getting ready

The summertime BIG CRAFTY is coming up this Sunday, and I have been busy getting things ready for it. I haven't been posting any new paintings on my Etsy site the last couple weeks because I am afraid of having a sparse booth. So far I have accumulated:
12 paintings
20 small collages
50 prints that are in the process of being printed
and my newest venture: 80 art pendants...I am really excited about the pendants. They have been SO easy to make, and they look fantastic. I ordered crystal clear glass tiles and sterling silver bails to attach to them. I ordered these from the supply section of Etsy. From a separate store I ordered black metal chains (I wish I could have nice silver chains, but I figured if someone wants to they can get their own and in the meantime it will be nice to have some way to wear it). Then I went to Kinkos and on the color printer I reduced my artwork and collages to fit in these little 1" or 1"x2" areas. It was so easy and so inexpensive! I spent $15.00 to get about 200 little itsy images printed.
In this picture you can see I have been gluing on a decorative back so it isn't just plain white (most of them have a backing from a dictionary page).
I know this type of pendant is popular and perhaps overused these days, but I hope people will see the artwork and not just the trendy glass tile.
I love that I am finally getting into a few things like the prints and these pendants. I feel like I could use a source of income that won't require a constant stream of creative output. Some way to pay the bills for those moments when my painting process is taking it's sweet time or re-fueling. You know?


Linda said...

Wow! You've been busy! Paul was looking for your latest work ~ now we know what's up!
Hope the show goes well for you - brings back fond/hectic/profitable memories of Sunapee!
would love close ups of the pendants! I'm going to have to send a "buyer" to the show to get some of your fabulous work :)

Erin said...

I love the pendant idea! Trendy is sometimes good. And I think it's a great thing. I am sure people will love it!

Adam said...

Hopefully trendy will mean lots of people will buy them.

Daisie said...

I love the little pendants, a really good idea!
Good luck at the weekend!

Mandy said...

I would totally wear one of them. Trendy is not always bad. What a great idea. Good luck at the show, and have fun. I miss you.
love, mandy

Meghan said...

I think they are awesome, and as soon as you put them up on your etsy site, I want one! :)

Liz said...

Have so much fun! I will come visit your booth this year. I think last year Adah had just been born or was about to be... I can't wait to see these in person!

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited about the energy around the profitability of your creative process. I know that can be a dicey thing, and CAN take some of the joy out of creating, but I don't think it has to. When I worked at Walker Creek, the most profitable thing we made was tables. It didn't take that long to crank them out, and as a large piece of furniture, they sold for a hefty price. But that hardly means they were purely for profit purposes. Each one was a work of art, lovingly hand crafted--planed and sanded to silky perfection that can only come with a hand finish. Just because it had a good profit margin didn't diminish each table's beauty.

I can't wait to hear how the show goes, and I can't wait to see those pendants up close! Most of all, I can't wait to be able to wear a piece of your art close to my heart!

love you,