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Emily Henderson’s Expert Guide to Buying Art on Etsy

Mar 1, 2016

by Valerie Rains handmade and vintage goods

We’re not afraid to say it: Buying art can be hard. There’s figuring out your taste, how much art you need, how much art you can afford, and which pieces will actually work well in your home. Plus, so much of what’s out there can be intimidatingly (or prohibitively) expensive.

But did you know that Etsy is one of the best places to find one-of-a-kind artwork to suit any taste — and budget? In fact, design superstar Emily Henderson is such a believer that she recently joined forces with Etsy and online custom framing service Framebridge to design and style two distinct gallery walls entirely with artwork from Etsy artists. Each wall incorporates a range of mediums, from original oil paintings and photo prints to watercolors and mixed-media collage. The two collections also hint at the wide breadth of styles that artists on Etsy are working in — abstracts, landscapes, portraits, still lifes and even nudes are all duly accounted for.

While you can find virtually every style, size, and mood of art on Etsy, Emily has a few go-to categories she returns to time and again. “I have bought quite a lot of abstracts, watercolors and less-serious oil paintings on Etsy,” she says. “I think that many artists who are attracted to Etsy are younger and have more vibrancy to them, so that is reflected in the inventory on the site. Plus there are a ton of fun typography and graphic-art prints that are great for filling in the spaces between your more serious paintings.”

Riffing on the themes established in Emily’s two gallery walls, we’ve gathered even more stellar works from Etsy sellers to share here, along with Emily’s pro tips for unearthing fantastic artwork and getting your own personal art collection off the ground — and up onto your walls.

Identify your style. No matter your budget, buying art is an investment, and an activity that’s best approached with a clear vision (or at least a few solid guidelines) in mind. “Shopping blind can be a very expensive endeavor; it’s important to home in on what you like before you start buying,” Emily says. “Are you more into abstract painting? Vintage geometric? Fine art photography? If you’re not sure, head to Pinterest and start pinning what you like. Then look at all of your pins and see what they have in common, whether it’s a color palette, a style or a medium.”

Do the math. Based on your budget and your objective — whether that’s filling a massive blank wall or just bringing some character to an existing (but unexceptional) collection — calculate how to make your money go the distance. “Prints are more affordable than originals, and photographs are more affordable than paintings,” Emily says. “If you’re on a budget, stay away from large-scale oil paintings and go for a fun print or two, instead.” But don’t lose sight of the, well, bigger picture. “Buying a ton of small prints can be addictive, but they do add up,” Emily says. “Getting one really large print that holds the same amount of space on a wall can actually be more affordable — especially once you factor in framing.”

Experiment with search terms. Naturally, the terms you choose will depend on the style you’re seeking, but in general, combining a few search terms and filters is more effective than trying one at a time. “‘Abstract,’ ‘watercolor,’ and ‘vintage painting’ are some of my favorite search terms,” Emily says. “Then I might also put in a color to narrow it down a bit. And I tend to go more for originals, so I’ll use that filter, too.”

And don’t overlook vintage! There’s a wealth of breathtaking vintage art on Etsy, which can sometimes be more affordable than original contemporary works. Just proceed with caution, Emily says. “Make sure that you would like the piece as much if it were done by an artist in 2015. Sometimes people can get caught up in the love of vintage without thinking about whether or not they actually like a particular piece,” she says. Her best advice for finding a stylish balance? Selecting pieces that have either imagery or colors that feel of the moment. (“A brown and orange mushroom print from the ’50s is never going to look modern and fresh in your house,” she says.)

Vintage Styling Tip: “The right frame can help modernize a vintage piece. I like a simple white, natural wood, or black frame, or you can go for a vintage-y gold or black bamboo if you want the frame to match the era. It really depends on the piece, but I’ve never regretted choosing a simple frame — I’ve only regretted going too ornate and having the frame overwhelm the piece,” Emily says. Browse the selection of streamlined white, black, or natural wood frames, plus styles with a touch of throwback glamour, on Framebridge.

Read the fine print. It’s easy to skim over the details when you’ve fallen head over heels for a dreamy pastel moonscape or a bewitching vintage portrait. But there’s nothing sadder than planning a room around a poster-size print only to receive a postcard-like piece in the mail. Before you click “Add to Cart,” read the item description carefully and pull out a yardstick or tape measure to help you visualize the size of the artwork you’re ordering. “I’ve also accidentally ordered prints when I thought I was getting an original, so be careful about that, too,” Emily says.

Are you an Etsy artist? Framebridge has referral and wholesale opportunities that make it easy for Etsy sellers to offer custom-framed versions of their work. Learn more about their programs here.

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Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.


  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Excellent advice!

  • aSmaOriGinal

    Asma from AsmaOriginal said 6 years ago

    Wow I love the feeling of these art pieces! Thank you for all the advice.

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageLtd said 6 years ago

    Great picks! Art is my favorite thing to buy on etsy and is the reason I found this site back in 2011. So many talented artists!

  • BeachHouse758

    Elizabeth from BeachHouseGallery said 6 years ago

    Great post. I ♥ her!

