A recent study showed that 79% of people in the UK would rather do something they loved than something that paid well. Sites like Etsy have made it possible for people to make that lifestyle change, giving rise to a new breed of entrepreneur, the hobbypreneur.
There are 1.9 million active sellers on Etsy, so to help you sift through the leading arts and crafts marketplace, we've compiled a list of 12 incredible Etsy print arts stores for you to visit if you're looking for digital downloads, posters or art prints.
Only 2 years old on Etsy, but already coveted in Elle Decoration amongst other leading mags, Green Lili design and sell their own to-die-for prints. They take inspiration from lifestyle trends so currently have a very tempting mix of geometric, bohemian, floral, and tropical prints that make you want to pack a bag and head straight for California. Their website has their full catalogue, but be warned - you won't leave with an empty cart!
Owner of Nordic Design House, Hayley Bannister, is a self taught graphic artist. She creates modern and minimalist art prints inspired by Scandi design, and has really carved her own style in the print art world with cute tribal art and cool city prints. Her art makes brilliant gallery sets, and her pricing is fair. She also has a printable wall art store - very handy for quick redecorating projects!
Home of the original peekaboo animals, Lila and Lola sell on-trend downloadable artwork with an earthy twist. Owner, Lola Peacock, is inspired by her daughter and the mountains around their Australian home. We particularly love the brooding landscapes and cloud photography - this artwork heightens emotions and piques curiosity, and we love it!
Canadian-based illustrator, Ella, creates gorgeous prints using a mix of traditional and digital techniques. The watercolour prints feel like they have a thousand different elements, perspectives and ideas lovingly layered to create these wondrous pictures. White Doe Prints has been featured in Style At Home magazine, and lucky for us, ships to the UK in only 2 weeks.
Featured on Grazia and the BBC, Wiz Bit Art and Design make original, colourful poster art. From music lyrics to vintage vinyl covers, travel posters and their movies and TV collection, their art is anything but dull. This artwork makes for very interesting gallery collections, and gifts (if you can bring yourself to give it away, that is)!
Abbie and Rattie Designs is a comparatively small Etsy store, but owner and designer, Samantha Trim, has distinguished herself with a selection of very cool fashion, typographical and geometric print sets in up to A0 size.
Love Paper Rainbow owner, Lucy, is a trained graphic designer and Etsy success story. Her store became so busy that she was able to give up her day job as a display technician to design and make prints from home full time. Lucy sells cards as well as digital and physical prints. Her nursery art is adventurous and warm, and we look forward to seeing more of her art in our store, The Gallery Wall Shop, soon!
This store is vast and glorious! Helena, designer and owner, lives in Mexico City selling printables across the world. Her nursery prints are too cute not to buy, and we love her black and white typography, photography and illustrations. Helena's baby and rescue dogs inspire her work, and it shows as her art is full of little touches that make it playful and unique.
Husband and wife, Steve and Renata, sell a wide range of patent and vintage art prints in their store, Quantum Prints. From sports to fishing, whiskey and even yoga, this store has interesting art inspired by all hobbies and lifestyle themes. This store is the one you need to find compelling art for your home office, library, hobby room or snug. Their print sets are good value for money, and they also have separate stores for digital downloads and original artwork.
Elephant Love Print Set Of 3 On An Antique World Map Background - Elephant Drawing - Triptych Love Wedding Gift -... https://t.co/tUUfYVonaV— Quantum Prints (@PremiumArts) February 9, 2018
This store has a smaller but exquisite range of screen prints. If you like animals, gold and lunar things, you will LOVE this store. This London-based artist duo combine inspiration between nature, shapes and geometry, and make everything in their store by hand. And while you're looking here for beautiful wall decor, good luck not falling head over heels in love with their extraordinary giant dreamcatchers!
Another small but worthy shop to visit if you're looking for prints for a nursery or kids room, is The Vintage Pencil. Owner and designer, Terri, makes primarily graphite drawings of vintage toys and household items, and they are charming!
The Print Arcade is the kind of store that has made Etsy so popular with users over the years. If it weren't for Etsy would dictionary page prints be a thing? Would vintage be exclusive to those whose parents collected vinyls, or people who know how to find treasures in antique and charity stores? This store sells vintage art, retro posters and dictionary page prints. Through their website they also sell pictiles - art prints stuck on pvc tiles that you can stick straight on the wall. We love the travel and classic ad posters!
All that's left to say is 'thank-you, Etsy' for opening up this world of exciting wall art. And don't forget to browse our store for the perfect frames to display your new prints.