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True or False MisconceptionsDo you shop online?  Have you ever bought art from the web? 

If you are like most of the population, you would have never bought art from the web. That’s because most of us have our own view about shopping online. And one of them is “art should not be bought online”.

But, are these judgments valid?

Have you really thought about this?

Well, I agree that it’s a bit different from buying electronics or any other branded products from the web.  But, is that enough to completely avoid online art shopping?

In this post, we will discuss some of these common misconceptions you have about online art purchase.

Misconception#1 – You Should Never Buy Art Online

You Should Never Buy Art OnlineI’ve a friend who is an avid e-shopper.  He refuses to buy two things online. One is clothing and the second is fine art.  He says both of these should be bought only from local stores.

What he says is this: you need to see, touch and feel them before purchasing these items.  He says when you buy online, you are only viewing a screen-shot of a product and it won’t be an accurate representation of the original.

According to him, there is no way we could ensure the quality of an item  when we buy online. Also, there is no guarantee that you will get what you paid for – the colors might change, finishes can be different etc.

So, what’s your opinion?  Should we avoid buying art because of this?

Well, I somewhat agree with him, especially on the clothes side. That’s because, clothes are something we need to wear to use. If it doesn’t feel and fit well, we can’t use it.  And there is no way we can truly guess these characteristics from a screen-shot. However, is this same with art? 

Absolutely not!

You can understand the characteristics of art from the online product page.  Apart from the creative side (which you can sample through screenshot), all other things are fixed with an art piece.  This includes type or art, medium, size, types of paper used, quality of finishing and many other details.  You can quickly learn about these from the product description. And once you understand these, you can judge yourself about the quality of the art.

You could also chat with online store representative to clear your doubts. On top of that , majority of online stores also offer 15-30 day money back guarantees. If you didn’t like a product you ordered, you could return it for replacement or refund.

So tell me, when online stores are offering these things to gain our trust, should we really skip buying art online?

Misconception#2 – Only Rich People Buy Art Online

Only Rich People Buy Art OnlineThere is a general notion that only rich people buys art. Common people could not afford art. But, is that right?

I must admit that this somewhat correct if you are only thinking about original art. Yes, they costs thousands of rupees and are surely out of reach to common person. But, when you consider art as a whole, this is totally false. Why? Because, you have many choices to purchase affordable art. Take case of hand made reproductions and digital prints – they cost a tiny fraction of original’s price. Aren’t they affordable to everyone?

It’s actually very easy to buy art online based on your budget. Most of the online stores have price sliders.  You can set your preferred prices and look for affordable art that suits you.

There goes your second misconception. Remember, art is for everyone and everybody can afford to buy art!

Misconception#3 – You Won’t Get Good Artworks Online

You Won’t Get Good Artworks OnlineSome believe online art stores sell junk art.  For them, real art sales only happens at art shows and galleries. Why?  Because, that’s the place artists sell their art first.  According to them, online medium comes last.  If an artist has any unsold artwork, they will put online as a last resort and try to sell it.

Do you think this is true? If it was true, there won’t be online stores like Afremov.com and Banksy.co.uk.  Both of them are UK’s popular artists.

Here, the artists sell their latest works directly to customers. In fact, they even encourage you to buy online directly from them and requests you shun galleries to avoid any additional commissions.

They also sell their creations at online art galleries and websites. If popular artists welcome selling online, one thing is certain – you could definitely buy good art on the web! 

Misconception#4 – You won’t find New Artists Online

New Artists OnlineAre online art stores only for popular artists?  Some believe that’s the case now. They say, web art stores are only good for buying popular art and you won’t find art from new artists.

But, is that correct?

It would have been true if you were talking about offline art galleries. Offline art galleries doesn’t usually accept art from any artist. An artist must be reputed to accept his artworks by a general art gallery. But, in case of online art galleries, that’s not how it works.

Online art galleries sells all kinds of art. From originals to reproductions. They sell art from long dead artists to newest young artists.

One reason for this is the wide reach online art galleries have.  They are capable of selling art across continents.  As they serve wide range of customers, they must also sell art of varying tastes. In order to do that, they need to sell art from both older and newer artists. And because of this, you will definitely find art from newer artists, especially with bigger art stores and galleries.

So, what you say now? Where would you find art from newer artists more?  Online or offline?

Misconception#5 – Art is Fragile and Difficult to Ship

Art is Fragile and Difficult to ShipGlass is fragile and is difficult to ship, right? But, is that preventing people from sending glass products across the country? Then, how do they send glass items without damage? The answer is simple – they would use protective packaging to ensure the parcel reaches destination in one piece.

Similarly, there are many ways you could ensure protection for art packages. Online stores use plastic sheets and tubes to send un-framed art pieces. They use thermocol re-enforcements and high quality corrugated cartons to send framed artworks. This way, they can ensure safe delivery of their packages.

So, it’s not correct that art is fragile and difficult to ship. It may be fragile, but that does not necessarily mean, there is no safe method to ship these products.

Now It’s Your Turn

We trust we have now debunked some of your misconceptions.  Do you have further questions about buying art online?  What tips would you suggest to a newbie online art buyer?  Share your comments here.

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Art for Home Decor: Are You Making these Common Mistakes? http://blog.orangecarton.com/art-for-home-decor-common-mistakes/ http://blog.orangecarton.com/art-for-home-decor-common-mistakes/#respond Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:49:35 +0000 http://blog.orangecarton.com/?p=1895 Are you planning to buy art for your blank walls?  Did you know the common mistakes people make when they decorate their walls? In this post, we will discuss the five top mistakes people frequently make when they select and hang art at their homes. We’ll also discuss how you can fix these common mistakes. […]

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Are you planning to buy art for your blank walls?  Did you know the common mistakes people make when they decorate their walls?

In this post, we will discuss the five top mistakes people frequently make when they select and hang art at their homes. We’ll also discuss how you can fix these common mistakes.

So, let’s start.

Mistake #1 Hanging Art Too High or Low 

Hanging Art Too HighI’ve seen this mistake quite often. It’s the biggest mistake people make when they hang art. Sometimes they hang art too high on the wall; you’ll hurt your neck looking at art. And sometimes, it’s the opposite — they are placed so low on the wall that you have to bend you back to view it.

So how do you fix these mistakes?  And what is the correct height to hang art?

The answer is “at eye level”.

I know, it sounds stupid. But trust me; this is the closest answer one can give.  Let me explain.

Imagine for a moment, you are at your home. You are standing in front of a blank wall…where could you look comfortably without hurting your neck?  I’ve no doubt that it would be at the same heights where your eyes are.  And that’s what we call “at eye level”.

But, is your eye level constant on all walls of your home? No, right? It changes when you sit or walk up the stairs. Then, how should we hang art?