  • SimoneSutcliffe

    SimoneSutcliffe from SimoneSutcliffe said 6 years ago

    Such a beautifully curated blog post, thank you! You picked some of my favorites!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 6 years ago

    Great and inspiring post!

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 6 years ago

    YOur art is gotgeous!

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 6 years ago

    I meant- Your art is GORGEOUS. LOL

  • blackbirdbag

    Kristina Beganovic from blackbirdbag said 6 years ago

    I feel intimidated by so many art work, so thank you for this post! The ones you picked work so well together!

  • WildRoseAndSparrow

    Liana from WildRoseAndSparrow said 6 years ago

    I love shopping for art on Etsy. Where else can you find victorian pre-raphaelite prints alongside Haeckel sea-life botanical lithographies in black and white, or vintage fashion prints straight from the Seine in Paris? It's also great to support smaller, modern artists, whose works make your mind wander, some with Escheresque or Dali-like qualities, or simply transporting you to a different land?

  • corinnefurniss

    SEA and SALT from SEAandSALT said 6 years ago

    This is good advice for all shopping on Etsy, not just art! Thanks!

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 6 years ago

    Terrific post !!

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 6 years ago

    So much wonderful art here !!

  • nlbgrammy

    nlbgrammy from Qt2t said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the post. Very pretty too:)

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    Dorothy from JewelrybyDorothy said 6 years ago

    Excellent advice!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Great advice. Buy what you love!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 6 years ago

    cool finds! i love art, and i LOVE painting!

  • lizworthy

    Liz Worthy from lizworthy said 6 years ago

    Such a great perspective! This encourages me to get my brother and father - oil painters in Montana - to sell on Etsy.

  • boloties
  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 6 years ago

    Great advice! I'll definitely have this handy (we are doing a small remodeling in our home). Thank you so much for sharing this, Valerie.

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 6 years ago

    Phenomenal art and advice!

  • fragilecircuitV

    fragilecircuitV from VintageBlend said 6 years ago

    Great advice for potential buyers and artists as well.

  • IsabellaDiSclafani

    Isabella Di Sclafani from IsabellaDiSclafani said 6 years ago

    Prints are great and affordable, but at the same time, we can't overlook all the great original art that is available to ETSY buyers and many of these original works of art are also very affordable with a wide range of price points to suit anyone's budget. ETSY is a special and unique platform in that it gives the art lover the option to own prints AND original art pieces. My motto…buy what you love!

  • rellyh

    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 6 years ago

    Thank you for providing useful and engaging information. Great article!

  • WalterSilva

    Walter Silva from WalterSilva said 6 years ago

    Great advise!

  • marijanafraska

    Marijana Fraska from ArmellaMeaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Useful information:)

  • fragilecircuit

    fragilecircuit from fragilecircuit said 6 years ago

    Thanks for helping Etsy sellers and buyers. Win-win situation.

  • mosaicing

    mosaicing from mosaicing said 6 years ago

    I have to ask this: Where are the mosaics? Adding a mosaic to a group of paintings brings a touch of uniqueness that can elevate a nice grouping to the sublime.

  • Zygopsyche

    Zygopsyche from Fuzziggles said 6 years ago

    Etsy has a wonderful selection of artworks:)

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    REALLY good advice! ♥︎♥︎♥︎

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 6 years ago

    Interesting intro to Framebridge

  • WetDesert

    MJ Toops from WetDesertVintage said 6 years ago

    Great advice and yet slightly funny to me because I really like those 1950's mushroom prints. LOL.

  • MuddyHeartPottery

    Meli-- Muddy Heart from MuddyHeart said 6 years ago

    Fabulous Advice as always!, I love Emily, she's awesome! ^_+ Xo, Meli

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 6 years ago

    I love to look at the painting on Etsy. I am trying to draw a few to put them in my house. Great advise. Thank you.

  • NeatoKeen

    NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen said 6 years ago

    Thank you for reminding all to consider vintage too! Vintage pieces can look strikingly contemporary when re-framed. I've had several customers send me photos of 60 year old tea towels in simple wooden frames that look very cool, modern and fresh. Great post for lovers of art in its many forms!

  • Malaspiga

    carlotta tilli from SummerInItaly said 6 years ago

    I love this selection ! thank you

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 6 years ago

    YES! so good to see fine art/wall art featured on Etsy. There are so many fantastic artists here, and as a painter myself, I only wish I had the wall space to collect the amazing work of my favorite fellow painters. It sometimes feels like we are invisible on Etsy, overshadowed by the great jewelry and knit things and wedding stuff, etc etc. I have been so fortunate in selling both large and small paintings, but I also paint wood crafts, because I like variety! I will look into Framebridge. I have giclee prints made that I sell here and have an account on another site that also prints and frames artwork. It's not easy to sell art no matter how you go about it, but when you love what you do, you keep looking for ways to connect with people who will love it too. Thanks Etsy for giving art a boost this week :)

  • bstudio

    Bren from bstudio said 6 years ago

    Great tips, thanks. I love the art and styling of the second room with the blue sofa.

