I love art cards and prints, and I think they make such a great gift idea too! Little cards are perfect stocking stuffers, and larger or framed prints make perfect one of a kind presents – even for that hard to buy for person in your life! A bonus is that you can support a local or small business too!
There are SO many wonderful local artists and places to find prints …here are just a few to get you started!
Amy is well known locally for her awesome tattoo art and you will probably recognize her illustrations as the Very Vintage Day Out logo each year! She has some beautiful colorful prints of sassy pinups and princesses as well as the cutest Christmas cards you ever will see … and at some special prices for Christmas too! Perfect for the pinup or Disney lover in your life!
Shop here ♥
Odd One Out NZ
♥ Shop here ♥
Endemic World: Art prints and graphics curated in NZ
This is a great site with a big range of art prints and originals and many different styles – from graphic to Kiwiana to animals! There is definitely something for everyone here!
Shop here ♥Flamingo art print by local artist Olivia Bezett – available on Endemic World $20
I came across local artist Micheal Kennedy at a market recently and loved his work … Creepy-cute critters, monsters, zombie vegetables – definitely something different!
Shop here ♥
A few more to check out…
Deisel and Her Bone
Miss Lily Kate
Turn your art print gift into something really special by framing it! You could get really fancy and have it professionally framed … or you could go the budget friendly option by framing it yourself!
Frames of all shapes and sizes can be found at the stores like the Warehouse and Briscoes, and often on sale too. Some come with mats for a professional look, just check your print size carefully!
I also like to use pretty coloured or patterned paper as a background to complement the print, depending on what it is 🙂 If you are crafty, painting or adding embellishment to the frame can be fun … just don’t drink too much wine and get over enthusiastic or it might come out looking like a kids craft project … not speaking from personal experience or anything …
If you are looking for something really unique or specific, go DIY!
Search Etsy for digital prints and you’ll be sure to find almost anything under the sun 🙂 Print your digital file (you can download almost instantly after purchase) from a quality home printer, use the printing service at Warehouse Stationary or have it professionally printed on art paper at Endemic World.
OR if you really want to go DIY… have a go making your own digital art! Even a complete non artist who doesn’t know a scrap about fancy software such a Photoshop or Illustrator such as myself can do this, if you have a bit of time, creativity and patience … and something relatively simple to create – such as some custom text or a pretty design.
Draw is some free software that is part of the Open Office suite and is similar to Publisher – perfect for creating simple projects. There are loads of amazing free fonts available on the internet, and you can also find digital design components, clip art and stock photos specifically for this purpose, for very little coin. Etsy is also a good source for this!