Subscription boxes always seem like such a good idea until you end up with six months of molding coffee/wine/mascara in the back of a cupboard. An art delivery service that rocks up once a month to prettify your walls, now that’s more like it. The fact that art isn’t a consumable isn’t the most common reason for it being bought, but then, art is more often not bought, so it’s valid.
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You know you want free colouring in pages. So hip, so arty, so damn procrastinnovative (a word I just innovented). Trendy as hell right now, grown-up colouring books are everyone’s new favourite way of not freaking the shit out. According to The New York Times, Buzzfeed and the like, a good hard doodle is the only way to dodge-anxiety for fall 2015. I can attest. My sister bought me a mindfulness colouring book for my birthday (it rocks) which I keep next to my computer; the monitor hasn’t been smacked since.
So, yeah. I made you some. Using Unsplash’s awesome archive of free pics, Snorpey’s image Triangulator and a reserve of Photoshop patience I didn’t know I contained, I created these low-poly pages for your printing and colouring pleasure. Here are the three originals, from the mighty Unsplash;
There’s little in the world as wonderful as a compliment. Empty, backhanded or even genuine, they all work for me. Which is why I’ve bookmarked Emergency Compliment, an ingenious website that spits out some good old fashioned ego-boosting flattery for those moments when everybody sucks. Better yet, you can even buy the one that works for you as an art print. If Google Glasses develop a function that allows me to scroll through compliments from people when I meet them, I’m in. But only then. In the meantime, check out Emergency Compliment’s Society6 shop to get your oh-my-I’m-so-flattered on.
A Francis Bacon painting sold recently for €50-million. It was not, despite the rumours, one of my latest acquisitions. While art prints are something I’m reasonably willing to splurge on, I’ve moved apartments recently and my bare walls are not nearly as whingey as my bare bank account. As soon as my cash-flow problems are rectified, I’ll find whoever bought that Francis Bacon and outbid the shit out of them. Until then, I’m going to have to do it my bloody self.
Ranging from mind-blowingly easy to very mildly taxing, here’s my pick of some none-too-spendy wall art tutorials even a lazy, lazy blogger like I might manage.
1. Cut out lyric art.
If you’ve got a sharp knife, a piece of paper and waaaaaay more patience than I, this DIY couldn’t be easier. The only real task is figuring what lyrics to use. Personally, I’d go for Three 6 Mafia’s Ass and Titties because it’s my boyfriend and my song. For a less romantic option, anything from Rammstein. Get the tutorial from How About Orange.
2. Nerdy postcard wall art.
Why read books when you can hang them on the wall? Wait, that’s not right. Why hang books when you can read them on your wall. Nope. Whatever, don’t nail things you might need to your wall. Though Penguin books are truly delicious to look at, they are also pretty damn tasty to read, so make like this clever blogger and use postcards mounted on varying sizes of foam to create this lovely wall art. Get the tutorial from How About Orange.
3. Typography art with Hubble imagery.
As Shakespeare once said, “Space, the final frontier”. If you’re too pecious to get your hands dirty and want to force your computer to make your art, then this could be the one for you. Using images from taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope (oh, the joyous nerdiness) and some Photoshoppery, you can create a pretty awesome piece of art. Get the tutorial from My Cakies.
4. DIY sketched photo wall art.
This is not a Photoshopped photo of a cranky baby, it’s a drawing. By breaking down the drawing steps to tiny degrees, the poster is drawn by hand. Now, I’m not saying this is an easy one but if you’re baby can give bitch face at such a young age, it deserves it’s own hand-drawn portrait. That’s just good parenting. Get the surprisingly do-able tutorial from Poppy Talk.
5. Typography art with Bob Ross imagery.
Okay, so this isn’t a real Bob Ross cruelly defaced by hipster bloggers. No one is that hip. But if you possess one of those slightly cheesy, slightly wonderful landscape drawings and don’t have the heart to dump it, why not upgrade it? A little patience with the sharp knife (ugh, again!) and some diligent placement and you’ve got this rad typography art print. Mine’s going to say something like, “A happy little cloud”. Because Bob Ross is a goddam legend.
Istanbul based illustrator Ali Gulec creates all kinds of sinister loveliness with his reimagined skulls. His prolific work in cranial art merges the grotesque with the pretty to create some pretty cool wall art. And, goddammit, he even illustrates the occasional llama. Though a firm favourite on Society 6 (search for skulls, which I all too often do, and you won’t be long landing on Gulec) his website Ikiiki showcases his art in their rightful collections and is a way better place to view it. If Santa hasn’t been watching too closely I might be in with a shot for one of these prints.
Damn Fine Print is a Dublin based community print studio that deliver exactly what their name claims. Acting as a hothouse for designers and illustrators, DFP aims to offer rental space and access to expensive printing equipment for Dublin’s up-and-coming print art movement while producing some damn brilliant art in the process. With exciting plans in the pipeline, the fledgling company is currently offering bespoke prints as well as a selection from the country’s most promising artists. I’m getting all misty eyed looking through their selection of prints inspired by Dublin, some of which have already sold out. Fair warning.
A little bit of book love feeds the soul and these clever art prints from Degree are inspired by our ravenous paperback consumption. “We wade through them on beaches, we devour them on picnics, we go forth with them on the road,” or so the blurb goes. Using a vintage suitcase, beach towel and picnic blanket as the settings, these prints evoke classic paperbacks without infringing and that oh so litigious little penguin. The ingenious execution, bang-on tones and lack of text make these the perfect print for book lovers and dodgers alike. Is anyone else hungry? Available from Degree for €35.
If the words ‘You had me at meat tornado’ mean anything to then you are either living near a Big Head Joe’s (luckyyyyy) or you’re well versed in all things Ron Swanson. The clever Canadians at Paper Chat are certainly the latter if their rather beautiful Parks and Recreation typography prints are anything to go by. Paying stylish tribute to some of the most brilliant P&R quotes, Paper Chat are worthy of a Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt handshake. Take that Eagleton.
Check out Paper Chat’s store for more P&R, 30 Rock, The Office and Seinfeld inspired posters (€18.50). Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a hot, spinning cone of meat in that Greek restaurant next door.