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Affordable Large Scale Art & How To Get It In Your Home

Large scale art is one of those things that makes your house feel like a home. We originally wrote this post back in 2018, but today we’ve REVAMPED it to make it bigger, better and perhaps even a little larger scale?? Ha, that was a dumb joke. Anyway…a good gallery wall or a breathtakingly huge stand-alone piece of art will never be dead, dated, or out of style and the time fill your wall with some has risen. The problem is good, large-scale pieces of art typically also come with large-scale price tags (whyyyyy??). So, as we like to do we decided to find a workaround for that and bring to you a post that was stocked full of options, ideas, and choices to fulfill all of your large-scale art fantasies (and ours).

Large Scale Art To Anchor Your Gallery Wall

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photo by tessa neustadt | from: brady’s kitchen reveal

But before we get into it let’s talk for a moment about why large-scale art works so well in just about every room and every style. As you can see above in Brady’s dining room one large piece can anchor an entire gallery wall IN FACT, it’s actually our #1 tip when trying to arrange a gallery wall that most people forget. Find yourself a large piece of art and then let the gallery stem out from there so that not everything feels small and bitsy in your collection. The large piece commands and grounds the wall visually and then allows everything else to work around it creating a much easier job for you when you start filling in the rest of the wall with your collection. Genius, no?

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: how we designed our super kid-friendly family room

Emily did this too in her mountain house family room gallery wall. Birdie’s large scale art really makes a statement. Here’s a hot tip for parents: give your kid a giant piece of paper and one color (MAYBE two) and let them go to town. Voila! You have art and it’s sentimental, sort of.

Stand-Alone Large Scale Art

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photo by tessa neustadt | from: my house tour from good housekeeping

But large-scale art is just as beautiful and commanding on its own and need not be in a gallery wall to work in a room and be appreciated. And TBH, stand-alone large-scale art is what we are really loving, I mean who doesn’t?? A large piece like we had in our living room above, visually fills the space but it also keeps things from looking busy and chaotic like a gallery wall could.

Below we used this large bison print in Cup of Jo’s bedroom and the modern piece of art helps to elevate the more playful and bright textiles below bringing the whole collection (and room) together, all while filling a rather large blank wall space without cluttering it with a lot of smaller frames. Everyone always wonders what they should do to fill the blank spot above a bed…this my friend, is the easiest and often times the absolute best answer.

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photo by ryan liebe | from: cup of jo makeover | the master bedroom

Unfortunately, large-scale art pieces like these often are not something that you can run to the store and buy and typically aren’t the most affordable either. BUT, that didn’t deter us, and we have some good news for you. The internet is filled with incredible big pieces at pretty affordable prices. You just have to know where to look and how to pull it together. Or you can scroll down and see that we did all the work for you. You’re welcome in advance 🙂

Large-scale art typically gets high in price point for three reasons: 1) the artist is well known and rightfully wants to charge a fair amount for their piece due to the time and creative process it took to create it (understandably so), 2) the printing or material expenses for a large piece is higher than those of a small piece (also makes sense), and 3) framing such a large piece is more labor-intensive and technically difficult so framers charge a higher price point (yes, yes, and yes). The first one we can’t do much about, and we also will always endorse supporting artists, creatives, and photographers but we can tackle getting the price points down on the second two. Which is what we have done for you in this roundup. You see, there are quite a few places that sell the digital files of a piece of art or photograph, that you can buy for around $20 OR LESS and then can have it printed whatever size you want. So although this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as digital art files that can be purchased online, printed and then framed on your own, it should be a good jumping-off point for you. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. B&W Minimal Square | 2. ‘Blue Desert’ | 3. B&W Mid Century Modern Abstract | 4. Botanical Poster | 5. Yellow Abstract | 6. ‘Ferris’ | 7. Beach Painting | 8. ‘Hello Modernism’ | 9. XO Prints Set of Two | 10. B&W Abstract | 11. ‘Woman Silhouette’ | 12. Lifeguard Stand | 13. Matisse Print | 14. Renee Illustration | 15 ‘Mountains BW’ | 16. B&W Window | 17. ‘Layers’ | 18. ‘I Like You Very Much’ | 19. ‘ Hollywood’ | 20. ‘Waves’ | 21. BLM Print | 22. Power Fist Print | 23. Woman Painting in Ink | 24. Seascape | 25. B&W Shapes | 26. ‘Palm Tree’ | 27. Abstract Art | 28. Gosling Island | 29. B&W Modern Abstract | 30. Beach Photo

Where & How To Print

As mentioned this is such a small curation of what is all available online, but we love all of these and they would all work so well in many different styles of homes. So now that you have some of the art picked out, it comes time to purchase the file, download it, and then send it off to be printed. There are so many places to print and you might have somewhere local that could do it for even cheaper than what we have listed, but here are just a few that we would recommend:

Artifact Uprising – They are known for their beautiful archival prints and linen covered books but they also do large scale printing and you can get something printed at a 40″x60″ size for around $150.

