Although they are best known for their large selection of customizable cards and invitations, Minted is also a great source for affordable art. With a wide selection of pieces, from abstractions to photography, Minted literally has something for every space and every taste. Believe it or not, the great choices are not even our favorite part! Each of the limited-edition prints are available in tons of sizes, ranging from small (eight by eight inches) to large (44 by 44 inches), all of which can arrived at your door framed and ready to hang. It is the closest you can get to having a piece of art made just for you and your space! Check out 10 of our favorites that we can't wait to order.
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The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are more than 1,000 chimpanzees living in laboratories, private residences, and entertainment facilities in the U.S. Some of these animals are maltreated, and many are kept in captivity for decades. Caring for an older chimp after it's retired or abandoned is challenging — and expensive. The HSUS launched its Chimpanzee Art Contest to raise money for the members of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, which provide outstanding care for these intelligent creatures. There were more than 27,000 online votes, and renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall also weighed in on her favorite. The winners were announced Thursday morning. According to the HSUS, chimpanzees love to paint, and it's one of many activities they enjoy at the sanctuaries. "All of the art was beautiful and unique, just like chimpanzees!" said Goodall in a statement. "It was difficult to choose. It's so important that the public support all of these sanctuaries in their mission to provide exceptional care to chimpanzees, and other primates, who have suffered through so much." All six sanctuaries received a financial award for participating.
— Sarah B. Weir
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Obsessed with this! Artist Isaiah K Stephens created this stunning Disney princess art series, reimagining the ladies as if they decided to dress as superheroines for Halloween. Belle as Hermione is my personal favorite, but Pocahontas as Katniss is a close second. OK, I love them all. It's especially encouraging to see the demure royals in their new kick-ass roles — strong female characters for the win! There are also some new additions, including Disney heroines that don't have the official "princess" title. See them all now, and check out more Disney princess art here.
Aurora as Daenerys Targaryen
Cinderella as Annabeth Chase
Alice as Buffy
Kida as Storm
In his Vanitas series, artist James Hopkins strategically arranges household items on bookshelves to create skeletal works of art. His seven groupings tackle themes that range from celebratory indulgence to death — each comprising mostly everyday household items like stereo speakers or stemware. Keep reading to peruse his fascinating skull shelves, and browse his portfolio for even more inspiring ways to reimagine everyday items.
If we didn't know better, we might think that Fall was Mother Nature's favorite season. Full of vibrant colors and a bountiful harvest, Fall is seriously one photogenic time of year. If you can't get outside to marvel at the majesty for yourself, don't fret. We found seven Instagrams that highlight the best the season has to offer!
Colorful leaves are even more vibrant when still wet from a Fall rain.
Instead of carving pumpkins this year, why not arrange them by color on your stoop, front porch, or along a low fence?
Dahlias, ranunculus, and tulips take on a seasonal twist when paired with oak leaves and yellow berries.
Nothing says Fall quite like an orange barn! It almost seems like the color inspired the nearby leaves to turn.
Just because you've graduated from high school doesn't mean you can't go back to class! Retouched vintage images of botanical and anatomy prints have us bypassing the flea market in favor of one-stop shopping. Inspired by old pull-down charts like the ones once found in doctor's offices and schools, these canvas prints feature dark wood frames and canvas ribbon hangers, making them ready to hang the minute they arrive. The anatomy prints would be a great way to decorate for Halloween without using orange or black, while the botanical prints would be perfect above a desk or on either side of a bed! At $50 each, these posters make getting affordable art up on your walls as easy as your ABCs.Almond Tree ($50) Butterflies ($50) Facial Muscles ($50) Hepaticae Liverworts ($50) Olive Tree ($50) Horse Anatomy ($50)
Thanks to a new sale on Fab, you have a chance to scoop up an iconic Warhol print! Stocked with original posters acquired from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the sale offers a rare chance to own a bit of art history. With prices starting at just $150, it is an incredible opportunity for a budding art collector to add to their collection. We have our eye on the Halston print ($1,000) below but know we can't wait too long to pull the trigger — since these are all originals, when they are gone, they are gone!Halston ($1,000) Campbell's Soup Box 1985 ($675) Brillo 1970 ($2,200)
If jewel tones clash with your color scheme, you might want to consider another design trend for bringing bling into your home. Inspired by the complex shapes of precious gems, these pieces introduce an element of cheeky luxury to everyday living. See the seven pieces guaranteed to turn your pad into a diamond in the rough!
Creating killer mood lighting is a breeze with these sparkling Bec Brittain Maxhedron Pendants (price upon request).
Work this Family Jewels Diamond Shower Curtain ($45, originally $64) into your morning routine, and you'll be dripping with jewels and water.
Reflect your edgy style with one or three of these gorgeous Gem Cutout Mirrors ($49-$129).
Plant the seed of style with this Diamond Hanging Planter ($46).
Serve up a bowl of posh punch at your next gathering with this Gem Punch Bowl and Ladle ($54).
Channel your inner diva and tough girl by framing this Indestructible Screen Printed Poster ($15) for your wall.
Before you blame your bare walls on your budget, consider an art print under $20! As proof that art doesn’t have to break the bank, we found 10 options fitting for any wall in your house. Both quirky and cool, these prints will solve your white wall dilemma or add the final touch to your gallery wall. Click through to see why Andrew Jackson would approve.
It's never been easier to buy art, but it can still be an overwhelming process. To help demystify the experience, we asked Alex Farkas, founder of UGallery, to weigh in on the 10 things to keep in mind when starting your own collection!
- Visit museums and galleries to get an idea of what you like.
- When something catches your eye, make a note about the subject matter, color palette, or style.
- Set a budget. There is a misconception that you have to be rich to afford art, but that's not true! You can find unique and well-made art for as little as a few hundred dollars.
- Don't worry about the future value of the work. Sure, some art will increase in value, but purchasing for investment takes years of knowledge and expertise.
- When thinking about art, use the same principles that you apply to the rest of your home decor. What's practical? What's worth the cost? Just like that couch you bought in college, art does not need to be a lifelong possession.
- When you find pieces you like, ask questions! Art becomes more interesting the more you know about the artist and the inspiration.
- Ask about a return policy. Many galleries — both online and physical — will give you the option of trying out a piece in your home. Art can look very different once it is on your own wall!
- Once you think you have found the perfect piece, wait a few days to see if it is something you can't live without. Never feel pressured to buy before you are ready!
- Ask for a discount. Seriously.
- Above all, buy what you love. If you follow your gut and your budget, you'll smile every time you walk past your new piece of art!
Ready to get started? Check out 12 of our favorite pieces from UGallery!