  • ponyhoney

    Debi from MadGirlRetro said 6 years ago

    The only thing I disagree with is the comment about the orange and brown mushroom print from the '50s. It certainly can look cool and fresh!

  • franz66

    franz66 from franz66 said 6 years ago

    What is a "less-serious oil painting"?

  • MayhemArts

    April Armistead from AprilNicoleArt said 6 years ago

    Wonderful advice! and as a painter, I'm looking into Framebridge right now ♥

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 6 years ago

    Great post about buying art and so many other categories on Etsy.

  • f84sail

    Hannah Jane from brightloud said 6 years ago

    Emily Henderson's approach to interior design makes me incredibly happy. And her advice is really super too.

  • SMboutique

    Sandrine from SMboutique said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous gallery wall!!

  • Lousje

    Marlous P from Lousje said 6 years ago

    Great article! Love the Watercolors!!!!

  • readyshapes

    Readyshapes from Readyshapes said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • japanmomijidesigns

    Japan Momiji designs from japanmomijidesigns said 6 years ago

    Important information thank you so much

  • MamasHouse

    Sharon K. Shubert from GrayWolfGallery said 6 years ago

    Great article! I'm so excited to see a blog feature about my favorite subject! ART! I live and breathe it. :)

  • weddingdec

    Brittany Liu from weddingdec said 6 years ago

    Yeah,good idea,thanks for sharing.

  • 324art

    Tina Zhou from 324art said 6 years ago

    Great article about buying art!

  • PiacereMioPaperie

    Nancy from PiacereMioPaperie said 6 years ago

    Just the article I needed! Thank you! Now to find the perfect art on Etsy! Let the fun begin.

  • devmuktijewels

    Devmukti jewels from DevmuktiJewels said 6 years ago

    Hello, great Article about arts and inspiring post.. Love the Watercolors!!!!

  • lacouturier83

    Nuria Couturiere from Lacouturie said 6 years ago

    its a great article!!!!

  • atelierducielart

    AtelierDuCielArt from AtelierDuCielArt said 6 years ago

    Just what I needed to know. Thank you.

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 6 years ago

    Some great tips for finding a cohesive look to a gallery wall - thank you! This is something I struggle with. I buy lots of disparate pieces but they never seem to sit well together, these ideas will help me to shop with more forethought.

  • IndependentReign

    Janine from IndependentReign said 6 years ago

    Such a great article. Totally agree w/ "FireHorseVintageHQ". I have so many photographs and paintings in my "Favorites" but have been anxious to 'pull the trigger' and actually buy anything since I'm unsure how they would fit in together. Seeing these collections inspires me to move forward and buy the ones that I love and work them into a collection with a common them or color; or maybe just a common frame! :)

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 6 years ago

    Great post, so inspiring!

  • maggiepompom

    maggie pompom from maggiepompom said 6 years ago

    Great post! Thank you for sharing ♡

  • leerowland

    lee rowland from PearTreeSpace said 6 years ago

    I so appreciate this article. These are great tips to find pieces that really speak to you. It also helps to encourage those intimidated by buying art online to take the plunge and buy from the many, many talented artists here on Etsy.

  • Beadhouseuk

    Inessa Williams from InessaWilliams said 6 years ago

    Thank you for all your tips and showing us another great artworks on Etsy. Not sure about black framing though. I prefer lighter colors.

  • InteriorDesignPlace

    MJ GM from InteriorDesignPlace said 6 years ago

    Great ideas

  • smilingrabbit

    Jessica from CreativeDollCrafts said 6 years ago

    Great information!!

  • mschoene92

    Jeanne S from EclecticSageVintage said 6 years ago

    Good read! Thanks for the tips on how to narrow down your search to find what you like. When looking for art online, the sheer number of choices and the huge variations in style can get overwhelming. So I appreciated the advice on how to find your taste within the sea of Etsy listings. But I do love how diverse the art is on Etsy. There are so many talented artists to discover.

  • JPerezArt

    Jeannette Perez from JPerezArt said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the tips, they're appreciated!

  • FocusGroupFoto

    Kerry Halasz from SybilMaxine said 6 years ago

    I was so very thrilled to see my photograph included in this wonderful blog post! All the artists are amazing. What a great group to be a part of. And, Framebridge is a great website! I can't wait to give it a try!

  • MrsSaintCyr

    Laura S from ResemblesMe said 6 years ago

    Great article about art!!!! Thank you!

  • SamaCreate

    Sarah from SamahStudios said 6 years ago

    Great advice!!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from KarmaCodeOne said 6 years ago

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ~

  • mtabscott

    Poppy Mae from ohsopoppy said 6 years ago

    These are beautiful collections! I always love hearing from Emily. I regard her as the master! She rocks! If you don't read her blog, I highly recommend it. She's super inspiring and funny. Speaking of typography and graphic art, visit my store! XOXO

  • priyaamrit

    The White Fire from TheWhiteFire said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • aSouthernHug

    aSouthernHug from aSouthernHug said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • trendythemes

    Daniel from TrendyThemes said 6 years ago


  • cinnew

    Cinne Worthington from CBanningAccessories said 6 years ago

    Great advice + style, thank you!

