I actually "behaved" yesterday and stayed focused on writing my pattern.I don't know why it is so difficult to write instructions sometimes. It isn't that I don't know what to say or remember what I did. It is more so that I get so PICKY with things and there are times when writing the instructions actually takes me longer than making the project itself. But in the end, I am very proud of the pattern packets that I produce. I think that even someone who is new to painting would do OK with them and hopefully learn something in the process.
The packet that I worked on was for the Summertime Tea project that will be part of the "Painting With Friends" group. In it I give not only the painting instructions, but also the instructions for building the wood header to hang the banner. If one doesn't do woodworking, I will be offering the wooden surface through my site.The banner is painted on Roc-Lon, which is a wonderful weatherproof fabric that is used for drapery linings. It is not expensive and readily available at JoAnn Fabrics as well as several other places that sell fabric.I love it because it can be painted on both sides, and you don't have to hem or finish the edges.They can be cut to any shape and will stay beautiful. It is a dream to paint on, too. Smooth and nice.With proper varnishing it will stand up to outdoor use, too. All in all it is a great thing. And I can see many applications for it in future projects.
Here is a picture of the finished banner:
I still am not happy with the lighting, and I think I will wind up trying one more time before posting it on my site or my Etsy store. I thas been odd weather here and I need to get the color a bit better. That is on today's agenda.
Another thing I need to do is to re-open my Etsy store. Right after the holidays, I decided to temporarily close it.Things were so busy on our own site and I was involved in so many directions that it was just too much for me to manage. But I want to try again with it and keep the things there limited to my painting items. Since our own site is so large, I think that sometimes our customers get lost on it. Last week I noticed that we have over 700 products up there. That is a large amount and still growing every week. Since even our older patterns still seem to sell, we really don't want to take anything down. It is a challenge for Keith as the site manager to keep things in an order so that all who visit find what they are seeking. Our Search feature does pretty well, but many people don't always see it, or think to use it. (It is located at the top right of every page on the site.) We are always looking for ways to better classify and organize all that we offer.
I am also going to begin offering prints of some of my original paintings. I don't think I mentioned, but I received the final copies of the prints back of my "Snow Leopard Pair" painting from the photography studio in New York and I was very pleased with the results. Below is a picture of the original painting:
I finished it in March I think and I am very pleased with how it came out. When I first ordered the prints however, the paper prints looked great but I had tried to have the print done on metal and the color was a bit 'off'. It was a tad too bright and parts of the snow leopards were 'blown out'. The lab agreed, and they were happy to re-print for me and I am absolutely thrilled with the result. The color is very close to the original and all the detail shows up beautifully.
I am going to offer the prints on archival quality Kodak Endura paper in both 11" x 14" and 16" x 20" size. (The original painting is 11" x 14") I wanted to see if the 16" x 20" would look nice, and I sent the lab a really high resolution image to work with and it came out just lovely.
I am also offering the print to be done on metal, which is amazing technology in itself. for this process, the lab actually bonds the image to the metal. It is waterproof, scratch resistant and looks absolutely stunning. It is tough as nails and will not fade (you even use window cleaner to clean it!) and I think it is an awesome way to preserve and display my art. I have decided since the shipping is so reasonable from the lab I use for those in the United States, I will be able to have the prints shipped directly from the lab to my customers, at a great savings in both time and money for all involved. For those in Canada or other places, I will do the same but I will unfortunately have to charge a bit more, as the lab does for the shipping fees. There is little I can do about that. Either way they will save because I can have the pieces shipped directly.
So that is what is on my agenda today. I hope that when I finish, I will be able to get back to drawing this weekend. I have so many new projects that I want to work on that I need to get moving on them.
It is very cool and rainy today. Not violent weather, but a soft and gentle rain. It almost seems more like autumn than late spring. But there is no humidity, so I am happy. I plan to have a good weekend and I am happy that the rain will probably keep me here inside working. No temptations to go to the beach! ;)
But that time will come soon enough . . .
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned. No matter what you do, I hope you enjoy yourselves and find something wonderful to create.
Happy Friday to you!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"