I've Got To Have That! 4 Steps To Help You Get Started On Your Art Collection

Posted on: 21 June 2016

You're finally out on your own and living an independent life. Now it's time to start that art collection that you've always wanted. Whether you collect art for the love of it or for the investment value – or a little of both – you still need to have a starting point. That starting point is moment where you purchase your very first work of art. Here are four steps you should follow to make sure the first step isn't a misstep.

Know Your Budget

Before you purchase your first piece of art for your collection, be sure you have a working budget. Knowing exactly how much you can afford will allow you to narrow your search and help you avoid falling in love with a piece of art that doesn't fit in your budget.


When you first start purchasing art pieces, you might not know what your artistic taste actually is. That's why it's a good idea to experiment for a while. Start with one or two small pieces that catch your eye. If they don't suit your fancy once you have them, set them aside and start over. Don't sell them. Instead, start an investment collection. That collection should include works that might increase in value over the years.

Do Your Research

If you're not sure where to start, do your research. Begin by becoming a frequent guest at local art shows and galleries. Discover art. If you find an artist – or particular piece of art – that catches your eye, learn as much as you can about the artist or the piece. By doing your research, you'll know what the work is worth and how much you should expect to spend on it.

Take Care of Your Art

Once you've started your collection, you'll need to take care of it. Whether you've purchased a limited edition print, a one-of-a-kind water color, or a limestone carving, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the care it requires. If you're going to display your prints or paintings on the wall, you should be sure they're framed using acid-free matting and UV-resistant glass. Limestone carvings should be kept wiped down and free of dust. It's also important that you avoid touching the carvings with bare hands, to avoid getting body oils on the limestone. Body oils can attract dirt and dust that can damage your artwork.

You don't have to be an expert in fine arts to love art. Use the tips provided here to help you get started with your own art collection. You can also work with a company like Custom Stone Carver for help creating a unique piece to start off your collection.