  • Concertino

    Carol from Concertino said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • AllUsedUp

    Cindy Carrillo from SimpleChaosLab said 6 years ago

    A great way to buy original pieces is to search for mono-prints, and woodcuts, or linocuts. They are each printed by hand by the artist. Read about the artist online and you will be hooked. It is a great way to start collecting original artwork that is produced by hand, by the artist. Watercolors are often more affordable as well, not fair for the artist but true. Even oils can be affordable if you stay small, 5 x7 or 6x 8. Have fun and buy real!

  • HeyChica

    Hey Chica from HeyChica said 6 years ago

    Ahhh, so much little time. I have a lot and need to frame more. Your collections look amazing!

  • silentmagician

    Shannon Meyer from silentmagician said 6 years ago

    ACEOs are another great way to afford original art. They are small, but make a lovely shelf display.

  • admspeicher
  • annarobertsart

    Anna Roberts from annarobertsart said 6 years ago

    Thank you for highlighting some of the wonderful art on Etsy!

  • JessicaTorrant

    Jessica Torrant from JessicaTorrant said 6 years ago

    So fun to mix and match artwork together for a very personalized collection. Every day I discover a new artist to love and follow here on Etsy! : )

  • jenniferdavis

    Jennifer Davis from jenniferdavis said 6 years ago

    "...younger artists have more vibrancy to them." :0/

  • eleanorbruce

    Eleanor Bruce from OxfordModernArt said 6 years ago

    really helpful for buyers and sellers alike; there is so much on Etsy that it can be difficult to find what you're really looking for that fits your budget and looks fantastic too!

  • tatianamanley

    Tatiana Manley from VillageChic said 6 years ago

    “Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.” ― Orhan Pamuk,

  • judithbelloriginals

    Judy Bell from judithbelloriginals said 6 years ago

    I loved this article on picking art. Wonderful picks too..............Judy

  • penstoneart

    Sophie Penstone from PenstoneArt said 6 years ago

    Great article and good advice, lovely to see art and original art featured on Etsy.

  • Ladi123

    Gyongyi Ladi from StudioInBudapest said 6 years ago

    Perfectly curated post!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!! Now we need a piece on picking out sculptural art:>)

  • michaelann2

    Michaelann from SayinAndSketchin said 6 years ago

    Lovely, and like one of the other comments above, ACEO's are a fun and affordable way to collect so many of the works and have them either displayed or put in an album for fun. I have all my prints into instant download so anyone can afford them and print them as they wish. Another affordable way to collect art. ♥

  • daymarie6

    Dayna Dyer from SparklyTwig said 6 years ago

    This is so good to know! I work with paper and knit goods, so it's especially helpful to know more about a different craft and how to make it a part of my home.

  • heronkate

    Kate Ladd from PaintingsbyKateLadd said 6 years ago

    How wonderful to see an article about fine art. As another person said, it's hard to sell fine art here among all the jewelry and crafts. I paint on stretched canvasses so there is no need for framing; the edges are painted and the art is ready to hang. Although they can be framed, I have a cousin who collects my work and he always puts a floating frame around them. They look super that way too.

  • burnish

    Rebekah Hemmer from burnish said 6 years ago

    Love!! What great advice and some of my favorite Etsy artists! I'm inspired.

  • ArtBeatriceM

    Beatrice M from ArtBeatriceM said 6 years ago

    Why not have included some funky FUNKY art .....????

  • kzannoart

    Kristine Zanno from kzannoart said 6 years ago

    Hooray for highlighting art on Etsy, original art has been a hard sell here. I'm happier.

  • victoriag06

    Victoria FitzGerald from vfitzartist said 6 years ago

    Yay for an Art lesson! Art is such a great item to look for within Etsy as there are so many talented people!

  • kararane

    Kara Rane from kararane said 6 years ago

    YES to ART!! LOVE to see ECO-Art featured = art reproductions made with vegetable inks, renewable energy, post-consumer recycled paper.... this is a solid commitment and investment in the ethical artist and our EARTH.

  • kazavgallery

    Mark Kazav from KazavGallery said 6 years ago

    Great Value! Great Info!

  • RockyMountainMajesty

    RockyMountainMajesty from RockyMountainMajesty said 6 years ago

    Excellent advice, especially regarding identifying your style. Thanks!

  • ThePaintedGrove

    Britney Jette from ThePaintedGrove said 6 years ago

    She did such a wonderful job!! So many talented artists on here!!

  • VintageBeach

    Cat from VintageBeach said 6 years ago

    Love her work:)

  • VintageBeach

    Cat from VintageBeach said 6 years ago

    I recently found and bought from this artist on Etsy and LOVE the art... So much talent to be discovered right here:)

  • orangedoorvintage

    orangedoorvintage from orangedoorvintage said 6 years ago

    Thank you for featuring art! Buying and reselling vintage art is one of my passions, so I love that we now have an actual category for art. This category is a bargain for Etsy buyers and designers. Love your choices and advice.

  • selgamal

    Sawsan ElGamal said 6 years ago

    Nice and great taste, your advice is excellent to start with. Thank you

  • 7venTen

    Seren from MusingMoonStudios said 6 years ago

    Great article! I really love how artists can make you long for places unknown through a painting or photography.