It’s simple. You just have to determine how people would view your art on a particular wall. If they would be sitting, hang your art at 45-50 inches height. If they would be standing, hang at 60-65 inches height.

But, have you seen this idea followed everywhere?  I’ve not.  And that’s why this mistake is high up in our list.

Mistake #2 Selecting Mismatched Art 

Mismatched ArtWhen it comes to home décor, it’s very important that all the artwork we hang on our walls should go together with other things in our room.  As we mentioned in other posts, each room also has a particular purpose, if an art fails to match that purpose, then it’s not worth hanging at all.

But, this is not what I saw at many homes – instead, I saw homes with religious paintings in living rooms, landscapes in dining room and portraits in bedrooms. Well, what’s problem here? They don’t match.  They don’t go together with the purpose of the rooms well.

I’ve also seen people combining different kinds of art for the same room. They use flower paintings and abstract art on the same wall. Do they complement each other? No, they don’t work together.

So, how do you avoid this?

Well, there is only one way to solve this problem – you just have to do your groundwork before hanging any art. Ask these questions: What type of room is it? What kinds of paintings would match the room well? How many paintings you need? Answer these questions and avoid this common mistake.

Mistake #3 Choosing Popular Art 

Would you buy popular art for your home? Or would you buy art based on your room’s needs? I’ve seen that 6 out of 10 people would make this serious mistake of selecting popular art. So what’s the problem with popular art?

Here’s what happens…

Hamsa Damayanthi

Hamsa Damayanthi by Ravi Varma

When you select popular art for your home, you are only thinking about popularity and beauty of the artwork. You forget that for a beautiful and effective home décor, an art needs to:

  1. Balance with theme of room
  2. Match with purpose of room
  3. Complements with colour of your wall

In other words, art for home décor needs to have certain qualities. But, does all popular art have these qualities?  I’m afraid that’s not the case.

For instance, take the case of Ravi Varma’s “Hamsa Damayanthi”. I’m sure you’ve noticed this painting in many living rooms.

Now, let’s see how it qualifies for home décor.

  • Does it match with modern living room home decor? No. it only matches with traditional setting.
  • Does it energize you when kept in living room? No. Instead, it only makes you wonder, “What is she thinking?”
  • Does it matches with wall colour? That depends on the actual colour of your living room.

So, what do you think? Does it satisfy the qualities needed for a contemporary living room? I’m afraid it doesn’t. Similarly, thousands of popular artworks do not qualify for home décor.

That’s, popularity does not necessarily mean an art is appropriate for your wall.  If you really want to hang a popular art in your home, you need to ensure that it has the above-mentioned qualities.

Mistake #4 Hanging Oversized Art 

Hanging Oversized ArtHave you noticed homes with bigger artworks on walls? How does it look?  Beautiful or awkward?

Most of the times, it would look awkward because the relative size of art does not match with the size of wall.  It would appear as if an oversized art is hung on a small wall.  So how do you avoid this widespread mistake?

The answer is easy – you just have to determine maximum suggested art size for that wall. Once you know it, you could select an art up to that size; then it wouldn’t look awkward on your wall.  Here is how you find it…

Determining Size of the Art

Find the Open Block of Wall

First, find out the size of your open wall area.  The open wall is the bigger wall area that is void of any windows, appliances, furniture or any other wall décor.

Once open wall size is known, you could then calculate the maximum suggested art size. It is 2/3rd size of this open wall area.  See the example below for explanation.

If your wall is very large (more than 6m in length), then I suggest you to go for groups instead of hanging one single art.

 

Mistake #5 Hanging Vibrant Art in Bedroom 

Hanging Vibrant Art in BedroomWhat’s the real purpose of hanging art in your bedroom? You want to relax, right? Then, why are people hanging vibrant artworks in bedroom?  This is the 5th common mistake we noticed.

A bedroom is place where you relax.  So this room should be decorated in such a way that it makes you feel relaxed — you have to use neutral colours, soft lights and calming interior for this room.

But, when you keep vibrant modern art in bedroom, it does not help to this cause.  Instead, these artworks energize you.  Do you want that to happen? So make sure you always select relaxing flower paintings or landscape paintings for your bedrooms.

Your Turn

Now that you are aware of these mistakes, you can go ahead and purchase the art for your home.

Did anyone you know make any of these mistakes? What other tips would you recommend to a first time art buyer?  Please do share your comments with us.

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10 Celebrated Divine Paintings by Raja Ravi Varma http://blog.orangecarton.com/10-celebrated-divine-paintings-raja-ravi-varma/ http://blog.orangecarton.com/10-celebrated-divine-paintings-raja-ravi-varma/#respond Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:30:27 +0000 http://blog.orangecarton.com/?p=1879 The great Indian epics have always amused Raja Ravi Varma, arguably the best artist India has seen. May be that is why he chose scenes and situations from Ramayana and Mahabharata for his paintings. Most of his paintings illustrated love and you will find many stories of love taken from our epics as situations for […]

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The great Indian epics have always amused Raja Ravi Varma, arguably the best artist India has seen. May be that is why he chose scenes and situations from Ramayana and Mahabharata for his paintings.

Most of his paintings illustrated love and you will find many stories of love taken from our epics as situations for Raja Ravi Varma paintings. Here is list of his famous divine paintings.

Radha introduced to Krishna

Radha introduced to Krishna

Radha introduced to Krishna

When it comes to the greatest love stories from Indian epics, the story of Radha-Krishna is right up there. The story of innocent love, devotion and broken hearts captured imaginations of many artists. In this painting, Radha is being introduced to Lord Krishna. River Kalindi in the backdrop makes the whole painting even more beautiful.

Jatayu Vadham

This painting portrays a scene from the great epic, Ramayana.

Jatayu Vadham

Jatayu Vadham

The story behind this painting is related to ‘Sita Apaharan’. Ravana abducted Sita, wife of Lord Rama. On the way back to his kingdom, Jatayu, a demigod in the form of vulture, confronted Ravana. Jatayu tried everything he could to save Sita from the evil hands of Ravana. However, being too old, age made him weaker of the two and Ravana cut off Jatayu’s wing. He fell down with too many injuries to survive. But, Jatayu held on to his life till Rama and Lakshmana found him and he told them about everything from the fight to the direction in which Ravana flew with Sita.

This painting from Ravi Varma portrays the scene of fight to its best. The evil intent of King Ravana, grief of abducted Sita, valiance of Jatayu, all illustrated with great lucidity.

Vishnu on Garuda

Vishnu on Garuda

Vishnu on Garuda

This is another Ravi Varma painting of Lord Vishnu with his two wives, Lakshmi and Maya, on Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Garuda has a snake in his hands, which is all set to become his food very soon. This particular painting has even made it to the famous Christie’s auctions and fetched around $17,500.

