings. Drawings. Collages. Pottery. Letterpress prints. Tapestries. Carvings. Reliefs. Illustrations.

Let me try to sum up what the term *real art* brings to mind for many people: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

There is nothing wrong with investing in a piece or two that you truly love, but that is a conversation for a different day.  Today I’m going to walk you through filling your home with great art on a meager budget.  So scrap the Target prints (No, seriously. Burn them!), put on your best beret, and read on, my future art scavengers.

The cheapest and easiest way to get art that you love is to make it yourself.  I know I know, you didn’t inherit the Bob Ross gene.  Your happy trees are more like confused trees.  That’s ok.  You’re not trying to get into Art Basel here, you just want to make your house look nice.  The internet (namely, Pinterest) is full of DIY ideas for the art-novice.  Here are a few of my favorites:

You can use your doodles as inspiration for a painting to add a little weirdness to your home

Pin a map with places you’ve been • Alter a book page • Grab some scissors, some glue, and a National Geographic and make a collage • Make string art • Get out the paints and a canvas and go nuts • make paint chip art • frame mementos that you love in a shadowbox like this. • ask friends to send you their art •

But if you really can’t imagine yourself or anyone you know picking up a paintbrush, that is perfectly fine and I still think you’re awesome!  Here are three ways you can buy *real* art on the cheap:

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    We snagged this beautiful signed print at a garage sale for $20!

    Garage sales– Believe it or not, there are crazy people out there that get rid of original art.  I’ve found gorgeous artwork at garage and estate sales.

  2. Thift Stores– Apartment therapy even has this awesome list of ways to update thrift store art.
  3. Small gallery shows– The big, fancy galleries are the more common ones, but it’s not hard to find smaller gallery show openings (sometimes in coffee shops or empty store-fronts)  that often have prints and other art available for cheap.  A quick google search should tell you if your city has an Art Walk.  These usually occur monthly, and are a great place to find inexpensive & high quality art, and explore your town!
  4. College art sales– the next up and coming contemporary artists are probably still in
    This great little “Dia de los Muertos” piece that currently resides on my nightstand was purchased at a college Printmaking Sale for $5.                      (the nose on the right holds my glasses when I’m not wearing them)

    school, and students need to eat!  Check around your local art schools for upcoming events.  These are great ways to buy gorgeous pottery, prints, & paintings, for very cheap.

  5. Farmer’s Markets and Art Fairs- these are not as dirt-cheap as the above options, but every once in a while you will find a gem.
  6.– ok my bias might be showing, but hear me out.  If you’re looking for something specific, you can always shop for affordable artwork without leaving your home or breaking the bank, by browsing Etsy.  There’s a variety of art under a wide range of prices.

There are some people that love a particular painting so much they will decorate their entire home around it.  I prefer to change mine out, keep things interesting. Buying art via the 6 methods above makes it affordable to do just that.  So I hope I’ve inspired you to start the art hunt.  It’s a process, but it’s so worth it.

If you find anything awesome, please feel free to share! You can email me at .  I would love to see your treasures, and possibly share your story on a future post ❤


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