Aspen Creek Photo – This place was recommended by Juniper Print Shop, which is one of the places that we highlighted above in the roundup and have so many good options to download and print. They can print a 30″x45″ size for around $54

Fedex –  Your local chain copier also does large scale posters starting at $34.99. which if you are on a tight turn around is a great option as it is local and affordable.

Staples – The same as above, but a slightly more affordable price point starting at $9.99.

WHCC – Another online option that will print and send you large-scale prints at $6.45 per sq. ft.

Parabo Prints – These guys have so many great products but you can get large-scale 36″x45″ size in these options and prices: Color $25, B&W $20. They also offer poster rails if you don’t want to have it custom framed.

Costco – Last but not least and one of our favorites is Costco. Which will print a poster-sized piece of art starting at $6.99. The framing selections will vary by location, but we have always loved their quality and customer service.

As far as how to get it printed: abstract and fine art prints typically will look best on archival quality paper stock that has a matte finish and then photographs will look best printed on paper with a gloss or luster finish.

Framing Options

Online Framing

Once you have them printed it is time to get them framed, which is where you can start getting creative and custom. Here are a few of our favorite online places that do custom framing.

Framebridge: We love Framebridge and they continue to be our go-to online source for custom framing. They can do float framing, framing with or without a mat and also have a new solid wood collection that is beautiful. They can create and frame really anything and we’ve loved working with them over the last few years 🙂

Simply Framed: Similar in concept to Framebridge, but with some more creative options (like the neon plexiboys… woah) these guys offer online printing and framing options and can accommodate large sizes. Note, some of these frames can definitely get expensive, so we included lots of other options below as well. These prices are for custom framing up to 30″ x 40″, but some frames can go even larger.

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American Frame: If you want to save a bit and are willing to print it yourself and then place it in the frame, American Frame has a large selection of frames that can be custom made to fit just about any size. The prices vary depending on how much you customize it (IE frame, mat, style, etc) but they are a great online option with a large selection.

DIY Framing

If you feeling handy and are willing to DIY then you can create a frame for an even lower price than the ones above. We haven’t attempted any of these personally, but each one of these has a great step by step guide for you to follow.

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Hommemaker – D.I.Why? Making a Frame For Your Large Scale Art In 10 Easy Steps

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Yellow Brick Home – The Easier Way To Make a Giant Frame


Apartment Therapy – How To Make a Magnetic DIY Frame For Artwork… In 10 Minutes


Apartment Therapy – How To Build a DIY Custom Floating Frame For Artwork

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A Beautiful Mess –  Make An Oversized Frame For a Fraction Of The Price

In-Store Framing

You still with us? Yes, these might take a bit more labor than going out and purchasing a fully finished piece but they will save you a lot in the long run and also allow you to customize sizing and framing a lot more than you might with an already framed piece. But, if DIYing isn’t your jam and printing your own art sounds like a headache that you would rather avoid here are some of our favorites that sell the art, print it and frame it which basically takes all the labor off of you besides adding it to your online cart and fronting the bill.

Target: They always carry a good selection of large-scale art every season and if you find something you love be sure to buy it as they don’t stay in stock for long. One of my favorite pieces which I get the most compliments on is from them and it looks like such a high-end piece. We’re also huge fans of this piece.

Minted: Has a massive online selection of art and photographs from artists around the world and they also frame in a variety of sizes and options.

Urban Outfitters: They sell both prints and frames but they have a revolving collection of eclectic prints that work well for more boho or eclectic styles.

West Elm: They don’t always have a huge selection in store but they do have a good assortment online that changes seasonally.

CB2: They are expanding their art collection and have quite a few good options in larger sizes for more modern homes and apartments.

Anthropologie: They carry quite a large selection (not all of which are large scale) but they do have some good options and are always a good resource to look through.

Tappan Collective: These guys are a bit more expensive than the other ones but have a wonderful curation of photography and art.

