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Tips On How To Find Artwork On A Budget!

I love making changes in my home. Zhuzhing this, tweaking that, adding, taking away, moving things around, you get what I mean. But alas, making changes usually involves spending money. To offset my creative self and the fact that it means spending money, I had to become very proficient in stretching a dollar. I began hunting for bargains at Good Will, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. I also refinished furniture, learned to sew and even picked up things off the side of the road (don’t judge, I found some really great stuff there).

So, after changes were made to our home during our recent renovation, I was again looking to stretch the dollar to fit my budget!

The changes made to our home were great. It gave us a lot more room and wall space, but I did not have enough artwork to fill it up. I tried looking at all my favorite places, Good Will, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace to no avail. I was at the point of giving up and resigned myself to wait for warmer weather and garage sales. But by happen chance, I was looking on Etsy and saw some downloadable prints. I really did not know much about them, but the price was good and got even better when they had a fifty percent sale. I ordered three different sets of prints. Once the payment cleared, I received the download. I transferred them to a flash drive and brought it to Kinkos to have them printed. Kinkos prices were fantastic and ready in one day. I also purchased some frames from Michael’s. They were having a buy one, get one free deal. Wait until you see how they came out!


Black and white florals.


Color florals.

Of all the prints, the one on the right was the only disappointment. The coloring was dull, and you could not make out the design. I was very pleased with everything else.

The prints were too large for the frames.

I placed the mat on top of the print and traced a line.

Then cut them to fit.

The gray wash frames look great with the prints.

With your download, each print comes in either, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14,16×20 or 18×24. These two landscapes are 8×10’s.

This print is a 16×20. I had the frame from another piece of artwork I had done at Michaels. I went back to Michaels to get a mat and it cost twenty dollars including reframing. Bonus!

I used templates to figure out where to hang the art. It also helps with placement of the nail.

Love how this vignette came out!

I hung this print in the foyer.

I decided to hang the landscapes in the hallway to the kitchen instead of over the television.

Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of the prints. I will be hanging more once I decide on the size I want and get more frames. The great thing about this is I have the downloads forever!

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