Seduction of Vishwamitra

Seduction of Vishwamitra

Seduction of Vishwamitra

This beautiful painting by Ravi Varma has a great story behind it.

Once, Rishi Vishwamitra started Tapasya that went on for centuries. This made Devraj Indra restless thinking Vishwamitra is aiming for his throne. Indra then decided to disrupt Vishwamitra’s Tapasya. Indra trusted Menaka with the task of disrupting Vishwamitra’s Tapasya by seducing him. Menaka took up the task, but not with complete compliance, and went to the forest where the Rishi was in Tapasya. With the help of Kamdev, Menaka was able to seduce the Rishi and break his Tapasya.

The painting illustrates the seduction of Menaka at work.

Nala leaving Damayanthi

The story of Nala and Damayanti is another story of great love.

Nala leaving Damayanti

Nala leaving Damayanti

After they got married, Nala lost all his possession along with his kingdom in a dice game. He was then asked to leave the country. Damayanti decided to go along with Nala, much to his opposition. Nala wanted Damayanti to return to her father, but all efforts of Nala went in vain. However, during night when Damayanti was asleep, Nala decided to leave her hoping she would return to her father. This is the situation portrayed in the painting.

Ravi Varma gave the look of agony on the face of Nala as he was forced to leave his wife.

Mahalakshmi

Mahalakshmi

Mahalakshmi

Ravi Varma, who always found his interest in Gods and mythological stories, has here portrayed Mahalakshmi standing on a lotus flower in a beautiful pond. Ravi Varma who is known for turning Gods to humans though his paintings, has done somewhat the same with Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and fortune. In most Hindu houses, you will find reproductions of this painting hanging on the walls.

Saraswati

Saraswathi

Saraswati

It’s not a rare thing when Gods and Goddesses find places in Ravi Varma paintings. This time, it’s Saraswathi. The Goddess of knowledge, Saraswathi, is playing her ‘Veena’ on the banks of a beautiful river. A peacock standing by the side of Saraswathi is enjoying the music and admiring the Goddess.

Yasoda with Krishna

Yasoda with Krishna

Yasoda with Krishna

The painting of Yasoda holding Krishna, who is in a very playful mood, in her hands portrays the love of a mother. Yasoda is showing and describing something that cause Krishna’s eye. He is also holding one of his toys in his hands. The evening sky and the mountains in the background amplify the beauty of this Ravi Varma painting.

Sita longs for the golden deer

Sita Rama Lakshman

Sita, Rama and Lakshman

During the time of exile, Ram, Sita and Lakshman were staying in a forest. One day, Sita sees a golden deer, which actually a demon in disguise, running around the place. The situation for this Ravi Varma painting is Sita expressing her wish to have that deer. Ram, carrying bow and arrow, is setting out to catch the golden deer for Sita.

Radha Madhav

There is no need to describe the story of love between Radha and Krishna.

Radha and Madhav Painting by Raja Ravi Varma

Radha and Madhav

 

The innocent love between the two and the times they spend together makes the story interesting as well as captivating. The use of bright colors with sun shining over the river Kalindhi makes the setting blissful and divine. This painting tells us why Ravi Varma is the best in portraying love on the canvas. Not a single brush stroke is out of proportion and the use of colors along with free flowing love makes this yet another masterpiece from Ravi Varma.

The list above discusses only a small number of Ravi Varma paintings that speak loud about his abilities and divine touch with brush. Raja Ravi Varma gave faces to Hindu Gods and if the faces you pray happen to appear on some Ravi Varma paintings, that probably is not a coincidence.

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How to Properly Choose Frames for Your Art Paintings http://blog.orangecarton.com/select-frames-for-art/ http://blog.orangecarton.com/select-frames-for-art/#respond Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:12:05 +0000 http://blog.orangecarton.com/?p=1868 When it comes to wall décor, what do you think is the most important task after selecting an artwork? If you answered anything other than selecting a frame, then I must tell you that you are wrong.  That’s because frame selection is as complex as art selection and is the second most important task people […]

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How to Select Art FramesWhen it comes to wall décor, what do you think is the most important task after selecting an artwork?

If you answered anything other than selecting a frame, then I must tell you that you are wrong.  That’s because frame selection is as complex as art selection and is the second most important task people fail to do correctly.

Say for example, you selected a frame and the frame doesn’t add up to existing home décor. Does it make sense to hang such frame?

So, it’s critical that you are aware of the important things you need to know before you select a frame. In this post, we will talk about the 6 keys that you should remember before selecting an art frame.

Keys to Choosing a Proper Art Frame

#1 Style and Type of Art

Style and Type of Painting

Decide frames based on style and type of art.

What type of art is it?  Is it a traditional or a modern art? For traditional art, you can select wooden frames. For modern or abstract art, you could go for thin fiber frames. If it’s glass painting, you could go for metal or glass frames.

Similarly, kind of art also influences frame selection. For example, consider you have a pencil drawing. Do you need a thick frame? No, right?

That’s because, pencil drawings are drawn on paper and are usually very light. So they only need thin black frames. But, if it’s an oil painting, your choices are wide. Based on how prominent you want to show this art, you can choose from the most basic to the most ornamental frames available.

Now, what about prints and reproductions? What frames should you use?

Well, the general rule is that you should not spend too much money on frames for a budget art. If you do, then you would be spending more money on frame than art itself…so the thumb rule is that…always select basic frames for your affordable art.

There is also another school of thought when it comes to frame selection. According to this, you should go for decorative frames when you hang mythological or fantasy related art. On all other occasions, budget frames would do all the good.

#2 Surrounding Décor in Your Room

Select frames complementing surrounding décor in a room.

Select frames complementing surrounding décor in a room.

What other home décor products are already there in your room? Do you want your new frame to complement your existing décor or contrast it?

Based on your answer, you have to choose frames that complement or contrast your existing décor. For example, if your home is decorated traditionally with conventional furniture, then it’s always good to use wooden art frames, because that complements your existing home decor. Similarly, if your house has contemporary furniture, you should go for modern art frames. On the other hand, if you want to contrast your existing home décor, you have to do the opposite – selecting contrasting frames.

When you think about existing home décor, you have to consider the color of the wall as well.  I hope you remember color influences our mood.  So, it’s essential that in order to maintain the ambience, we have to select frames that complement this color.

 

#3 Width of Frame

Thickness of Frame

Frames with normal width.

How much thickness / width your frame need? Well, it depends on how you want to display your art work. If you want to show-off your art as something important, then you have to select thicker frames.

To give you an idea, let me tell you an example. Imagine you have a photograph of yourself with some well-known celebrity. It’s quite normal that you want to show off this in your living room. Then, what type of picture frame would you select? Would you go for an average frame or would you select an ornamental thick frame? If you’re like most of us, you would choose the second option.

