A very inky dot to dot print shop review

Recently I came across a rather inky giclee specialist printers online called ” Dot to dot Printing” as I wanted to set up my own inky prints etsy shop. For those of you who don’t know a “Giclee” is a high quality art print specially printed with a wider colour cartridge range than normal office printers onto archival paper. It’s through giclee printing that you’ll acquire all the colours in your artwork that might come out dull on an everyday printer.

Hence finding a printers like dot to dot is fantastic for us creatives, especially if you wish to sell your work but not have to invest heavily in all the equipment. So if you’re looking to open your own print shop to and maybe pondering whether to “diy” or find someone to help you make beautiful prints, here’s my inky penny’s worth on dot to dot and my experience getting inky with them!

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Based in the UK “Dot to Dot printing” specialises in making high quality artist giclee prints on demand. I instantly thought that having the ability to print on demand the quantity of prints I needed for my shop was a great option, as many printers can often ask for prints to be bought in bulk quantities when you order.   David who runs dot to dot and handles all the intricate inky side of things after passing a few emails back and forth, was really considerate and helpful in answering all my queries and sending out a free sample pack.

 

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In the sample pack were a collection of seven a6 size mini prints, each paper varied in gsm (weight) and some even had a little grain to the surface similar to cold press and hot press papers. I could instantly tell the difference in colour and print quality  and was eager to see what a print of my art would look like professionally done.

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(A little glare on the picture because of the cellophane pocket)

A few days later I’d ordered a proof of my inky woodland cuckoo from David and was over the moon with how it turned out.

  • Bright vibrant colours that matched my original artwork perfectly!
  • All my inky intricate details were retained in the print
  • Lovely quality and weight of paper
  • Really quick turn over and delivery 
  • Reasonable print pricing and quality customer service

As an inky illustrator I couldn’t be more happy with  having found an inky printers to help bring my work to life and through my little shop. Doing everything yourself sometimes can take up more time and committment, so finding someone who as passionate about making beautiful quality prints as I am illustrations is a great thing to find.  So if you’re looking to source your own limited edition prints I’d definitely recommend taking a peek at the dot to dot printing website and seeing what quality giclee prints you can make to!

 Kate x

Happy easter + #easterguinea diy colouring page printable freebie!

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 Happy Easter!

It’s april already and the year is flying by! Since its now the easter holidays though I pondered on the fact that the easter bunny has so much popularity during this time of year, but what about the guineapigs! So getting my inky imagination going and putting pen to paper I created the “Easter Guinea” !

Whilst the easter bunnies elsewhere delivering more eggs, I figured that an extra cute recruit on an egg hunt would be the perfect edition to make this holiday even more fun for piggie lovers and those who love to relax colouring.

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So if you want something to do to pass the time, have fun or help you to relax during the holidays you’re very welcome to print and colour my inky easter guinea! All you have to do is click the above inky image , right click and print ( you may want to check your printer settings to ensure the picture isn’t stretched and prints A4 perfectly ).

Then you can colour away to your hearts content and even do multiple easter guineapigs matching the piggie pals you have at home! Once you’re done I’d love to see your finished easterguineas on instagram, so snap a picture and tag me @kateleonardillustration plus #easterguinea then I can find and admire all your piggies to!

This is my inky easter gift from me to you and you’re welcome to colour it for your own personal use and enjoyment (non-commercial).

Kate x

A trip to Derby and a Pete Mosley talk

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Be Proud . Be yourself . Live the creative life . Take risks” – Pete Mosley

Last week I pottered on down to Derby to the Friargate studio to attend a certain ” business talk for quiet people” I was very excited to see by Creative writer and coach Pete Mosley. I’ve been an admirer of Pete’s creative work after coming across his blog way back when I started my pursuit of a creative career as an inky illustrator and writer.

Being a naturally shy and quiet person I’ve often always found it hard to promote my talents and put myself in front of people socially to share with them what I do. Many of you may no doubt feel this way to and at times rehearse what you do or say to be confident, which in turn means pretending to be someone else entirely to who we really are inside.

Through many of Pete’s blog posts and podcasts which you can find at the Craft & Design  website I’ve been inspired in my own creative work. Taking his creative advice and thinking about things differently, I challenged myself to be a little “cheeky” in some creative cases despite my shy exterior and its started to make positive change for me and my career.  What I learned though through Pete’s inspirational talk is it’s not all that complicated to promote yourself as a shy person,  you just have to find your own way of doing things.

We over think things to seem much more scarier and complex than they are. However once you get past that and find your own way of doing things you can go far even if you’re a quiet business person. I’d really recommend Pete’s talks if you ever get the chance to sit in and listen, his words are genuine down to earth and just what any shy person might need to get going. 

Kate x