Hello there my creative friends it’s been a while! I hope you’re all well and are as creative as ever. Today I wanted to share a wheekly exciting update and some inky advice with you aspiring creatives.
Update one: I’ve started a little inky project and blog called the Guineapig wheekly . It’s an illustrated small pet blog and a little side to this inky business I’m passionate about. I blog 8 times a month about lots of different things from pet advice to tutorials and more.
My point I wanted to make with all of you is I found a way to combine two passions together and really connect with over 3000 people through it and my artwork.
I even created a little wheekly shop and product line of greetings cards, notebooks, decal stickers and a colouring book to boot.
By doing this I realised where I felt a little lost before in my creative business and maybe you feel the same? I was trying to promote myself and my artwork, but I didn’t realise that sharing a love with others and joining that with your creative passion could really connect with so many people.
Also if somethings not working don’t be afraid to try something new. Be brave my creative friends and if you have two passions why not put them together?
Sometimes its scary to try new things when you pour your heart into something for so long. Art isn’t an easy path but if you know the road you’re following and are focused you can find people who connect with what you do and want a piece of your talent. For months and months I made artwork that I purely felt other people would like, so many of us fall into that hole of trying to fit the role of pleasing others however art is about self enjoyment to.
You have to make art you are excited to produce, excited to share and excited to make again and again. I recently realized where a part of my inky passion lies and wish I had discovered it months ago. This isn’t to say I don’t love producing elegant inky drawings but by combining my illustration with another passion its like double the fuel to keep going, because I’ve also found people who share that passion and admire my talents.
So my best advice would be that if something you are trying isn’t working, it doesn’t mean its a bad idea because sometimes great idea’s need tweaking and making even more fabulous than they were before.
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!
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.
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.
(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!