Likewise, how important your art piece is, you need to decide on the width of frame. If your art is just for decorating, you don’t need to go for thicker frames. Any budget frame with average width would be enough.

#4 Your Budget

Select Frames Based on Your Budget

Select frames based on your budget

The next factor that comes to play in frame selection is budget. Just like any other thing we buy, budget here also determines the quality of frames.

In a home décor market, you have frames for almost every budget. From them, we have to choose ones that match with our budget.

So what justifies the price change?

Well there are lots of things changes when prices change. One is the material used, second is the quality of finishing. Third is type and quality of hanging hardware.

An expensive frame is usually made of teak or mahogany and comes with carvings or ornamental decorations.  Medium priced frames come with processed wood and without carvings.  The least expensive ones are made of plastic. So based on your budget, you can choose between high quality frames to average ones.

#5 Frames in Groups

Frames in Groups

Select similar frames for groups.

Do you want to hang art in groups? If yes is your answer, then you need to select similar frames for each art in the group.  Otherwise, your arrangement will look awkward.

You must also remember that when you create a group, the focus of art shifts to the group instead of individual painting. So, it’s unnecessary to use highly decorative frames in a group.

More than that, individual art frames in groups are usually closely placed. And if any frames have thicker edges, group design might not look beautiful. Therefore, in a group, it’s always better to employ thin simple frames for all your art.

#6 Glass for Frames

Glass for Frames

Glass for Frames

Do you need glass for your frame? To answer this question, first you must know whether your artwork needs any protection.

For instance, if your artwork is watercolor based, you should always add glass to your frame. Why?  Because, water based colors easily get damaged by moisture in atmosphere.

Another factor harmful to your artwork is sunlight. Even a few minutes of direct sunlight per day can seriously damage your artwork. For such art, you need glass frames with UV (Ultra-Violet) protection.

These are not the only uses of glass. If you plan to hang your artwork directly under artificial light, then you can use anti-glare glasses for your frame. This reduces glare coming from artificial light.

Summary

As you just read, selecting a frame is not easy as it sounds. You have to understand your art, learn about your existing home décor, decide on groups and protection before you can finally shortlist your selection.

Your Turn

What other things would you recommend before frame selection? Would you go for a complementing frame or a contrasting frame? Is it worth using golden frames? I would love to hear your thoughts on these. Kindly share your comments with us.

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6 Simple Tips for Buying Fine Art for Your Home http://blog.orangecarton.com/simple-tips-for-buying-fine-art/ http://blog.orangecarton.com/simple-tips-for-buying-fine-art/#respond Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:26:51 +0000 http://blog.orangecarton.com/?p=1851 Are you planning to buy fine art for your home?  Have you decided on the type, size and number of art pieces you want to use in your room? Any interior designer would tell you, beauty of a home does not depend on “what” you chose, but it depends on “how” you chose and how […]

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Are you planning to buy fine art for your home?  Have you decided on the type, size and number of art pieces you want to use in your room?

Any interior designer would tell you, beauty of a home does not depend on “what” you chose, but it depends on “how” you chose and how you arrange. If you selected wrong art, the whole idea of decoration won’t work for you. So it’s essential that you select correct art for your home.

In this post, we will tell you six basic recommendations for choosing fine art.

#1 Always Select Framed Art

Frames are beautiful.

Always Select Framed Art

You know, you have many options when it comes to wall decor.  You could use wall decals, posters, framed art, photographs, clocks or wall-sculptures to beautify your wall.

But, when it comes to wall décor, framed art always wins. Why?  Because frames offer several benefits that others can’t claim.

The main benefit of framed art is of course the beauty of its frame.  A frame not only adds class to any piece of art, but also enhances its beauty. A thoughtfully selected frame also complements your home décor.

Additionally, these frames work as a protective structure to prevent your art from getting damaged. You can also add specialized glasses to frames to further protect your art piece from sun light and pollutants.

The benefits do not end there. Framed art are also easy to move and clean. They are very easy to hang. When hanged, framed art are less prone to falling, as they are more rigid than unframed canvas art or posters.

So what do you think? Does other wall décor products bring this much beauty and convenience to you? I’m sure, they don’t. So, always select framed art for your wall décor.  It not only protects your art, but also decorates it too.

#2 Define the Purpose

Paintings for Living Room

Paintings for Living Room

It’s said that any course of action without a purpose is a time waster. Unless you have a clear goal why you want to hang art on your wall, whatever you do on your wall would end up worth nothing.

So, let me ask you once again: why do you really want to hang art on wall?

If you answered, “to decorate it”, then you have not thought enough! We need a more specific answer.

Why do you really want to hang art on your wall? Do you want your room to be more welcoming or relaxing? Or do you want your room to be more playful for your kids? What’s the real purpose of hanging art?

Depending on that purpose, you have to decide what types of art you need to use. For instance, a bedroom needs relaxing art paintings, because that’s where we relax. So select relaxing landscape or seascape paintings for your bedroom.

Living rooms are for starting conversations and playfulness, so we need to use art that energizes our soul. What is better than art of rising sun or beautiful flowers for this room?

Similarly, in your dining room, you need to use art that increases your appetite. So go for paintings of food, drinks, fruits or vegetables. You could also keep art of plants, trees or dinnerware in this room.

That’s, you have to be certain about the purpose before hanging art painting in any room of your home.

#3 Complement the Color of Your Wall

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Hang art that complements your wall color.

Just like how different types of art paintings influence us, the wall colors also affects us.

Normally, people would paint living room with bright colors and bedrooms with neutral colors so that we feel more energetic in our living room and relaxed in our bedroom.

So, when we hang art in these rooms, we should not disturb the moods these colors have already created.  Because of this, we have to pick artwork that match with purpose of the room and complement its wall color.

But, how do you select art paintings that complement with wall colors, especially when you plan to buy abstract art with lots of colors? Well, it’s easy. You just have to match with the dominating color.

Look at art piece from a longer distance. What color do you see at a glance? Which is the dominant color you noticed?  That is the influencing color of that painting.  Now, you just have to make sure this color complements with your wall color. Please note that, you don’t need a cent percent match. Slight variations are acceptable.

#4 Go for Larger Frames

Select Larger Frames

Select Larger Frames

Would you prefer to see movies in small screen or big screen?  If you are like most of us, you would definitely love to watch movies in a big screen.  It’s also same with art paintings.  The beauty of an art magnifies when you see it on a big canvas.  So, if possible, always go for larger frame sizes.

I know It may sound like common sense when we say this. But we didn’t mean to go for the biggest frames your wallet can handle.  What we meant is this… you should go for the biggest allowed frame size for your wall.

To know the allowed maximum frame size, you have to measure the open wall space. Please discount any windows, furniture, showcases and other things when you calculate the open wall space. Once you get this value, find out the longest side, take 2/3rd of that size and see if there are any frames close to this size.

