• gildedbee

Let's talk about art

When it comes to artwork I’m kind of picky. Art and what constitutes art is VERY subjective. But the right piece of artwork can really make a statement or be the little piece that pulls an entire room together.

I’m very lucky, in as much as, my step-father Don Cull is a painter (in addition to being a great Dad). My home is filled with mostly original artwork of his.

But I get it, original art can be expensive. If you have to do mass produced artwork at least look for pieces that are unique and speak to your style.

A great place of find unique affordable art, is your local thrift shop, flea market or junk mall. Or – with a few thrifty purchases, you can make some great art (no talent required). Check out the art I put together for my kitchen.

I have this wall space between the windows in my kitchen I’ve never had the right piece of art for. It’s a high traffic and narrow space so whatever goes there can’t stick out too much. It finally hit me one day when I was in the work room that I could make art for that wall out of stuff I already had.

I picked up these frames second hand for like 5 bucks a piece (you can see they were originally $25). The coffee table book of black and white animal photos (Other Animals by Elliot Ross) I grabbed at Home Goods (I miss HG sooo much) on clearance. I originally had it on my coffee table, but a certain golden doodle decided it looked tasty and chewed the cover. I've had all these things in my work room for quite some time. Often it takes me a minute to figure out what I’m going to do with stuff, you can’t rush inspiration ; )

I took the book of photos and picked out 3 that really spoke to me. These photos aren’t your typical cute animal photos, they are stylized photos in black and white – these animals have attitude!

I took my exact-o knife and cut the photos as close to the spine as I could. Then I simply removed the back of the frames and used tape to hold the photo to the mat, then replaced the back.

I love the way these turned out! The metal frames and stylized photos give them a modern edge that keeps them from looking too country.

You don’t have to settle for boring mass produced art or shell out for a piece of original art (unless you can afford to), to have unique interesting pieces for your home.

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