Cheat Sheet to Inexpensive Art

Gallery Wall

I love art, you love art. Adding it to any living or work space immediately adds personality, color and brightness.  A wall of art  can be especially helpful at minimizing unsightly but necessary objects such as a thermostat or TV.  

Purchasing multiple prints or posters  along with frames and picture mats can quickly add up in cost, especially if your goal is to create a gallery wall. 

Here are some tips to build up a collection of pieces for that wall while you search for that memorable piece. 

I love to use framed pages from large photo/art books, especially from artists whose prints I can't actually afford.  Large photo/art books are a great place to source inexpensive wall art, especially if you're looking to create a gallery wall since the images from one book will be naturally cohesive and consistent. Below is a short tutorial.


Wall Art Supplies



1. Your favorite photo/art books

2. Precut photo mat

3. Ruler

4. Scissors

5. Photo tape

6. Utility knife

7. Frame




1. Choose your favorite image from your photo/art book.

2. Hold the ruler close to the binding of the book, and use the utility knife along the edge of the ruler to ensure a clean and straight line.  Make to sure protect your work surface by placing something under your book.  If you plan to preserve the other pages of the book, consider inserting a cardboard sheet below the page you are removing.

3. Remove the page from the book and use photo tape to adhere it to the photo mat. 

4. Install the mat with the attached book and insert into frame. 

5. Hang your new wall art! 

Wall Art gif


Some other sources of inexpensive art: high quality wrapping paper, vintage postcards, book covers, even cocktail napkins! See below. 

Wall Art Formula