A Beginner’s Guide: Starting an Art Collection

Collecting art sounds like a daunting task, something that perhaps requires an art-history major, loads of disposable income, and jet-setting to the latest “it” art fair. Not to mention all the questions that come along with it: How do you know what’s good? Where do I look? How much should you pay? Rest assured and definitely don’t be intimidated—anyone can collect art, whether you’re bidding for Klees at Christie’s or thrifting at garage sales in search of an overlooked gem.

Ready to dive in and start your own art collection? Click through for our guide to starting an art collection you love (without breaking the bank).

1. Browse a ton of art.
The best way to start your personal art collection is to figure out what types of art you like. Are there certain styles, colors, or subject matters that draw you in? Do you gravitate toward black-and-white photos, modern abstract paintings, Dutch-inspired still lifes? Note what you love.

Seeing art up close and personal, of course, is the best way to get acquainted with art. Visit local museums and galleries, attend MFA shows and exhibitions at nearby art schools, check out nearby First Fridays art strolls and chat with the exhibiting artists. In addition to browsing art in person, flip through art magazines at the bookstore and browse the many online resources for great (and affordable!) art: Minted, Etsy, 20×200, Artfully Walls, Saatchi Art, just to name a few.

Click through for more tips on buying art and starting your own art collection

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Minted x Pottery Barn Art Challenge: Special Prizes

We were thrilled to partner with two of the most widely recognized and largest brands in the children and teens home decor space: PotteryBarn Kids and PBteen. Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen share Minted’s dedication to producing high quality and well-designed products, and we can’t wait to introduce unique artwork from Minted’s community of independent artists into their assortments. Congratulations to all the special prize winners!

Minted Editor’s Choice Award
For the artwork that is chosen as most innovative by the Minted Team
Anim-Alphabet by Sarah York


From the Heart –Teen Award
For the best piece of art displaying an inspirational or unique quote for a teen room
Stay Awesome by Hannah Williams


From the Heart – Children’s Award
For the best piece of art displaying an inspirational or unique quote for a child’s room
You are so Loved by Alethea and Ruth


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Minted x West Elm Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prizes from our Minted x West Elm Round 4 Art Challenge! We were excited to partner with West Elm for the fourth year.  West Elm is a widely admired brand in the home decor space, known for their contemporary and eclectic style. And most importantly, West Elm shares our passion for discovering and supporting independent artists and makers. Congratulations to all the special prize winners!

West Elm Curator’s Choice Award
For the piece that most captures the attention of the West Elm Team
Lina y Challie by Lauren Packard Art


Photography Award
For the most beautiful and unique piece of photography
praia da ursa by Hi Uan Kang Haaga


Urban Award
For the best piece of art inspired by a city or industrial space
Scoring Through by Van Tsao

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DIY: Make Your Own Clipboard Frame

Graduation season is officially upon us, which means a thoughtful gift for the soon-to-be graduate is in order. Help the grad in your life celebrate this huge milestone and embark on post-high school or college life (aka the real world!) with an art print bearing an encouraging, motivational message. Then, display the art piece on this easy-to-make clipboard “frame.”

Supplies:
• Bulldog clips (small or large)
• Gold spray paint
• Craft wood, cut to size
Art print (featured here are “World Awaits” by Johanna Phillips Huuva and ”California Seascape“ by Wilder California)
Command adhesive strips

Steps:

1. Once you’ve selected your art print, cut the craft wood down to size. I cut mine so there was an extra inch on each side of the print to give it some breathing room.

2. Decide which clip size looks best. I used the smaller size clip for 5″ x 7″ prints and the larger clip for 8″ x 8″ and 8″ x 10″ prints. Spray paint your clip in a well-ventilated space; let dry completely.

3. Center your art print on the wood sheet and clip the print into place to secure.

4. Attach an adhesive strip to the back of the clipboard to adhere to your wall.


More DIY Ideas:
DIY: ”Congrats” Screen-Printed Felt Flags
• DIY: Easy Ruler-Clip Frame
• DIY: Fabric-Covered Locker Magnets

More from Minted:
• Graduation Announcements and Invitations
Graduation Gifts
• Personalized Stationery for Graduates

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Graduation Art Gifts Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Graduation Art Gift Challenge! With graduation just around the corner, we’re looking forward to celebrating the class of 2016. Graduation is a large, important event in our customers’ lives, and parents and students alike will be looking for that perfect keepsake as a graduation gift for their daughters, sons, or fellow graduates. We looked to you, our talented Minted community, to create pieces that would help customers remember one of life’s greatest milestones. A huge congrats to all the winners!


