Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Lino Printing Fun

I have recently been spending my Tuesday evenings at a little print class at the local sixth form college run by a very talented artist friend of mine.I have already got some print qualifications but always thought that to make prints you needed a press... my friend convinced me I didn't and encouraged me to come along to learn how... I have always loved the process of lino prints, it's so different from gocco, and I love the style of print that comes out of it.
I had a great time learning and it's been inspiring and invigorating to try something different for a change. It's also been wonderful to meet other printers and see how they work. Next term we are going in to greater detail on how to make repeat patterns and hopefully will be printing out own wrapping papers for christmas.In the mean time I shall soon be introducing a couple of my lino prints to Inkmeup... my classic wren design has been give a new twist and of course in the run up to Christmas I am finding myself increasingly Robin focused!
I can't wait for the next lesson... but I really need to do my homework first!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Inkmeup... 1 Year On

I just celebrated my 1 year anniversary in this shop on etsy so traditionally the 1 year mark is a time for me to reflect on the past year, my achievements, my failures and my future plans.
When I first opened Inkmeup I had been selling on etsy for around 3 years already in various guises, Feltmeup Designs being the most successful of them, I had decided to open another shop basically to justify the fact that I have spent a rather large sum of money on a Gocco printer... my only aim was to make back the money I had spent on it and maybe a little extra for supplies so I could keep playing with my new toy... Boy was I in for a shock!
I opened the store in October... just in time for Christmas I thought... and I was right, in the run up to Christmas I hit 100 sales, let's bear in mind I took over a whole year in Feltmeup to get that many. What was I doing right? Beats me really... if I knew I'd probably be a better businesswoman!My whole approach to Inkmeup has been without plan or reason and more or less I just made what I felt like making at the time. Back around July time I bought myself a Gocco stamp so I could print on fabric... I actually love it more than just the normal prints, the ink has a different consistency and gives a gorgeous quality of line on fabric... I have so many Ideas and I haven't even tried half of them!It was around this time that I decided I should stop treating Inkmeup as a hobby and start thinking of it as a business since it was bringing in as much business as Feltmeup so I started the blog and Inkmeup fan page on facebook... I am staunchly resisting having an Inkmeup twitter account, mostly cos I know I wouldn't use it and find the idea of having to build up a new twitter following a bit daunting.I hit 200 sales over the weekend... and I have to admit I am a bit baffled by the success even now. We haven't had any failures as such, the only one being the teatowels I bought to print which I haven't sold a single one of, I think there is just too much competition out there for teatowels... but any I have left at Christmas will make fab presents so I'm not too worried.
I'm pretty sure the future holds good things for Inkmeup too... I have so many ideas, most of which involve quitting my day job, but what I don't have is unlimited time that's the biggest frustration, my Inky days tend to be limited to 1 or 2 a month so I tend to be just frantically printing and then staggering my listing... I don't really have time to develop ideas and take them any further then making pretty prints.

I really hope that between my businesses I can quit my day job soon, my plan for next year is to actually have a plan, quit my day job and set targets... my day job which should only take up 20 hours a week saps all my energy... I you really need energy to be creative!
Here's hoping that this time next year I can write a blog post about my life as a full time crafter! Until that day I just leave you with a link to my Sale section so you can grab a bargain and help me reach my goal!

Friday, 8 October 2010

UK Silly Sale... let the silliness begin...

Tonight at 7pm (GMT that's 7pm in the UK folks) all silliness will break free in the first coordinated UK Silly sale, 24 hours of silly prices, reductions and promoting each other like crazy.

Uk sellers have banded together to bring you a whole world of silliness by reducing their goodies, offering free shipping, standing on their heads, juggling monkeys... no wait ... I'm getting carried away again!

Just go to etsy and type in UK SILLY SALE to find all the bargains on sale and begin your Christmas shopping maybe! This is the best time to pick up a bargain so get on board! I will be offering half price on selected tweets and silly prices on selected prints at Inkmeup but remember it doesn't kick off in earnest till tonight!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

And the winner is...

Drum roll please!!! Sam from A Simple Melody!
Congratulations to Sam a goody bag shall be heading to you soon, Sam also has a lovely folksy shop so why not check out her beautiful work here or become a facebook fan of her shop here!