How to start an art collection: A novice’s guide

Art, Design / Typography

So, you like art. Maybe you go to some museums, you read some blogs, you follow some interesting people on Instagram. Maybe you read some books. But where and how do you go about hanging art on your walls? Actual art, not just something printed off sneakily at work from Pinterest, or an ikea postcard of something pretty (guilty on both accounts).

Well, after having a chat with online art platform Invaluable, I started to think a bit more about this. How would I, as an artist, go about creating an art collection? What tips would I give? Where would I begin?

So here you go, my tips on starting an art collection.

1. Firstly, what do we class as art?

Not meaning to get deep on the first subject, but it had to come first really. I have tonnes of shit on my wall – flyers from gigs, coffee shop loyalty cards, stickers from a tattoo shop. These, in my opinion are all art – despite their purpose. To get technical, Art is defined as,

“The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

So my first tip would be to collect things that you like. Don’t think that just because someone gave it to you on the street, you can’t frame it and class it as art.

2. Find artists you like

And buy from them directly. I am inspired by a lot of self made artists that I find and follow through Instagram. Many of them work for brands and businesses to make their bread and butter, but they also have a blog, or an online shop where you can buy their original prints. Buying from them directly means that the money goes to them, and it’s a personable, lovely transaction. Plus, you get to keep something really special by an artist you’ve coveted for a while.

Here’s a couple of artists that I am feeling inspired by recently… (you can see the theme of beautiful portraits of ladies, right?)


Image sourced from @andsmilestudio Instagram 

Ella Masters

Image sourced from @_ellamasters_ Instagram 

Laura Bernard

Image sourced from @laurabernard_illustration Instagram 

Emma Block 

Image sourced from @emmablockillustraion Instagram 

The Ink Draw

Image sourced from @theinkdraw Instagram 

3. Antique shops & craft fairs

Browsing antique shops, vintage warehouses and craft fairs are some of my favourite past times. You never know what you’re going to find – and if you go in with an open mind then you never know what is going to catch your eye either. Never mind bagging a bargain, these pieces have more character than you can shake a stick at.

4. The Internet

Now we’re down to the nitty gritty – buying art online. Where, it must be said a lot of people probably begin. You can start small with something like Etsy, or go big with a place like Invaluable. Are you looking for big bucks, famous art – or something personalised, or to shop local? Whatever you want, there is 100% a website for that.

5. Make your own

Get some crayons, paint, paper, felt – whatever tickles your fancy, and carve some time out to be creative. It doesn’t matter if you ‘can’t draw’. Art can be anything your heart so desires (refer to point 2). And isn’t it great to hang your own masterpiece on the wall?

There you go – I hope this inspired you to go out and find some art, build on your current collection… or start one. Art is good for the soul.

Illustrations and friends


Hola from Chile! We’ve been travelling for two months now through South America, and you can follow those updates at !

Anyhow, before I left I gave myself a project of making postcards for my friends, with illustrations of us on them as a kind of farewell project. I loved doing each and every one! I’ve always loved art and my New Years resolution this year (even though I don’t like them all that much) is to do more art, instead of just liking to look at it.

So here’s a few of the illustrations of myself and my lovely friends…


perfect hair illustration

A little bit of drawing


Hello blog it’s been a long old time.

Lots has been changing in my life! I quit my job to travel the world for a bit. I leave in November to wander around South & Central America for 6 months before heading to Australia to find a job! The closer it gets, the more nervous I am. However the restlessness in my mind won’t go away and now really is the time to explore the world!

Also, I have been training to run the Robin Hood half marathon at the end of September, and whilst doing this I have suffered a fracture in my ankle from running too much. I’ve never broken a bone in my body and it would just be that by trying to make my body better, I’ve made it worse! So I’m on crutches for a couple of weeks.

So because I’ve had to be off my feet, I’ve found more time to do some drawing which I love! Here’s a couple of examples.

Self portrait

Emmy self portrait with flower crown

Happy dog

happy dog illustration

Perfect hair

perfect hair illustration

Just because

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