Uprise Art: While pricey they have truly beautiful pieces of original art that would make any space absolutely more special (with little to no hassle:)).

Saatchi Art: They have a HUGE collection of original art and prints that range in price. Remember Brady’s diptych in his original living room reveal? Well, they are from here. You are welcome:)

All in all, we hope that this will be a resource for you moving forward, so let us know if there are any printing, framing, or art sources that we are forgetting that have large-scale options, and of course if you have any questions about the process or anything in relation to large-scale art let us know below, and we will try to get your questions answered.

Opening Image Credits: Photo by Tessa Neustadt | From: How We Styled Our Living Room and Kitchen To Sell


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100 thoughts on “Affordable Large Scale Art & How To Get It In Your Home

  1. I clicked through to Orlando’s DIY, which links to a 2014 story that he wrote for you here on the blog (the headboard painting DIY project for the kid’s room). Sadly all but the reveal pics are broken links and the comments underneath seem to be all spam. Maybe it happened when you moved platforms? Seems like a great tutorial too!

      1. Unfortunately when we switched platforms and moved servers we did lose some of the old content 🙁 but it may still be on his old site or was potentially reposted somewhere or like Shopgirl says you could try refreshing your browser and it could work. xx

  2. What about some non-abstract art, or places where one can purchase more international art (other than the big and pricey auction houses, of course)?

    1. Keep an eye out for any big craft shows. There is one twice per year around here that features a lot of great artists selling their work. You can find photos and paintings of all different kinds, and the prices are reasonable because you are buying directly from the artist.

    2. Sycamore Street Press who we linked up in the roundup does have some old world paintings that are being reproduced and printed. You could take a look through there and we also love EBTH, Chairish, and Etsy for vintage art.

    3. I live in Minneapolis & our local art school (MCAD) has an annual art sale each year, featuring students & new alumnae. Ticket sales go to the school for scholarships & artists get the money from sales of their pieces. It’s very popular here. I have to imagine that other art & design colleges might have something similar? A great way to find emerging talent!

      1. We have a branch of the Art Institute in Kansas City (there are locations throughout the states) that does the same thing with end of semester student sales (so 2x per year, but timing varies based on medium). It is COMPETITIVE though – at least for our talent here in 3D/ceramics! You almost have to breeze through the rooms to see if there’s any must haves right away, and then come back to walk through and truly appreciate the art. I missed out on a beautiful wall piece that I’m still kicking myself over. I’ve reached out to the artist since to hopefully commission something – but her work was stunning and honestly everything there was an absolute steal! Anyway, look up if you have an AI location near you 🙂

    4. Local art markets and artist studios are a good resource. I’m an artist in the Houston area, and I participate in First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights area. You can get original art by local artists in all kinds of sizes and styles.

    5. is one of the best online resources I have found in terms of art quality, diversity, and price points. I just purchased an amazing 24″x48″ framed painting from a Spaniard artist for only $850 including international shipping. Their customer service and responsiveness is also really excellent.

  3. This is such a helpful post! Thank you for these resources and options! I love large scale art, and this is the perfect jumping off point for my next room design.

  4. great resources for art! I would add artfullywalls to the list too. They have a HUGE selection of the latest pieces from contemporary artists.

  5. Emily, I can’t thank you enough for this post! You took the overwhelming and gave me everything I needed. You’re the best!!!

  6. Just to add: Minted is currently running a large scale art contest so they will have even more larger pieces in a couple of months once the contest is done!

  7. This post is why your blog is my favorite!! It’s inspirational but also very approachable and helper-y. I feel like I can do all the things when I come here! 🙂

  8. I highly recommend too. The images are donated by photographers and are free to download and print. The selection is incredible.

  9. Last time I tried, Framebridge did not offer the mats for the “extra large” size of framing. That was a couple of month ago though.

  10. This made me laugh. I read “If you are a bit more handy and are willing to DIY then you can create a frame for an even lower price” and my first thought was, “Didn’t Orlando do that once?” Lo and behold, the first link was to his project. 🙂

  11. OMGosh, this is AWESOME! This really helped with something I was stuck on. I just ordered 7 prints. THANK YOU!

  12. I wish I could find/purchase that deerbed photo from Cup of Jo! I would love to give it to my father-in-law. Thank you for this round-up! Super helpful!

