A gift-giving guide from the She Explores team
A calendar is a practical gift, and can be a beautiful one. It’s especially wonderful when it’s full of outdoor-inspired art and purchased directly from an independent artist.
Many of these art calendars are also designed to transform easily from calendar to frameable wall art (or a postcard to send) so the art can be enjoyed well beyond the month it’s displayed, or the year that it’s dated.
Each month of Noelle’s water-colour and mixed media calendar celebrates the mountains of the USA—from the Vermillion Cliffs of Arizona to Glacier Bay in Alaska.
Details: 8.5×16″ calendar is printed with a flat matte finish
In her classic monochrome papercut illustrations, Anna Brones depicts various vegetables in repeating pattern themed after seasonal produce. After every month is over, just cut along the dotted line on the back and turn it into a postcard. Anna says, it’s “a calendar to encourage the art of snail mail.”
Details: 5×7″ calendar trims down to 3.75×5″ postcards, printed on recycled paper in Seattle Washington
Erin has three variations of her National Parks calendars this year. This one includes paintings of: Mt. Rainier, Denali, Yellowstone, Glacier, Olympic, Acadia, Crater Lake, Zion, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Badlands, Great Smoky Mountains, and Sequoia.
Details: 9×12″ calendar printed on white cardstock
Each month features a selected painting by Jess Franks, accompanied by an original poem. Cut along the dotted lines to easily remove and frame 8×10″ artwork.
Details: 8×14″ calendar trims down to 8×10″ art prints, printed on 100# uncoated paper
From Norwegian cabins to seascapes, thunderstorms and sunsets, Charis Raine’s calendar includes 13 pages of intricately illustrated gouache landscapes.
Details: 8.5×11″ calendar printed on matte paper. Includes a free print of all 12 months!
Sarah Uhl’s calendar includes recent original artwork with a perforation above and below print for easy art removal.
Details: 8.5×12″ calendar tears into 8.5×8.5″ art prints, printed on ultra thick paper
Each month features different artwork highlighting the natural history of Alaska. Themes include plants, fungi, plankton, and landscapes rendered in various techniques (field sketches, water-colour, illustration on ephemera, cyanotype prints). Artwork can be removed from calendar and framed to be enjoyed in future years.
Details: 8.5×8.5″ calendar
Kristen Johns’ botanical calendar celebrates the joy and hope of simple plants, including clover, fern, rose hips, bluebells, and apples.
Details: 6×9″ calendar printed on 100% recycled 110# paper