I’m no artist, but I am creative. And cheap, haha! I’ve got some art tricks up my sleeve for DIYs and free art to print. Come take a look at five beautiful and simple FREE art ideas!
Last week I decided to experiment with these thrift store frames I bought for $10 each. The frames had scuffs and nicks, so I painted them black.
The art was OK, but just not me. I painted the the matting and canvas white and the trim French Gray.
I keep seeing black and white plant silhouette prints and love them! I was nervous to freehand my own and also like the stamp effect so I decided to try sponges! Here is what I did. It is seriously so easy, it’s foolproof.
You know, this would be really pretty large-scale on a wall too!
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I made these abstract black and white pieces with a sponge roller cut in half. That’s it! So simple, yet so striking.
My reading nook is really coming along! I hope to finish it and style it so I can show you all of it. I added this moulding over the weekend! Check it out on Instagram.
I did four 8×10 gold frames on either side. I got them on Amazon for about $7 each and the gold color is so pretty — not too bronze or orange. I also like that the clips swivel so I can easily change out art. I’ve also got a sweet trick to hanging frames with string so it stays secure!
I put them on each page individually and printed them in grayscale. Then came the fun part of painting them! I didn’t paint them perfectly on purpose. I like the imperfect, artistic look much better.
Next, I found this gold string from Hobby Lobby. It was $1.50 with a 40 percent off coupon. Don’t forget you can find the coupon on their home page and they can scan your phone at the register!
I had upholstery nails already, but I wanted them to be gold so I spray painted them.
Then I couldn’t figure out how to ensure the duct tape would hold the rope. I thought about glue or Liquid Nails, but then I had the idea to use a nail to hold the frame and make the upholstery nail and string purely decorative!
So you have two nails — one for the frame and one just to look pretty.
I love personality and vintage feel of the string and gold thumbtack! It takes up more space on the wall too.
I used one image and cropped it in half to make two. I printed them (16×20) online at Costco for $7 each!
NY public library
Another great resource is the NY Public Library’s digital collection. There are so many vintage finds here!
NYPL is where I found these lovely drawings of the life of Jesus. I cleaned them up a bit and you can download them from this post.
Check out my pinterest board for my favorite free art prints from royalty-free websites. So many pretty options!