Art prints – a unique and budget friendly gift!

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 Trouble

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

Cute and quirky cards, prints and patches
How perfect are these A5 prints for the hobbyist or crafter in your life?? I definitely need the Junk Store Addict one!

I also love this pretty but fierce knuckle tattoo card which you can purchase blank or with customized letters!

♥ 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

Malangeo’s Monsters

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
Flox
Society6
Red Bubble

Frame it!

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 …

DIY Print

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!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Love LL

All I want for Christmas is …. A NZ Pinup wishlist

Ok so this isn’t my REAL wishlist … because in our family we have decided in the last few years to keep gift giving to handmade and small gifts under $20!

But I love pretty things (and making lists!) so this is my wishful Christmas wishlist!
All festive themed and available from New Zealand businesses! I hope you can find some inspiring ideas for your own Christmas shopping … and wishing ♥

  1. BESAME COSMETICS Victory Red Lipstick and Pin Special Edition 2016

    $65 from 19 Black – shop hereBesame Victory Red

  2. Retrospec’d Dyann Flower Pot dress

    I think this may just be the perfect summer Christmas dress!
    $220 from Kabella Baby – shop here 
    Dyann Flower Pot dress

  3. Trio Soy Candle in Summer or Mistletoe

    Locally based in Matakana, these are my favourite candles. The scents are utterly divine and long lasting and I find these even nicer than many more expensive luxury brands.
    I love this large one packaged in a vintage water glass, which you can wash out and re-use – $24 shop heregreen_tumbler_vintage2

  4. What Katie Did contrast seamed stockings in Red or Green

    Oh La La! I adore seamed stockings and these are just so fun and festive in red and green!
    $30 a pair from Rita Sue Clothing – shop hereseamed-stockings-green-glamour-ct_2_large_6288b3e4-339d-43ca-9be7-7c7225093f7a_1024x1024redstock_1024x1024

  5.  Woody Ellen Retro Handbag in Paris

    The whole range of these gorgeous bags in AMAZING, but I particularly love the red, white and pink of the Paris collection!
    $145 from Moxie Mama – shop here
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  6. Unicorn Petticoat

    SO floofy and colorful! Now if only this existed in bright rainbow colours… but a pastel rainbow is pretty freakin’ awesome!
    $109 from Two Lippy Ladies – shop here

    Unicorn Petticoat

  7. BAIT Robbie Red Starlet Heels

    I’ve always wanted a pair of red sparkly heels! I love the vintage look and the nice low heel of these!
    $160 from 19 Black – shop here
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  8. Honey Lamour Princess blouse in Red

    Perfect for your holiday ensemble and a beautiful wardrobe basic all year round!
    $95 from Honey Lamour – shop here
    Honey Lamour princess blouse

  9. Red Mistletoe Hair flower
    Photographer and fashion blogger Katherine of The Wardrobe blog also sells on Etsy some of the beautiful handmade hair pieces she features in her posts! The delicate detail of this one is so lovely… I would wear it all year round!
    $65 from Shop the Wardrobe – shop here
    Red Mistletoe hair flower
  10. The Foodbank Project Christmas Bundles

    All of us know Christmas is a time that really stretches the budget … and for many kiwis there is sadly no budget at all. The Foodbank Project is an easy peasy way to help those in need this festive season – just add a bundle or individual most needed items to your donation “cart” – it’s as simple as online shopping!
    I really like that they have included a Feminine Hygiene bundle  – an often overlooked aspect of being in need that no woman should have to suffer!The Foodbank ProjectFeminine Hygiene Bundle $15 – shop here
    Small Christmas Bundle $29.94 – shop here
    Medium Christmas Bundle $60.02 – shop here

     

I hope you enjoyed my little list … wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
Love Lorelei Louise xx