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Easy Art for the home

Moving to a new house and having zero funds left to buy artwork inspired me to be a bit more creative. I think I’d also prefer to let the walls grow organically and fill them over the years with art I’ve fallen in love with rather than something I purchased for the sole purpose of covering an empty wall. Here are some tips:

  1. Make your own. I keep an eye out for paintings online that I like the look of and could (relatively) easily copy. I use Pinterest to keep a record of these and then tackle some which I think might work out. Judge for yourself!PicMonkey CollagePicMonkey Collage2

2. Go to auctions – Here in Dublin Scoop is an annual charitable art auction. There is no reserve so you can end up picking up really great pieces by local artists at a fraction of the price. Also because it’s a charity if you spend more than 250, your donation may qualify for tax relief. We went to the last one in October where I picked up this by a local artist .square

3. Buy online. Etsy and Saatchi are great resources to get cheaper prints of original artwork, I’ve also had some luck using this publishers site.

4. Use technology – I got this fantastic app this week called waterlogue which transforms your photos into realistic looking watercolours, it gives fantastic results and is very addictive to use as it shows you the process from initial outlines to filling in the colours. I’ve made tons of these so far and would love to print out a few if the results are good. This is the only app i’ve ever paid for in the itunes store which says something!

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