  13. Yes!

    I printed FLORA from Jenny’s Print Shop at 30″x45″ through Aspen Creek. The issue then was that we couldn’t find a ready made frame at that size. I didn’t feel comfortable doing a DIY since we have kids and it was going to be above the couch and, thus, accessible to tiny hands who could possibly pull it apart and down. We ended up getting it framed at Michael’s during one of their 70% off custom framing periods. It ended up being more than $200 for the framing, but we decided it was worth it since we love the print and wanted it to be as secure as possible!

    We love the final result:

    1. If you buy a print in the future you can’t find a ready-made frame for, another option is to purchase a ready-made frame that’s too large for the print, then go to a frame shop (or Michael’s!) and buy a matt and having them cut it to fit the frame / print. I’ve done that before and it’s a lot cheaper than paying for a full custom frame job. (Or you could probably order a mat online, someplace like this:

  14. Great post. I always check in with you to see what’s trending lately, so I can keep my own shop current and my customers happy. Large scale photography it is! Thanks Emily.

  15. As a professional printer, I want to also mention that while Fed Ex or Staples or Kinko’s are all viable options for printing digital files, there are often local reprographic firms that can make large scale color or black & white prints in your community. Not only do they have more paper options but their quality is usually superior, they are cheaper and you get to talk to a live person, all while supporting your local economy! Look for a print shop that prints construction plans, they usually have a wide format color department too. Some of them may even be able to frame or mount them once their printed.

    1. I’m so glad you shared this. I use a very small, local printer/gallery to print my fine art photography and every time I pick up an order I know I’ve supported a small business and the artists who own it instead of a mega corporation. It’s easy to find them — just google Fine Art Printer and the name of your town. Although I live in a major city, I was able to find a terrific little print shop in the small town where my mom lives when I need to fill orders while I’m visiting her.

  16. I am so happy that large scale art is coming back as it gives such a great impact in a room, be it a bedroom or a dining room. I just love it! What an amazing collection of artwork there is here, I love the Dan Hobday yellow piece – so cool – and Simply Framed sounds so awesome as framing can be so expensive, cannot wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  17. That Target piece is great! Love the colors.

    I have a 40×40 sheep print in my livingroom and 24×30.5 blue cow print from Meagan Donegan. Her limited edition prints are incredible. They get so many compliments and I know I’ll keep them up forever.

    1. Some of those are really cool, thanks so much for sharing that link.

      Love the picks above too, thanks Emily & team. I think #3 may adorn my wall very soon.

      P.S. for anyone in the UK looking for low cost large scale prints I have previously used and was happy with the quality

  18. ♥️Love your round up so much!♥️I also sell large scale artwork on my site I sell both large scale DIGITAL files ($10) & PRINTED artwork (both available up to 36”x48”). And I have lots of stuff for kids’ spaces.

    Big artwork is my favorite and I love that it is more cost effective these days!

  19. Emily,

    This is such a great guide! Could you give some more info about American Frame? Do you have to assemble yourself? Do they just send the parts? I couldn’t quite make sense of their website. I have a large 27×27 print that I’ve been dying to frame and this seems like it might be a good option.

    1. I’ve ordered from American Frame a few times and I’m a big fan. Yes, they do just send the pieces, but they are super easy to assemble. The metal frames are assembled by using a mounting plate to attach each pair of sides and tightening a few screws. You slide in your artwork, acrylic, and backing piece before attaching the final side. The wooden frames from them that I’ve ordered have come with the wood frame portioned assembled and you just have to screw on the clips to hold the artwork in. Takes maybe five minutes and very little skill to put together.

      They also will send you free samples of mat board and frame pieces so you can be sure that the frame you choose matches your artwork. I’ve ordered a lot of frames from a lot of companies and this is now my go to place, esp. if I’m framing something that’s a weird size.

  20. I used a special rug with embroidered animal imagery as large scale wall art in my stairwell and it works really well. Was also a way of adding the warmth of textiles to a room with no upholstery.

  21. Your articles are among the most valuable and helpful sources I’ve found for help with decorating. Thanks for all the work you do.

  22. So timely! I need some art for a big blank wall in our new house – such a good roundup of resources, thank you!!

  23. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Exactly what I needed. You saved me a ton of time. Thanks, girl!

  24. Printable art may be a bit more affordable, but when you buy large scale photography from a professional, they have used a reputable printer, archival inks and quality papers made to last a lifetime without fading or foxing (discoloration). That may not matter to some, or to those that change their look yearly, but quality shows and can make or break a carefully curated room. As a fine art photographer, of course I’m biased.

