Affordable art: Art calendars

Art is a key element in giving your home personality, yet finding beautiful art for your walls that doesn’t cost a small fortune can be tricky, so I thought I’d run a series on this blog on how to source affordable art. As it’s the start of the year, let’s start with art calendars, and I don’t mean the cheaply made glossy paper versions you find at your local stationer’s.

A few years ago, I bought a large calendar published by Taschen featuring Edward Lear’s parrots. I was blown away by the quality of the Italian art paper and vibrancy of the prints. The calendar cost me £9.99 from HomeSense and for that price, I got 12 great sized prints of stunning birds.  I’d have been happy to pay that price for one print, let alone twelve!

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Gorgeous large prints from Taschen’s 2012 wall calendar featuring Edward Lear’s parrots

I know Taschen have also produced large wall calendars featuring the works of Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo and Vilmorin’s Vegetable Garden (very popular on Etsy!), although I don’t know what they’ve published for 2017. If you google “Taschen large wall calendar” and come across one with art you like at a good price, I’d suggest you add it to your basket pronto because they’re very hard to come by! It’s also worth checking out your nearest HomeSense for arty treasures.

Rifle Paper Co. are also known for producing gorgeous arty wall calendars that are perfect for framing. The gallery below is created from their 2015 Travel The World calendar.

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Wanderlust gallery in a girl’s room created with Rifle Paper Co.’s 2015 wall calendar by The Creativity Exchange

Unsurprisingly, the Rifle Paper Co.’s 2017 Bon Voyage calendar, featuring illustrations of cities, seems to already have sold out at all the UK stockists but if you like it, you can still order it from their website.

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Rifle Paper Co. 2017 Bon Voyage Calendar

A recent discovery for me is Juniqe whose 2017 calendars are so good! If you’ve browsed Pinterest or Instagram for any length of time, you’ll surely recognise the work of Ruben Ireland


Images: 1 – @mavendolls on Instagram via Inside Out magazine, 2 – @michele.lauren on Instagram, 3 – INT2 Architecture via Desire to Inspire, 4 – Norsu Interiors, 5 – @irina_khrist on Instagram, 6 – Homes to Love

So what would you say to twelve Ruben Ireland prints for just a few quid each? Yup, you guessed it, a calendar with Ruben Ireland prints perfect for framing! Juniqe have this calendar in 2 great sizes so take your pick.

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Ruben Ireland 2017 calendar by Juniqe

That’s not all. Juniqe have several more to choose from, one of my favourites being the Leigh Viner calendar –

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Leigh Viner 2017 calendar by Juniqe

If you haven’t already hopped over to Juniqe, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!* Go check out all their other gorgeous calendars and arty things.

Do you know of any other brands producing gorgeous arty calendars?

*This is not a sponsored post 🙂


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19 thoughts on “Affordable art: Art calendars

  1. Oh my goodness, these calendars ARE AMAZING. I’ve never had a clue where to find gorgeous calendars and this post is just a treasure trove of fab finds. That Leigh Viner one – !!!!!! Okay, I think I may need that in my life. Last year, I had a ‘Pets of Instagram’ daily calendar (gifted to me by someone who’d received it as a featured account and knew I’d love it’s daily furry friend which of course I did) and as it’s all done now I’ve been wondering what to replace it with. Thanks so much for the suggestions, definitely checking all of these out! (Oh and Happy New Year!) xxx

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  2. Fantastic post darling! I love this so much! I was lucky enough to pick up the rifle paper bin voyage calendar in New York and I can’t wait to use them in frames at the end of the year! Very tempted by the other finds too! X

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    • That’s brilliant you bought the Rifle Paper Co calendar, the illustrations are gorgeous! Glad you also found this post useful, I’m tempted by so many of Juniqe’s calendars too! x

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  3. Thanks so much for the info Meera. The Juniqe site is a total treasure trove of goodies! I was going to ask about the sizing as I’ve been stung before by bagging a ‘bargain’ print only to have to shell out wads on a non stardard frame. Keep us updated if you treat yourself! xx

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  4. Great post Meera, and thank you for the tip for bespoke frames too! I often frame a cheap poster or card with a ‘proper’ frame as it makes it look so much more than it is! x

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