Minted Art Prints

Many moons ago, I won a blog giveaway and won a gift code to Minted! (I wish knew from which blogger though, sorry!) Minted is a great website that sells art prints (framed or unframed), as well as customized stationery. Well now I’m running out of time to use my code and need help deciding what print to buy!

Most of my apartment has art on the walls, with the exception of my room. I have a lot of wall space, and a small photo gallery. The color scheme? Blues, pinks and greens, tied together with silver frames. (I bought all of these frames at the dollar store and then spray painted them — I am not a gold foil type of a girl. My prints are a mix of postcards, greeting cards, a flower print from Etsy and a print from Pretty Smitten I won from another blog in like 2013.)

So I would love a print that complimented my gallery wall (which I hope grows!), but isn’t super match-y either. As for the rest of my room, it’s pretty neutral colored (because it’s 2017) with the exception of these purple pillows Arya loves. Also, what my apartment lacks in storage space, it makes up in wall space.)

There are a lot of options on Minted,  but you can search by theme or color, which is awesome! I’m still figuring out my art style, but I know abstract isn’t my favorite and I love different brushstroke techniques  (I mean, I have a Monet reproduction). Minted also sells original photographs, but I would rather frame my own photographs. So with all that in mind, these are some of my favorite prints:

Shop (clockwise): Spring In Purple | Peninsula | Ivy | The Meadow | Flutter Watercolor

I originally thought I wanted something purple next to my bed, but I painted a purple sunrise at a Paint Nite, so now I’m not sure. I really can’t decide, and I haven’t even gotten to the framing options! Any favorites? I’d love to have some more input!

~ Sarah

The Hidden City

The past two weekends I have done my best to scope out potential Philadelphia friends by volunteering at The Hidden City Festival. It’s not a traditional festival by any means, but over the course of several weekends, history and art nerds have a chance to see new exhibits and installations in historical sites off the beaten path. (Because there are only so many times you want to see the Liberty Bell.)

The site I volunteered at Sunday was incredible. The space was Global Dye Works, a former yarn-dying factory that opened in 1865. Granted that’s relatively young for Philly, but still, 1865. The installations were housed in the old boiler room, and while they were interesting and quirky, the factory floor just felt like a movie set. So cool.

I definitely missed out by not having my DSLR, but I was still able to capture a few cool shots with my phone. I love Instagram, I feel like since I started using it over a year ago I’ve gotten more creative with my photography (and not just through filters). I just pay a lot more attention to detail now I think.

The exhibit also got me started on some of the other things I want to see in Philly this summer (Welcome America is a given). So of course, I made a list to keep track:

Did I miss anything, Philly readers? Any fun festivals near you?

~ Sarah