Affordable art: Art calendars

Art is a key element in giving your home personality, yet finding beautiful art for your walls that doesn’t cost a small fortune can be tricky, so I thought I’d run a series on this blog on how to source affordable art. As it’s the start of the year, let’s start with art calendars, and I don’t mean the cheaply made glossy paper versions you find at your local stationer’s.

A few years ago, I bought a large calendar published by Taschen featuring Edward Lear’s parrots. I was blown away by the quality of the Italian art paper and vibrancy of the prints. The calendar cost me £9.99 from HomeSense and for that price, I got 12 great sized prints of stunning birds.  I’d have been happy to pay that price for one print, let alone twelve!

edward-lears-parrots

Gorgeous large prints from Taschen’s 2012 wall calendar featuring Edward Lear’s parrots

I know Taschen have also produced large wall calendars featuring the works of Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo and Vilmorin’s Vegetable Garden (very popular on Etsy!), although I don’t know what they’ve published for 2017. If you google “Taschen large wall calendar” and come across one with art you like at a good price, I’d suggest you add it to your basket pronto because they’re very hard to come by! It’s also worth checking out your nearest HomeSense for arty treasures.

Rifle Paper Co. are also known for producing gorgeous arty wall calendars that are perfect for framing. The gallery below is created from their 2015 Travel The World calendar.

turn-wall-calendar-art-into-beautful-gallery-walls-the-creativity-exchange

Wanderlust gallery in a girl’s room created with Rifle Paper Co.’s 2015 wall calendar by The Creativity Exchange

Unsurprisingly, the Rifle Paper Co.’s 2017 Bon Voyage calendar, featuring illustrations of cities, seems to already have sold out at all the UK stockists but if you like it, you can still order it from their website.

A recent discovery for me is Juniqe whose 2017 calendars are so good! If you’ve browsed Pinterest or Instagram for any length of time, you’ll surely recognise the work of Ruben Ireland

Images: 1 – @mavendolls on Instagram via Inside Out magazine, 2 – @michele.lauren on Instagram, 3 – INT2 Architecture via Desire to Inspire, 4 – Norsu Interiors, 5 – @irina_khrist on Instagram, 6 – Homes to Love

So what would you say to twelve Ruben Ireland prints for just a few quid each? Yup, you guessed it, a calendar with Ruben Ireland prints perfect for framing! Juniqe have this calendar in 2 great sizes so take your pick.

That’s not all. Juniqe have several more to choose from, one of my favourites being the Leigh Viner calendar –

If you haven’t already hopped over to Juniqe, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!* Go check out all their other gorgeous calendars and arty things.

Do you know of any other brands producing gorgeous arty calendars?


Follow:

20 Comments

  1. January 9, 2017 / 6:50 am

    Oh my goodness, these calendars ARE AMAZING. I’ve never had a clue where to find gorgeous calendars and this post is just a treasure trove of fab finds. That Leigh Viner one – !!!!!! Okay, I think I may need that in my life. Last year, I had a ‘Pets of Instagram’ daily calendar (gifted to me by someone who’d received it as a featured account and knew I’d love it’s daily furry friend which of course I did) and as it’s all done now I’ve been wondering what to replace it with. Thanks so much for the suggestions, definitely checking all of these out! (Oh and Happy New Year!) xxx

    • January 9, 2017 / 7:16 am

      Happy New Year lovely Kimberly! Ahh, I thought of you when I saw the Leigh Viner calendar!! Imagine having all those gorgeous prints to play with! Juniqe have several other gorgeous ones too. So happy you found the post useful 🙂 xxx

    • January 9, 2017 / 11:10 am

      So glad you’ve seen this Ms D. I was just about to drop you a message about the Leigh Viner calendar!x

  2. January 9, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Great spot Meera. The Ruben Ireland calendar is VERY tempting! Need more frames!!xx

    • January 9, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks Karen! I knew you’d love the Ruben Ireland calendar 🙂 I can’t say for sure, but it seems as if the calendar sizes are made so the prints would fit into standard size frames, which would be great (in my head, I’ve already framed them in Desenio’s lovely slim frames).

      • January 10, 2017 / 9:13 am

        A-ha. This is good to know. Thank you!!x

  3. January 9, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Fantastic post darling! I love this so much! I was lucky enough to pick up the rifle paper bin voyage calendar in New York and I can’t wait to use them in frames at the end of the year! Very tempted by the other finds too! X

    • January 10, 2017 / 9:52 pm

      That’s brilliant you bought the Rifle Paper Co calendar, the illustrations are gorgeous! Glad you also found this post useful, I’m tempted by so many of Juniqe’s calendars too! x

    • January 11, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Lyndsey! Both your calendar art galleries look amazing! And what a lovely kitchen-diner space you’ve created!

  4. January 11, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Thanks so much for the info Meera. The Juniqe site is a total treasure trove of goodies! I was going to ask about the sizing as I’ve been stung before by bagging a ‘bargain’ print only to have to shell out wads on a non stardard frame. Keep us updated if you treat yourself! xx

    • January 11, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Hi Fiona, yes so much arty loveliness at Juniqe! I know, nonstandard sizes can be such a pain. Whenever I do need to get bespoke sized frames, I use ezeframe.co.uk. They’re better priced than most, they occasionally run offers, and I’ve always found their service very good. xx

  5. Lucy Jones
    January 16, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Great post Meera, and thank you for the tip for bespoke frames too! I often frame a cheap poster or card with a ‘proper’ frame as it makes it look so much more than it is! x

    • January 17, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Delighted you found the post useful, Lucy! I totally agree about framing posters or cards, I plan to post about those later in the series! x

  6. February 6, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in your wonderful feature Meera 🙂
    Leigh xo

    • February 8, 2017 / 9:34 am

      So welcome, Leigh! I’m such a big fan of your work! Thank you so much for leaving a comment 🙂

Submit a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.