  • DianaDeluxe

    Diana Deluxe from DianaDeluxe said 6 years ago

    great advice and taste.

  • PaintBoxWearables

    Tempy Osborne from PaintBoxStudios said 6 years ago

    These tips are bang on, and gorgeous walls, I wouldn't mind those in my place!

  • InnaBagaeva

    Inna Bagaeva from Juissip said 6 years ago

    I noticed prints sell so much better thn original art, but from the artist's point of view I feel like original paintings are one of a kind and no one will have another one like it. Great article though! I love that art on Etsy is so popular!

  • susannebianchi

    Susanne Bianchi from ArtiSueBee said 6 years ago

    Great advise and some lovely art. Reminds us we must keep our art fresh and up to date. We must keep our art Interesting and different.

  • nataliemaylouise

    N M from FeatherAndSixpence said 6 years ago

    Great post but not all originals are more expensive than prints, mine aren't but I don't get a look in because people at my price point search for prints :(

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • shirleysvision

    Shirley Mccormick from VisionsInAbstract said 6 years ago

    Great blog about art with some really sound advice. I know that prints are less expensive than originals but as an artist myself I prefer to offer originals at a reasonable cost. I just found this blog and love it and will check it often.

  • birdaday

    Saldi Breton from BIRDADAY said 6 years ago


  • lauraprentice

    Laura Wennstrom from laurawennstrom said 6 years ago

    Collecting art takes time, don't feel like you have to have a whole gallery wall in one weekend. I've been collecting and trading with other artists for years. Often by visiting an artist's studio I find something that I love, that the artist is happy to part with. I am notorious for framing and hanging goofy things on my walls and rotating them frequently. And for the love of God, don't (openly) buy a painting to match your decor. Nothing is more insulting to an artist.

  • DanaGils

    DanaGils from DanaGils said 6 years ago

    Lovely article and photos/styling and art of course!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 6 years ago

    So much wonderful art here ! Great article!

  • byPaisleyblu

    Vicki Miller from VickiMillerArt said 6 years ago

    Big fan of Emily Henderson! Great advice especially the part about pulling out a yardstick or tape measure to help you visualize the size of the artwork you’re ordering.

  • aielloart

    Jeri Aiello from JeriAielloartstore said 6 years ago

    These are good suggestions. Etsy is a great place to find art.

  • takerootdesignstudio

    Take Root from TakeRootDesignStudio said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article and a beautiful collection of art Emily has put together! We love being a part of such an amazing community of artists right here on etsy.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 6 years ago

    Love this post...Nice artwork selected as well....

  • work2gather

    Deborah Martin from work2gather said 6 years ago

    This was a good idea for a blog post... art is hard to buy, also hard to decide what to create! :-) I'm hoping to find the "key" to success in this field! :-) Keep making more of these blogs so I can keep being inspired to challenge myself to rise higher and higher.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 6 years ago


  • hollydecarlo

    holly decarlo said 6 years ago

    Great article. I love fashion illustrations, water color and custom cards, invitations and designer prints found on Etsy!

  • 5erg

    5erg from 5erg said 6 years ago

    To be honest, I love art related posts the most! Thanks for writing this. Coming from experience, most buyers don't seem to read the description at all :) But I agree, if you read it, you are more likely to get the piece that you were looking for

  • artdesignsbyellen

    Ellen Danai from ArtDesignsByEllen said 6 years ago

    I think this is great. Really gives a start point for customers looking for art for their walls. It will help them to mix it up a bit and make it easy for them to buy what they want. As I do original watercolors I always make smaller paintings that can fit most any budget. As you say you can mix it up with prints and all for customer with the smallest budget. Hope to see more blog post like this.

  • smcgeever

    Susie Kate from ArtGallerie said 6 years ago

    Great article, thanks!

  • PatMcWhorter

    Pat McWhorter from PatMcWhorter said 6 years ago

    Happy to see Art highlighted here! Nice trend Etsy!

  • bottlebloomers

    Leanne Stock from ArtePlastique said 6 years ago

    Loved watching Emily win "design star" - wish it was still on, one of my favorite shows ever! Also watch her show in the past. These tips gave me lots if ideas, re tagged some of my artwork as "original artwork" - can't believe I didn't think of it sooner, so obvious. :)

  • giahandmade

    Georgia Bazakou from Giahandmade said 6 years ago

    Χαρούμενα χρώματα, ωραίες ιδέες, ευχάριστο το κατάστημά σας...!!

  • goatpro

    goatpro said 6 years ago

    She may be an expert in art but evidently needs a little review of the English language. It's "hone" in not "home in"!

  • ChunkAtATime

    Fernando Eizaguirre from EizaArt said 6 years ago

    SOOOO very helpful

  • anier87

    reinaliz from CuriousGigi said 6 years ago

    Great inspiring post!

  • bbesigns

    Barb Bronstein from BBesigns said 6 years ago

    Helpful information

  • melidasart

    Melida Swart from MelidasArt said 6 years ago

    Great advise, thanks. As an artist myself like Shirley I prefer to sell my original paintings at affordable price.

