Even before you make the decision to find and use original art, you realise that it could be an expensive venture. You may not be aiming for a Da Vinci masterpiece to add character to your walls though even a beautiful watercolor from your local art gallery could set you back a few hundred dollars.
Before you resort to adorning your walls with imitation prints and posters, go through the following tips, and you will find that owning original art is possible – no matter what your budget.
Check out auctions online
There are many websites that offer original art in an auction setting. The most popular place to start would be on Craigslist, followed by eBay. On these sites, you are likely to get a good deal from someone looking to get some ‘extra’ art off their hands.
Visit an art festival
These festivals are great places to meet with the artists one on one as they are looking to expose their work to new customers. Strike up a conversation, and when you have a good rapport, request for a discount on your favorite piece.
Support a new artist
Look for new and upcoming artists who need their first break, and there is no better place to find them than at your local art school. No matter what time of year that you visit, there is always likely to be something spectacular on display that you can purchase for a steal.
Never miss a garage sale
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. People get rid of all sorts of things at garage sales, and paintings often come top of the list. If you are serious about collecting interesting pieces of original art, make it your business to include garage sales on your agenda.
Expand your vision
Perhaps you have been thinking about art as merely paintings that you can put on the wall. Expand your vision and include beautiful photographs, sculptures, and other crafts. You may find that it is cheaper to use an original photograph as an art piece, especially if you get it framed professionally.
Make your own art piece
Even though you may not be an artist at heart, you should still have an element of creativity within you. Take some time and create your own masterpiece that is a reflection of who you are. The only cost you will incur is on art supplies, and the result is that you will have a truly unique art piece that cannot be easily reproduced, or found anywhere else.
When you decide that it is time to include some original art on your walls, you should not be overwhelmed with the cost. Instead, set yourself a timeline, and patiently search for affordable, original pieces. Though the process of saving money on art may be involving and time consuming, at the end of it all, an original piece hanging on your wall for you to enjoy (at any budget) will make it all worthwhile.