Have you checked out the prices of art lately? Goodness!! If I want to spend $300 on a piece of art I'll check out Etsy. I am sorry but spending $200 for a cheap print in a cheap frame doesn't jive with me.
How can you save $ and create your own art?
#1- Turn your own photography into art. You can have large pictures printed at Walgreens, Walmart, etc. Watch for their sales.
#2- Shop for quality frames when Hobby Lobby and Michaels have their sales. Keep some handy and when you get into the artsy mood you have them available.
#3- When art supplies stores have canvas on sale pick some up. You would be amazed what art you can create.
#4- Frame colorful napkins
#5- Wrap beautiful fabric around a canvas
#6- Shop Etsy
#7- When in doubt type in "DIY ART" into Pinterest