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Artists and designers have the opportunity to surround themselves with sources of inspiration daily, especially through our work. Nearly everything we surround ourselves with inspires us. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
This could be you too!
Starting an artwork collection that inspires you is easier than you think.
For those of you who have recently joined in on the goodness of this blog series, we are slowly working through my Top 20 List (👈🏻 linked there) week by week.
We’ve purged through the excess, organized the goodness, collected fresh personality, added color, and layered it up 🙌🏻 (take a deep dive into our recent blog posts to catch up, if you are new here!)
NOW, we are going to work on starting an artwork collection for your home.
#15 Make artwork out of anything.
#16 Hang things on your walls.
What’s holding you back from doing the same through a collection of artwork? You don’t have to overwhelm yourself by making this happen all at once. You just need to start being conscious of what makes you REALLY feel something when you come across it.
See my tips below for starting an artwork collection for your home that inspires you and brings you joy.
1. Your relationship with artwork.
No matter the time of the year, artwork adds personality to your home. It’s a conversation starter, something to smile at every time you turn the corner, and a life-giving addition to your space. If you struggle with blank walls, start digging a bit deeper into your relationship with artwork to understand what is holding you back.
2. Say bye-bye to lonely walls.
The ones that are staring at you and craving to have something on them? Yep, those! They may give you a touch of anxiety, because you know they need something, but WHAT, and HOW?! Rest assured, you don’t need to fill every surface in your home, but you do want to avoid empty walls that create a void in your space as you look around the room. Adding artwork [i.e. life] to your walls gives you a sense of completion and peace. Try it! I swear the end result is better than avoiding putting holes in untouched walls ✌🏻
3. Support an artist.
You know that saying, “when you buy something from a small business, someone does a happy dance”. This could not be more true for artists of all levels too! It is incredible when someone in the world gets you and wholeheartedly appreciates something you have created, enough to hang it in their home! Ease yourself in by watching for holiday launches full of fresh pieces from artists, and art collections that are approachable at any budget for gifting yourself or others!
4. Seek out artwork and artists that fit your vibe.
Search for artists via Google, Instagram, or Pinterest, based on your interests: “colorful artwork”, “travel artwork”, “seaside watercolor artists”, or “abstract painting artists”. Get as detailed as you need to and have fun with your searches. Look for galleries in your area who support local artists and go check out all they have displayed in person. Watch for designer’s posts on social media and ask for artist contacts of pieces you love in their space. If the artist is not already tagged, all the designer can say is that they would rather not share, although typically designers love supporting their artist friends and want to see them grow too!
5. Start a collection or tradition.
It is always the perfect time to start an artwork collection for yourself or your family, invest in a piece to gift yourself, or plan an artwork night at home after a trip to the craft store. There are so many possibilities to hang or refresh those walls of yours. Take advantage of all of the potential they have!
6. Get creative.
There is a lot of fear and indecisiveness that surrounds artwork. I will never understand it, but I do try! There are SO many things in our lives that we don’t realize inspire us. A book? Copy or tear out a page with your all-time favorite quote highlighted and frame it. A phrase? Write or type it on a piece of paper and frame it. Old mementos that you can’t part with? Frame them. There is no limit to art that inspires you!
I love hanging what you have, improving what you have, and making use of what you have… especially if it is meaningful!
✔️Frame a card you’ve received and can’t get enough of!
✔️Mod Podge a puzzle you spent hours-on-end piecing together!
✔️ Pin up a piece of art someone made you!
Starting an artwork collection does not have to be difficult OR cost a fortune. Does it make you smile when you open a drawer and see it? Why isn’t it hanging on a wall 🤩
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