5 Etsy Shops for Awesomely Affordable Art

Art and textiles (especially RUGS). The two main things can that take a room to the next level design-wise. Neither is essential; both are expensive. It all leaves the world seeming very bleak.

Don’t abandon hope and leave all your worldly possessions to your labradoodle just yet, though. We all know there are affordable sources for these things, too, and I’m going to share a few of my favorite Etsy artists with you today.

Here they are!

LolaDonoghue

This is my #1 favorite Etsy shop for art. If I had all the money, I would have at least 17 or 22 of Lola’s pieces. I love the vibrant palettes and the energy of her work. A 20″ x 20″ giclee print of any of the below goes for $120.

  

SarahGinnobile

Sarah’s a Missouri artist, so aside from simply thinking her work is great, I have to give a little love to my Midwest peeps. I have the first print pictured below, and I’m planning to get another complement it. At just $25 for an 11″ x 17″ print (the image is smaller), Sarah’s shop has some of the most original AND affordable art I’ve found so far.

 

 siiso

If I had any artistic skill or talent, these are the kinds of paintings I would like to make. They’re just plain gorgeous and good mood inducing. A 16″ x 20″ gilcee print runs between $75-85.

  

Aeropagita

These colorful geometric prints are a little less painterly, but still very high impact and cool. The prices and sizes vary a bit from print to print, but most are in the $30-$90 range. For example, a 16″ x “20” of the first print below is $55.

  

AbstractArtM

The prices are just a bit higher here, but these are NOT prints. They are original, signed paintings, and that’s really neat. For most of us everyday, 9-5 workin’, mac-n-cheese eatin’ kind of folk, owning unique artwork is out-of-reach. At this shop, an 8″ x 8″ goes for as little as $42, and a 16″ x 20″ will cost you around $280.

   

I know it’s never a great time to drop $100 or more on a piece of art (and don’t forget–most will require framing), but around tax time I always feel like I deserve something pretty and non-utilitarian just because.

So tell me–which of the above artists is your favorite? Do you have other favorite art sources I should know about?

PS — Etsy’s full of all kinds of great makers. You can see some of my favorite textile art here.

VINE & LACE

14 comments

  1. I love this! Reg and I love decorating our home with real art and not just posters, although most of it is from very talented friends (and one or two from me). I’m less a fan of abstract art than you are, but I especially like AbstractArtM, especially since you can get real paintings for such a reasonable price!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

    1. How great that you have friends who can make you art AND that you make some yourself! I painted a bit in high school and love oil painting, but the supplies are kind of expensive if you just want to dabble and don’t know if you’ll ever make anything worth hanging.

      I know this post is very heavy on the abstract art. For whatever reason, when it comes to art I gravitate intensely toward abstract paintings and anything with an animal. Maybe I’ll work on expanding this and do a follow-up with more diverse options!

    1. So glad you like, Monika! Painting is such an amazing talent. Hope you get back behind the canvas (or whatever your material) soon! You should share some of your creations!

    1. Thank you! I love that shop’s art work. Some of the designs remind me of colorful clouds, and I think how cool it would be if rain were different colors. Pink rain might make me feel differently about stormy days. 🙂

  2. I like the look of Aeropagita and AbstractArtM – lovely picks! I’m definitely a fan of artwork, especially original ones, but actually barely have any at home because it’s so hard finding beautiful pieces that are still affordable (and I like to switch-out what I have on the wall quite often so I really don’t want to spend a lot of money) and it’s not very fun getting something from IKEA that you can find in every other home. You’re so right about Etsy, I’ll have to start checking in there more often! Thanks for sharing these. 🙂

    1. So glad you enjoyed! I love that you have your own little gallery with rotating inventory. What a great way to change up your space a little bit! There are so many great artists on Etsy, it was tough to pick just 5. I really love abstract art, but I’m planning on creating a more diverse list of shops and hopefully sharing again down the road.

  3. Thank you, thank you for this post! As a student striving to have an adult apartment, I feel like nice, quality art is one of the things that can really take a space from “Hi, I’m a grad student” to “Hi, I’m a young professional.” I’m not usually a huge fan of abstract art, but I really like all of these ones here. I think it’s the bold, bright colours!

    I’ll be bookmarking some of these 🙂

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    1. Yay, you are so welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed these. I’m definitely going to work on an expanded list with more diverse options other than abstract art. I have even tracked down some fun cat illustrations, so I think it will be good. 🙂

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