Now, I never shop early for anything, but…

… sometimes I really think I should! I do hate getting very close to the date of a celebration or festivities (do you see just how hard I am trying to avoid mentioning Christmas in mid-September?!) and then find I am shopping at the last minute, and buying things that are either frankly too expensive or just a panic purchase and not what the gift-receiver wants at all.

And to continue the being frank theme, I have lots of lovely products available in my RedBubble shop that might make a unique and thoughtful gift for someone you love.

Just to offer a very small selection of the sort of images I produce, have a look at these.

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RedBubble reproduce the images onto a wide range of products: including cushion/throw pillow covers, tote bags, phone and ipad cases, calendars and of course prints, posters, and cards. Cases for iphone 6 are available now too. They handle all the payment and shipping, and as a growing multinational company they are efficient and reliable. I’ve ordered a few different products just to check the quality, and I can vouch for the quality of the reproduction and the materials they use. I have in fact just bought a batch of my designs as greeting cards to send through the year, and you get 30% off if you buy 16 or more.

If you want a calendar, then early ordering in time for Christmas would be very advisable. As a final suggestion, RedBubble also sell gift certificates, if you want to leave the choice to the recipient.

Please do have a look at the shop, and I’d be happy to read any comments that you care to leave on any of my designs. It’s always good to know what people think!

Thanks for reading this blog, checking out the shop, and supporting an independent artist!

Innovations abound

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As regular readers of this blog will know, I am developing several lines of interest that I never had time to focus on when I was working full time. As well as writing I am pursuing my visual artistic interests, and I’m enjoying my watercolour painting and photography.

While I mostly work for pleasure and interest, I am obviously happy to sell when I can, and my two main online outlets are our own website www.alecarte.com and my MagsArt shop on Redbubble  The image above is one of mine.

I hadn’t heard of Redbubble until I came across them earlier this year, and they are a very interesting set up. They work by giving artists a space where they can upload their images, and then customers can choose to have the image printed on a wide range of products. I have bought some myself, to test the quality and I must say I am very pleased. The cards are lovely, and the semi-gloss posters are really vibrant.  They come beautifully packed too.

Well, most of the above I have mentioned in other blogs, but I thought I’d tell you about the new product they have just introduced, which is printing on metal. To quote: “Imagine an artwork softly floating on your wall, with a print of the utmost detail and clarity and a luminescence beyond equal and you’re someway to imagining our metal prints.”  Wow.  Have a look at their explanation for more detail. It’s not cheap – I don’t expect you thought it would be – but I think the right image in the right setting would look stunning on metal. Perhaps it’s best suited to a really modern home, a restaurant or other business.

It’ll be interesting to see how it takes off.

By the way, I have an article on Developing your eye for Photography online at the moment – my first. 264 likes so far, and counting.

 

 

Branching out

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Happy New Year!  I hope 2014 treats you well.

I have been busy since Christmas and am pleased to announce the opening of my new Etsy shop, ArtyMag.  I am selling my own paintings and photographs as limited edition prints, some digitised as in the Blue Feet picture above.  I’m pleased with the selection of photos and paintings I have uploaded over the last few days but I have plenty more work to do and material to add.  Please have a look and tell me what you think – I would appreciate all feedback!

As I am selling unframed prints and paintings, it is realistic to sell internationally, and although I am not selling worldwide yet, I aim to increase the availability in the coming months.

The picture above is from our Australian holiday.  We were just back from the beach, and Al (my husband) stretched out on the coach, presenting his very photogenic feet to the lens.  I like the way the blue and yellow mirror the colour and shape of the beach.  It would look like a sunbathing picture – except that the feet are blue!

We are still selling framed original paintings within the UK, through our ebay shop.

 

 

 

Our Plan B and the opening of our shop.

Since moving to Clevedon we have, to be honest, been looking for ways to make money using eBay.

We have been working away behind the scenes, experimenting with different products and now – ta-da!! – we are unveiling our eBay shop Seaford Decor Prints.  We are selling (have you guessed?) pictures and prints.

Idea No 1 is that we scour second hand book shops and charity shops for old books that are on their last legs but which have prints and coloured plates that we can salvage.  We then add value by mounting them and in some cases framing them too, and then selling them on.  So far we have Australian fish, prints of historic Essex and North of England scenes, and coloured plates of Devon.  We are adding pictures of Dartmoor, fairy tale characters, scenes from Shakespeare, Arthurian legends …  so watch this space.  Here’s a little preview …

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(a banded sea perch)

Idea No. 2.  Personalised wedding gifts. We have picked up a move away from wedding present lists towards more personal gifts, and came up with the idea of taking a poem or a reading from an old book, and framing it with the names of the happy couple and the date of their wedding.  (or civil partnership, of course).

Here’s a sample:

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We also have two versions with standard verses, as of course we can’t guarantee which vintage books we will have available at any one time.

Idea No 3 is to frame up first day covers into themes, so we have a sports version, one featuring British theatre, one on Gallantry and military and one on animals.  Again, more to follow as we make up the frames.

Plans B part 2 and  C are in development, so watch this space!

We are enjoying being creative, and we are genuinely delighted with the results so far, so please do have a look at the shop – and let us know what you think.

P.S.  Very excited!  Broadchurch, with David Tennant, is on ITV tomorrow evening.  Wonder if we’ll see our house in the background?