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 Post subject: Talk to me about affordable art
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:37 pm 
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I've got a whole lot of empty walls and not a whole lot of money. But I want to get some interesting stuff. I'm kind of past the point in my life where it's acceptable to cover my walls in tacked up posters, probably.

Do you have a favorite artist? Someone who sells on etsy, maybe? I've been trolling the discount stores (bleh, 99% ugly stuff) and thrift stores (totally hit or miss), but I haven't found much worth buying.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:21 pm 
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Webcomic artists seem to be the people to see.

I have a couple of this guy's little paintings:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/justmadbooks

(...and some prints and a huge watercolor I need to get framed. (His comics are good too.))

Ursula Vernon sells prints and originals, if you like that kind of thing:

http://www.redwombatstudio.com/wpg2

(I also have one of her paintings. It's BEAUTIFUL and I got it right before she got popular. I couldn't have afforded it if I'd waited.)

Nakatomi Inc sells posters and prints:

http://store.nakatomiinc.com/Collection.aspx

I love Tim Doyle's prints: http://store.nakatomiinc.com/timdoyle.aspx
...and Robert Wilson IV: http://store.nakatomiinc.com/robertwilsoniv.aspx
(I have both of those Mountain Goats posters hanging up at work, and a couple of Tim Doyles's prints)

If you have a local college that has an art department, you can sometimes find some neat stuff at their end-of-year sales. The printmaking department at UC Santa Cruz has a yearly print sale, where students sell the stuff they've worked on over the previous year. I bought some pretty fantastic art from those guys, ranging from little cheap ($8-10) prints to a couple of really huge poster-sized prints.

This is the art I have up at work:

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The blue prints are from Tim Doyle's Blade Runner series. The anatomical stuff and the bird woman are from the UCSC print sale. The femur painting was painted by an internet friend for a veterinary medicine class and there's a story behind why I ended up with it. The tanks are my models, and the Father's Day card and lizard are by the boy.

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 Post subject: Re: Talk to me about affordable art
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:42 pm 
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Oh, yay! So much to look through! Thank you!! The college campus idea is great! I know Sac State's pottery students sell their stuff once or twice per semester. I'll have to look into the painting/printmaking programs and see what they do. I bet there's something similar.

I have always wanted to do a big collage wall. Totally going to make that happen.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:49 pm 
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...oh, and there's some of the art that's hanging up at home. The 2 little paintings are Justin Madson's acrylics (pretty affortable-- under 40 bucks each, and he's a guy I'm happy to support), the big one is Ursula Vernon's "More Weight," and the snowy ink drawing is a Little Dee strip by Chris Baldwin (Here's his current thing: http://spacetrawler.com/ There's a link to a store there. He used to sell his strips basically as soon as he posted them, so I have some other Little Dee and Bruno strips and artwork also needing to be framed.)

What I _really_ need is a good matte cutter and the patience to get frames and glass made/cut/picked-out to get all this random cool art I have on the walls... I have something like 15 years worth of stuff packed flat and waiting.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:53 pm 
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I was just coming here to suggest the UCSC print sale! There is also a photography sale, and sometimes the painting students have work for sale. It's really neat!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:54 pm 
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Oh cool. I didn't know about the photography or paintings... And I missed this year's print sale again... It might be just as well, since C&S just said "Look, we have enough unframed art to build a whole second house!"

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:07 am 
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I have bought books and calendars with pictures I like and cut them out and framed them. A greetings card or postcard can look great framed with a big mount, I think a large mount really transforms pretty much anything (for example a postcard in an A4 frame) but precut mounts tend to be much smaller so you'll need to pay to get the mount cut, or buy a scalpel and learn to do it yourself.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:32 am 
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I was just coming here to suggest the UCSC print sale! There is also a photography sale, and sometimes the painting students have work for sale. It's really neat!

Hee I was going to suggest that too! I was super bummed J. went this year and didn't pick anything up!

Ashley, do you like framed photos or do you only want paintings and prints? I need some big pieces on my massive walls and I'm currently going through all my photos and choosing a few nice ones to blow up and frame. All I can really afford art-wise right now doesn't look great on a 12'x12' wall, so using my own pics is a nice way to get something bigger. You can get artsy by breaking on pic into 3 parts and framing each separately (my friend did this above her mantle and I just love it!) or you could even get stuff printed onto canvas, which is really not that expensive.

Oh yeah, what rentaghost said too! I've found stones really nice stuff in old National Geographics.and mounted it myself (also bought lovely wooden picture frames at thrift stores for cheap!)

