The Inkygoodness Print Buying Guide
Our assistant editor Greg McIndoe reveals his favourite independent artist stores to go print shopping.
If you are anything like me, you have the urge to completely redecorate your home on a fairly regular basis. Whilst it isn’t always financially feasible to completely redecorate whenever the mood takes you, little changes can make all the difference. A new print for example can add a new detail to a room and keep those redecorating urges at bay.
Whether it is a big white wall calling out for some colour or a small shelf begging to hold a new conversation starter, there is always space for a new print in any interior. Much trickier than finding where to put a print is finding where to buy one. If you want something not everyone will have, independent online stores are the way to go.
Their is an enormous selection of online shops out their selling prints to suit every style and budget. Here are some of my favourites….
Price Range: £15 – 20 Aesthetic: Elegant & Quirky
First up, if you are looking for something to add an air of elegance to your interior then look no further than Sophie Gilmore’s understated online shop. Sophie takes inspiration from nature to create delicate illustrations filled with plenty of leafy greenery and a touch of quirk.
Price Range: £20-75 Aesthetic: Colourful & Classy
For colourful yet sophisticated prints, I recommend Kitty McCall. Kitty’s collection ranges from abstract shapes filled with different textures to more intensely detailed floral designs. Throughout, colour is key and abundant.
“Using a carefully selected palette of colours, Kitty combines the joyful aesthetic of a rainbow and understated elegance of a bouquet of flowers.”
Price Range: £15 – £54 Aesthetic: Fun & Playful
Lorna Scobie’s online print shop was opened with animal-lovers in mind. Whether you are looking for a small print showcasing a single cat or a poster print including a zoo’s-worth of animals, Lorna has you covered. Lorna’s work has a youthful aesthetic to it, with all her furry creatures being playfully hand drawn.
And if their is a particular animal in your life you would like immortalised in the form of a print, Lorna does custom pet portrait commissions for as little as £40.
Price Range: £8 – £35 Aesthetic: Nature & Magic
Depicting nature in all its glory whilst always hinting at something slightly more magical, Sandra Dieckmann’s illustrations are utterly intoxicating. I have purchased so many prints from Sandra’s online store that my home is slowly becoming a shrine to her wondrous work. What I love so much about it is it layers stunningly detailed with subtle geometric shapes. Her prints include the detailed illustration style I love whilst still matching nicely with my favourite Scandi-inspired interior aesthetic.
Price Range: £10 – £250 Aesthetic: Humorous & Wonky
If you are looking for original drawings to hang, you won’t many much cheaper than Faye Moorhouse’s. Faye’s prolific way of working allows her to create so many wonky illustrations a day that she can sell them for as little as a tenner each.
“Whilst quickly produced, Faye’s masterfully spontaneous way of drawing gives each drawing as much personality as any intensely detailed illustration ever could.”
A3 “Fern Gully” print by Min Pin (£18)
Price Range: £9 – £22 Aesthetic: Playfulness & Pastels
Despite what the name might suggest, Min Pin don’t just sell little pins. They stock a range of playfully illustrated, pastel coloured prints too. Animals are also a common theme within Min Pin’s creations. Min Pin creatures however are more watery and colourful. The brands favoured pastel colour scheme mutes things slightly, keeping prints odd and eccentric but not garish.
Price Range: £10 – £30 Aesthetic: Bold humour
If you have a wall calling out for something bold and colourful then Jordan Andrew Carter’s online shop is filled with illustrated statements. Depicting everything from bears fiercely protecting their honey to your favourite Stranger Things characters, Jordan’s prints are bold, colourful and often hilarious.
Price Range: £5.50 – £50 Aesthetic: Graphic oddities
A good print can make an excellent conversation starter and Sam Russell Walker’s collection are bound to inspire some interesting chats. Subjects range from brian-eating birds to sunbathing statues, all conjured up with bright colours and energetic mark making.
Price Range: $30 – $40 Aesthetic: Elegant nature
Kate Pugsley’s illustrated prints have an air of eccentric sophistication about them. If all you need is a splash of colour, then her colour palette prints are perfect for adding a few unusual tones to an interior. If you want something which tells more of a story, then her prints showing glamorous women strolling through jungles of luscious leaves and piles of stone heads hint at an intriguing narrative.
Price Range: £20 – £35 Aesthetic: Vibrant & Sleek
If you already have a lot going on in a room or just favour a more minimal aesthetic, more graphic prints can be the way to go. Marylou Faure’s illustrations are sleek in terms of design and eccentric in terms of subject matter. This means you can pair things down but won’t get bored of the print after a few months.
With each of these shops, you know you are buying direct from the artist who created it. They will not only add an extra splash of interest to your chosen interior but they’ll give you the warm feeling of supporting an independent maker too.
As for what to pair them with and how to hang them, you’ll have to keep reading this column for my top tips…