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Buying Art Without Going Broke

Everyone needs to decorate his or her walls with some sort of wall décor. Most would prefer to buy an original painting to hang at that perfect spot over the sofa or fireplace.

However, for some, buying original art is about culture and social status. Not to mention, that having an original painting hanging on the wall looks way better then a cheap reproduction bought at a department store.

Let’s face it; although buying art is a great investment, it is indeed a luxury. It can cost a few thousand dollars which most of us cannot afford. That is why we settle for cheap mass reproductions from China of famous artist that are sold at every decorating and department store across the country. Everybody and their mother have the same wall décor. The reproductions are either poorly laminated on a thin masonite board with black tape around the sides or framed with a cheap metal or plastic molding. The cost is cheap and the look is cheap. It makes the overall décor look thrifty.

You don’t have to spend big bucks to have great looking art on your walls. It’s time to get rid of the old and bring in the new as over the past couple of years digital printing has evolved bringing the art reproduction process to a whole new level. In my opinion, the “giglee” print process is the best; its high quality reproduction captures the finest details of an original painting or image that can be printed directly on canvas or paper.

Right now, the hottest trend in home décor is reproductions on canvas. Many retailers have started to carry a few pieces, as they are very affordable and look exactly like a real painting. However as a published artist, I do not recommend canvas transfers as the image is glued to the canvas as opposed to being printed, then sealed with a film. The sides are finished with black tape, which will come off over time. I recommend that you chose a piece that is printed on the canvas with no tape on the sides. Even some publishers, such as mine, go to the extend of having the artwork wrap around the sides which gives the piece a chic urban look.

Times are changing and art is more affordable, so don’t settle for less. Be spontaneous bold and unexpected as life is colorful when you are surrounded by art you love.

Submitted by:

Karen Couillard

Karen Couillard is one of Canada hottest artists. As a highly recognized businesswomen, artist, product designer and writer, she is known for being an entrepreneur in the world of art and design. As the founder of Groovy Arts, she has successfully developed and launched products specializing in giftware and home décor based on her signature art collection. Her work has appeared on CFTO " "Panorama" Toronto CH 11 "CH Morning Live," Hamilton, KNBC-TV "News 4," Los Angeles, KESQ-TV "Channel 3 News," Palm Springs, City TV "CityLine," Toronto as well as in many publications including " The Hamilton Spectator," "West of the City," "Art World News," "Le Madawaska," "TheFor more art and tips please log on at http://www.groovyarts.com




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