Thursday, June 24, 2010

Portrait of a Penny


(available on Etsy)

Isn't it funny how we always condition our lives? If only I had this I could do that. When this and this happens I then will do that. Why do we always wait for perfect conditions in our lives to do what we want?

The sad thing is that perfect never comes and we miss out on a lot of thing in our lives. We should all take a leap of faith right now this moment. One thing that you always wanted to do but delayed it for whatever reason, go do it now! Right now! Even if the timing is bad and conditions are not perfect, if you don't do it right now you'll probably never do it. The reason why we're always looking for the right moment is that we are scared to make a change and are afraid to fail.

If you do not try, you will never know. The magic is in the doing. Just start the ball rolling and you’ll figure things out as you go along. There will be mistakes made but life in general is about trial and error.

That one thing I will do right now is start offering prints of my art work. I know it's nothing big to many of you and most are already doing it. But it's a big deal for me cause I don't have a scanner, I don't have a printer, I don't know how to package them so they will come unharmed to the buyer, I have no idea where in my country to get mats, clear bags or packaging. Sure you can find tons on the internet but when you add shipping to the price and/or custom fees for overseas it gets a little expensive. So my homework for next week is to research all of the above and find the most affordable option for me. I'm taking the leap.
If you have any tips on this topic please do share with me. And I would love to know your take on this:
*scaner vs. photo
*home printer vs. photo shop made prints
*matted vs. not matted
I just found out that this painting was featured in Etsy treasury. :)

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13 comments:

  1. Love it!!--you did the "scary" profile. That's my "someday" project. I have the video and pdf from Suzie's class too! When you start doing the print thing, let us know. I have been playing with this idea too, you know professional prints in bigger sizes.

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  2. Congratulations of taking that huge step AND on being featured ~~ both BIG things! And, I LOVE the background of this Penny; great texture and color.

    Admittedly, I haven't made many prints, but I do know there are tons of great suppliers online. Personally, I have had great success with www.nationslab.com where they offer a variety of options in mounting, etc. (They also have sales fairly often!)

    On scanning versus photographing, I found that my scanner did not provide the crispness of color that I desired, while I do not have a tripod and thus found it difficult to get a "squared" straight-edged photograph. So I discovered I could photograph the piece, and then rotate it to get a straight image (that I could crop without cutting off any corners of the piece) using Photoscape ~~ a free download for photo editing.

    On my last print, I took a risk and tried Nations Photo Lab's "Metallic" finish and LOVED it...but I love anything glimmery. So I'm sure it's not an option that everyone can appreciate (as it did change the look of the piece, although I thought it was a good change), but I feel it was worth the risk for me. Best wishes for much success on your newest endeavor! I'm happy for you, sweetie!

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  3. it's a very, very big deal and i'm so cheering for you. :)

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  4. So nice to meet you!! I love this post...it's the whole reason I started my blog to begin with. It's so true. I don't have info to offer on selling prints but I'm working on some projects that I hope go in that direction in the future so I'm interested in what people have to share!

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  5. Congratulations on the treasury! It's always fun to find your work in one of them. I'm in the same position as you are with wanting to make prints. I'm trying the homemade route - but I wasn't too thrilled with the first attempt. I'll keep trying, though. Theresa

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  6. "The sad thing is that perfect never comes and we miss out on a lot of thing in our lives."

    I could not agree more! And thank you for saying it.

    I love your girl - I have never tried a profile girl before!

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  7. Yay! I love reading posts like this. You are so right - go right ahead and sieze that day. Afraid I can't give you any advice on the prints thing as it's something I too am currently researching. I do have a scanner at home though. Maybe it is worth having some done by a printer just to test the market, then you can see if you feel the investment of a quality printer/scanner is justified. I want to make some of my paintings into greetings cards... This Kelly Rae course is so inspiring isn't it?

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  8. Hi Natasha, I love this post. Congratulations on being featured in Etsy Treasury. As far as prints, I've been wanting to do the same thing and did some homework of my own. As far as scanning, I had a painting scanned several times and wasn't happy with the results. I prefer to photograph them but hope to purchase a pro scanner & printer some day. I have found some wonderful information on GrittyJane's Tutuorials. If you go to my blog you can find her on my list of enchanting places to visit. I purchased her tutorial Prints on Wood at an extremely low price and she had tones of information that I think you will find very helpful. Hope this helps, you can email me if you need more info. Evelyn :o)

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  9. Penny is gorgeous, bravo!!!
    Have a good weekend:))

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  10. You go girl! Good for you for taking that leap, it super scary but well worth it. I have many leaps to take myself and I think the one I will do now is greeting cards. It's been something I wanted to offer for a long time now.

    I also don't have a fancy printer, but have been researching them, and from what I can tell is that in the long run it's best to buy your own rather than get prints made, simply because you will save money.

    However, and I think I might do this too, It might be a good idea to have a few prints made professionally to see how they sell, and if they are going like hotcakes, invest in a printer. Also a lot of people swear by scanning, but all my work is photographed and it comes out great. Of course it does help that I have someone to take the photos for me. :) But if you like photography you may want to give it a shot.

    Anyway, good luck to you!

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  11. Čudovit portret ♥ ♥ ♥ všeč mi je tekstura okoli portreta :)

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  12. Love this post. It is true we have to start someday....why not today?
    Thanks for visiting my blog. So nice to meet you.

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  13. I don't have much to add other than to say You Go Girl!

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