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 Post subject: Re: Talk to me about affordable art
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:49 pm 
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Oh yeah, Costco prints photos for super cheap! I will have to look and see if I have anything worth printing. Great idea!

I bought a book of vintage floral prints at an antique market recently, but they're a weird size. If I could find a good resource for cheap custom matting, I'd get those framed.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:08 pm 
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You might be surprised how reasonable it is to have the mounts/mats cut to size at a framing place. Also if you have the patience and precision it's not too hard to cut them yourself.


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I like 20x200 for affordable art. There's a lot of lame stuff on there but some great stuff too! I think gig posters can be pretty cool on the wall too. You can find deals on eBay pretty easily.

For framing, if you plan to frame a bunch of larger pieces of art, buying a large mat cutter for $60 or so and cutting your own will save you lots of money in the long run. I have one from my college art days. I can't believe how much places like Michael's and Hobby Lobby want to charge to order mats! (If you want to buy mats go to a framing place that does it in-house, it's usually way cheaper.) Even though mats are expensive at craft stores, they usually have great deals on large frames that don't come with glass. If you buy plexi from Home Depot instead of framing glass it's cheap, and they'll cut it for you and usually forget to charge for the cutting.

If you like the look, you can also do eclectic frame collages with thrift store frames that you spray paint a single color. Collect cool images from magazines and small prints for free or cheap art.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:18 pm 
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The tappan collective sells work by emerging artists that's very affordable: http://www.thetappancollective.com/

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I'm not very original. I got a large size "Drowning Girl" print from art.com and had it framed in a navy blue brushed metal frame. I really love it. In my office I have Bond posters and tacky Harley stuff, but my Casino Royale was an earthquake casualty and is falling apart on the wall-I need to fix that. I'd love to get some of the old Bond posters like the pencil sketch Dr. No art, but have never found one both a good size and a good price.

I would have more wall space if I didn't have so darn many bookcases.

I got a box frame at IKEA that will hold 3 prints. I keep meaning to make some Molly portraits to put in there. Maybe I finally will now that I have Adobe Creative Suite again!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:02 pm 
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I have found some prints I love on Etsy, but it can be kind of overwhelming because there's SO MUCH on there to sift through. So I like to find something I like and then look in their favorites to see if I find any cool new stuff. And stalk the favorites of people I know whose taste is similar to mine.

It can look nice to mix some stuff into a wall gallery that's not framed stuff - a pretty plate, pieces of metalwork, mirrors, etc.

Ooh, also framed scarves can look great and they're nice and big and statement-y. Fun to thrift for.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:18 pm 
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I'll make you an art for pretty cheap fyi.
all boober art sale.

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I'll make you an art for pretty cheap fyi.
all boober art sale.


You should totally create your own shop! I think the PPK would keep you in business.


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We had a custom portrait done of us and all the animals (8 cats and one dog) by the artist who does catvshuman. We love it!

http://catversushuman.bigcartel.com

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booberthefraggle wrote:
I'll make you an art for pretty cheap fyi.
all boober art sale.


You should totally create your own shop! I think the PPK would keep you in business.

Quoted for truth! I love your art. I so want a huge print of your floofy sheep.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:01 am 
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Thanks guys! So many good ideas/resources!
I am for sure doing a plate wall. I have a stupid number of dishes, so I can put one together without buying anything new (but I still will, because I can't walk out of a thrift store without more plates!).

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couroupita wrote:
Tzippy wrote:
booberthefraggle wrote:
I'll make you an art for pretty cheap fyi.
all boober art sale.


You should totally create your own shop! I think the PPK would keep you in business.

Quoted for truth! I love your art. I so want a huge print of your floofy sheep.

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I buy a lot of stuff from an Australian gallery called Outre. It could be worth a look to get ideas- a lot of the stuff sold there can be bought online elsewhere. Like we have a couple of kozyndan prints (like this narwhal!) from there but they sell stuff through Society6 and their own website as well. I also have a few John Baizley prints that I've bought from Burlesque of North America, and they've been great to buy from. Most of the other stuff around our house is by tattoo artists, which I usually buy from them directly (other than a few Angelique Houtkamp prints which came from Outre). Instagram is a really good way to follow artists that you like and see when they're releasing prints.

We've also got a couple of silly things from Etsy, like this Sriracha print that's in my kitchen, and a Star Wars tour poster.

And I have a Boober sheep print! It sits on a table by my front door and I love it.

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kozyndan! Yeah, they're awesome! Somewhere I have/had their rabbit wave poster (and I saw the original in a sushi place in Seattle, I think, or at least).

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