  25. These roundups are THE BEST! Thank you for never forgetting what it’s like to be on a tight budget. There are a lot more people out there buying at Target than at Kelly Wearstler, and it is so nice to have someone think about us, too.

  26. Thanks Emily & team! This post is super helpful! I’ve been struggling with how to fill the large, white walls in my new rental apartment for months, and while stores like Target are great for the occasional pre-framed large-scale piece (I purchased their pink and green landscape after seeing it in your living room!), I want most of the art in my house to feel unique to my personality and space — but don’t have the dolla dolla billz to purchase and frame Big Art. I’ve also gotten very lost in the sheer amount of choice provided by online print shops, not to mention felt weirdly overwhelmed at the thought of doing the math (ah! addition!) required to see if printing + framing on my own is really saving me enough money to make the extra bit of effort worth it.

    All that is to say, it’s therefore super awesome to have a curated selection of attractive large-scale art with all the printing and framing prices laid out for me in one place! I love pieces #3 and #11 in particular and am definitely thinking about purchasing them (…although the cost of framing still makes me want to cry a little. I guess it’s something to save for?! Unless I miraculously up my handiness game overnight and wake up able to complete those framing tutorials… which sadly – not to mention historically – seems unlikely.)

  27. These resources are awesome! I recently purchased a large scale photography poster and I have been struggling to find a cost effective way to frame it. Most places I checked online didn’t go large enough, so I was convinced I may have to pay a lot for custom framing. Now, I see that Simply Framed is a totally reasonable option! Yay!

  28. So I actually bought a photo from Jenny’s Print Shop for my anniversary gift to my husband (paper anniversary…large framed print…close enough?) and was just looking on your blog, Little Green Notebook, etc for resources! This post literally came on exactly the perfect day.

    I want to frame the print above our bed and I’m a little unsure of how small is too small for a queen sized bed. I was thinking I would do a 24″ by 36″ like Jenny did for the One Room Challenge bedroom, but that sounds smaller than it looks. What are your thoughts on sizing? I don’t think I can swing custom framing, so I am trying to stick with frames from Michaels or Ikea.

  29. My go to is the large ikea frames (24×36 i think). I just take the mating out and you have a huge frame. The black or white are pretty modern looking and for $20 a frame very cheap! Then I just got the pictures printed from Costco ($30 each!) and for about $60 a frame I am very happy.

    Also – if you are printing a black and white and want to change it out often – you can use engineering prints at Staples. I think they are about $5 or less a print for 24×36 (can go up to 30×42 at some locations!).


  30. Thank you so much for this post. So very useful!

    PS- Loved your MLK post. My instinct is to shield my 5 year old from ugliness and hate. Your post makes me realize it is important to face difficult topics and turn them into teachable moments–especially when our little ones are still so impressionable. Keep up the wonderful work!

  31. Where can I buy the deer bed grass pic in Joanna Goddard’s living room? I’ve been in love with it ever since she featured it on her blog.

  32. Loooooove all of these suggestions! I’m helping one of my girlfriends fill some walls at her house right now, so I sent this over to her!

    A few more ideas for large scale art…

    World Market is a great affordable source for art that is already framed! They run such great sales, and even without waiting for a sale, their prices are really good.

    Or of course, DIY. I bought a massive canvas during one of Michael’s sales last summer (it was the biggest one they have in the store, and I got it for $30) and DIY’d a big black and white abstract design using cheap paint I also bought at Michael’s. The nice thing with that is if you mess up, you can always paint the whole thing white and start over. I can’t remember the exact dimensions of my painting but the whole thing cost me under $50 and it’s HUGE.

    Another option for DIY is taking an old canvas piece you already own (maybe you bought a giant Ikea piece in college to fill and wall and now you don’t know what to do with it – or picking something up on major sale at Homegoods) and painting over it with white then trying your own abstract art. Basically just recycling an old piece.

  33. I love that blimp photo so much from your last living room. I’ve been on the hunt for something similar with no luck yet 🙁

  34. I recently bought a large (43” x 31”) original oil painting of an old barn with a big dark sky and kind of a November feeling to it. I thought it was moody and soothing and I just HAD to have it. I think I was on some prescription medication that day. Anyway, I can’t seem to find a spot for it. It’s currently under my daughter’s bed. Do I just accept defeat and try to sell it? Please help!

