Are you looking for old world and vintage art for your walls – without the price tag for the rich and famous? Let me show you 7 great online sources where you can find affordable artwork for your home.
I got so many great ideas and resources, and I thought I would compile it all and share it with you for a one stop shop to help you find that perfect piece to fill your wall.
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Most of these sources are online shops where you can print and frame affordable art work yourself. After I share my favorite sources, I’ll leave you with some tips for where and how to print your digital art purchase as well as helpful keywords to type in when searching for antique or vintage art online.
I might add – antique and thrift store shopping is always a great way to find artwork you love – but we are talking about online shops today!
You might also enjoy reading my post all about How to Choose Art the Whole Family will Love.
*Because many of these shops change out their art frequently, I will not be linking direct to each piece I talk about. You may search the title of the art to see if they still have it. Feel free to always cruise what they currently have available by heading right to their main page – which I will link to.
Among the highest recommendations was an online shop called Vintage Supply, and in fact where I got the very piece for my kitchen.
This large digital file called “Crystal Lake” only cost me $15 and then I was able to print it at my local print shop for $25. If you have also looked for something as large as a 24” x 36”, you know that is an incredible price!
They have many incredibly beautiful collections for vintage landscapes –
–still life, portraits, and more.
What I really like is that you have the option to print with them, or just buy the digital file.
The cost to print directly with Vintage Supply is higher, but you do get it printed on high quality cotton press paper, which I imagine looks stunning. However, I was very happy with the print quality just from my local shop.
BFF PRINT SHOP
Another highly recommended source I checked out was BFF Print Shop. They have quite an array of styles from vintage, modern, and stunning photography.
Among my favorites was this piece called “River Town”.
I really liked this sweet depiction of a mother praying with her children called “Mothers Prayer”.
And this lovely moody floral piece called “Purple Flowers”.
Another great place to find art you can print is Society 6. Perhaps you’ve heard of this shop where artists and creators can submit their designs and turn them into products. There is a whole section devoted to Art Prints, which allows you purchase files and print as you see fit.
I think it’s best to use this platform to find an artist you particularly like and see their whole collection and have print access to it. A particular favorite of mine would be the collection created by the sweet Miss Mustard Seed. She is so very talented!
It can be fun to search around and find the art that draws your attention, and then see what else that artist has created.
Juniper Print Shop
Another highly recommended print shop that came from my Instagram followers was Juniper Print Shop. They have a charming Vintage collection and a wide variety of other collections.
I was particularly smitten with this “Sisters” sketch, since I have 3 daughters and there were 3 girls in my family growing up.
I am also in love with all their botanicals and this one called “nautical”.
Next up – Etsy! Etsy might be an obvious place to find antique artwork. If you search around you’ll find a mix of digital download options as well as options to ship the original artwork to your home. Knowing what to search for is key to finding what you like.
My absolute favorite Etsy shop for vintage paintings and downloads is called Wild Fig Paperie.
It’s hard to pick favorites but I know my husband would love this Vintage Sailboat print.
I adore this print called Chiffon.
And all their landscapes have my heart!
I’d also like to take this chance to share what my talented neighbor Chad has created for Etsy Shop. He sells watercolor paintings on his shop page, which I think are so great!
He created this beautiful one specifically for me – upon my requests, and you can find it in his shop.
I really want to use this beautiful horse print when the time comes to design my daughters bedroom, since she loves horses so much.
There is a lot of wonderful creators on Etsy, and I love to support any small business!
Another great source for all kinds of digital products – including vintage art is Shutterstock. Again, you’ll want to dig around with keywords and find certain artist collections you like.
Some favorites I found was this dark and moody print called “Cellar“.
I also really liked this Italian Landscape.
Or this really interesting Cityscape.
Shutterstock is great because you can buy subscriptions to get a lot of prints each month, or there is the option to buy packs of downloads, which can save you quite a bit of money if you are planning to buy multiple downloads.
Great Big Canvas
Finally, while doing some research I ended up on a site called Great Big Canvas. It was a bit tricky to sift through this site to find what I liked, but I discovered again if you look at a particular artist’s collection, you can find more of what calls to you.
They don’t offer digital downloads, but you can order really affordable prints or even get it printed on canvas or framed for a great price. Lots of options.
I really liked the ones I found in this collection by Jean Baptiste Corot.
Another favorite collection was this one by John Constable.
I liked that I could also search by time period. I found my favorites in the romanticism and renaissance periods.
KEYWORDS TO USE IN YOUR SEARCH FOR ONLINE ARTWORK
Let’s talk quick about searching for art online. If you’ve found yourself on one of these sites I’ve mentioned, specifically Etsy, or Shutterstock, it’s important to know what to search for to find what you like. The key is to get really specific.
Searches for “antique” or “vintage” art may be too broad. You might find something, you might not. I’ve found if I type in specific things like a time period like 1820’s – I get a very cohesive collection in my results.
I also like to use keywords like “Antique Dutch Oil Paintings” or “European vintage artwork” or “primitive art”, to name a few. If you are looking for landscape or portraits, be sure to use those keywords too.
So get specific, and you will likely find the search terms that help you get exactly what you are looking for.
HOW TO PRINT DIGITAL ARTWORK
A question I get a lot is, how do you print?
I suggest first to look at your area and see what print shops are available. Many of them will get you same day printing and you can have it right away. I find the small print shops in my area are more helpful too. I can drill them to find out what paper and print quality will get me the best results and best price. I use a company called Alphagraphics in my area.
They used their best Canon printer and best matte paper for this stunning print. It turned out so lovely, I didn’t even want to cover it with glass.
You can choose to go with a bigger chain store like Staples, and have it print and shipped to you. I just prefer the timing and customer service of the smaller print shops in my area.
A little about the paper – I always suggest using a matte paper finish for vintage prints. It will look much more authentic in the end.
I would also steer you clear of going the route of printing on big engineered prints. It is a very affordable option, but from my experience, the quality is pretty poor. Perhaps you could get away with it for a black and white or a sketch print.
HOW BIG CAN I PRINT MY DIGITAL ART?
Finally, my last suggestion is to pay close attention to the size the print is offered when you purchase. If the resolution of the digital download isn’t large enough for a big print – it will not work out for you. You should be able to see the resolution and print size recommendations on the item before you ever purchase the download. It can be a bit disappointing when you discover the perfect print, buy it and then find out the largest it will print is an 8 x 10 and you were hoping to fill that really big antique frame you’ve been holding on to.
That was a lot of information but I hope it helped direct you to art you will love in your home! My style at the time being is very Old World, European – but you can certainly use these tips and sources to find the art that suits your home and style best.
LEAVE YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCES IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.
I know there are some of you out there that know of a great source for online art as well, so please share it in the comments below so we can all check it out. Let me know which shop I mentioned got you excited to dig into and enjoy finding affordable art for your home!
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