||[Feb. 14th, 2003|12:16 pm]
Let me see.... yesterday Matt and I went out with Aunt Pat, Robin, and Grandma. We went to Fervere - one of the yummiest bakeries ever. I bought some cheese bread that has enormous curds of smoked gouda and smoked mozzerella baked in it, with two other types of cheese shredded on top. Lol, there is more cheese than bread! It's delicious. Then we went to Bluebird Cafe with is a cute little restaurant downtown that mostly serves vegetarian items (it's nice to have so many choices on one menu!). We then hit some upscale (many things were tens of thousands of dollars. I did see something for only $60, but it was just a throw pillow). And then we went to the Architectural Salvage store which is one of my favourite stores in Kansas City. It's in an enormous rickety building downtown with a creepy labyrinthine basement and several floors of salvaged architectural details. Whenever an old building pretty much anywhere in Missouri or Kansas is torn down or burns down or is re-habbed, the Architectural Salvage store gets all the good stuff that's stripped off. Lots of gargoyles, old doors, bizarre fireplaces, fancy wrought-iron fences and details, stone archways, weird old cool stuff. |
Last night I worked for hours on my "CafePress" shop. I've upgraded to a premier shop, so I'm going to have an amazingly large online store. I always retain high-res scans of my artwork, so it should all look perfect! I'm going to have dozens of T-Shirts, baby-tees, camisoles/panty sets, tile coasters, lunchboxes, tile boxes, mousepads, clocks, etc. all with my artwork. I'm mostly doing it for fun and exposure, so I'm putting a very minimal "mark-up" on the items. I've ordered lots of things from cafe-press before (I've had shops for personal use that weren't open to the public) and I've always been satisfied with their quality and customer service. I'll let you all know when the shop is up and running!
Today though I've been working on some sketches for commissions. Now I am going to work on a bunch of small paintings that I've had in the works for a while. I have many, many pieces I want to sell before I move! I sure as hell am not going to move any unfinished artwork all the way to Florida =P
I'm thinking about a new series (got some stuff down on paper, but not much beyond that) of fairy paintings. Similar to my "Poison Fairies" but instead featuring precious stones, gems and minerals. I was always a "rock nerd" (I had a rock tumbler, lots of rock collections, would often go rock hunting, etc.) so I really dig that sort of thing. We'll see. I've also been thinking about doing some Zodiac inspired pieces (either Western Zodiac or Chinese Zodiac - not sure) and perhaps re-working Tarot idea. Lots of vague plans, lol.
I know exactly what you mean about all the hours on Cafe Press! I think I almost gave myself carpal tunnel trying to set up all my products when I first started my store! Just wondering what DPI do you scan your paintings at? They are out of the tile boxes until Mother's Day! That was one of my most favorite products. The announcement board says that they will probably be permanent after that.When you do finish your store make sure you post about it on the "Members Profile" board. That's where they pick the featured stores from.
Argh! Those tile boxes are too cool, oh well. I'll just add them later. I generally scan my paintings in at 300 dpi if I'm intending to make prints of them.
I'll be sure to post when the store is finished! At the rate I'm going, it might be a few days still....
I've been scanning all of my work at 400 dpi. What kind of printer do you use for your prints or do you get them done somewhere? I've been using a Lexmark Z65. It prints wonderful detail (4800 x 1200 dpi on photo paper) but I'd like to be able to make larger sized prints.
I can't wait to see it! I'm sure your doing a great job :)
I've got an HP 1220C Professional Series. I love it - it works great for prints and for fun projects in general. It prints up to 13"x19" too, which is nice to make larger prints in addition to normal 8x10s. It was around $450 when I bought it, but I've seen them now for $350-$400. Well worth the money!
Does that HP use waterproof ink? Mine doesn't which is a pain! I spray all my prints with UV resistant clear coat which makes them more waterproof. Well either way I'd love to make bigger prints. I better start saving some $$$ :)
that salvage place sounds so freaking cool!!! i wonder if there is a place like that here, hmm. man just immagine the house you could build, must stop daydreaming....