I’m working on a few projects at the moment though am not quite ready to share any of them yet. So, given it’s been a little while between posts, I thought I would chime in with what I hope is a helpful ‘share’.
If you follow me on Facebook you would probably know that I like to use it as a medium for sharing some of the awesome, budget-friendly, home-related resources I happen to stumble upon during my impromptu online quests of discovery. You may also have seen this post from a week or so ago…
As mentioned in the Facebook post, I actually discovered the site (Awesome Art) a few years ago though only just recently got around to checking it out properly. It offers heaps of pretty cool high resolution images for download. Although not free, at around $9 – $14 each they are still great value. You can also purchase complete collections on disk (or via file transfer) for a heavily discounted rate. Oh, and did I mention that all images are copyright-free, royalty-free and can be used for any commercial purpose!
I was instantly smitten with the amazing large-scale museum quality illustrations from ‘Birds of America’ by John James Audubon, which immediately brought this gorgeous living room to mind…
I have loved this room forever.
As simple, relaxed and natural as it appears, according to the House Beautiful article, it’s actually quite a high-end space, with custom pieces and exclusive elements, including the original eagle painting (which just makes such an amazing statement in the room).
Needless to say, for many of us cost-conscious decorators, for the most part original art just isn’t an option. Which is why affordable digital images are actually totally priceless (quite literally in the case of completely free printables). They give us the ability to create our very own ‘custom’ wall art which can look a million bucks for next to nothing and really make our thrifty spaces sing.
Here are a few of my faves from the John James Audubon collection…
Most of these images are very large, measuring around 1.5 meters (60″) on the long side at 300 PPI.
The ‘Birds of America’ collection is just one of many available through Awesome Art. The Vintage Illustrated Posters are also pretty cool, as are some of the Albert Bierstadt landscapes. Depends what floats your boat, I guess.
Anyhoo, I hope this has made at least a few of you silently mouth the word ‘awesome’ and perhaps even sparked a new project in some of your beautiful brains :-)
Remember, if you’re after more art printables don’t forget to checkout my Free Printables directory. Also, I’ll be posting the second instalment (Customising For At Home Printing) in my Free Art Printables series (you can read part one here) later this week…or sometime next week…or maybe the week after, at the very, very latest…hopefully :-)
On- March 3, 2014
By- Kristine, The Painted Hive