Think Outside the Box

If you have looked at any of my previous posts you will see that my husband & I have a large collection of artwork in our home. I wanted to share my thoughts on how this was achieved & where you can start looking for art for your own space.

I have found that I have always connected with creative people. If you have a friend, neighbour or co-worker who enjoys photography & takes a pretty good photo ask to see more of their work. They may take some great shots that they would most likely be humbled to share with you if you just asked nicely. A friend of our's, who we met while seated together at a wedding reception, is a lady with many talents. She is a talented musician and a hobby of hers is photography. I asked her for a few images & she emailed them to me. She was also willing to change the size of the jpeg if needed as we enlarged one photo to 4'x 4'. 

The small square is a photo of hers that I mounted on a wood block, you don't need to use a frame all the time. It was quick an easy as I purchased the wood panel from a local craft store and painted it white. The photograph leaning behind it is a signed piece that I found at the Salvation Army for $8. There were 3 different photos in a set as they all had the same frame & matting. This is the only one I purchased & I didn't even have to reframe it which is great. 

The small square is a photo of hers that I mounted on a wood block, you don't need to use a frame all the time. It was quick an easy as I purchased the wood panel from a local craft store and painted it white. The photograph leaning behind it is a signed piece that I found at the Salvation Army for $8. There were 3 different photos in a set as they all had the same frame & matting. This is the only one I purchased & I didn't even have to reframe it which is great. 

I love to check out yard sales as well. Old postcards, photographs, maps, stamps, the collections people have are endless. If you like it, buy it & then figure out how it can be best displayed in your home.

This painting made me smile as soon as I saw it. I am not normally into traditional still lifes or delicate images like this but for $6 what did I have to lose? It now hangs in my daughter's bedroom.

This painting made me smile as soon as I saw it. I am not normally into traditional still lifes or delicate images like this but for $6 what did I have to lose? It now hangs in my daughter's bedroom.

This is an inexpensive way to display something you love. This is a section of a tea towel I purchased as a souvenir from a holiday. It didn't absorb well so I never used it in the kitchen to begin with. A collection of these hoops with different fabric scraps would look great arranged together. I also once cut up an old t-shirt that had a cute saying on it & put it in a hoop. Instant art that is safe to hang in a nursery or above a child's bed. There is no glass & heavy frame in case it falls off the wall while your little ones are playing or jumping on the bed.

This is an inexpensive way to display something you love. This is a section of a tea towel I purchased as a souvenir from a holiday. It didn't absorb well so I never used it in the kitchen to begin with. A collection of these hoops with different fabric scraps would look great arranged together. I also once cut up an old t-shirt that had a cute saying on it & put it in a hoop. Instant art that is safe to hang in a nursery or above a child's bed. There is no glass & heavy frame in case it falls off the wall while your little ones are playing or jumping on the bed.

The Polka Dot Print is a page of a kids book my daughter no longer looks at. Calendars also have fantastic designs & illustrations worthy of framing. The photograph is a thrift shop deal for $3. Travel photos look great blown up and printed in black & white. The frame was changed to a simple Ikea one & it has always hung on the gallery wall in our living room. I have a thing for vintage chairs & it was love at first sight.

The Polka Dot Print is a page of a kids book my daughter no longer looks at. Calendars also have fantastic designs & illustrations worthy of framing. The photograph is a thrift shop deal for $3. Travel photos look great blown up and printed in black & white. The frame was changed to a simple Ikea one & it has always hung on the gallery wall in our living room. I have a thing for vintage chairs & it was love at first sight.

If you have children they most likely have a favourite toy or love to collect things. Legos, action figures & stuffed animals have the potential to make some interesting & affordable art for kids rooms. Or if you are a grown-up who adores Star Wars, keep the art for your office or television room.

My sister passed this on to my girls a few years ago & I snapped a few photos. I think it would be a great addition to many gallery walls.

My sister passed this on to my girls a few years ago & I snapped a few photos. I think it would be a great addition to many gallery walls.

Vintage toys such as this telephone are graphic & colourful. I photographed this one I received from my Grandma a few years ago.

Vintage toys such as this telephone are graphic & colourful. I photographed this one I received from my Grandma a few years ago.

If you are a creative person & have a friend who is as well see if they are willing to trade with you. My girlfriend did this painting for me & I made her one in return. Maybe you do embroidery, sew or make wall hangings. Someone would love to have a unique hand made item, you just have to ask I'm sure you will find a few willing participants to swap with especially during the holidays. This is a photograph another girlfriend took, she focus's mainly on newborn's so she gave me the jpeg of this for free. I just had to get it printed & framed. It sits on our kitchen counter & I love looking at it.

If you are a creative person & have a friend who is as well see if they are willing to trade with you. My girlfriend did this painting for me & I made her one in return. Maybe you do embroidery, sew or make wall hangings. Someone would love to have a unique hand made item, you just have to ask I'm sure you will find a few willing participants to swap with especially during the holidays. This is a photograph another girlfriend took, she focus's mainly on newborn's so she gave me the jpeg of this for free. I just had to get it printed & framed. It sits on our kitchen counter & I love looking at it.

You may think this signed & numbered print was purchased at an expensive home decor store as it is on trend with colours for 2016. However it was found at a local consignment shop for under $10. I kept it in the original black frame as it was in great condition.

You may think this signed & numbered print was purchased at an expensive home decor store as it is on trend with colours for 2016. However it was found at a local consignment shop for under $10. I kept it in the original black frame as it was in great condition.

Of course I would love it if you purchased artwork from small businesses like mine but, reality is that it can get expensive if you are trying to start a collection or fill multiple walls in your space. My rule is that if you can afford it & love it, buy it! You will find a space for it even if you are unsure where you will put it at the time of the purchase. Nowadays, anyone can take a half-decent photo with the use of a cell phone & add a filter on it to make it look unique. Have fun experimenting, you may capture an image that you want to display in your home.