$1 art

It’s no secret that:

1) I love original art,

2) I can’t afford to buy it, and

3) I am not talented enough to make it myself.

I am, however, moderately skilled at navigating InDesign software and making copies at Kinkos. So. inspired by a few images and philosophies that have recently crossed my path,  I decided to make some pieces myself.

I was tickled by this quote from Charles Eames, arguably one of the most influential designers of modern furniture and architecture. I came across it when watching a documentary on the Eames’ and thought this approach to living was right up my alley. Therefore, a poster was born.

Our names, the dogs names, colors of the rainbow. It’s simple, it’s happy, what’s not to love?
When it’s all said and done, I spent 20 cents on color copies and $10 on each frame thanks to a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby. Voila. Personal art that speaks to me and doesn’t break the bank.

I opted to add them to what I am calling our graphic design wall–a collection of vivid graphic prints that have some kind of tie to our personal lives.

Behold: our fun and frisky wall of personal graphic design!  Each piece has a story of it’s own, yet they coexist beautifully. I wonder what other dollar designs I can come up with to add to the collection.

So let’s have it, where do you find art that feels personal and unique but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?


7 Comments on “$1 art”

  1. I’ve actually been wanting to do something like this but couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. Great inspiration!!

  2. kmom says:

    My method is having generous artists as friends.

  3. honeycomb says:

    This is amazing! I’ve been feeling like ‘wow, I wish I had more skill with photoshop/indesign so I could make awesome prints’. I love that you made each of these and that they all have a story. I think I ought to take an online class and get going on a creative outlet like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. This is awesome, thank you! I’m a student on a rather tight budget myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want my space to be beautiful…this is an awesome idea.

  5. What a great inexpensive way to fancy up your walls with a personal touch.

  6. […] use canvaspop to print my favorite photographs, or get nifty with design software to make colorful mini-posters we can change with the seasons with minimal effort and […]


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