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Creating Affordable Art
for Your Home

We would all like to finish our home with
pieces of original art but the price tag can certainly be a deterrent. 
There are most likely local artists producing work in your area, but finding
them and their work can be difficult.  I have some alternative options to
help you produce your own art (with a bit of professional help in some
instances) for your home.

The prices of digital cameras are falling and
cameras which take excellent photos are now more readily available on the
high street to the amateur photographer.  We all take photos which we are
extremely proud of and are keen to show off to our families and friends
after we have taken them but then they end up sitting in a file on a
computer hard drive or in an album and will rarely be looked at again. 

Whether it is a beautiful portrait
of family members, a stunning sunrise over a river or even an
abstract close up of a frost-tinted spider web, we all feel a great
sense of pride at these photos and we need to remember that we can
use these photographs to create art for our own home which is equal
to that of professional artists.

Take pride in your photographs and think
about having some of them printed out in a larger size, not your typical
6×4”, and get your picture framed. 

ponies in snow

Frames can be picked up very cheaply at
jumble sales, DIY shops and even pound shops.  They don’t need to be ornate
gilt frames, remember your photo is meant to be the talking point. 

If you are feeling extra creative it doesn’t
have to be a single photo, what about a collage of holiday photos or
landscape photos from across the seasons. If you are looking for something
to brighten up a tired looking dormitory room at university you could get a
set of pictures of all your friends and family back home and create a
collage across one wall or above your desk.

We do not all have a natural talent for the
arts but if you are a talented artist then consider framing some of your own
pictures and decorating your home.  You never know your guests may be so
impressed that you could be commissioned to produce art for your friends. 
Whether it is a watercolour, a collage or even some pottery or a sculpture
you can add a great feature to any home with your own art.  If you are not
feeling too confident in your abilities you could even join a night class
and then show off the results of your course in your home.

Another way to create beautiful art for your
home is to print your
photos on canvas.  These
canvas printing services take your digital
image and blow it up to a size of your choice and print onto a canvas.

four panel canvas printsYou
can even choose the style of
print  – portrait, landscape, triptych (three
panels) and four panels. 

There are also a number of options beyond a simple
print, try splitting your landscape picture into a triptych print, which
splits the panels into three, which are then hung side-by-side for a unique
and professional-looking effect. 

You can also choose to have a number of
effects applied to the digital image you took, so that portrait you took of
your partner could be printed in black and white and you could use a colour
splash canvas to print out your wedding photo to great results.

There are some great options available to
help you produce some great affordable art for your home, and imagine the
pride you will feel as you explain to a guest that the art they are admiring
is a photograph you have taken, it just takes a bit of the DIY spirit!