If your art shop doesn’t have larger frames, you can go for multiple frames. You just have to divide the maximum allowed size with length of biggest frame.  Then, you will get the number of frames you need.

It’s also worthwhile to go for multiple frames when you have larger walls (more than 6m in length).

#5 Hang in Groups

Hang in Groups

Hang in Groups

Do you know we are always attracted to symmetry? Be it jewelry or furniture, we always pick things that are symmetrical to our eyes.  Similarly, we get more pleasure if we see art arranged in symmetry.

Don’t believe me? Well, try this experiment. Take two wall frames. Hang one art on your wall. See how it looks. Then hang both in a way there is some symmetry in the group. Which arrangement do you think is more beautiful? I’m sure you selected the second one. That’s because our mind loves symmetry.

For this reason, we always recommend to hang art in groups. You need at least two art pieces to create a group. Depending on the size of your wall, you could add more number of frames to your arrangement. You could also enhance beauty of large walls by hanging art in multiple groups.

To get an idea how you could align multiple frames as group, check out our page about hanging art.

So, if you are planning to buy art for your wall, make sure you select multiple paintings and arrange them in groups.

#6 Buy What You Love

Buy What You Love

Buy What You Love

Finally… the most important of all.  Buy art that you really love. I can’t stress this enough.

Your interior designer and friends might tell you to buy things they like. Don’t listen to them. You are the one living in your house and not them. So make sure, you buy the art that you truly love.

If you buy art that you didn’t like, chances are high that you will soon hate to see them on your wall. It would seriously disturb the purpose we had initially planned when we thought about hanging art on our walls.  Therefore, take time, do a lot of research and decide your purchase.

I’ve also noticed people buying copies of popular art for their walls. This is the stupidest thing you can do. Popularity doesn’t mean the same art would look good on your home wall. Unless of course, you truly love that particular artwork, never pick them for you home.

Summary

So what we learned here? Art buying for home is only worthwhile if you plan them ahead. We have to define purpose, decide on the size, number and type of art before we can actually buy a framed art.

Your Turn

What other things would you recommend for a new art buyer?  Did you select art for your home yourself or did anyone help you? What kind of paintings do you like for your home? Share you views with us.

If you are struggling to find beautiful art for your home, take a look at our arts section. We have a large collection of some of the beautiful fine art prints from around the world. We are sure you will find many beautiful ones for your home.

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5 Questions to Ask a ‘New Artist’ Before Buying Art http://blog.orangecarton.com/5-questions-to-ask-new-artist-before-buying-art/ http://blog.orangecarton.com/5-questions-to-ask-new-artist-before-buying-art/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:22:40 +0000 http://blog.orangecarton.com/?p=1841 Imagine this… You are in an art gallery…you are browsing through the various art paintings ….suddenly one art piece attracts your attention… This art piece is so beautiful that it strikes your senses…it’s the most alluring art painting you’ve ever seen… it’s so stunning that you can’t keep your eyes away from it…its charm alone […]

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you are browsing through the various art paintings

Imagine this…

You are in an art gallery…you are browsing through the various art paintings ….suddenly one art piece attracts your attention

This art piece is so beautiful that it strikes your senses…it’s the most alluring art painting you’ve ever seen… it’s so stunning that you can’t keep your eyes away from it…its charm alone is worth thousands of rupees…and you decides to buy it.

You then contact gallery curator and asks about this painting. From him, you learn that this artwork is from a new artist.

You now have second thoughts…

Is it worth buying from a new artist? Is it worth investing in a budding artist? Your mind wanders… 

What would you do on such situation? Would you go ahead with purchase or would you dig deeper about the artist?

If I were you, I would definitely learn more about the artist first. Why? Because that’s the only way you can better estimate value of a painting.

But how do you gather information about artist especially when you don’t know anything about him?

Well, you ask questions; lots of them — with gallery curator and possibly with artist himself.

If you are not sure what questions to ask, here is a list of top five questions we recommend. If you get satisfactory answers, go ahead with your purchase. Otherwise, move on.

 The Questions You Should Ask a New Artist

1) Where is he from?  How long has he been painting?

More About ArtistThese questions may sound trivial. But, if you ask this, especially to an artist, you will learn a lot about him.

You will get to know where he studied art… how he became an artist…and what motivated him to become an artist.

Ask about his early childhood. Get to know whether he created any art during that time? Who was his favourite artist? What type of paintings did he like?

Ask whether he studied in any popular art institutes…if yes, ask him about the wonderful experiences he had during those days.

Next, ask about his favourite paintings. Ask him why he loved those particular paintings. Then ask him about his own favourite paintings.

Why should you ask all these? Well, if you really want to dig deep about this artist, you need to ask these personal questions. When you ask these friendly questions, you’ll open up the artist. And when he opens up, you will surely know how passionate he is.

And if he is passionate, one thing is definite…you don’t have to second guess your purchase…because passionate artists generally become popular later in their life.

2) Did he exhibit his artworks before? Did he receive any popular awards?

Did he exhibit his artworks before?

When you ask this question, you are asking about his popularity. Since curators are better judge for an artist’s reputation, you should ask this to a gallery curator.

A popular art gallery doesn’t randomly select art for display.  An artist must be experienced and somewhat popular to be selected for the exhibit. So, when you ask this question to a gallery curator, he will tell you more about the artist. He will also tell you about the important exhibitions this artist has done to date. He will talk to you about artist’s major achievements.

The more exhibitions and the more awards received means only one thing – artist is climbing his career ladder and he is sure to become popular.  In other words, we can safely invest in his artwork.

3) Where can we see his previous works?

Previous Works of Artist

To understand an artist’s paining styles, you need to see his previous art paintings. So when you ask this question, you will know where you can see his previous creations. However, that is not the only benefit.

When you ask this to a gallery curator, you are querying artist’s client base.  Although, the gallery curator may not be able to give you complete picture of artist’s customers, you get a sense of who buys his art.

For instance, if museums or other galleries bought more paintings in the past than collectors did, you can ensure that majority of his artworks are more suited for public display purposes.  That is, his paintings have some unique quality that’s capable of attracting the masses.

On other hand, if private collectors bought majority of his previous creations, then these paintings are more of an investment material than just wall décor.

So what can we learn from here? A popular artist need to have a balance of customers. If only private collectors bought his paintings, the artist would remain lesser known throughout his life. So, we should invest in paintings of artists who also have art displayed at museums and galleries.

4) Do you have price list available? Can you buy prints? 

Price List of Previous WorksIt’s a truth that unless you are a popular artist, you will have unsold paintings. So, when you ask a gallery about price list of an artist’s paintings, you have two advantages.

