Honestly

I’m trying not to talk TOO much about various art-ish projects on the blog, because I am hoping to make money off of them eventually . . . and I don’t want to sound like I’m begging you to buy stuff.

Good disclaimer?

Guys, I’ve been working hard lately on figuring out what I want to do with my shop, and it’s unbelievably fun and exciting. I spent a while thinking about birthday and shower invitations – what originally got me started with this whole thing – and had trouble deciding what sort of designs would be likable (and easy to sell). Then I decided, I’m doing this for me – so that I have something I enjoy doing. If I make money, even just enough to keep my supplies stocked, hooray! But I lost interest in the idea of pandering to customers. So I sat down one night last week and designed a baby shower invitation. The next day, I designed a birthday party invitation for Jarom. (I’m going to try screen printing it and IT WILL BE AMAZING.) The next night, I completely designed and finished an invitation for Evan’s birthday party.

Most of the designs I came up with don’t actually involve any watercolor. They’re more . . . hand-lettered, and less painterly. I think I’m fine with this because I still have a lot of ideas for watercolor text and watercolor name art in particular. But I love the lettering aspect. Doing our graduation announcements last year was stressful but gloriously fun. (And stressful. Very stressful.) I think my stuff looks pretty awesome.

Here’s where I sort of want your mostly-honest opinions. Like I said at the beginning, I’m not trying to get you to buy stuff. I just want validation that these are legitimately interesting things that other people might buy. (Of course, I’m happy to do work for you guys, too.) The more time I spend looking for similar invitations and art on Etsy, the more I feel like there isn’t anything quite like this – and then I wonder if it’s because no one is interested. (Although, given the hideous nature of 80% of the stuff on Etsy, maybe that’s a good sign.)

Right, so, these are the things I’ve been coming up with lately. If you were having a party or bridal/baby shower, would you like these? I know I have a lot of polishing to do, so maybe you could base your opinion off the potential awesomeness here.

Bad scan of the sketch for Jarom's birthday invitations. Needs a little work.

Bad scan of the sketch for Jarom’s birthday invitations. Needs a little work still.

Sketch of baby shower idea. I always mess up on vertical spacing.

Sketch of baby shower idea. I always mess up on vertical spacing.

Watercolor of baby shower idea. The only waterproof pen I had on hand was a Sharpie, which didn't work well. I think I'd leave the "It's a boy!" in white and redo the registration note.

Watercolor of baby shower idea. The only waterproof pen I had on hand was a Sharpie, which didn’t work well. I think I’d leave the “It’s a boy!” in white and redo the registration note. I was trying to tie in with the other cursive, unsuccessfully.

Evan's birthday invitation. Since it's going to 3- and 4-year-olds, I don't care much about fixing any [minor] flaws.

Evan’s birthday invitation. Since it’s going to 3- and 4-year-olds, I don’t care much about fixing any [minor] flaws.

P.S. Over the weekend I got in touch with a giclee printer in Orem who is willing to do my printing at a VERY reasonable price. This is what I’ve been looking for! Maybe actual progress and actual things-for-sale happening soon??

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8 Comments on “Honestly”

  1. reneecgirl says:

    I love your hand lettered stuff. The graduation announcements were so unique and awesome! Evans birthday invites are adorable too.

  2. Alitha says:

    After looking through others, I think you need to show the world what’s truly amazing…and that’s yours. i think they are so talented and creative. I like the blue baby shower one better than the clear. It makes me jealous I don’t have a baby to use you with. I think you should sell them!!!

  3. Megan says:

    Mika, they’re good. And sell-able. I like Jarom’s and the blue baby shower invites the best. The only thing I might negotiate with you if I were to buy these for a shower (which, look at that, I will need in a month or so!), is adding in some little graphic. An umbrella or a bird or some small, mod thing – especially if my shower had a theme. Other than that, they are pretty awesome-sauce.

    • Mika says:

      Yes! I’ve been thinking about how nice it is to have graphics – and trying to figure out what works best, what I can actually draw, etc. So far I’ve come up blank. Maybe I’ll do some donut-themed ones for myself as a sample. Start with what you know, right?

  4. Camile says:

    The baby shower invite in blue jumped off the page. Super cute! I especially love the way you did the lettering “baby shower”. I love that style, but can never find a font like it on computer programs… Also, I liked the unique style of the kangaroo– what a fun idea. I agree with the remark about needing some embellishments in addition to the words. Keep up the great work!

    • Mika says:

      I spent a while practicing the fake calligraphy, mainly looking at expensive fonts you have to buy. That’s probably why you can’t find it . . . people want to charge you lots of money for it. Sad! Any suggestions on embellishments, or would it depend on the theme?


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