Artwork is one of the ways to make your home unique, personal and interesting. With gallery walls being so popular, you can easily spend a small fortune on filling your wall! The same can be said about buying a larger canvas.
I am all for supporting artists and creatives. But if you’re looking for affordable artwork there are some other options in the meantime. While still saving for that spectacular painting you’ve had your eye on.
This post will show you the best places to shop online for artwork. Including large prints, affordable framed artwork and canvas wall art. And won’t leave you out of pocket. As well as a few wall decor options that are even cheaper than buying online. And some that you’re easily able to do yourself.
where to buy affordable art?
best places to buy wall art online
The number one option is of course, buying amazing art prints online.
Art prints are available at so many creative online stores like Etsy, Minted, Desenio and Society 6. There are so many art styles and artists to choose from, it’ll help to use the filters for style and price. But once you’ve found a piece of artwork you love it’s worth it.
Obviously prices will vary depending on the size and piece of work. Use the price filter for sticking with strict budget. Some places have canvases available too if you’re looking for a larger size of artwork.
1. Online art sites
Here’s a list of the best places you can buy art prints online:
Minted is a great place to find independent artists. You get art prints and canvases and can find some pretty good deals on original art too.
You can find anything of the creative type from Etsy. That it’s quite often we forget they still offer all kinds of artwork.
Whatever type of painting you’re looking for, framed, canvas or prints, you’ll be able to get it from Society6.
Similar to Society6, Redbubble has a lots of artists you can chose from. And you can get anything ranging from phone cases to art prints.
For those who are UK based, Desenio has an impressive range of art prints to choose from.
If modern style art is your thing, then this is Poster Cabaret is all about. With new posters added every week.
Popular art styles on Zatista include abstract and contemporary paintings. And they have one of kind art originals available too.
affordable artwork alternatives
2. PRINTED WALL Calendars
You can get a nice sized wall calendar for a fraction of the price of one piece of artwork. That means 12 to 18 potential artworks all in one piece for one price! An absolute bargain at the end of the year! If you have an old wall calendar see if you can frame and hang any of the art from there.
Or just buy a calendar purely for the art. Find a calendar you love and frame the art pages you love. It’ll look great.
3. Note Cards
Another affordable artwork hack… buying a pretty pack of notecards. Frame your favourite ones as a series along a wall.
4. Dried Flowers
If you like botanical prints this idea is pretty simple!
Pick your favourite flowers and press and dry them. Just by placing the flowers between a piece of paper and under some heavy books for a couple of weeks, you can make your own botanical piece of artwork. There are few different methods you can try for drying your own flowers.
Once you have your dried blooms ready arrange on paper and frame. Or directly into a glass frame depending on the style you’re going for.
There are some amazing editorials in magazines such as Kinfolk, Vogue, Ebony, Wallpaper and the National Geographic. It’s almost a shame to tear apart any of these magazines but guaranteed it will look good on your wall.
Fashion editorials would look great on a wall in a walk in closet.
It’s time to take some of those thousands of photos on our phone to use. We take so many photos and they’re probably not looked at often. Print some of your favourite photos and use them for your wall decor.
There are lots of online printing services like Vistaprint, Snapfish and Shutterfly. We can make the most out of our photos, by creating your own meaningful wall gallery with all your own personal photos.
7. TAKE AN ART COURSE
You can create your artwork yourself.
If you’re thinking I’m no good at art that’s why I’m looking to get it elsewhere, that maybe true but there are artists and courses that you can follow along with step by step. That way you have a guide and you end up creating something made from your own hand.
There are plenty of creative online classes you can take. Domestika has artists from all over the world teaching their art skills to everyone. There’s plenty of other online creative art platforms that have artists sharing their best tips as well.
There are lots of individual artists that offer their own handmade courses. Artist Laura Horn is an amazing artist. And she has some creative mixed media classes you can take online.
Have a look around your local area as well for day art class. Learn art create in person with tutoring and others at a similar level of experience. Beginner or more advanced which ever is best suited for you. You have a day out to remember and a tutor right there with you. As well as something to take home with you!
8. Have you got a talented friend?
Have you got some talented friends or family members that do art on the side? Ask if you can give them a small commission them to create a painting for you. Or if they already have some paintings you like see which ones they would part with for little or no cost. Be reasonable though!
9. Graduate Exhibitions
If you don’t know any creatives personally, try out the local colleges and universities around your local area. The end of year shows always have amazing new talent emerging. And you’ll be able to get a great piece of artwork at a fraction of the price.
10. Thrift stores
Thrift stores where they sell second hand furniture and decor, will usually have some good art pieces in too. And for a really good price! So keep your eyes peeled when going into your local stores.
What do you think of these ideas for affordable artwork? Where are your favourite places to shop or create artwork? Let me know in the comments below!