The favourite product I have experimented with this year is my stationary writing set. The idea had been bubbling for a while, I am happy with the new toned down colours and the packaging. I love doing the packaging more than anything else. It is helping me get a feel for my products and a style for QuirkyLime. It has been screen printed in the freezing garage. I have a few left to sell in my shop.
It is like early Christmas, last week the calendar and this week the long awaited (if only by me) recipe posters. I have done a very quick collection of photos, to start sharing them. I never knew our run down front seat could be so beautiful. More on the posters later. The wild front garden turned out to be the ideal outdoor studio
Avoiding Christmas I wanted to send a New Years card. I really just wanted to send a pineapple, ...well why not ... so I did. I screen printed the cards in the garage in the freezing cold, the warm colours kept me cheerful, but I needed a hairdryer to dry the ink between colours.
I prepared the screen at the printing press
All the wrapping paper of Christmas was folded into envelopes.
I have photographed them, and am tying 400 knots this week. Let me know what you think. The A1 calendar is delicately screen printed in a turquoise blue upon sturdy white card and strung with green check ribbon. Split into three, four months hang in each section, and the calendar comes with Velcro adhesive fastening strip. mine hangs on her door – a visual reminder that a trip or adventure is never far away.
£25 for sale in the shop
These cards have been brewing for some time. We always draw our cards in house, this involves mainly Dora drawing some friends. I thought it would be nice for her to draw it on a more special card, rather than some folded piece of paper, so it is that little more special.
All the cards also have a space for the artist to claim his art work. On the back they can practice their signature, for future artwork. It says Designed by:
When it is birthday season (not until August), Dora is almost like a little Dali, wading her way through a pile of thank you cards, one at a time. At least now, when she again refuses any more colour than a ball pen, I get that obsessive colour in anyway.
So if you want the originals, you better get ordering as I won't be doing anymore of these! I might think of something else, but the prototypes could be worth money in years to come!!
So QuirkyLime is alive. After selling most of the calendars I have decided on the next poster. DON'T LOSE THE PLOT. I printed it last week and have used nice bright colours, pink and yellow. I wanted to create something lighthearted, uplifting and with a soft edge of obviousness. To find out more and buy it visit my shop I have printed only 10 to sell. They are all unique, I love the imperfections of screen printing, and have for ages been trying/experimenting to recreate them deliberately. So here the edges are created by the squeegee. I love the edges, and the impection of the yellow text too. My favourite ones are where the pink is not perfectly covered. See below the ten final ones.
I have done some photos (last one is only mine) for the website, and my friend, Kath - the photographer, helped me to take some cool ones in Claire's amazing show home.
Thanks to you both.
Look, what do you think?
The next thing I have to learn, on this journey of becoming an online shopkeeper, is marketing.
I have started creating my profile, which is a big job. Who am I, how do I want to be perceived as funny or serious? As a family, as mum or not that open? It is a very interesting task. You have to dig deep, mainly because it is on so many different levels (linked in, facebook, blog, shop) you have to be consistent and so very honest.
I am also redoing aleatoria's website (my bread and butter). So it feels like I could spend weeks behind the computer. I am effectively borning myself online as we speak!
So now the new year has made itself comfortable in my front room, I can show you the card I screen printed for me dear friends. I wanted it to be a card people would keep as a positive note. Andy told me 'it is on the fridge to remember i need to try a little harder' Emma said 'I am going to frame it' I hope it will just be positive!
This years new wall calendar here! It is really nice to realise how many requests I have had to not have those two bits of Velcro exposed on the wall, I mean, how many requests for a new calendar.
If you know the dimensions of A paper sizes it is A1, if not - it are 8 A4's tiled, or look at last years calendar for size
Last years calendar was a terrible amount of work, I hand screen printing them myself, so this year I have found a screen printer (hard to come by) in Devon. Dave will printed them for me, now it is down to me to connect them and make them into calendars.
Having learnt from last year I have only ordered snow white card, the colour printing is a lovely orange and tone of Rubina red/pink. It is in 3 parts, so 4 months in each section. Still rounded corners and the connecting ribbon so there will still be a big element of the handmade, Dave just helped me.
There is a limited print run, get in there first! to buy with P&P here (unless the demand is really huge, I won't do a second print run)
you snooze you lose!