  35. Emily- love your aesthetic and how well you are influencing more consumers to find incredible resources for art and framing! Check out the exciting new GALLERY MOMENTS retailer program by Larson-Juhl on behalf of US Independent Retailers. – Whether styling a personal photograph or selecting from a vast and curated art collection, shoppers can now personalize their art of choice on brilliant acrylic, modern metal, classic canvas and paintings! #TrendForward Enjoy!

  36. Hi Emily, Do you have a rec for an online source that can do deckle edge prints that are large/oversized?

  37. I have found metal frames at yard sales. If you go to a framer they may be willing to cut down tbe frame and glass. I have done this twice, and sabe a lot over a new frame. That said, I framed a poster one time (no mat) and cut my own mat the srcond time.

  38. Awesome post! For printing resources, can we add reprographics shops? Reprographics is the new(er) term for “blueprints” – all day long we print on large-scale sheets of paper. Most of us are family-owned and operated, so it can be a great way to support a small business – I own two in Southern California (thus we can add woman-owned here!). My business has a high-quality large-format plotter and we can print on photo satin or gloss paper.

    Every market is different, but in ours a 24×36 blueprint plan sheet (so I’m talking b&w on this comparison) runs $1.74/sheet, and the near by FedEx Kinko’s is over $5/sheet. So you might save some $$ too by going local and small-biz.

    Give it an internet search if you’re on the hunt – reprographics, or large format printing.

    1. Hi Sarah – I looked at your beautiful digital prints and wondered why the original artist information wasn’t listed for each of them? It would make a difference to me to know the attributions.

      1. Wonderful question, Cris. I have spent countless hours curating, editing, marketing, and resizing these vintage prints for standard size frames. I sell them in my store for a humble $6. I have seen instances where potential customers use the information I’m sharing about a print (artist information) to hunt it down themselves on the internet without purchasing from my shop. I’m not quite sure how to get around that, so I have not included the artist information, but will happily share with folks that have made a purchase.

        1. Sarah – I appreciate your answer! Thank you! As the wife of a retoucher/graphic designer I appreciate the time it takes to properly prep items for print. There are a couple of pieces that I’m interested in and I’ll be sure to ask for the artist info after purchase. All the best to you on the business!

  39. I’ve found that Society6 is a really good resource for this. I bought a large print for my mantle a few weeks ago and they shipped it framed. It seemed pretty affordable — around $140 for their largest size framed.

  40. I think it’s wonderful to buy a big ‘ol canvas on a frame (these are super cheap for the size) and make my own art!
    Sure, I’d love to buy more original art, byt my budget, ya know?,
    Yes I can paint (art teacher training), but anyone can do it!

    Look at tge Rebecca Attwood art in the intro pic. A simple, repeated pattern (even a potato stamp!) can make seriously interesting eye candy. Repeat the stamp over and over, slightly changing the colour, but keeping it similar tones (no need to clean the stamp or potato in between), like blues or yellows in different pigments and saturation (depths of colour).

    If you’re handy with a brush, make largish brush strokes using the same method, allowing for some white (empty) space between the strokes. The key is to NOT try to make exact replica stamps or strokes! The slight differences are what makes it work (think fractals, nature, nithing is exact).

    Seriously, try it on a big piece of cheapie butcher’s paper and you’ll see how fabulous this is!

    1. Oooh, and I must say … sooooo loveky to see the BLIMP agsin!
      I love that thing! LOVE!❤
      Will we glimpse it in the farmhouse? Maybe on the ipstairs landing??

  41. I love to have canvases made of art files I can get at very reasonable prices. Canvas on Demand has a great product at an awesome price (almost always a coupon to be found). And since they’re on canvas that is beautifully finished on the sides you don’t need a frame for a beautiful piece of art b

    1. Yesss!! That’s a goodie.
      I’m considering having a small drawing I did a while ago, blown up onto a canvas. You’ve reinspired me!

  42. I recommend looking in thrift stores or used bookstores for original artwork, album covers, etc. Try eBay too! I have a large canvas print from that is about 30×40” and cost me $80 for a custom frame. The artist is Ieva Baklane and the art is called Palm Springs Monday.

    Also, framing a piece of wallpaper or wrapping paper in the largest IKEA frame you can afford is another great way to get truly unique artwork. I’m not crazy about box store artwork (e.g. CB2, Target, West Elm). Too boring for my tastes.

    1. Chantal… I’ve framed a pricey wrapping paper, a whole $8 !
      Ha! And it looks fabulous! Everyone thinks it’s expensive.
      It’s in an IKEA frame and the print was a touch small, so I sponged gold metalic paint Round the edges – perfect!

