How to create an art critic in 12 easy steps

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Having two kids and a dog means magazines and newspapers often pile up unread in our house. Sometimes they don’t even make it out of the plastic wrap before they’re reluctantly relegated to the recycle bin.

Well, here’s one subscription that won’t sit neglected on the sideboard, no matter how busy your kids keep you. It’s an art print subscription from Wilkintie, where one beautiful limited edition print lobs into your letterbox every month for a year. And if the first two hand-numbered prints are any indication, subscribers are in for something special.

Melbourne couple Carly Hargreaves and Niels Oeltjen have found some of the world’s best illustrators to create the pieces, which conjure up all the magic, joy and whimsy of childhood. Niels created the first print himself, depicting fantastical scenes of mermaids, princesses and pirates. He says they want each piece to be a springboard for kids to delve into, and get excited by the world of art. I can assure you, we’re already excited here at Babyology.

Each print is created on 19th century presses using archival-quality cotton paper from England. So you know they’ll look just as stunning down the track when your kids have children of their own and come looking for something special to hang on the nursery wall.

An annual 12-print subscription from Wilkintie costs $480 ($40 per artwork) plus postage. They can be sent anywhere in the world, making them a perfect gift for far-flung friends or relatives with little ones. A limited number of individual prints can also be ordered for $80 each.

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