  • ArtandAroma

    Nisa from ArtandAroma said 6 years ago

    great post, Thank You.

  • erinhonsa1

    Erin from FeatherAndIndigo said 6 years ago

    Thanks for posting about art, I like to see us getting some recognition :)

  • bea22erh

    Elizabeth from BuffysArtwork said 6 years ago

    Very insightful,thanks for the information,enjoyed reading this

  • alawsmickael

    Allison from BustedHook said 6 years ago

    This was a great post and I love the walls she put together; but what about fiber art wall hangings, stained glass wall hangings, cut paper collage, ceramic mosaics etc. So much left unexplored.

  • ferdi

    Ferdi from ferceramics said 6 years ago

    Great! Thanks!

  • Painting13

    Key Zhou from Handmadeportrait said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! The colour and style should match the room as well!

  • maryjill

    Mary Jill Lemieur from maryjill said 6 years ago

    Thanks for this inspiring article!

  • zedpower

    zedpower said 6 years ago

    Sometimes it is all about unicorns and sweet sticky rainbows! At least it can be for artists. I like some of the pieces that accompany the article.

  • djuner

    Donna Juner from OceanArtisan said 6 years ago

    great article, def inspiring....thanks for the advice

  • TracyFetter

    Tracy Fetter from TracyFetter said 6 years ago

    Great article. Thank you.

  • AtelierCubick

    Petr Kubíček from AtelierCubick said 6 years ago

    Useful information .-)

  • mutatortot

    Charlie McComber from CharlieMcComberArt said 6 years ago

    I've been waiting for years for people to buy stuff from my shop.

  • VintagePatina

    Laura Long from VintagePatina said 5 years ago

    Good info. Thanks for sharing.

  • Keymandesign

    Ceren Keyman Kirbas from Keymandesign said 5 years ago

    Wow! Love the paintings Thanks :)

  • marysworkshop

    Mary Wolf from marysworkshop said 5 years ago

    How nice to see some of the unique and original art available here on Etsy being featured in this interesting article. Love the look of the wall collections!

  • daisyxuchun

    Daisy xuchun from Sexy8baby said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop!

  • ArtofMichaelHutton

    Michael Hutton from ArtofMichaelHutton said 5 years ago

    As a painter, thanks for the info!!

  • jtribblefineart

    Jacqueline from JacquelineTribble said 5 years ago

    Great advice, thanks!

  • andralynn

    Andrea Doss from andralynn said 5 years ago

    Oh, I love this article! As an artist, I definitely feel at home here on Etsy and all the wonderful creative talent that can be found here!

  • LuckSy

    E. J. W from LuckSy said 5 years ago

    I can imagine people finding your article of great help. I am an art collector but have worked as an illustrator since leaving art school as a freelance through an illustrators agent. On my travels I have come across some great art by named artists but sometimes unknown people impossible to research. My profession does not require a formal training and though I did go that route, it appeals to me that anyone with an artistic talent who turns up with a portfolio of good work, can be considered by a client for an assignment just the same, agent or no agent. Art collecting is exactly the same in my opinion. I am fairly new to Etsy but love looking around at the diverse range of items for sale and am inspired by the equally passionate people who make up it's community! My passion is art and vintage leather and my shop consists mainly of items of that nature. I choose named artist work alongside unknown pieces of equal validity and merit but so far I am not convinced Etsy is the correct platform for selling vintage art though I am determined to keep adding to my listings and comment on each piece as the feedback from a non buying public is so encouraging. I pay a fair price for even unsigned work as I think it would be insulting not to! Please keep up the good work! Best Wishes, Happy New Year, E.J.W.

  • canvasbutterfly

    Colette Lorimer from Canvasbutterfly said 5 years ago

    Great article. Lots of info. I am enjoying creating and try and bring something new each season. Love Etsy my nicest discovery.

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios said 5 years ago

    This is great advice and good for other artists to read as well! Thank you:)

  • marysworkshop

    Mary Wolf from marysworkshop said 5 years ago

    Thanks for these great tips on choosing art for your home. My own simple advice is to only buy what you love and have an emotional response to, otherwise you'll soon grow tired of that art you purchased to match your sofa!

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 5 years ago

    Great ideas for organizing an art collection and so nice to see Etsy artists work featured :)

  • smeym123

    Megan Smey from PaintingMeg said 5 years ago

    Awesome advice. For so long people have believed that stellar fine art is completely and systematically out of reach for an average person's budget. Etsy is a great resource for people who want to find art that suits their home or style and begin a collection.

  • juanpenalvermadrid

    Juan from artiBOOM said 5 years ago

    Thanks for this gorgeus piece of advice! This article is one of the reasons why I like Etsy so much! And yes! Art is a great investment in every sense... wether you produce it or buy it! Art makes life even more exciting! ;))

  • krsexton13

    K.R. Sexton from krsextonart said 5 years ago

    Goals: Be a featured artist like the ones in this post. Reading this has helped me (as an artist) visualize what goes on in the mind of a buyer. Thank you!

