I just wanted to update you on my Etsy journey. Starting out is really tough and getting the exposure is the hardest part – however, I somehow sold three prints over the last few days without any marketing at all. With such a small gallery of paintings available, I’m really surprised – I thought I’d have to have a lot more to choose from before anybody stumbled upon my little shop.
So, my little rockin’ robin is flying to the USA – and another robin is flying a little more locally, with three blue-tits by his side for company. They’ll fight off any crows or magpies they meet along the way for sure.
So, how was my first time ordering giclée prints? It was fantastic! I was so, so worried that my file preparation was wrong somehow and that I’d mess it all up and waste my money. Fortunately I was recommended an excellent print shop who made beautiful copies of my work from the files I uploaded. My prints were made on the most expensive giclee aquarelle (Arches) rag paper which give them a gorgeous original texture. The robin is A5 size, plus a 25mm space all around for the border within a frame – this makes it easier to frame it and keep its smart appearance with plenty of space.
I sent these prints from home so I could have a look at them first, but in future I will most likely send the prints straight from the print shop to the customer (which naturally saves on postage). This time around I ordered several prints for future (hopeful) sales AND…well, for myself to have to to be honest!
Well, my Etsy journey has started better than expected and I’m now thinking of setting up a Facebook page for my art journey. I don’t have any grand delusions, but with it being the New Year, I would like to start being a little more ambitious with my creative work. After all, I should really put all this lockdown-time to good use. I always did make a great hermit!
Visit Redcliffe Imaging in Bristol if you’d like to order your own giclée prints. The online portal is so, so easy to use and very much a simplified process for the customer. I found their prices really quite reasonable too, even for the best papers. The range of paper is fantastic too, catering for all medias – from oils to pastels to photography. Check them out!
It’s just, well…WE FINALLY MOVED HOUSE! Yes, we did it! Honestly we got to a point where we thought our new house was a figment of our imaginations, because it just wasn’t happening. I was so convinced that even if it did happen, something awful would go wrong. But it didn’t; it went smoothly in fact. Both Mike and I adore our new house and honestly couldn’t be happier.
Obviously it’s been tough getting it sorted with the covid situation and being plunged into yet another lockdown , but I’ve managed to sort painters for our living room/dining room/sitting area (it’s a massive area) and I even painted my own bedroom (and roped Mike in to help me). I’ve sourced some amazing retro pieces (which you can see on my Instagram) and I’m slowly but surely building up my dream home.
Christmas 2020 was a let-down unfortunately. In spite of my rushing around to get some new dining chairs and getting enough food in, we were put into tier 4 and were unable to have any family over. We still had a lovely (and memorable!) time together, but it wasn’t what we’d planned. Still, I know people who have it far worse, so I’m not going to complain – we’ve all got it bad and we just have to pull through it.
One thing we have managed to sort out is our office! I’ve been working at home with Mike and we so far haven’t murdered each other – in fact, we make a cute team. With my desk all set up, it’s given me the space to do something I’ve wanted to do for months: work on my watercolours.
I’ve been practising a lot and I’ve started to make some simple little pieces that I personally really like, so I decided to put them up on my Etsy page, which I haven’t used in yonks despite it being opened in 2017. I did successfully sell a couple of pieces some time ago, when I wasn’t even as good as I am now, and I still have a long way to go. So, I’m hopeful – but it’s not about selling so much as getting the experience and trying it out. One difficult thing with art online is getting exposure. My little robin, for instance, is one of thousands of robins on Etsy. How will anyone see him, let alone him competing with all the others!
So, if you’re on Etsy and you fancy supporting my watercolours journey, please give my shop/gallery a little ‘favourite’; I’d appreciate it!