  1. You will know the comparative prices of all his creations.
  2. You will know how many unsold art pieces are there from same artist.

You could compare the prices of your potential purchase and all his previous creations. It will also tell you the prices of his recently sold creations. So, you can quickly compare the prices and make a decision.

Just like how you estimated popularity of his artworks, you can estimate the same by asking for prints. A smart artist would always sell prints to market his original creations. So, ask him about art prints.

If the answers are satisfactory, you can ensure that he is still climbing his career ladder. Soon he will be break out and become famous.

If you received satisfactory answers to all the above questions, we should now proceed to the final question in the list.

5) Could you tell me more about this please?

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Ask this question to gallery curator or artist and ask them to tell you more about your potential purchase. For better results, I recommend asking this to artist himself.

Ask him about the meaning of this painting. Ask him what he liked. How he created this painting. Ask him what inspired him to create it. Talk about the things you liked in this painting.  Ask lot of related questions.

If he’s truly passionate about his line of work, this would be the most pleasing question one has asked him. He would explain to you all the things about that painting. He would enthusiastically tell you the inspiration behind that painting.

If artist’s ideas and your thoughts match, you can go ahead with purchase. And guess what? You have found an investable art that you truly love!

Summary

As you saw, there is no straight-forward method to decide whether to invest in a budding artist. You need to know the passion and popularity of the artist before deciding your purchase. You must also look at artist’s previous paintings and their prices to understand whether you are paying the fair price for your purchase.

Now, it’s your turn.  What other things would you consider before purchasing art from a new artist? Do you trust gallery curator’s recommendations? Have you had any bad experiences with new artists? Share with us via comments.

 

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Masters of Indian Art – Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar http://blog.orangecarton.com/sawlaram-haldankar/ http://blog.orangecarton.com/sawlaram-haldankar/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:40:13 +0000 http://blog.orangecarton.com/?p=1829 Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar was a Maharashtrian artist, who became famous for his numerous portrait paintings. He is well known for his finesse in creating well-detailed portrait paintings. Life of S.Haldankar Sawlaram Haldankar was born in 1882 in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Although he had no formal education in art painting, he showed exceptional skills in […]

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S.L Haldankar Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar was a Maharashtrian artist, who became famous for his numerous portrait paintings. He is well known for his finesse in creating well-detailed portrait paintings.

Life of S.Haldankar

Sawlaram Haldankar was born in 1882 in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.

Although he had no formal education in art painting, he showed exceptional skills in art painting.  During those childhood days, his father was his mentor and teacher in art painting.

After completing high school, he went on to join the most prestigious art school in India, the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. There, he learned more about art and art painting from other famous artists like Cecil Burns and M.V. Dhurandhar.

At the time when Sawlaram Haldankar was a student at J.J.School of Arts, he started exhibiting his artworks in different art galleries around Mumbai. In following years, he won prizes at different exhibitions at Madras, Shimla etc. He even won a prize at an exhibition held at the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists, London.

After coming out of the art school, S.L Haldankar spent some of his years teaching about painting at J.J. school of art.

The Royal Society of British Artists, London also awarded Sawlaram Haldankar with two commendation certificates. He also won the prestigious Governor’s prize in his later life.

The biggest recognition for this artist came in the form of Lalit Kala Academy Fellowship award, which was awarded to Sawlaram Haldankar by the then President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

By 1908, he had become one of the noted artists in British India. He took part in many exhibitions and had already won many awards and recognitions. In 1908, Sawlaram Haldankar started his own art institute, Haldankar Art Institute, in Mumbai. Ten years later, in 1918, Sawlaram Haldankar, along with some of his friends in the art industry like M.K.Parandekar, B.V.Talim etc, found the Art Society of India.

Sawlaram Haldankar died at the age of 86, in the year 1968.

Where we can see his paintings?

City View of Madras

‘City View of Madras’ by Sawlaram Haldankar

Sawlaram Haldankar was an artist who always experimented with his paintings. As a result, there are quite a number of paintings that are incomplete or unsigned, which are attributed to him. If you want to have a look at some of his finished artworks, most of his paintings are on display at Delhi Art Gallery, Nagpur Museum and the Prince of Wales Museum at Mumbai. However, some of his incomplete or unsigned artworks are on display at different art galleries including the JagmohanPalace, Mysore.

Wrong Attributions with Raja Ravi Varma

Sawlaram Haldankar is sometimes attributed as one of the best portrait artists India has ever seen. This has sometimes led to the comparison of his artworks with that of Raja Ravi Varma’s. These comparisons, sometimes have led to wrong attribution of S.L Haldankar works.

The Glow of Hope’ is an example. The same painting is often attributed as Ravi Varma’s ‘Lady with the Lamp’. The reason for this anomaly could be the similarities in the style of painting of both the artists. The fact that ‘Glow of Hope’ is on display at the JagmohanPalace in Mysore, close to the paintings of Ravi Varma could be another reason.

There is an Italian encyclopedia, which ranks Sawlaram Haldankar as one of the three finest watercolour artists in the world.

It’s no doubt that he is one of the masters of Indian art. Although he created countless number of art paintings using different mediums, his watercolour and oil paintings are the more famous ones.

Your Turn

So which is your favourite painting of Sawlaram Haldankar? Do you think he is one of the best water-colorists in the world? Are there any other watercolour artists you think, is better than Haldankar? Share your thoughts and opinions with us in comments.

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How to Expertly Hang Art Paintings on Your Staircase Wall http://blog.orangecarton.com/expertly-hang-art-on-staircase-wall/ http://blog.orangecarton.com/expertly-hang-art-on-staircase-wall/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2014 05:57:04 +0000 http://blog.orangecarton.com/?p=1819 Ever wanted to hang art beautifully on your staircase wall, but don’t know how? You know it’s not easy to hang art frames on a stair wall.  Hanging art on stairway requires skill — the skills to understand its inclining angle, changing viewable heights and many other things.  If you posses these skills, it’s quite […]

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Ever wanted to hang art beautifully on your staircase wall, but don’t know how?

You know it’s not easy to hang art frames on a stair wall.  Hanging art on stairway requires skill — the skills to understand its inclining angle, changing viewable heights and many other things.  If you posses these skills, it’s quite easy to hang art on stair walls.

But if you don’t, then your art arrangement will look awkward and you’ll regret your idea of keeping art on stair walls.

So, if you are new to this or lack ideas to install art skilfully on your stair wall, this blog post is for you.  In this post, we tell you three simple and straightforward ways to hang wall frames on a stairway.

And guess what?  You don’t need to be a geometric genius to use these methods!

#1 – The Stepped Arrangement

This is the most stylish arrangement among all art display ideas. In this method, you just have to copy the stair pattern on your wall.

There are no rules on how many paintings you need.  You can go with any number of paintings, provided they don’t exceed the number of stairs.