  • jenny1480

    Jennifer McWeeney from Justcrafty1480 said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the wonderful advice

  • reneeanne

    Renée Anne from reneeanne said 5 years ago

    Love, love, love Emily Henderson!!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • RandMhandmade

    Renee from RandMhandmade said 5 years ago

    Love this!!

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 5 years ago


  • brunomariart

    Bruno Mari from BrunoMariArt said 5 years ago

    Stunning! Lovely works

  • aviantijewelry

    Avianti Jewelry from AviantiJewelry said 5 years ago

    These are terrific!

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 5 years ago

    I agree that a simple frame is very useful. Thanks for sharing.

  • rellyh

    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 5 years ago

    The wall art gallery looks beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for the special feature.

  • littleliagraphic

    little Lia from LittleLiaGraphic said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the great advice! the arts look very lovely

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 5 years ago

    lovely diversity....beautiful lists!! TFS!!

  • danielamaldarizzicas

    Daniela Maldarizzi Casalino from dadavinylsanddesigns said 5 years ago

    Nice post. Thank you for sharing!

  • inespargana

    Inês Pargana from bellysketcher said 5 years ago

    great article... beautiful pieces! maybe we can see another with no more than custom art, isn't that a great great ideia ;)! thanks!

  • PanchromaticaDesigns

    Ian Bertram from PanchromaticaDesigns said 5 years ago

    It is nice to see Etsy recognising the great artists here. However this article yet again mixes up reproduction prints with the original prints available here. As a simple rule of thumb - if it is described as giclee, or a print from a watercolour or acrylic then it is a reproduction - it is a copy of a work in one medium into another. That doesn't make them wrong - it is just a factual description and sadly not all sellers are as clear as they might be. An original print, despite the apparent non sequitur, is a multiple originals. My own work is usually collagraph or drypoint. I make no more than 5 or 10 prints from each plate and because they are hand made each shows slight variation. Just look up printmaking on wikipedia or any reputable art site for more information.

  • MOMOMacrina

    Macrina from Homesunshine said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing.

  • corinnegegot

    corinne gegot from GegotPaintings said 5 years ago

    Very interresting !

  • PapillonItaliano

    Papillon Italiano from PapillonItaliano said 5 years ago

    Nice shop and amazing colours!

  • PapillonItaliano

    Papillon Italiano from PapillonItaliano said 5 years ago

    *Nice Post

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for posting about purchasing fine art. I try to have listings that will fit in just about anyones budget. I have notecards, prints,small paintings and larger more expensive paintings. I have seen so many wonderful artists here on Etsy! I think if a person is looking for high dollar art or more affordable art, Etsy is a great place to find wonderful art for home or office. Here you can see paintings sold and reviews. I believe that can give a customer/client a little more confidence in terms of trusting the shop owner/artist with a guarantee they will be treated right!

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 5 years ago

    Very entering and useful information! Thank for sharing.

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 5 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • reyahawk

    reyahawk from reyahawk said 5 years ago

    Very interesting read! Thank you for sharing this!

  • ElizabethNietz

    Elizabeth Nietz Nielsen from NielsenDenmark said 5 years ago

    As a painter,I am new on Etsy,and have to learn by experience -- I listen. Thanks very much for the advice.

  • ArtBarn

    Katy Allgeyer from ArtBarn said 5 years ago

    The more we artists can educate the public on why fine art is worth buying, why originals cost more than printed reproductions, and how the process of making art adds value to the work...well thank you for doing all this and more!

  • EarthsTrove

    Not Made In China Finds from NotMadeInChinaFinds said 5 years ago

    awesome pieces I have a few walls that these would look great on!

  • artbycarrie10

    Carrie Paquette from Artbycarriepaquette said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the info! As an artist, I am listening

  • teestrend

    teestrend from Trend2Tees said 5 years ago

    Keep up the good work, nice!

  • barismil

    Tahir Ismail from Barismil said 5 years ago

    great post, love the colors, very soothing

  • rakeshbunkar

    rakesh bunkar from GEMSTONEJEWELRY2016 said 5 years ago

    love it

  • hseada

    heba seada from HebaSeadaArt said 5 years ago

    Great Article and nice info. Thanks :)

  • caityalicefraser

    Caitlin Fraser from RabbitRunJewellery said 5 years ago

    This is perfect!

  • KataKiosK

    Kata from KataKiosK said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • carefullycrafted4u

    Seema Khan from carefullycrafted4u said 5 years ago

    Great information!! new to etsy!!!

  • ttcreative1

    Jo Laverick from JothsShop said 5 years ago

    Being new to Etsy - just finding my feet - only been on a couple of days. Love the article ... looking foward to writing a few myself. Best wishes Jo

  • bludauart

    Janet Bludau from JanetBludau said 5 years ago

    Great info. Appreciated the search word info.

  • deniseelliottjones
  • melaniebikowski

    Melanie Bikowski from MelBikowskiart said 5 years ago

    This is great advice! As an artist myself that sells artwork on Etsy, I can only hope that people come to my shop because they love art! And there is so much great art on Etsy to find :)

  • ninedragons

    Elizabeth England from ninedragons said 5 years ago

    Absolutely loving Emily's practical tips. Etsy has been my little secret for buying photography and art for years...guess it's not so secret now. I'd add one more tip: buy from your heart. I've never regretted an art purchase if it really spoke to me. If I discover a new piece and I keep thinking about it, coming back to look at it again and again. I know I'd better make it my own.

