I haven’t been very creative lately – or anything, really, except lazy (maybe “relaxed” is a nicer word). But I’ve done a few projects since my last post about commissions.
Painting wasn’t fun.
Also, I’m still (maybe always will be?) in that beginner-ish stage where nothing comes out looking like I wanted it to, and is instead many levels below the amount of awesome I imagined. So I felt dumb trying to ask people to give me money for what I viewed as mediocre work.
I designed Christmas cards for a friend. I finished up a baby keepsake I’d been meaning to do for another friend. I’m in the process of doing baby announcements for my newest nephew.
These projects have all been gifts. I don’t want to charge people – especially friends and family! – for amateur stuff.
I haven’t looked at Etsy in months; when I do, it’s so disheartening to see work I consider to be inferior even to my designs. And perhaps more disheartening to see work I adore and can only dream of doing.
I have a few ideas.
Most of the quotes I’ve designed in the past for use in my shop are not in a style I actually like. It’s what I’m capable of, but I’d never put it up in my house. To be fair, part of that is because I don’t typically like quotes on my walls. Even with that said, though, designing stuff that I dislike and that I perceive as being mediocre quality was just not fun. Kind of miserable, in fact. So I’ve been browsing Etsy and Pinterest again to get a feel for what I would be willing to frame and display in my house. And maybe I’ll start trying something like that.
I also really enjoy, in theory, doing custom announcements and invitations. The problem there is figuring out what’s a fair price for my time. And finding customers who are willing to pay that. And then working with clients in a professional manner – I’d much rather say, “Here’s a sketch of a layout. What do you think?” than create multiple polished samples to present as options. Psh. So much work.
Maybe once I finish my reading challenges, I’ll open up shop again.
I made this for a church meeting we’re having next Sunday and liked the sentiment so much, I thought I’d share. You can click the image to see it full-size or click here to download. It’s ready to print as an 8×10. I know it’s still amateur, so am I, but enjoy anyway!
Until tomorrow, I’m selling 8×10 prints of my cake painting for $10! Buy it here. if you live near me (close enough that I could deliver your print to you), use the coupon code “IAMLOCAL” to get free shipping (which is really just me delivering it for you).
In honor of my recent happy days, I’m giving away an 11″ x 14″ print of this:
To enter, leave a comment with a quote you’d like to see made into a print. I’ll pick a winner next Friday, September 20. If there are more than 50 entries (one per person, sorry) I’ll do another giveaway in October. Good luck!
One thing that’s helped keep me busy is opening up my shop again. It has the added benefit of bringing in a little extra money to help with Christian’s medical expenses. I’ve mainly been doing custom work – which was my goal in the first place; I do have some prints up for sale, but what I enjoy most is creating something new and personalized. Here are a few examples:
So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m not above putting in a plug for myself – if you know anyone who wants some custom artwork or invitations . . . keep me in mind
Not only did these watercolor flowers turn out how I wanted, they were even better than I expected. It was a nice surprise!