If you would like to hang equal number of art (as the number of stairs), then you have to make sure the frames are at least 2 to 3 inches shorter than stair breadths.  Otherwise, there won’t be enough breathing space between the frames.

Here is how you arrange this way:

The Stepped Arrangement

The Stepped Arrangement

Step#1 – Measure the total wall length.

Step#2 – Then divide the total length by number of paintings. You will get a number (say “X”), which is the maximum available space we can use for each frame.

Step#3 – Now, we have to mark the horizontal reference point for each frame. (See figure) These reference points later help us to determine the centre point of each frame.

Here is how you find it: with this simple formula. Y= X (n-0.5), where “n” is the number of frame and “Y” is the distance from the left end of wall.

Say, if you are trying to find reference point of 3rd frame, replace n with 3. So Y = 2.5 X. You need to measure this from the left end of the wall (see figure).  Similarly, you can find all other reference points.

Step#4 – In this step, we will find the exact centre points of each frame.  To get this, you need to measure through previously marked reference points.

From the floor’s bottom, touching individual reference points, calculate the centre points at 60” (150 cms) height. These are the locations where you should hang your art for a balanced look.

You should also remember that this arrangement looks beautiful only if you use similar sized frames. If you have different sized frames, you need to use next method.

 #2 – Follow the Stair Model

In the previous arrangement, we saw we need several frames for an outstanding look. Suppose, you don’t have that many frames. What would you do?

Well, then you can employ this method.  It’s easier, and you can use this approach if you have different sized frames.

Let’s say, instead of 5 paintings in above example, we only have 3 frames. One is a landscape painting and other is a bigger one.  How could we arrange these frames?  Here is how.

Follow the Stair Model

Follow the Stair Model

 

Step#1 –Find out the total length of the wall.

Step#2 – Mark the absolute center of wall. Then, with this point as reference point, measure the centre point on the wall at 60” from floor. This is where we will hang our bigger frame.

Step#3 – Now, mark two equally distant points on either side of this center point. Make sure, you have separated these reference points adequately so that there is enough space to hang other two frames.

Step#4 – Now, with these as reference points, find out the center points at 60” height.  If your other two frames are similar, you can hang them at these points. Otherwise, you have to make small adjustments for a balanced look.

Step#5 – If the frames are of different sizes, you may have to move these centre points sideways (towards center frame), to equally space frames.  (See figure)

By using this method, you can arrange art on stairways with less number of frames or different sized frames.  Now, let’s look how we can arrange frames in groups.

#3 Arrange in Groups 

If you have large walls or long stairways, then it makes sense to use groups of frames for an elegant look.

In this arrangement, you could use either similar frames or different sized frames.

In this method, we will first put together groups of frames and then arrange these groups over the staircase wall.

For a balanced look, ensure all frames in a group are equally spaced.

When you hang groups of frames, you need to treat the frames in a group as one big frame, and measure its length and breadth. You also have to measure the center of the group. This centre should align with the centre point we later mark on the walls.

Here is how you arrange in groups.

Arrangements in Groups

Arrangement in Groups

Step#1 – First, create the group in the way you like.  Measure its length and breadth.

Step#2 – Measure the total length of wall.

Step#3 – Calculate how many groups you could hang on the wall. To get this number, divide wall length by group’s breadth.

Please remember to add 2-4 inches to breadth while calculating this. Otherwise, there won’t be any breathing space between groups.

Step#4 – Divide length of wall with total number of groups. You will get a length (say X), which will be the maximum available space for each individual group.

Step#5 – Find out the reference points for each group. To get this, use the same simple formula Y = X(n-0.5), where “X” is the value we calculated in previous step. “n” is the number of group (nth group) and “Y” is the distance from left end of wall.

Step#6 – Here, we will mark the center points of each group.  You have to measure 60” from stair floor through each reference points to get these points. Then, hang each group at these center points.

That’s it!  I know its lot steps, but if you follow the steps outlined above, you will end up with a beautifully decorated staircase wall that no one could resist!

Your Turn

How many paintings would you like to see on your stair wall?  How do you like to group your paintings?  What other arrangement ideas would you like to see on your stair wall?  Share your comments with us.

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Empty Walls?Do you have bare walls in your living room? Would you like to add art paintings? 

A bare wall is like an empty sky.  It’s great to look at first, but you will soon get bored when you see nothing interesting.

So what would you do?

You would look elsewhere to view interesting things. And one way to bring back that interesting view to your wall is by adding art paintings.

But did you know, you just can’t buy any art painting and hope it will look good on your wall.  Why?

Because, every home is different and you need to know many things before you purchase art.  So, if you’re confused, this post will teach you those three important things you need to know before purchasing any art.

#1 Theme of Room Decides ‘What Art You Need to Buy’

What kind of room is it?  Who lives there?  Answers to these questions decide the type of art paintings you need to buy for this room.

Let us see how.

Theme of Room

Type of room: If you haven’t noticed, each room in our home has a purpose. Living rooms are for ‘enjoying life’. Bedrooms are for ‘relaxation’.  Dining rooms are for ‘enjoying food and beverages’ and so on. 

And these primary purposes help us to determine the theme of a room. That means, when you buy an art painting for a room, it should match with the primary purpose of that room.

Example: If you are buying art for a bedroom, it should calm your mind, so landscape paintings or still life paintings are the best. Similarly, a motivating or energizing art is good for your living room.

Primary occupants of the room: Type of room alone cannot determine the theme of a room, because who lives there also affects it. If the occupants are kids, the type of paintings they love will be different from that of adults.

Example: If you are buying art for kids’ bedroom, you could go for some story related paintings, say a landscape painting from Alice in wonderland. Similarly, if you are buying art for seniors’ bedroom, you could go for a relaxing art from Mahabharata or Ramayana.

The type of furniture used: The third thing to consider in deciding theme of room is furnishings you have already used in a room.

Is it a modern room? Or is it a traditional room? If it’s a modern room, you could go for modern types of art. But, if it’s a traditional room, it would be best to use conventional paintings.

Example: Imagine an adult bedroom with modern furniture. Here, you can install an abstract landscape painting.

The colour of walls: The last factor affecting the theme of room is the colour of wall.  It’s often advised that the artwork you choose must complement with colours of the wall. But, did you know colours could also mean different things?

For example, red is said to be an aggressive color. White is the color of purity. In other words, the color of the wall paint can also influence the theme of the room.

Example: In a light-blue coloured bedroom, what art painting would you use?  Since blue is a relaxing color, you can improve the relaxed ambience of this room by adding an art painting of a sunset.

So, make sure you understand the theme of a room before you buy any art.

