Arting Your Home on a Budget

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As students it can be hard to afford the finer things. Here are our best tips for building an art collection on a shoestring budget:

1. Show posters – $0: Tour posters for bands, plays, or concerts are often beautifully designed and are even more meaningful when you’ve seen the performance. Just make sure you wait until after the show to take these freebies, someone put money into them. This poster for Oil & Water is perfect in our bathroom.

2. Gig posters – $10-$25: If you can’t find them for free, many bands sell beautifully screen-printed posters as they tour, and usually at a reasonable price. Again, these are also great reminders of shows you’ve been to!

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3. Make your own art – $Cost of materials: One of the cheapest and most fun ways to enjoy art is to make it yourself. Even the most basic piece, once framed, can look great on the wall. Above is a small sketch in marker I did over the summer. Katie and I have also framed a great finger-painting we did a couple years ago.

4. Befriend an artist – $Priceless: We don’t recommend using your friends but we do recommend supporting them. If a creative friend offers you the chance to buy an early piece or a work in-progress you should definitely take it. The photographs above are by Katie’s friend Amanda Larner. Her website isn’t quite up yet, but if you contact us we can get you in touch!

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5. Young/community artists – $A wide range: Community craft sales and emerging artists are great sources of affordably-priced art. Screen or woodblock prints can often be found in large editions at a student’s price-point. Pictured here is is Twist of Capelin by Graham Blair of St, john’s, NL.

6. Art postcards – ~$1 each: These are most often found at art museums but can also be had at interesting shops in a city near you. Miniature editions such as these can add colour or interest to your walls or fridge, especially with some creative hanging. You will probably never own a Dali but you can still enjoy classic works such as Sugar Sphinx.

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