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HOW TO BUY AND PRINT ART FOR ONLY A COUPLE DOLLARS

Hey’all!  I almost forgot to write this post so I’m sorry I didn’t do it sooner.  Last month, I finished my entry makeover and finished my gallery wall going up my staircase.  I had mentioned that I got all of the artwork for a steal, but didn’t go into details.  Today I’m going to spill the beans.  I more or less filled up this gallery wall for only a couple dollars!

I discovered digital artwork on Etsy and now I’m addicted.  You guys, I can buy a 11×17 print for a couple dollars!  And then I take it to the local mom & pop print shop down the street and they print it for $1.  Yep, one whole American dollar.

Now if you’re scratching your head thinking “what is she talking about?” — don’t skip this part.  Instead of ordering the artwork already printed on paper and paying shipping costs, you can buy just the digital file, the electronic image, the jpeg.  Then you can decide the size and print on the paper of your choice.  If you wanted to print ten of the same image and put one in every room in your house, you can!  And you’ll only pay for the image once!

I should also note that you can go to Kinko’s and they can print for you, too.

How to buy and print art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

What I’ve purchased

Here is the breakdown of the digital art I have purchased from Etsy over recent months.

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

  • Winter in Sweden
  • Black Paint Swirl – no longer available
  • Red Hibiscus Print, this was actually an original piece of art, so it’s sold out.  There are other similar versions available.

Other Etsy Art in My House

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

These two beauties are on one of the walls in my upstairs hallway where I made over my interior doors.

The print above is of the Amalfi Coast, which is on my bucket list to visit.

The print below is a close up of blue agate stone.

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

This print got the most comments from my garage makeover last fall.  BONUS:  It’s only $1.50!!!

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

I so love this peonies print that I used in my guest bedroom makeover.

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

I WISH the shop that created the print in my bathroom was still open, but it has closed.

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

I sourced all of my living room Etsy prints in my office tour post.  Check it out!

How to buy enough art to fill a gallery wall for only a couple dollars! My secret source for artwork and keeping it under budget.

As you can see, I’m kind of addicted to this!  If you find any good new prints on Etsy, please leave a link in the comments below.

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    Paula
    February 20, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Wow! I am loving this idea but I have a really, really dumb question: after you’ve purchased the jpeg, how do you get it to the copy place? Do I take my iPad with the jpeg to the store? Hope you can clarify for computer dummies like me! Thanks!!

    1. Reply
      Jen @ The Striped House
      February 28, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Paula! Oh my gosh, I completely forgot to go over that part! I’m so sorry! When you purchase a digital print on Etsy, you are immediately sent a link from that vendor. It will be in your Etsy messages. You click on the link and it will open the image. You can save the image to a small flashdrive. You can buy one for a couple dollars at any Target, Walmart, office supply store. You should have it plugged into your computer before you try to save the image. You will save the image to the flash drive as you normally would to your desktop. You cannot save images to your iPad. If you don’t have a PC or desktop computer, Etsy does email you a link to the images. You may be able to forward that email to your print shop and the printer may be able to open and save the image. I hope this helps! Good luck and have fun with your new art!

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