Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Poster Art

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It's an accessible and cheerful (usually!) form of artwork that doesn't require the financial investment of forking out for a more substantial piece of art and requires less emotional commitment too. Meaning, you can afford to replace poster art when it no longer suits your mood/decorating style/room vibe.  If you've bothered to frame it, then pull out the old poster and simply replace it with the new...

What Should I Display?

Well, obviously almost anything that can be stuck down, hung or suspended in some way is up for grabs. Think about what is special to you... Travel? Kids art? Fashion? Inspirational Quotes? Landscapes? Portraits? Interiors? Illustrations? Books? Australiana?  ....these are just a few themes that might get you thinking. Once you have a theme, then you will have more of an idea of where to source your posters.  Maybe it will be pics you already have lying around: like paintings from preschool, love letters, concert paraphernalia, postcards or maps... or maybe you'll have to search further afield for what you're looking for. Either way, prepare to have some serious fun!

For more inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board on my favourite poster art

To Frame or Not to Frame? 

Totally up to you, the look you want and how swiftly you need results. Most of us have hopefully moved on from the old high school mojo of blue tacking your latest magazine pic to the wall. Now we use washi tape and call it cutting edge grunge pop art...  Framing will generally give you a neater look and, dare I say, a more sophisticated result. There are so many cheap frames on offer at retailers like Kmart, Target and Ikea, that doing it yourself is too easy. Framing shops will give you the option of adding borders and custom designs. Just be prepared to pay a little more.

If you're displaying more than one poster (go on!) then using the same style/colour frames will unify your look, even if the actual posters are not all similar.

Poster Art Sources:

FREE! - from your own collection find original letters/postcards. Even snazzy wrapping paper or a swatch of material can become great poster art.

Thrifting/Op Shops -  I keep an eye out in op shops for old pictures or paintings in great frames. This way you get something unique with character to give a more eclectic or vintage look.

Check out this signed Colin Buchanan concert poster that I hung recently. The old gilt frame came with an old print of a ship I picked up for $10 at my local Vinnies. I covered the old print in bright wrapping paper, layered the poster over the top and then put it back under the glass. The end result made me ridiculously happy!

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DIY - Downloadable poster art is all over the net, and usually doesn't cost much. Or if you've embraced the colouring in phenomenon, then why not frame a page or two? My friend Lorien has launched a wonderfully inspiring Colouring In Book of Spiritual Meditations. Check it out.

ETSY and EBAY -
I sourced a TinTin Poster on Ebay for my son's room a few years ago. There is a huge array of private and registered sellers offering posters of every description. Prices are usually good and postage can sometimes be cheaper than other overseas sources. Poster Art is huge on Etsy, on account of the number of artists and designers who sell their wares. Type in a favourite author, book or theme and see what you find. Here is a couple of my favourites. 


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RETAIL: Depending on your budget and style might determine where you look first - but there is a lot out there. If you're on a strict budget, try Kmart. This cute poster, doesn't need a frame and will set you back $9.
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Indulge your passion for romance and travel. Heaps to choose from at Ikea. This one is AU$89:
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ONLINE: This fabulous postage stamp styled poster from the imaginative hardtofind website has WOW factor and is a little more pricey due to the larger size (AU $245 for 120x150cm) but it is cheaper for smaller versions.

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What poster art have you hung in your home? How often do you change it? Share your favourite sources, I'd love to know!

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