When many of us think of posters we don’t think of fine art posters. We think of pop stars and movie posters that we might’ve put on our walls as a child. Or we think of the movie posters that we enjoy even as adults. But fine art posters are a fun and affordable way to enjoy great artwork in your home.
Fine art posters are great for people who have a favorite artist whose work is far too expensive to purchase. Let’s face it–not all of us can afford an original Matisse, Van Gogh or Mondrian. So art fans who appreciate classical art and want to display it in their homes can purchase posters of it. They can also purchase reproductions on canvas that are often called posters but are more expensive than reproductions on paper.
The posters are a good option for people on a very limited budget. While reproduction on canvas of a classic work of art could cost a few thousand dollars, a fine art poster unframed will probably cost anywhere from $20-$100 though it could be more if it’s a very large poster. With the frame such a poster could cost a few hundred dollars or more.
An even more budget option than purchasing a large poster and framing it is purchasing the reproduction in a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 sizing using a standard picture frame. This doesn’t give nearly the impact that fine art posters can but it’s affordable and if you really enjoy the art and can’t afford a larger reproduction you can at least still enjoy it in your home.
New artwork is typically not available in this format but at places like art.com you can find posters of classic art that’s everything from abstracts to detailed scenes from the Romantic period and the Renaissance. It’s an affordable way to enjoy your favorite artwork every day.
If you want to design your own T-shirts, you may be hoping that you can profit from them. If not, and you’re just designing them for yourself, family or friends, then you really have fewer worries than the person trying to make a business of T-shirt design. You can get some inexpensive silkscreen equipment and make them yourself or you can just make the design and take it to a print shop.
If you plan to design your own T-shirts to sell, then you have quite a few steps ahead of you as it might be disappointing in the end if you don’t do your homework. First, do you know there’s actually a market for them? If only one or two people thought your idea was great, are you sure that other people are going to like it enough to buy a T-shirt? Do some research, ask around and spend a lot of time online looking at T-shirt shops that support a variety of designs. While there’s always room for one more, where will your product fit in?
How are you going to market them once you make them? Or how are you going to market it once you finalize the design? There are websites online where you can upload your design and have it printed on a variety of things from T-shirts to mugs to mouse pads. You can sell the products through those stores–they print them and mail them, and you get paid. That’s a good option for someone with limited budget.
Another important thing to consider if you want to design your own T-shirts is how much to charge. If you go through one of the stores that’s set up to print your items and sell them for you while paying you a percentage, the prices are pretty much set. If you’re going to be selling them locally or in your own store online or even in places like eBay, consider how much people are willing to pay for them. Why would they buy yours when they can buy a plain one or a mass-produced one for a certain price? Make your prices competitive but high enough that you’ll still make a profit.