  43. Everyone always recommends Framebridge, but honestly, I will never use them again. I’ve used them twice and both times I had to send the piece back for reframing because of mistakes they made. The first time, the piece was not fully in the mat, so you could see space between the edge of the art and the mat. The second time, they covered up the artist’s signature despite the facts that 1) it is their default to show signatures and 2) I specifically noted that the signature should show. I didn’t love having to repackage and go out to a UPS store in a pandemic. I know a lot of people have had good experiences, but caveat emptor.

  44. Oh, and I meant to ask… This will probably sound stupid, but what do you consider “large”? I imagine it might depend on the space, but I have some pieces that are big but not necessarily large. I was thinking about getting a picture I took in Hawaii printed and framed, but I’m not sure how big to go.

  45. Thanks for this approachable art round-up! I would like to clarify one thing, that I think this blog is uniquely positioned to help tackle which is the larger conversation about pricing in creative fields. Those who take on creative endeavors, like artists and designers, deserve to be fairly compensated, so when we question why large art cost so much instead of just stating why it cost so much, it undermines their value.

    It would be helpful to keep in mind the creative energy it takes to create, the time, the materials, the marketing – all of those things add up and is why original, and even some reproductions, cost a significant amount. So while pricey art may not be in everyone’s budget (just like an incredible sofa or one-of-kind tile), sharing and validating it’s cost would be helpful.

    Don’t get me wrong–I’m so glad there are so many ways for artist to get paid and for people to experience art in their homes with affordable options, but remembering that there is a valid “why” to those price tags is important for the livelihoods of artist, designers and creatives at large.

  46. My husband and I love maps–we’re nerds 🙂 I used the website to create and order a HUGE custom map of our city for less than $100. I think ours is 4’x5′ and it cost about $80. Mytopo is a company primarily geared towards professional topographic map users–think engineering firms, real estate development, etc. The paper they print on is heavy and high quality. We live in a city and the composition of city boundaries plus natural features makes for an almost abstract-looking piece of art. It’s the beautiful feature point for our dining room. Custom framing was pricy (I think at least $200) but we were able to get an enormous focal piece of art for $300 total. If you like maps or personalized art, it’s worth checking out .

  47. Fiber and textile art can be wonderful options for those looking for large scale pieces. Rugs, weavings, lace, embroidery, quilts, collages and mixed media pieces can be purchased direct from artists on Etsy, their own websites and at local shows (when we can have them again!) or at galleries, consignment and re-sale shops. They can add as little or much color and texture as you want in styles from primitive to ornate.
    They can also be lightweight and soft so wise choices to hang over a bed in earthquake prone areas.

  48. Check NordstromRack’s online site under “Wall Art”. They have a lot of framed art at serious discounts. You do have to scroll thru a bit of dreck, but there are some real gems there (you can test your art knowledge while scrolling). The best part is you can (generally) return it in person to a NordstromRack store if you don’t like it, no need to pack it back up.

    1. Forgot to add: Definitely double-check if what your are buying is marked “Final Sale”. Those items you will have to keep (try to resell on craigslist or marketplace).

  49. Can ask for “large art hanging” opinions? I have a very large sepia toned print/duplication of a vintage map of Paris that runs over two canvas sheets. Each one is 44″ wide x 65″ high, so the two of them take a lot of wall space and would be expensive to frame (trying to imagine the weight of that much glass!). My husband had taken a smaller digital copy of the map, did a bunch of touch up to remove pixalization etc and then had them printed at a size that used to cover one of the walls of my work cubical. I have an office now (though who knows when I’ll ever see it again) and I’m thinking of putting this up on the long empty wall in our bedroom.

    How would you hang these? Should I keep them large or should I cut them into smaller pieces and do a grid (I love a good grid – like this one:, but am afraid I’m going to have them all over the house)? Does it look weird that there are just two pieces (I think three would look better across the wall – do I add a row of smaller pictures along the edges? along the edges and one down the middle?)? Any thoughts welcome!

  50. I was inspired by the Rebecca Atwood potato print project you featured here a few years ago and recreated one over my bed. I used an old white muslin swaddling blanket from when my girls were babies (so it has sentimental value) wrapped around white cardboard. My girls helped stamping the potatoes and it was such a fun project. I can’t believe how beautifully it turned out! Looks almost identical to Emily’s. It’s currently in a cheap IKEA frame that I’d like to upgrade, so thanks for the frame linkup here!

