Archive for March, 2009

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Tugging of the Heartstrings…

March 30, 2009
Hugs!!!

Hugs!!!

It’s not often I read an email that tugs at my heartstrings, but today I received an email that made me feel elated and brought a glint of tears to my eyes. It made me realize how much art is not just something you make but something you share.

I thank them for writing me and letting me know that my artwork has helped them in a personal way. I think if more artists learned how people were affected positively by their artworks, it would help remind them why they do art.

Some artists might do art just for the money and nothing else but you have to have heart in your work for it to really touch people and to make it believable. Anyone can draw, but a real artist can draw you in. I’ve seen many artists who’s hearts come out in every piece they paint or draw. Some examples of artists I adore andΒ  find have so much love and heart in their works are:Β  James Guerney (author of the Dinotopia series) and Steve Hanks (watercolor artist.)

Artwork is honest. It comes from within and spreads indiscriminately to the outside world. The public either loves it or they don’t. Everyone has their own personal style or artist they find “speaks” just to them. It’s not just a matter of taste but of feeling and emotion.

Anyway… This email made me realize that my art isn’t only for me but for others. Once I let my “art” loose upon the world, it will find it’s way toddling into many homes. Some will take it in and others will shoo it away to the next potential “home.” I will always own it and love it but others will own it and love it aswell.

~L~

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20% off Canvas Prints at Redbubble

March 25, 2009

Get 20% off wrapped canvas prints at checkout from Redbubble till Sunday, March 29th, 2009.

No coupon code needed. Just add a wrapped canvas print to your cart for your discount. Redbubble also guarantees that your canvas print(s) will ship in two business days or they’re free.Β  Sounds like a good deal to me!

See more details here.

~L~

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Make your own Stickers!

March 22, 2009

I just made my order Wednesday (I think it was) for the Kodak Gallery and I already got them today! I was surprised and amazed that using the USPS is faster (and much cheaper) than UPS. πŸ˜›

Other than that… here’s a comparison of all the stickers I’ve bought from three different sites:

Snapfish:
1 sheet of 20 customizable stickers. They have borders so they don’t stick to the other stickers around them. The paper is nice and shiny.

Zazzle:
1 Sheets of 20 stickers. These are customizable too but I choose one of my simple designs just for an example. These are round and separated by some space on the page so they aren’t sticking together. These are nice and shiny.

Kodak Gallery:
2 sheets per order; 30 total stickers of one design. These are right next to each other, square stickers, the full bleed kind and from the Martha Stewart Collection. I didn’t get the bordered ones or I’d have to choose between holiday or baby type designs as a border. I bought the full bleed ones and they’re nice and shiny. My only complaint is they didn’t put “do not bend” on the outside so the mailman stuck it in my apt box which is big but not that big. They weren’t bent up badly so I don’t have an issue beyond them not using a “do not bend” stamp on the envelope. Everyone else puts that on their packages

Overall, the sticker quality on all three sites is great. I’d have liked to have a choice between the stickers they do have (typical sticker paper) and maybe either a decal version or a see thru seal for envelopes kind of version.

~L~

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Farscape 10th Anniversary Tee

March 21, 2009
This is a limited time offer for fans of Farscape. Get it while it lasts!
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News on Photo Print sites I frequent…

March 20, 2009

If you’re an amateur photographer and like buying prints online, here’s some news about Kodak Gallery‘s website update. I was sent an email from them recently that any current member with less than 2 GBs of space used will have to pay a fee or atleast buy one item per year costing $4.99 or more to keep their account current and active. With the new policy on Kodak, I finally decided to buy something: photo stickers. When I get them I’ll let you know how they look. I have to admit though, their buying process is the easiest I’ve tried and their shipping costs are minimal compared to other sites I buy from.

Kodak’s policy change is not much different than the policies of similar sites such as Snapfish. The only difference between the two is that Snapfish doesn’t give you a dollar amount you have to spend to keep your account active. Their site policies pretty much state: “buy one thing a year to keep your account active” without specifying an amount. Still,Β  regardless of what you buy at Snapfish, you’ll end up spending atleast $5 dollars but it’s all worth it.

I’ve bought many things from Snapfish and loved the quality, especially their postcards. Everything I print as a postcard has come out looking professional as if it were from a real store. I don’t know what kind of paper or printing processes they use (maybe I should read their site more closely πŸ˜› ) but when I think of all the places I’ve bought from online, Snapfish is the best for postcards.

I’ve been a member of KodakGallery for some time but I always forget about their site. If I don’t hear much from a site in the way of ads and emails, I forget about it.Β  Snapfish, Shutterfly and Zazzle constantly send me things. They don’t spam but they send alot of emails heralding sales, new items available and contests which keeps members informed and aware of their site. I think Kodak Gallery could take a tip from these other sites and go the way of the email newsletter to let current and possible new members aware of their presence online.

Photoworks is another great site if you want to buy prints. So far I’ve only bought a keychain of my artwork but the quality was beyond anything I could have imagined. It was one of those thick plastic ones that’s square but it was so pretty and perfect I couldn’t part with it. πŸ˜€ One of the owners or admins of the site recently sent me an email (guess my blog IS getting read by someone out side my group πŸ˜€ ) and told me they’re having a 20% off Photobooks sale. Use coupon code: DOWBOOK20 before March 20th, 2009.

That’s it for the moment… I’ll revise if I see something new.

~L~

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Artistic Expression for the Bored

March 20, 2009

This is a very cool link a friend of mine posted to her Facebook account. I’ll go ahead and post the link to “sketch and paint” although at the moment the server seems to be down.

It’s a very cool app that allows you to both draw, color, save and print the image you drew.

Here are two samples of art I made on the app:

I think for my first attempts, these aren’t half bad. I showed the site to another friend and he said it reminded him of Sumi-e ink painting. I also think with the coloring one it reminds me of those “Oekaki” drawings you see on some anime and Japanese related art sites.

When the server’s back up for the site, let me know what you think. πŸ˜€

The site was created by a young man in Sweden named Tomas Eriksson. I hope his site isn’t down because too many people are visiting. 😦

~L~

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New Sales and News

March 19, 2009

Still plugging away at my art. Getting ready for a wedding for a family member so I may be a bit distracted getting things done for that. I do have alot of new things listed at my Zazzle shop, so drop by and tell me what you think. πŸ˜€

Meanwhile here are some new sales online:

Zazzle:
50% off posters
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Use code ZAZZLEPOSTER
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*50% off posters discount is applied to orders of one or more qualifying posters and applies to the price of the product, not to shipping, taxes, and other charges. The coupon code ZAZZLEPOSTER must be entered during checkout to receive the offer. Offer is valid from March 16, 2009 at 12:01am PDT, through March 21, 2009 at 11:59pm PDT. Your order must be placed during that time to receive this special promotional pricing offer. This offer does not apply to past purchases and may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or discount offers. Offer valid on Zazzle.com only and is not valid on Smilestore.com orders.

You can also earn “points” if you’re a “MyPoints” member if you buy through Zazzle using the same e-mail account for your MyPoints acct. I won’t force you to use me as a referral if you choose to join, but if you choose to ask me to be your referral, I’m happy to do it. πŸ˜€

I’ll post more soon. Need to get ready for work.

~L~