No budget for Art? Try these 7 Options

No budget for Art? Try these 7 Options

Abby Stone
Jun 11, 2009

061109-art01.jpgSo, you took the spring cure and your home is coming together. Furniture's well-arranged with good flow, a beautiful colour's gone up on the walls, your home's decluttered. Now you'd like to add the finishing touches, including some artwork. But though you're definitely past the poster on the wall stage of your life, all of the artists you like are definitely well past your price range. What are your options? Why not try these budget friendly and workable solutions...

  1. Scoop up the young 'uns: New emerging artists are a good bet. check local independent galleries (in LA, check out the ones in Culver City) and art schools (Otis college is one option). Etsy, of course, is another way to go. Next year try the Santa Monica art show where you bid on an unknown artist. Only after you bid is the name of the artist revealed. You might pick up a Currin for a pittance.
  2. Buy art books. Destroy them: Buying books for the coffee table to peruse when you're in the mood is one option. But, you might also consider whipping out your ISlice and framing the pages you love.
  3. Cull your photographs: Futz around with the good ones on Photoshop by cropping them and enhancing the colour, print them on to photo transfer paper and then transfer them on to a canvas. Icon on Wilshire in LA can also help you with this and there are many online services as well.
  4. Look to your kids. Child's drawings as is, or blown up to oversized proportions, often make arresting and unique pieces.
  5. Skip the canvas, pick the box: Collections mounted inside shadowboxes, such as those available at Bed Bath and Beyond, instantly turn your obsessions into art. Try: paraphenalia collected on your vacation, the series of mismatched forks you fell in love with at the flea market, a collage of postcards.
  6. Insta Pop Art: Commercial packaging can be beautiful. We remember a friend who decorated his bare shelving with loud cheery boxes of bright detergent packages turned outwards. Not only were they useful (he actually used the contents) but they were an eyecatching display
  7. Records but no record player? Consider framing the covers. Urban Outfitters is one source for display frames that fit standard LPs.

[image: David & Kurt combines classic with modern]

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