  51. We created some fun large art buy using fabric with fun bold patterns like Marimekko also found some great fabric at IKEA and stretched them on to canvas stretcher bars. You just need a staple gun and you’ve instantly made a large statement piece.

  52. Another way to get cheap big art is to blow up one of your photos and frame it. My son had taken a beautiful picture of Lake Tahoe (water only in different shades of blue, with a boat somewhere), and it looks amazing in 30 x 40. Cost $20 at Shutterfly, I think. Frame through Framebridge, not cheap, but that makes it look like real art.

  53. This is such a great post and it is so timely for me that I wonder if somehow you have cookies tracking my web browsing lol! If so, I don’t mind because it is very nice to have some content directly relating to what you (and a million other people) are addressing in their homes at the moment. I have always found it hard to pull the trigger on art. The most expensive piece I’ve bought has been $75 (and then $100 for a frame at a thrift shop). BUT one of my closest friend’s dad has become an internationally successful artist with his shows selling out and his pieces going for more than $50,000 (his name is Sky Glabush if you are curious). A few years ago he posted a working sketch of one of his pieces and I asked if I could buy it, he offered it to me for $600 but at the time I felt like I couldn’t justify it…that same piece sold to a museum for their collection and I have basically been kicking myself ever since… Crazy thing is that after the gallery/agent commissions and taxes he doesn’t even clear that much, so buying direct from artists can really help them.

    I have also been making some DIY art. It is not the best but it does save money and it is pretty relaxing!

  54. Hi Emily: If you ever want to get rid of that amazing U.S.A.F. hot air balloon/flying submarine print, I would happily take it off your hands/buy it. It may or may not be going up to Oregon perhaps??? 🙂 It would be going to the happiest of homes and be loved forever. (As would your rad tall birds that were on your patio in LA).

  55. Similar to SaatchiArt, I sell prints of my paintings through You can have them frame it if you get a paper print, or have them print on lots of different surfaces as well (canvas, metal, acrylic, etc). Plus, a portion of what you pay goes back to the original artist as well.

  56. In addition, take the frame and art to a local shop to have put together with quality glass. It will be less expensive than a typical framing job! I really like working with my local framer for floating mounts as they are tougher to get right yourself. Sometimes I find the coolest old frames at garage sales (preCovid) that just need a little DIY and new art. But then as a painter, I’m typically more focused on simple framing and I love recycling frames from the thrift store.

  57. Try the local feature on Etsy to find emerging artists in your area. Their work with be priced lower, but you may find a piece you love and be a boost for an artist working to gain an audience. Instagram has TONS of brilliant artists making work of all styles. Do a search on the medium you are interested in and follow accounts whose style you love to see more similar accounts. Visual art like block printing is often more reasonable because the artist is making multiple prints, yet they are all originals too. Oils are more than acrylics because of the time involved. Watercolor is typically priced lower, but a huge well-done watercolor is tough and time consuming so prices go up quickly for non abstract work.

  58. Is there a reason you have to print your download before sending it to Framebridge? It looks like they will print and frame it for you.

  59. I work in the arts, and want to point out that there are ways to purchase large-scale art for reasonable prices but still support the artists to a greater extent or more directly, like going to BFA or MFA student art fairs at your local universities (easier in non-pandemic times, of course). I have gotten some beautiful pieces this way.

    Framing is very expensive and services like Framebridge really do help make it accessible, but I think it’s worth exploring why you’d want to spend only $9 on an image to print at a large scale, yet be willing to spend $200 framing it. We all pick and choose what we spend our dollars on and that’s perfectly fine, I just think this is worth considering.

    I’ve been a reader of this site for ~6 years and have never posted a critical comment, but I have to say that the way this post begins (“large-scale pieces of art typically also come with large-scale price tags (whyyyyy??)”) really hurts to read. I could provide plenty of answers to “whyyyy,” the most fundamental one being that creative work is work, period. Emily, I know you’d agree with that idea, but the tone of the beginning of this post doesn’t support it. Thanks for listening.

  60. So much good information here! For same day printing for digital downloads, I’ve found Walgreens, FedEx and Staples are the best. I list more framing and canvas print options here –>
    Also if you’re looking for international, travel, or botanical prints, I have dozens of digital downloads in my shop that enlarge up to 24×36″ and they are less than $10 per print. 🙂

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