Since I’m a photographer and my sister is an amazing painter, wall space is really at a premium in our house. It’s not that I don’t love other people’s work, it’s just that I have a hard time choosing between pictures and paintings we already own so introducing other’s work is always a difficult decision. But, when it comes to decorating my daughter’s room, I truly want her to enjoy her space and make it personal without decorating too young or too old. It’s for that reason that I have actually avoided hanging anything on her walls while I waited for inspiration to strike.
But, that all changed when I found Art Prints for Kidz and decided that she was definitely ready for some art of her own. Art Prints for Kidz offers a wide selection of vintage prints for children that are taken from pre-1923 picture books (thus compliant with all US copyright laws) as well as beautiful original watercolor prints done by their family artist. The vintage children’s book illustrations are all scanned and restored in color and brightness by Art Prints for Kidz to their original glory to make them ready for framing.
Not only are the prints offered on their site adorable, they have that great vintage quality that makes them classically beautiful. This makes them something that will grow with your child from birth until adulthood and will be pieces they can cherish for years. And, since they are taken from well loved stories and books, I love that they are pieces of history as well as reflections on childhood.
My daughter and I sat down together and looked through the impressive collection offered on their site. I let her choose two pieces from one of my absolute favorite children’s authors ever, Robert Louis Stevenson in the book A Child’s Garden of Verses. After much debate she and I chose two beautiful pieces together, Happy Hearts Happy Faces and Kites on High, both in 8×10, which I plan on framing on her wall.
We were really excited when they arrived just a few days later rolled securely in a cardboard tube. I carefully unrolled the prints and ran them up to the nursery to hold them against the wall to see how they look. They were absolutely beautiful and I am now really excited to get them permanently mounted on the wall. The colors in the prints were deep and vibrant and they looked as I imagined the original work did. This is something I was really relieved about because I hate when art has been overly “fixed” and ends up looking cartoonish and overdone.
Because the prints had a slight roll to them from shipping, I set them in between photo albums to gently flatten so I could mat and frame them for her wall easier. Just a day or two later, they were flat and ready to be framed and displayed. Now I’m on the search for the perfect frame for the two, something that will showcase how beautiful they are without overpowering the images themselves.
Like most pieces of art, the prints from Art Prints for Kidz should be carefully protected until they can be preserved under glass. All watercolor prints and vintage restorations are printed in your choice of 5×7 or 8×10 size on acid-free and lignin-free, 32 pound archival linen paper which is both simple and elegant.
You should note that they are not laminated or sealed to protect against spills and little fingers, so you should plan on keeping them out of reach of young ones. I’m hoping Art Prints for Kidz eventually offers an option to buy prints matted, or even pre-framed, since I know quite a few people who get overwhelmed with framing and I think that would make it even easier on non-artists.
If you’ve got a nursery to decorate or a playroom that needs a touch of art, literature, and history, you should look no further than Art Prints for Kidz. In addition to being beautiful and classic, they are also incredibly affordable so it’s easy to get numerous prints for an even more impressive display. Now that I’ve got two rooms to decorate, I will definitely be returning to Art Prints for Kidz periodically to check on the newest watercolor prints and see what new vintage finds are being offered.
Price: $10 for each art print in your choice of 5×7 and 8×10 size
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A big thank you to Art Prints for Kidz for providing us with the vintage art prints as well as a giveaway for our fabulous readers. All opinions are 100% ours and no form of monetary compensation was received in exchange for this Rave Review.