The start of every school year is a natural time for reinvention—whether or not you’re personally sharpening your pencils in anticipation of another semester of study. And when it comes to decor—for a dorm room or otherwise—there’s no quicker refresh route than hanging a great new piece of art. Here, we’ve rounded up six standout Etsy shops where a beautiful print from a bona fide artist (working in illustration, watercolor, or photography, to name a few) is wholly within even a strapped college student’s reach.
With their pale, dreamy palettes and consciously uncluttered compositions, photographer Katilin Rebesco‘s evocative travel snaps paint just enough of a picture to spark the imagination—without giving away the whole plot.
Manchester, UK illustrator Amber Davenport‘s pattern-rich prints of lush jungle landscapes and undersea scenes serve as a call to embrace adventure and explore uncharted territory.
San Francisco artist and illustrator Jorey Hurley had already won us over with her stylized, stripped-down slices of everyday life, and her newer abstract studies of stripes, orbs, and asymmetric shapes have only upped our admiration.
Brighton, UK-based artist Lena Goodison makes minimalist, whimsical line drawings, still lifes, and portraits that are equal parts playful and sophisticated.
With their soft washes of misty blue, sandy pink, and gray-green hues, Detroit graphic designer-turned-watercolor artist Basia Stryjecka‘s prints offer an instant dose of serenity—perfect for the straight-A student who turns into a stress machine come midterms.
Dinosaurs or butterflies, musical instruments or morse code: Minnesota illustrator Lindsay Anderson caters to an array of interests (or obsessions) with her colorful range of reinvented educational posters, rendered in her modern, youthful style.