October 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
Get this digital download for only $3!
Hang this adorably creepy black cat sign on your door or in a window to welcome the little Trick or Treaters this Halloween. You will get a 10″ x 16″ digital download that can be printed on 11″ x 17″ card stock at any printing store.
October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
October 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
Have a bunch of poster prints or pieces of art packed away in storage because you can’t afford to get them framed? I feel your pain, and figured out how to fix the problem. In this post I will show you how to make cheap homemade picture frames for your home!
I had seven pictures I wanted to frame. The largest was nearly 40 inches long and would have cost me, at the cheapest, $60 for a thin 1″ metal frame plus glass and shipping costs from a “cheap” online custom frame shop. Ridiculous, right? So, here we go.
There’s two options here for your frames.
1) Thrift stores
2) Home Improvement stores
The custom frame idea started a few weeks ago when I headed to my local Goodwill to look for some shirts. I came across this awesome Gustav Klimt print in a really ugly gold frame but just had to get it.
My husband had some black spray paint lying around so I figured I’d just change the color. Easy peasy.
I put down some large roll kraft paper I found on Amazon Prime. You can get it in stores like Lowes and Home Depot as well. I tucked it underneath the frame so I wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of taking out the print and glass.
HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES
The second option is making a frame totally from scratch. You’ll need wood pieces, a miter box and hand saw, nails and a hammer, wood joiners, D hooks, frame wire, flat push-pins, wire nails (skinny nails about 1-1.5″ long), and matte board. It’s a little bit of an investment, but it will save you HUGE in the long run if you have more than one frame to do.
I went to Lowe’s and came across these crown molding strips. They were fairly cheap, averaging $4-5 dollars for a 92″ piece.
Here’s your miter box. You’re going to cut your wood pieces at 45 degree angles so they fit together in a square.
Here’s where I ran into a problem. When trying to get the pieces to stick together I tried Liquid Nail (a heavy caulk) and super glue. Both fell apart. You’re going to want to hold two pieces together and hammer a wire nail from the outside side of the frame into both pieces. The spray paint will cover up the nail, so don’t worry about the way it looks.
On the back you’re going to hammer in the wood joiners on the corners of the frame to hold the pieces together even better. You can find them at some Home Depots. Screw in two D hooks and loop the wire through. Spray paint the frame. Then cut your matte board down to size. You may need to tape your print to it to keep it flat. Put the picture in the frame and nail some flat push-pins into the wood. I found those at a Binders Artist Supply store. They’re bendable so that you can get the picture out if you need to.
And that was it. Pretty simple, really.
Hope this helps all you thrifty crafters out there!
September 23, 2014 § 1 Comment
I’ve sporadically sold a few things in the new shop but I’d like to get some consistent sales going. I’d like my items to be affordable enough to guarantee your happiness and hopefully gain some long-term return customers as well. I’m still trying to find that pricing “sweet spot” for my online sales and hope the new costs are better suited to you guys!
Plushies are now $10-15.
And all art prints are from $7-10.
Hope you can find something you like! If you have any plushy ideas send me an email at FairRabbitArt@gmail.com or leave a comment below. The weirder the idea the better (include as many descriptions as possible, such as color, clothing, shapes, etc if you want). If I pick your idea you will get a sewn version of your plushy for free! Don’t worry. There’s no limit to how many winners there can be. Just has to be a winner of an idea. ;)
September 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
While I was sitting here tonight listening to Clam Casino’s “Numb” for the bazillionth time this week, I thought “Hey you, I wonder if everyone else is as weird as you…obsessive with songs to the point of madness. What DO people listen to for their artistic inspiration?” I know for me without music there’s absolutely nothing going on inside my brain artistically and I stare at the paper blankly. And for some reason my soul likes the darker, droning type of stuff to really get into the mood. Something etherial with a beat, other worldly, something that makes me feel like I could close my eyes and fly out into the night sky and into a dream, and kick butt while doing it…you know, silly romantic stuff like that. Ha.
Thought maybe you all would like a small playlist of my favorites. My husband is really into post rock, which I love, but can’t focus on anything while listening to it. I’d love to hear what you’re listening to, too. That melody or music that just GETS you. Ya know?
Clams Casino – “Numb”
[fan-made video contains some disturbing images, but some really awesome ones from The Fountain as well]
White Lies – “Death” (Chase & Status Remix Re-edit)
[Turn it up for a good drop at minute 1:10]
Birthday Massacre – “Leaving Tonight”
[Long-time favorite band. Get to see them this November! Yay]
The Engine Room – “A Perfect Lie”
[Like “Numb”, this is another great drone song. Listen to it over and over and over and over…. The song kicks into high gear at 2:06. Gotta turn this one all the way up too]
Monoral – “Kiri”
[From the anime Ergo Proxy. Can you believe this is a Japanese band? Yeah, me either]
September 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’ve been working on some new stuffed animal ideas. Here’s a digi of a ghost from an old painting. It will be about a foot tall when it’s sewn.
I’m gonna do a few more “scary” themed creatures for the upcoming Halloween season. I’ll keep you updated on them coming to Etsy in the following weeks.
September 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
D Con was a blast, but I was essentially freaking out all weekend. It’s a great opportunity for local artists, but it’s expensive as all out. I was hoping to sell at least enough to cover my gallery and print shop costs. If any of you have ever done a show, you know the space usually isn’t free. When I showed two years ago I sold about twenty prints and that was it. It covered my costs, but just barely, and I was still paying out of pocket for parking to load/unload items and the tickets to actually attend. For all the stress it didn’t seem worth it, and essentially that’s why I didn’t redo it last year. This year however, and I don’t know why it hit me, but the urge was there…to try again. And oh my god was it worth it!
I just got back from packing up at Con with my husband. We took 15 of my originals to show, and when we got to my gallery board tonight only three were still hanging there. I…honestly thought maybe someone had stolen the rest? I was kind of in shock. Turns out I had sold TWELVE original paintings in one weekend. We went to the print shop. Out of 150 prints I took, 45 sold. The little person who lives in my head was silently doing a jig while the Dragon Con volunteer checked us out. In total, it more than enough covered the costs of the whole weekend, plus some. I’m so excited to try again next year!
Speaking of next year, if you saw my latest post it went through an explanation of the new things I’m starting to do. As the title of that post probably explains pretty well, I started a beautiful new website (www.FairRabbit.com)
And I started an Etsy store where it’ll be easier to find originals and prints! (www.Etsy.com/store/FairRabbit)
The mood struck to start sewing cute little critters. My original oil paintings all included little monsters or animals and thought a great way to be able to sell toys was to start making affordable plushies as well. A few are already up and sold out in the store (don’t worry, more are coming!) and I’m in the works of making more designs!
I’m hoping to get a booth at DCon next year and start selling these little guys there. I’ve come to realize the sweet spot at conventions where college kids are the main participants, is about the $20 mark or under for small items and $180 or less for larger. Just a helpful hint for anyone new to the scene (cuz I certainly was selling stuff for way too much my first time, hence the small sales count).
Anyway, stay tuned and sign up for email updates if you haven’t already because I’m planning on taking this Etsy thing by storm. I’m hoping to get new items up every week [Whew!]. It’s hard work but super rewarding and I can’t say thank you enough to the people who have contributed to sales and who encourage me with words. It’s all very much appreciated and I love you!