I ordered prints today! Day 139

Today John and I went to Bobcaygeon and ordered prints of my paintings! We visited Lara at Spitting Images in Bobcaygeon and she was very helpful.

They do fine art prints on paper as well as printing the image on canvas and stretching it so there were quite a few options. I will be doing a limited edition of each print in order maintain the integrity and uniqueness of my work. People who have purchased originals have appreciated the fact that they own an item that can’t be bought anywhere else in the world. As an artist and a lover of art I recognize not everyone can afford an original piece. To find a compromise I have settled on producing fine art prints of some of my work in order to allow potential customers a lower priced alternative.

I settled on a fine art print on paper of the Muskoka chairs (called “Always Room for Friends“) and Tied to a Dream.

I have done four different paintings of apple blossoms that were displayed as a series during my exhibition at The Lindsay Gallery. I decided to have these reproduced on canvas at half their original size. The final product will be 12″ x 12″ stretched canvas.

I’ve also ordered some fine art cards featuring my artwork – some are 6″ square and some are 5″X7″ – depending on the original painting.

The order should be ready in 2 – 3 weeks and in the meantime I’m exploring pricing and options for an online shop. I know of Etsy and Meylah – I’d love to hear from artists about their experience with their online shops. What works for you and what doesn’t? Can you recommend a platform? I appreciate any advice and guidance you have!

Shortly I will have limited edition prints available of this painting!


15 thoughts on “I ordered prints today! Day 139

  1. Sophy

    Congratulations! Excellent choice of piece to print, I love this one.
    I’m currently in the process of doing the same thing, so I would very much like to exchange thoughts and ideas about online shopping. 🙂

    1. bstonehouse

      Absolutely! This is a little scary and I’m making it up as I go so I’d love to chat to share our experiences and what works and what doesn’t.

  2. Olo O'matthew

    Wonderful News ! Great job. Very promising. I’m also in the process of finding a print shop that can turn my Digital Paintings, Comics, Drawings, ect.. into prints. Glad I found this blog!

      1. Olo O'matthew

        I’m in the researching phase of it right now. Honestly the company you linked in this blog is the best one i’ve seen so far ! The quality looks really nice.

        1. bstonehouse

          We went to their studio today and they do beautiful work. They showed me the different types of paper they had and they displayed a number of canvas prints on their walls. They also had a good display of their cards. They will be sending me a proof by email and since I live in the vicinity (they’re half an hour away) they said they’d print a sample for me to review before they completed my order.

          1. Olo O'matthew

            That sounds like a remarkable experience. This is truly proving to be a better option then anything I can google up. I live about 2000 miles away, but i’m sure they ship.

  3. mye1212

    Congratulations! I love both those paintings! Etsy can be lucrative, but you have to work all the angles and stay on top of things, like your listings. They do have a powerful search engine. My nephew is a furniture designer and he has built his business on Etsy. He does everything from a lamp to furniture for a 60 seat restaurant. Do you have a Kindle? I can recommend an Ebook “Etsy 101: Sell your crafts on Etsy” by Steve Weber. I got it for free, but even if you have to pay for it, it’s resonable. It’s a how-to guide to getting your stuff online.
    I’m interested in your prints…I may have to save up for them, but I’m definately interested.

    1. bstonehouse

      Thank you so much Monique. I’ll be sure to check out that book, it sounds very interesting. I truly appreciate that you like my work and take the time to visit my blog. Brenda

  4. emjayzed

    Have you considered the idea of creating your own web page and using your blog to direct traffic there? It sort of cuts out the “middle man” and leaves you with the control. I got some good marketing ideas like this from “Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk.

    I’m considering trying to build my own website for another project I have going – but Id be interested to hear what you find also.

    1. bstonehouse

      I have considered doing that. I’ve talked to some people who have Etsy stores and although there are some downsides the really big upside to it is the amount of traffic they have. The people who go to Etsy are generally looking for handmade items too so that’s a bonus.

      1. emjayzed

        That’s true, I considered that too. There’s a watercolour artist I follow who sells her work via eBay (who I find are cheaper with their fees etc than Etsy) but I guess eBay isn’t “art specific” so it would be the traffic issue again. Good luck with it – I look forward to hearing what you find!

        1. bstonehouse

          I guess it really all comes down to traffic and getting people to see your stuff. I just have to make a decision and get moving on it!

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