  • amygstephen

    Amy Stephen from MyDoveArtandDesign said 5 years ago

    What a great post and I adore Emily Henderson's vibe.

  • hillak16

    hillak16 said 5 years ago

    Awesome advice

  • zedpaula

    Paula Zed from ZedShed said 5 years ago

    With regard to buying 'prints' ... perhaps make people aware of the difference between buying giclee prints which are merely reproductions of original works of art, and actual fine art prints? A large number of giclee prints are marketed in a way that is likely to convince less sophisticated buyers that they're purchasing original works of art! Giclee prints are basically made on a machine, in the same way as decorative mass-market prints and posters are produced ... whereas fine art prints are created by a process which requires artistic skill (woodcut, linocut, etching, engrving, screenprinting, etc).

  • infinitlit

    Flair Nouri from FlairPaintings said 5 years ago

    Thank you for all the information and beautiful arts!!!

  • ElizabethNietz

    Elizabeth Nietz Nielsen from NielsenDenmark said 5 years ago

    Great article, I just wonder where the big painting is ?

  • jaysenbabs

    Jaye Babs from DesignersForeverShop said 5 years ago

    Great Article! Check my Shop out!

  • AntoinetteMM

    Antoinette M from HelloUwall said 4 years ago

    Good advice, Emily. Thank you. Search words are difficult to think up for one’s search and even more difficult for the artist to limit their art to. It seems best to start off in generic search words than to start off with specifics first. In your example, “prints” “posters” “original” etc. If one is specific, they lose the chance of seeing something new or an alternate whether it’s less or more appealing. Once the generic terms are out of the way, then go for specifics. I will say this, colors are rarely the choice of the artists search words since, one, usually the art is colorful and the artist has better terms to describe the art than a single color. Two, the art could be lyrical, poetic, musical, dance, emotionally expressive. When riffling through to the images you like, go to the bottom of the items page and see the search terms. There you will have related search terms to find the genre you like. Just my opinion:)

  • bonnielecat

    Bonnie Lecat from bonnielecat said 4 years ago

    Such a wonderful and diverse selection of artwork can be found on Etsy! I'm excited and proud to sell my paintings, prints, and gifts alongside a great group of other Etsy artists:)

  • margied333

    MARGIE DAVIS said 4 years ago

    I wish I knew where to turn. No one has any idea about the vintage artpiece I found in my deceased brother's attic. There is no artist signature. I have looked at every vintage print site, poster site, Antique Roadshow, and no one can help. It's very old, almost 100 yrs since it's a bejeweled flapper gazing at the moonlit sky by the reflective pool in front of the Taj Mahal. It's gorgeous and the colors are soft blues. If I could post a photo I would. Does anyone know how I can find out the artist of this piece?

  • gloriadoby

    Gloria Doby from Gloriashopcreations said 4 years ago

    Nice to know great advice in your article Emily, Thanks!

  • nicolefearfield

    Nicole Fearfield from Artwillmakeyouhappy said 4 years ago

    Lovely article - there is an abundance of great art on Etsy

  • dynastyteam

    Suzi Nassif said 4 years ago

    Well written Master piece related to buying paintings. I'm lucky to find your website. Being a art lover and painter it was a great time to read this article.

  • OliviaEwing

    Olivia Ewing Obercian from OliviaEwingJewelry said 4 years ago

    I love your selections! I wall looks beautiful :)

  • KimKatBags

    Kimberly M. Chapman from KimKatDesign said 4 years ago

    I have a very eclectic mix of art on my walls, some original from friends and family, family photos, black and white photos of blues musicians, various sizes and shapes of mirrors, metal and wood carved pieces and even all my hats hung up my staircase. I do have some prints and cards framed that I bought on Etsy. I'm getting to the point where I'm running out of wall space ; )

  • kobphongkasetkarn

    Kob Phongkasetkarn from APIKOOL said 4 years ago

    🌺🍀🌺Great Advice.!! I love all the Art work at Etsy .! Beautiful!!! Give me inspiration!! 🌺🍀🌺

  • PrairiePrimitives

    Tana Taylor from PrairiePrimitives said 2 years ago

    "Art" encompasses SOOOO much more than paintings, prints, and other things which hang on walls.

  • l45ay94y

    Harrison from MoiraPrintCo said 2 years ago

    Great advice, love the works selected!

  • brightonoriginals

    Donna Raftery from BrightonOriginals said 1 year ago

    excellent post - great variety of work too! thanks xx

  • eldlom42

    Isabella from ohmydesignsbyMaria said 1 year ago

    Nice article!!

  • johannagranados

    Johanna from JoGranadosMosaics said 363 days ago

    I am so happy to see Etsy promoting art and artists. Etsy definetly should become number one web site in the mind of those looking for Original and One of a kind art 🎨 🖼

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