Out of the Box Award
For the most unique and creative graduation art gift
Done!“ by Alisa Hall


Collage Award
For the best photo art gift incorporating 15+ photos
The Years Flew By“ by Carrie O’Neal


Class of 2017 Award
For the best photo art gift that incorporates the student’s graduating year
Golden Date“ by Erin Deegan


Classmates Award
For the best art gift for a fellow graduate or group of friends
Senior Year Snapshots“ by Christina Novak


Words of Wisdom
For the best piece of typography for a graduate
Bright“ by Grace Kreinbrink

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Child’s Play Fabric Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Child’s Play Fabric Challenge! For this category, we want to help parents create beautiful, playful, and fun spaces for their children by offering a larger collection of fabric designs geared towards kids of all ages. In this challenge we looked to you, our talented community, to deliver unique, differentiated designs that are truly kid-worthy! We received so many incredible fabric designs that will surely infuse style and personality into any child’s room or nursery. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

Mix it Up Award
For the designer with the best collection of three complementary
designs that cohesively mix and match together
Woodland Wonder“ by Karidy Walker

Runner-up: Pretty Florals” by Lori Wemple


Boy Wonder Award
For the best design with a boy in mind
Planet Dots“ by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Treasure Map” by Alethea and Ruth | “Traffic Jam” by Mel Armstrong


Totally Teen Award
For the best design geared towards teens
Jamba“ by chocomocacino

Runners-up: Catch a Wave” by Lorent and Leif | “Spring Meadow” by Frooted Design


Newborn Award
For the design that is best suited for a newborn nursery
Wild Things“ by Emily Hein

Bunny Party” by Heidy Garay

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DIY: Fabric-Covered Serving Trays

The next time you’re headed to a party with some homemade treats in hand, don’t let the presentation fall flat by serving them on paper plates. These fun, fabric-covered serving trays look just as good as your goodies and are easy and inexpensive to make (we used our favorite Minted fabrics). Bonus: They make great hostess gifts, too!

fabric covered tray
diy serving tray

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DIY: Rope-Wrapped Planters

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

January, to me, means kicking off the new year with a fresh start. This involves cleaning out all the stuff I just don’t need anymore, as well as rearranging and restyling my house to change things up a bit. This easy, inexpensive DIY project is just what the doctor ordered after busting budgets during the holidays. These rope-wrapped planters will give your space a fresh look and are a great way to bring in more plants at the same time.

A simple tutorial for making rope planters to refresh your home decor.

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A is for Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prizes winners for our A is for Art Challenge! At Minted, we believe that it’s never too early to surround children with beautiful art. We asked you, our talented artist community, to create unique customizable pieces of artwork, perfect for any child’s room or nursery. Congratulations to all the winners!

Bold Name Award
For the art piece that most beautifully displays child’s name
Watercolor Whale“ by Lindsay Megahed


Monogram Award
For the most interesting use of a child’s initial
Track Initial“ by Erica Krystek


Cradle Award
For the best work of art that celebrates the birth of a new baby
Meadow Fawn“ by Jennifer Wick


Little Artist Award
For the best executed and beautifully artistic piece
Vintage Floral Monogram“ by Hannah Williams


Rhyme Time Award
For the best piece that showcases a quote, pieces of poetry, or literature
Eeny Meeny“ by Ariel Rutland


Back to School Award
For the best art print that also teaches kids something in a fun way
Homes“ by Natalie Groves


Tiny Dancer Award
For the best ballet or dance inspired piece
The Ballerina“ by Oma N. Ramkhelawan


Rainbow Award
For the brightest most colorful piece
Welcome to the World“ by Shiny Penny Studio


The following awards will be announced with a catalog round-up post at a later date: Just for Boys Award, Little League Award, & Petting Zoo Award

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DIY: Framed Art That Slides to Hide Your TV

Written by Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

What do you see in the photo below? Really, the better question is what don’t you see?! At first glance, you’re looking at a dresser and a lovely pair of framed art pieces. But (no joke!) behind those prints is our 46″ flat-screen TV! I can hardly believe it myself. Keep reading because I’m going to show you how to make these framed-art sliders to hide that unsightly screen without breaking a sweat or your budget. Believe it!


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