What do you do with all the paintings you finish! In principle sell them, but that does not always happen quite as often as we like to believe from reading social media sites (they are so inspiring though!) My older are stock is piling up because as I have progressed I no longer like them and I don’t see why anyone else would!
A lot of my paintings I print to make my greetings cards and notebooks, but I recently decided to try something new. Images can go on many things these days can’t they. I set about investigating possibilities.
I had to choose one image and have that printed on a variety of media for me to decide what I liked. I only wanted a very small run so this was ideal. I chose my donkey painting because I thought this could look good on the different articles.
This is the range of items I received back. What an excitement and very pleasing to see him reproduced so well.
Donkey printed items – bag, tea towel, mug, coaster, place mat. fridge magnet and key-ring
After that it was just a matter of deciding what I wanted to order and what other paintings I wanted to use…….. more later.
I love doing craft markets, fairs and fetes and so on because it gives me the opportunity to talk with like-minded people about the things that really interest me. I have done a lot of plant stalls where I also sell my greetings cards, but last week I went to a Makers’ Market at the Parish Church in the nearby town of Fakenham.
My stall was predominately made up my artwork, but with spring flowering plants also included to add an extra dimension and to enhance the display.
Usual Plant Stall
New Improved Stall
I love designing a stall and was so pleased to receive several comments on how pretty it looked – great when that’s the look I was going for. There are so many interesting people who stop by to talk, I wonder if they realise how much this means to stallholders. I know it is difficult not to feel that you have to buy something when you stop, but it can also be of great help. Other people will often feel more comfortable stopping at a stall if there is someone there already and they may buy something!
It was a very enjoyable and worthwhile morning, the organisers were very welcoming, the other stallholders really friendly and the range of crafts diverse and high quality. To anyone who is nervous about attending a market I would definately say ‘Have a Go!’