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20×200: Art for everyone.

{ Blog Swapping Series, Part 3: My bestie over at Girly Obsessions and I have decided to start swapping blogs every couple weeks. She will be bringing you her hostessing skills and we’ll be discussing our obsessions. Check out my post, where I tell you all about my obsession with skincare… moisturizer to be specific. }

Being a graphic designer, spending money on art is always a conflicting decision. On one hand, I know some of the things I buy I could easily make. Although “easily” is a relative term, as it requires me actually getting motivated enough to make something. Sometimes I get inspired, especially after watching David Bromstad whip up a painting on Color Splash (he’s like the Federer of painting, he makes it look so easy), go buy materials, and 4 years later, they are still unused in my basement. On the other hand, I totally support other artists, and have no problem spending money on a great piece. But knowing I could make some of the art that I buy, I don’t really want spend a lot of money. Especially because trends and tastes change, and I may fall out of love with something that I once HAD TO HAVE.

That being said, I have two go-to sites for purchasing art. One is Etsy, which is a great resource for all kinds of art, from paintings and photos to jewelry and antiques. But, if you’re specifically looking for wall art, 20×200 is a great resource! Their formula is simple: (limited editions × low prices) + the internet = art for everyone.

What I love about this site, which launched in 2007, is their two core goals. They want everyone to collect art, and they want to enable an economy that allows more artists to make a living by making work. And, they wanted something as awesome as collecting art to be fun. New, limited edition art is released every week, and each piece comes with an artist-signed and numbered certificate. This site is definitely for impulsive buyers (like this girl), because once the art is sold out, it’s gone for good. But, with prices starting at only $24, you really can’t go wrong!

To make it even better, you can shop by category, color, prize and size. Plus the Gifts tab breaks down the art by recipient, and you can choose from categories such as Geeks, City Slickers, Foodies, Word Nerds, Shiny Happy People, etc. Serious art love!!

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