Calendars as a Source of Inexpensive Art

During the school year, I spend several hours a week working on house projects but during the summer, the speed with which I get house projects done shifts to a slow crawl. There’s good reason – my girls are growing up fast and I don’t want their summer memories to be of mom wielding a paint brush. I want their memories to be of fun times at the pool, backyard BBQs with friends and family, trips to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt with tons of goodies loaded on top, fun family vacations, etc. So I spend my days off of work in the summer doing all of those fun things (as well as barking at my girls to clean their rooms and stop fighting with each other – just keeping it real here…). So that is the long winded explanation as to why I’m STILL working on revamping the small breakfast area in our kitchen.  My next step in the project is to find some art for the wall space above my kitchen bench seat. I’ve envisioned a grouping of six same-sized prints, all identically framed and matted.  It is a look that I love:

{Emily A. Clark}

{Dimples & Tangles}

{Diane Bergeron Interiors}
{dear lillie}

{Layla Grace}

{Porter Design Company}

It can be a challenge to find six prints that coordinate well with one another and aren’t too expensive.  My original plan was to use six burlap art prints but I ended up falling in love with a burlap print that is personalized with my family’s name and it looks perfect hung in our foyer (I’ll have to share a pic on a future post!). Since the wall on which my framed burlap print is hung adjoins my bench seat wall, I feel like I need to do something different above the bench now. I’ve been thinking about finding a calendar that has a neat illustration each month and using those illustrations as my art – it’s both easy (because the prints all coordinate with one another) and cheap! I haven’t had time this summer to do much searching for a calendar, but while looking around online at Anthropologie a few days ago, I found some great 2013 calendars with illustrations that would be perfect for framing as art! There are several to choose from, three of which are by Cavallini & Co. including a Vintage Maps calendar,

an Entomology calendar:

and a Vintage Travel calendar:

There’s also  A Year in The Treetops calendar by Rebecca Rebouche that is filled with whimsical images that are perfect for framing:

The calendars range in price from about $20-$22 so if I selected six of the twelve images to use as framed art, it comes out to less than $4 per print.  I would place them in inexpensive RIBBA frames from IKEA

and end up with a grouping of framed and matted prints for less than $20 each – you can’t beat that!  Have you ever used a calendar as a source for art prints? Which Anthropologie calendar is your favorite??

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