#2 Your Budget Decides ‘What Type of Art You Could Buy’ 

What is your total budget?  The budget is the single most important factor that determines the type of art you could buy.  Based on your budget, you could vary the type of painting, frames, mats and even the glass of your wall painting.

What is your Budget?

Types of Paintings: If you don’t want to spend a lot, you could go for art prints or canvas prints.  If you have a medium budget, you can go for oil painting reproductions. And lastly, if you don’t want to limit your spend, you should buy original masterpieces.

Types of Frames: The next option you can control cost is with frames. There are variety of wall frames available in the market. The most expensive ones are hand-crafted wooden ones. Then the metal frames, fiber frames, plastic frames and so on.

Types of Mats: Once, frames are selected, the next step in budgeting is with mats used in frames. You could go for super expensive satin-finish mats or the most affordable, regular mats.

Types of Glass: If you want to keep your cost low, you can avoid glasses altogether. Otherwise, you can choose from regular glass or fiberglass depending up on your budget. These glasses also come in different versions too. From UV ray filtering to anti-glare ones.  So, select the type that most suits you.

In short, your budget determines what type of art you could buy.

#3 Length of Wall Decides ‘What Size and Shape of Art You Need to Buy’ 

Once you have decided the type of art, the next thing you have to consider is size of your wall.  Is it a big or small wall?

Length of Wall

First, measure the size of wall and determine whether it’s a square or rectangular wall.

On square walls, rectangular paintings look good and on rectangular walls, big, square paintings look beautiful.

So, find out the longest side of the wall.  Please note that you should only measure the open wall space between windows and furniture. Otherwise, it won’t look good.

You can select paintings up to 2/3rd size of the longest side of the wall.

For example, if you wall is 2m wide and 3m high, you could select a frame as big as 1.6m * 2m.

If you don’t want to hang a big frame, you can go for 2 to 4 smaller frames to fill the space.  In above example, instead of one big frame, you could go with four 40cm * 50cm frames or two 60cm * 90cm frames.

If it’s a narrow vertical wall, you can place 2-3 square frames vertically to make it beautiful.  Similarly, if your wall is wide but lacks height, hang multiple square paintings horizontally.

In other words, the length of longest side of wall establishes the size and shape of the art you need to buy.

So, that’s it!  This is how you come to a decision on the paintings for your home.  I hope you now have a clear idea how you should purchase art.  As you just discovered, if you truly want to improve ambience of your home, you need to do some homework.

Your Turn

How do you plan your art purchase? What other factors influence your purchase? What other things would you recommend for a first time art buyer?  Share your wisdom with us via comments.

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Clean Art Prints

Do you get frustrated when you see dirt on art prints?  Are you worried that you might have to spend thousands of rupees on a professional cleaner to get them cleaned?

You don’t need to. Because, there are many ways you could clean your art prints yourselves.  And guess what?  These methods are safe and cost almost nothing.

But, before telling you the details, we have to identify the kind of art print we are dealing with and the type of dirt we are trying to remove.  It’s because different types of art prints have different kinds of protective coatings.  And that changes how we clean our art prints.

Why we need to know the type of art print?

As you might already know, there are many types of art prints available. Some with protective coatings, some with laminations and some without any protective layers. We have to identify this first.

Art prints with protective coating or laminate are easier to clean because, they attract less dirt and you could use simple cleaning agents.

A protective coating also prevents the art from collecting certain kind of dirt. For example, we have found, less insect and smoke caused dirt on laminated art prints than unprotected art prints.  Similarly, you won’t see many fingerprint smudges on laminated art prints.

On the contrary, an art print without any protective coating attracts dirt quickly.  They fade soon and are delicate.  You could not use strong cleaning agents on them.

So, it’s important that we know what type of art print we are dealing with. Once we are past this, we can use any of the following cleaning methods.

5 Ways to Clean Your Art Print

1) Vacuum Cleaner with a Soft-Bristled Brush

Cleaning with BrushWhat kind of dirt is on your art print?  Is it only dust?  Then, this approach will be useful.

In this method, you just have to use a soft-bristled brush to dismantle the dust particles from the surface. Then you have to use a vacuum cleaner to collect these particles.

As you might have already guessed, this method is not good if you are cleaning sticky-dirt such as smoke particles, grease or atmospheric dust. When you use brush on these particles, it might stick together and cause further damage to your artwork.

2) Warm Water and Damp Cloth 

Cleaning with Water and ClothIf there is sticky-dirt on a protected art print, this is the best method you could employ. Use some lukewarm water (distilled water recommended) and a microfiber soft cloth to wipe off the dirt from the surface. After that, use a dry soft cloth to wipe off moisture.  Alternatively, you could keep your art print in direct sunlight for several minutes to get them dried.

You should also remember not to over-dampen your cleaning cloth. A wet artwork needs more time to dry and the longer it takes, greater the chance to cause physical permanent damage to your art print. So, remove as much water from the cloth before you start.

3) High Absorbing Food Items

Cleaning with Food Items If the above method does not completely remove sticky-dirt, you could use high absorbing food items to clean your art prints. So what are these food items?

Well, you already know these — loaf of white bread or sliced potatoes. They soak up ink, paint and dirt. Here is how you use it.

Remove bread’s crust and rub the white part on the art print surface. Bread molecules absorb dirt and makes the surface clean. There will be some residue of bread left which you can remove with a soft brush.

Similarly, you could use peeled potatoes slices. For best results, we recommend little lemon juice to dismantle the dirt particles. Use an ear-bud and apply couple of drops of lemon on the most affected parts. See how easily the dirt comes off from the surface!

4) Cotton and Spirit

Cleaning with Cotton and SpiritThis is one of the ‘pro’ methods.  Add some drops of spirit or alcohol on a cotton ball and wipe it over the art print surface.  And when you wipe them gently over the surface, the dirt will react with spirit and sticks to cotton ball. This way, cotton soaks up all the dirt from your art print.

That said, you should take proper care when you use these chemicals. Some printing inks are said to react with these chemicals.  So, test on a small portion first before going ahead.

You could also use petrol instead of spirit for this type of cleaning.

5) Professional Cleaning Solutions

Professional Cleaning SolutionsThere are many professional cleaning products available for cleaning oil paintings.  You could use any of these to clean your art prints as well.

Some of them are cleaning liquids, where you have to apply them on the surface to get the dirt removed. Some are compressed gases. You just have to spray these over the art prints to remove the dirt.

We have found that sprays are highly effective for removing dust. When the spray evaporates, it takes along all dust particles with it.  But, they were very ineffective at removing sticky-dirt.

So, if your art print has sticky dirt, you might have to use liquid cleaners. And if that also fails, you may have to take your art print to a professional art cleaner.

Your Turn

How do you clean your art prints? Have you tried any of these cleaning methods? What do you think about using the professional cleaning solutions? Share your views with us via comments…

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