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Great Places to Buy Art Online

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05.11.13

Best places to buy art onlineFlora Bowley’s Beautiful Studio

The right piece of art can be used as a jumping off point for an entire room or it can be the icing on the cake. Art is one of those things that can take your average nice room room and really take it too the next level. These days it’s easier than ever to but that perfect unique piece of art online. So many reputable places offer unique and inspiring art. Art has always been one of my passions, I love to paint and browse others artwork it’s so inspiring. I browsed threw dozens if not hundreds of sights online looking at art. Here are five great places to buy art online including a few you’ve probably never even heard of.

 Serena-an-Lily-Art number one, number two, number three, number four

Serena and Lily – founded in 2003 and known for collections featuring vibrant and colorful patterns the one time children’s bedding company began featuring art in 2009 from emerging and established artists from around the globe in their online Bazaar. True to their roots you’re always sure to find colorful and eclectic one of kind art pieces that will set your decor apart. The only danger is that you won’t know which one to choose

One-Kings-Lane-Art number one, number two, number three

One Kings Lane* (affiliate link) – the free members online site continuously curates pop-up shops of designer and vintage items with a smattering of art thrown in. Their collection of art available for sale varies from emerging artists to one of a kind vintage pieces.  You generally have to act fast with their sales. They’re only available for a limited time but boy are they good. If you’re not already a member you can use our affiliate link and join One Kings Lane today by clicking our affiliate link here and receive $15 off your first order of $30 or more*.

Tappan-Collective-Art number one, number, two, number three

Tappan Collective – sells limited edition prints, original paintings and photographs from emerging artists, started by 2 Los Angeles natives who noticed a great opportunity for an online platform that would connect emerging artists to the many aspiring art collectors seeking exciting artwork at affordable prices. They’ve tapped into local art scenes across the world to curate a collection of cutting-edge work by the next generation of artists.

Daily-Painters-Art-Online  number one, number two ,number three

Daily Painters – founded in 2006 by artist and daily painter Micah Condon is a juried gallery of artists who paint daily. Each day a selection of those artists work is published with links to purchase art directly from the artists blog or website. It’s a great way to find new artists.

Saatchi-Online-Art number one, number two, number three

Saatchi Online – is a source for  emerging artists to showcase and sell their work. It gives art lovers insider access to new talent from around the world. Launched in 2006 by the Saatchi Gallery in London, Saatchi Online aims to promote new, contemporary talent and bringing great art to a wide audience.

Links with an asterisk contain affiliates, What this means is that if you make a purchase from one of these links Our Lake Life may receive a commission on the sale of the product and does not in any way cost you extra in the purchase price. Got it? Good.

The Art of Lisa Golightly

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21.5.13

imageAs my style evolves and I’ve been changing up the style in our house on my wish list has been some art work to go with the new color scheme. Well last week I had a gift card to One Kings Lane and purchased a canvas print of the painting above called All Together by Lisa Golightly. I did a little searching on Lisa to find her other pieces and wasn’t disappointed. Come take a look…

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Insanely beautiful right? I love the color palette and style to Lisa’s paintings. All images and prints of her paintings can be found in Lisa Golightly’s Etsy shop Kiki and Polly or you can visit Lisa’s blog here.

eBay Art

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17.12.12

It’s Monday, and I’m feeling cheerier than normal because it’s my first official day of my Christmas vacation. Given the extra time I have on my hands I’ve been thinking of changing up a few spaces around the house. One of the best ways to switch of the feel of the house is to change out the art work which can be an expensive proposition but it doesn’t have to be if you know where to look. When I’m looking for great art on a budget one of the first places I turn to is eBay. eBay is one of the best sources I’ve found for buying great original and inexpensive art that can really change your space. Even if I’m not in the market for anything in particular I tend to browse often to see what’s out there. If you look long and often enough you always can find something great.

I tend to browse around but I’ve been lately this has been my favorite search.
Art, Art from Dealers and Resellers, Paintings, 1900 – 1949, $0 – $200

I was on a browsing mission last night and came up with some great finds that are up for sale right now.

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French Impressionist Oil Painting

Ebay-Art-2 1920’s Tree Landscape

Ebay-Art-3

Modern French Painting

Ebay-Art-4

20th Century American Impressionist Landscape

Ebay-Art-5

1940s Country Landscape

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Venice Watercolor

Ebay-Art-7

Signed Watercolor

DIY Project: Rub n’ Buff Frame Update

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17.2.12

Rub n Buff Frame

Happy Friday Everyone! Well I’m back with another super easy and cheap way to update plain white frames and get that expensive golden frame look. It cost all of $4.00. Yep that’s right $4.00. You want to know the secret? Or perhaps the not so secret weapon if you’ve heard of this stuff before. It’s a little miracle in a tube called Rub n’ Buff. I was a little skeptical to try this I thought all the hype was too good to be true.

But I bought these frames a while ago from AC Moore on sale back when I did my Flowers and Paisley Art Tutorials. All this time I’ve felt like something was lacking with the white frames and white mats.

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They were pretty but I wanted something different. So I thought about it for a while and decided to take the plunge with some Rub n’ Buff. It was super simple and now I want to Rub n’ Buff all kinds of things. Rub n’ Buff comes in tons of colors but for this project I used Gold Leaf. It’s basically liquid gold leaf and goes on like a dream and so much simpler than actual gold leafing which requires adhesive and messy gold flakes everywhere.

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Rub n Buff Frame

Rub n Buff Frame

 

 

 

 

 

All you do is lay your frame out onto a protected surface because this stuff will stick to everything it touches. You can use your finger or a rag, squeeze some Rub n’ Buff out and rub it all over the frame, let dry for about 10 minutes and buff to a shine. It’s SOOO Simple!

Rub n Buff Frame

The finish is gorgeous! It turned the plain white frames it golden beauties.

Rub n Buff Frame

I love how my Floral and Paisley paintings just pop out at you now.

Rub n Buff Frame The white matt against the gold frame really highlights all of the colors in the painting and the best part is if you want a step-by-step tutorial on how to DIY your own version of these paintings check out part 1 of the tutorial here.

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

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13.2.12

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

There’s only one thing I love more then a good art project…and that is an easy, fun, and personalized art project.  Lately I’ve been admiring Picasso’s line drawings and silhouettes. There’s something about the brilliant simplicity of Picasso’s drawings that got me thinking (by the way the Camel and Penguin are my favorites). I remember doing silhouettes as a kid in school, we’d stood in front of a bright light and our Art Teacher traced out our shadow onto a piece of black construction paper and we’d cut it out. It was definitely one of the more fun projects I remember doing in class. So of course I thought it be fun to take mix some of both those concepts for this easy DIY Modern Line Portraits.  It was such an easy project I’m tempted to keep trying this with so all kind of photos.

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

Materials

  • Printed Profile Picture
  • Vellum or Tracing Paper
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Sheet of Colorful Scrapbook Paper

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

Instructions

Print out your chosen profile picture onto plain white paper. You won’t be keeping this image so don’t worry about what kind of paper you print it on.

Lay your tracing paper on top of the printed picture and begin tracing over the top of it. Starting with the outline first and working your way onto only select details like a few strands of hair, eyes, ears, etc.

Once your satisfied with your line drawing lay your tracing paper on top of a vibrant colored sheet of scrap book paper. The tracing paper will mute the color of the scrapbook paper and create a subtle background for your personalized modern line portrait.

Like I did you can choose to do a full bust portrait.

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

Or a smaller version focusing on the face and eyes only.

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

Personal, Simple and Sweet!

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