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Art Collecting Beginner Guide

Aug 28, 2008
Art collection is a very stimulating and inspiring hobby for a lot of people. It isn't just for the rich and famous, it is for regular everyday people, and it is for the people just like you and me.

Since art's definition can greatly vary from one person to another, so there are various forms of art you can choose from. However, the things I learn is that it doesn't really matter whatever the form is; you're the one to make the call on the pieces that attract you, and you are the one to decide the amount of money you are willing to spend for such pieces.

On the other day, I had a good chat with my long time friend Alice towards to the art collecting. She is in the art business, because she always on the road, so we hardly get time to meet up with each other. After so long, finally we had a great catch up.

She taught me many new things towards to the art collecting. I decided to share those insight information with you. If you just like me, a person that interested in the art collecting, I hope you find this information helpful.

Alice told me, in the art world, some people may look down on others due to their different tastes in picking out art. Example, there are those people who only buy original works and would never even consider buying prints.

However, she said, if you are a new art collector and just starting collect art, you should take notes. At the beginning, you may feel little bit boring by doing it, but after a while, you will find yourself enjoy doing it. Then you will find originals are not really that necessary to buy, especially if they're way out of your budget.

When I asked her about buying prints, she told me, there is nothing wrong with buying prints. In fact, these are one superb way to have framed art to put on your wall, it just like how an original would look, but at a way lower price. Compare with the original work, the difference is that you would not be having the same texture as to the original work; originals usually show dimension and texture, while prints won't.

In fact, a lot of art collectors have art prints by different artists, which were bought inexpensively from the Internet, galleries and art fairs. The amazing thing is some of these pieces still look tasteful and classy instead of cheap looking.

Come to the frame up, she told me, once you spot an original or print that you like, you have the option to frame it by yourself or to get somebody else do it for you. Generally, you can find frames in a vast price range, starting from cheaper metal frames to ornate, but hand carved wooden frames is expensive, some of them can cost you a fortune.

With regards to using mats, she told me that it is another way of framing your picture inside its frame, you can use of papers or illustration boards; but the thing to remember here is that such method could detract your print. So her advice is that if you don't know how to frame by yourself, you should get your piece over to people who know how to do it, during the process, you can observe how they'd offer you different mats and frame styles.

In regarding to picking out the mat to use, she said to me, you should take your time and deliberates on it carefully since the mat and frame color combination can have a great effect on how well or bad your artwork would look. You should also consider how the frame would fit-in in whatever place you'll put it, like your home or your office.

If you want a clean and contemporary look, Alice recommended that to use the Nielsen brushed metal frames, it is not expensive and it has an elegant looking too. These usually come in different colors. Well, it's safe to go for black or bronze. No matter whatever the color you choose to use, as long as it matches with your home decor, then it should be good.

If you are a wood type of person, you can get wooden frames that are naturally stained. When it comes to wooden frames, cherry and mahogany are the most preferred choice since their deep and reddish color can bring an elegant look to any artwork.

Time pass very fast, our two hours friends catch up meeting is over. No matter what, I hope you enjoy read this above and I hope you learn something from it.
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