From Book to Art

20 Jun

Furnishing a new place is hard work, especially if you’re trying to stick to somewhat of a budget like I am. So when it comes to the artwork, I’ve tried not to spend a lot. Luckily, artwork is one of those design elements that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make a big statement. Since we’ve moved in, I’ve filled the walls with art that I created, crafted or bought from my favorite store for inexpensive art, HomeGoods!

On one of the larger walls in our living room, I knew I wanted to do a grid of six complementary prints. I did some searching online and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for within our budget. Thankfully, on a recent trip to Anthropologie, I found a beautiful coffee table book entitled Maps by artist Paula Scher. The book features page after page of colorful graphic prints perfect for framing. I decided to purchase the book, carefully removed the pages and framed the prints in large white frames I got on sale at Michael’s. Now I have an eye catching grid of prints that look far more expensive than what they really cost.

Here are some of the great benefits of turning book pages into art:

  • Instant collection of art – It can take time to amass a collection by the same artist, which is why so many of us just purchase one-off pieces of art. A book of curated prints is an inexpensive and quick way to own a collection of artwork from your favorite artist.
  • Visual consistency – Because the artwork is done by the same artist, there should be some visual consistency or theme between each piece, saving you time from having to find and purchase artwork that are complementary to one another.
  • Famous prints without the expensive price tag – All of us would love to own original works from famous artists, but many of us just don’t have the cash. Reproductions have always been the most affordable way to get famous art on our walls.

Have you ever framed pages from a book? If so, what book did you use?

xoxo, Andi

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