Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide

Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide

Art collection is a very stimulating and inspiring

hobby for all. It isn’t just for the rich and famous,

but even regular everyday people too. There are

various forms of art that you can choose from,

especially since art’s definition can greatly vary

from one person to another. However, it doesn’t really

matter whatever its form is, you’re the one to make

the call on which is attractive and how much are you

willing to spend for such piece.

To Go For Prints Or Originals?

In the art world, some people may look down on others

due to their different tastes in picking out art. For

instance, there are those people who only buy original

works and would never even consider buying prints.

However, you should take note that if you’re just

starting to collect art and is doing this for

enjoyment then originals are not really necessary to

buy, especially if they’re way out of your budget.

There is really nothing wrong with buying prints. In

fact, these are one superb way to have framed art that

would look lovely on your wall, just like how an

original would look, but at a way lower price.

Although here, you would not be having the same

texture as to the original work; since originals

usually show dimension and texture, while prints

won’t. However, well printed artworks are not settling

of course.

In fact, a lot of art collectors have art prints by

different artists, which were fairly bought

inexpensively from the Internet, galleries and art

fairs. Amazingly, such pieces still look tasteful and

classy, instead of cheap looking like what most people


All Framed Up

Once you spot an original or print that you like, you

have the option to frame it by yourself or get

somebody else to do it for you. Generally, you can

find frames in a vast price range, starting from

cheaper metal frames to ornate and hand carved wooden

frames costing you a fortune.

With regard to using mats, which is another way of

framing your picture inside its frame by the use of

papers or illustration boards, you should take note

that such could detract your print. If you don’t know

how to frame, then you should get your piece and get

it framed first. While doing so, observe how they’d

offer you different mats and frame styles.

You don’t have to hasten up when picking out the mat

you want to use. In fact, you should take your time

and deliberate on it carefully, since the mat and

frame color combinations can have a great effect on

how well or bad your artwork would look. You should

also consider how the frame would fit-in in whatever

place you’ll put it, like your home or your office.

If you want a clean and contemporary look, it’s

recommended that you use the Nielsen brushed metal

frames, which are not only cheap but are still elegant

looking too. These usually come in different colors.

Nevertheless, it’s safe to go for black or bronze.

If you’ll be placing them in a gallery, bronze would

also do well, especially since it wouldn’t cost you

too much. After all, most people that buy art from

galleries would have the art they bought re-framed in

able for it to match their home decor.

If more of a wood type of person, you can also get

wooden frames that are naturally stained. Cherry and

mahogany are the most preferred styles when it comes

to wooden frames, since their deep and reddish color

bring an elegant look to any artwork.


You can find more of my Art at Etsy Gallery


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