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If budgetary constraints keep you from jogging down to your local art show this summer, pointing to the pieces you want, and loading them into the trunk–you’re not alone. We usually buy a piece of art per year. This is our most recent acquisition.

We stumbled upon Bruce Holwerda’s work at last year’s art fair in Grant Park, Chicago.

Luckily, there are a number of resources out there providing endless options for affordable art. So, if you’ve been looking to step up your collection, but don’t see it in the budget, there’s hope yet. Here are a few great resources.

1. etsy
etsy provides opportunities to buy directly from a wealth of talented artists. Prints are reasonably priced as are originals. And all media are represented. Here are a few of my favorite shops.

See Change Design
Haunted Hollow Tree

Artisanie Europe
United Thread

Don’t forget to search for postcard-sized prints.  Lots of artists and illustrators selling on etsy print postcard versions of their work. They’re great for collages, displaying on gallery walls with other pieces, and can easily dress up a small nook. Check these out. Irena Sophia
James Keniston
Raven Girl
Claudia Varosio (p.s. q&a with Claudia here)
Hide n Seek

2. Art.com
At art.com you can pick your price. The site specializes in paper prints, but you can also choose from canvas art, tapestries, and wall murals. If you join the email list, you’ll find out about the sales, including my favorite, the $5 print sale. I like these.

3. 20 x 200
Run by gallery owner Jen Beckman, 20 x 200 offers limited edition prints at bargain prices. Like these:

Society 6
Society 6 is an online community of international artists. Lucky for us, they sell their work at affordable prices.

5. Save the date.
Affordable art is all around us. One great idea is to save the pages of your favorite calendar and frame them. I bought my calendar this year with just such a project in mind.

Home Made Simple

6. Fabric art
An easy way to create your own art is to collect pieces of fabric you love and frame them. A couple of good places to find fabrics in any style are Fabric.com and Sew Mama Sew. I especially love these new retro prints at Sew Mama Sew.

For example:

Vermont Cottage

Palatial Living

7. By the book
I have a love affair with vintage books, especially books with illustrations. A simple trick is to pick some up at a tag sale or local vintage shop, remove the illustrations you like, and frame them. Here are a few examples.

Find Make Do

Decor Allure

Apartment Therapy

Oh, and check out this super cool, and totally unexpected, art from Clement Valla. Woah.
xoxo, Shannon