So I thought I'd post the pics of what I'm going to be sending to Ellie Lash, in thanks for all the people she sent this way when I had the Name That Press contest. She has twin boys, and their room is bug-themed, so the subject choice was obvious. I had a lot of fun doing these bugs!
I'm actually trying to research archival paper/printer set-ups right now so I can make smallish (8 1/2" square) copies (thus making them much more affordable) of the children's monotypes and sell them on Etsy. Everything has to be done online, as Hawaii is frustratingly lacking in any kind of specialty store for art stuff. Or quilting stuff for that matter. Can you believe there's not a single store here (to my knowledge) that sells any designer quilting fabric like Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, or Sandi Henderson? Drives me nuts. Any entrepreneurial go-getters out there, make a note of that wide-open niche. I am really looking forward to being able to walk into a quilt shop, see and feel the beautiful fabric, and look at possible combinations in real life. What a luxury. But I digress...
I can't find anyplace on island that sells archival watercolor-texture paper that is specifically sized for a home printer (specially made for making copies of artwork ), nor can I find a place that sells flat sheets of cardboard so I can ship my larger monotypes. Grrr. The cardboard's gotta be available here somewhere, I just haven't figured out who has it. If not, I'm a sitting duck because I looked online for how much it would cost to ship a pack of flat cardboard here, and it was about $100 JUST FOR THE SHIPPING!! I can sort-of justify that when I'm buying a bunch of expensive, heavy cans of printing ink or a huge pack of art paper, but for cardboard?! It just hurts too much to blow more money on the shipping than it costs to buy the product itself.
Anyway, one of the many "perks" of living on a rock way out in the middle of the ocean. :-) I actually have started an Etsy shop already, but I only have a few black and white prints on there because I've got to figure out this whole shipping issue and I still need to figure out what to do about making copies of the little monotypes. Sooo...I'm going to hold off on making the big "I HAVE AN ETSY SHOP!" announcement til then.
In the meantime, enjoy checking out some of the future merchandise here on my blog. And Ellie, your monotypes really are coming your way, as soon as I get them scanned/photographed to my satisfaction!