This is the only new work I made this week, because finally I have made the decision to get some of my images out into the world for sale. It has been something I have been looking into since 2013. At first I thought I would open an Etsy shop, which I still might do at some point, but right now I couldn’t handle all the emails and post and packaging associated with a store front as I have neither the time nor space. I am also not keen on laying out money for stock that may not perform well, and I have nowhere to store unsold work.
I have been looking into various platforms for a while, and finally settled for Redbubble which is a print on demand platform. The site has a really laid-back vibe which I like, and I love the products they offer for printing; I am particularly excited about mugs, notebooks, cards and post cards, phone cases, bags and pencil cases as well as art prints and acrylic blocks. It has involved a lot of research and a huge learning curve, as well as getting down to cleaning up artwork for a really crisp, professional finish, and playing about with my images and designs which let’s face it, I love doing but so far it hasn’t yielded much of interest to share either here or on Instagram because everyone has already seen the images.
I understand I won’t make a living through Redbubble, but I am very interested in licensing designs and any extra revenue stream from royalties on sales is very welcome, no matter how small. Besides which, it’s so satisfying to get your work out there and see it on different products! When I was 12 years old my biggest dream was to have my own line of stationery, and I used to sit for hours on end drawing designs for letter papers, envelopes, greetings cards and note books. It’s nice to see not much has changed in 48 years! - except I have graduated to a much larger room in the house, and I enjoy the ‘homework’ associated with what I do these days.
Thanks for visiting, see you next week!