Archive for the 'etsy' Category

21
Apr
09

Digital Scrapbooking Kits underway

Although I only occasionally scrapbook, I do do Digital Scrapbooks.  These are usually private pages but I still really enjoy doing them.  Recently they’ve started looking more and more like collages (especially Zetti-style collages) – so I thought I’d look into producing my own Digital Scrapbook Kits for people like me.

Currently I’m designing my first one and it’s taking FOREVER – honestly – so much work goes into these things.  And being the perfectionist that I am I’m sure they’ll take even longer for me.

However, while I’m doing that, I sketched out some Kokeshi dolls yesterday – then coloured them this morning using Photoshop.  I really do love Vectors but sometimes I like something a wee bit rougher (and I struggle with vectors sometimes).

So here they are for sale on Etsy 🙂  Offered as .png and .jpeg files.  This is the first set – more to come 🙂  I’m going to go back to the V&A later today to get some more ideas for colours and patterns.

Kokeshi Dolls on Etsy - Set 1

Kokeshi Dolls on Etsy - Set 1

19
Jan
09

Now on Cafe Press

At last! CafePress is ‘in the UK’ – well – it has a British side to it.  So I’ve set up a shop to sell my designs on t-shirts and cards.  It’s all Melanie’s fault 😉  Hopefully someone will see them and like them – I need to upload a few more Ooookies to it but I’ll get round to that later.  I’ve been on the laptop so long it’s getting quite annoying!

You can find my shop here: http://www.cafepress.com/Fidgetrainbow

14
Jan
09

magic, illusion and mind-fuckery

mesmerism

When I was younger had a fascination with the world of Illusion and Magic. I was often glued to the television whenever David Copperfield performed his annual extravaganzas – and would have enjoyed Paul Daniels more if he wasn’t such a squashed head creep! However, as I grew older and more sceptical I lost my love of this world.

A few years ago, we went to Cyprus on holiday and I had many books to read. Unfortunately on the penultimate day I ran out of reading material so we popped to a shop near our hotel. There I picked up a book I’d never seen or heard of before – Carter Beats The Devil. In fact I’d never heard of the illusionist, Carter before. If you haven’t read the book – DO. It’s a fantastic romp, some factual, most fiction.

Book Cover for Carter Beats The Devil

Book Cover for Carter Beats The Devil

Anyway – my interest was further piqued when The Prestige came out. I loved this film – even after I knew the twist I loved it even more! There was something about that form of entertainment, in a time when people were desperate to understand and know about spiritualism and the supernatural, that just interests me so much. Not just that, the performers themselves were so interesting.

I’ve managed to get some jpegs of posters and photos of magicians and their shows – I’d love to have some originals though. I know a shop in Cecil Court, where I’ve bought some vintage photographs and postcards, that sells original posters. However at the moment they are VERY much out of my price range – one day 🙂

Yesterday they showed Derren Brown’s Evening of Wonders on Channel 4. Every time I watch that guy I’m searching for clues – however I can never spot them. I can never tell what he’s doing. We went to see him a couple of years ago and afterwards we didn’t shut up for hours trying to work it all out. I personally think the guy is an evil genius 🙂

I really want to see him live again – M always says that he’d HATE to be invited onto stage but I think it would be great to be invited up there and and to see whether he could read me or not.

On another note – new characters created on Illustrator CS3 by me and turned into cards:

holding on to your love
Holding on to your love

baby bird
My new logo based on some sketches I did. I’m really impressed with how close this came out to my original drawing – I didn’t scan it in and just experimented on Illustrator 🙂 – Yesterday was the first time I even tried my hand at Illustrator!

the long legged flying monster
The long legged flying monster – designed by me 🙂

Just to note – all backgrounds were from mediaslap.com and are free for use commercially.

13
Jan
09

New Cards – I’m REALLY pleased with these

I’ve been SO sick this weekend – I’ve got another chest infection godamnit – but it does mean I can be even MORE creative.

So there’s a new range of cards on offer on etsy – they’ve already been featured in two treasuries 🙂  They’ve printed off SO well – I really must photograph them today and add to my listings.  The colours and vibrancy are awesome – I LOVE my printer now I have it working properly.

Anyway – here are the new range of ‘Innocent Invaders’ cards – SO grateful to Mediaslap.com for the brushes.  I’m currently designing my own vector monsters so my cards can be UBER-original 🙂  :

I want a hug I think you're very special I only have eyes for you

hello hello

erm ...

You can purchase the cards (and other wonders!) here.

12
Jan
09

New Valentines ACEOs and attempts at collage!

I have some sort of infection – not sure if it’s in my chest – feels more bronchial than chest.  Not happy, not happy at all.  More time off work, more pressure, more stress.

I’ve been busy updating the free resources section of this site – which seems fairly popular with follks. Let me know what you’d like to see or if there’s anything I can do to improve the pages.

Sales are steady – I’m not covering my expenses yet but there’s time I guess. I just need to promote myself more – so I now have a Flickr for my Etsy:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fidgetrainbowtree

I’ll keep that separate from my photography Flickr which is here:

http://www.flickr/photos/the_polstar

Here are my new Valentines Day Cards (click on image below to take you to my shop on etsy):

the queen of hearts

Then I attempted some collages – I’m kind of pleased but I think I should perhaps leave the text white so you can actually see the words. They’re a bit covered up!:

We're just dolls

"my name is Kaledrina"

08
Jan
09

Valentines Digital Collage Sheets

As a seller on Etsy you realise you have to be up on the annual events that involve mass spending.  It’s a tad sickening in some ways but in others, as long as it’s encouraging handmade purchasing then I’m all for it! 😉

So here are my first Valentines items digital collage sheets for sale:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19430958http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19430958

06
Jan
09

WM3 sale, banners, new pages and where’s my frickin’ sewing machine?

Well – on Polstar Photography I’m finally getting round to my Fundraising for the WM3 (West Memphis Three) – so far I’ve sold a few raising a grand total of $20 – however – I know everyone’s skint after Christmas so it’s going to be an ongoing thing.

I must email Emily White at Margaret Cho’s agency back – she contacted me to see if she could help. I thought it was Keri who dealt with Ms Cho but no. So I’m going to email her later. I have a couple of images I’d like to use, however one of them could NOT be used on Etsy (one of Ms Cho with a prosthetic penis on).

I’ve started making banner sets using all the free, and in the public domain, brushes and fonts I’ve found. Here’s a couple of my favourite examples:

In the Octopus's Garden - Banner and Avatar set

This one isn’t on Etsy yet – but thought I’d see what you think 😉

In The Baby Lizard's Garden Banner and avatar set

Click on image to take you to Etsy.

Let me know what you think!

I’ve added a few more pages to this blog offering links to Public Domain resources.  I realised this morning that many of the fonts I have are not free for commercial use so I’ve spent a lot of time searching for things that are – I’ll put any resources onto these pages that I find.  Hopefully you’ll all find it a great resource 🙂

Finally – where’s my sodding sewing machine?  Actually I do know … according to Parcelforce it’s being sorted in the ‘National Hub’ – M had a lot of trouble before Christmas getting my present through Parcelforce so I hope they don’t screw me around.  Another day staying in tomorrow then I guess!




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