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Framed Prints

Canvases of my photos have been available for sale for a while at a local beach restaurant. But they’re redecorating at the moment. So I thought it might be time to change things up a bit. I’ve asked them to put up some framed prints instead.

The prints have been ordered, the frames purchased. Now it’s a wait for them to come together and take them in. Which will mean a trip to the beach. Probably lunch. Definitely with the camera now the weather is clearing a bit.

The prints, including the frames will be on sale for £15 each. The canvases were up for £30 each.

Prints are 8 x 10 inches, and each is mounted in a basic frame. I’ve chosen wood grain frames. Some are deeper, some have a narrow frame, some wider. I wanted to mix it up so they’re not all the same. If the restaurant owners want to they can mix the canvases with the framed prints, or spread them about.

Frame prints

If you want any of the framed prints, or canvases, and you can’t get down to Aberavon, let me know.

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Would you buy prints?

I am debating possibly expanding. No not my waistline, although that seems to be happening all by itself… But that’s another thing. After a facebook conversation and some thought, I wonder if you might be interested in some of my images as prints. I’m thinking around A4, or similar in size, with a card mount. You could put the print in a frame of your own choice, or not – it’s up to you.

Would you put my pictures on your wall?

Silhouette at sunset - prints

I’m looking into products I can offer for sale that are reasonable to post. There’s no actual shop you can go into and pick one up off a shelf. It’s all online, and there’s only me here. This is a small hobby business at the moment, so there’s no team of people looking after dispatch, orders, customer service, marketing. It’s just me.

Taking into consideration that there’s also not much storage space in my house until the kids leave home – and I’m not kicking them out any time soon! Any product has to be reasonably small, easy to store, and lightweight enough to be posted from my local village post office, which is tiny.

Greetings cards were the obvious first choice. The canvases I’ve had made are fine for local venues, and possibly future craft fair events. But canvases are bulkier and more difficult for me to post. Once I factor in the cost of packaging materials, boxes, and postage, it’s not really something I want to venture into right now.

But a print, in a card mount, in a card backed envelope? I can do that. Those wouldn’t take up too much space, and would be reasonable to post too.

Steel works at sunset - prints

So, I am planning a small range of prints to be available in time for Christmas. Do you have any preferences? Are there any images in the galleries that you love?

Let me know and I can consider either including an image as a commission for you, or put the most popular images in the first selection.

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Storm Callum

Today South Wales is being lashed by Storm Callum. The sensible thing to do would have been to stay at home.

All across the local area rivers have burst their banks and some people have had to leave their homes. Roads have been closed, trains cancelled, and bridges overwhelmed. Police and all other advice is to stay at home. Don’t travel.

So, we decided to head for the beach.

This is the UK, it’s not a hurricane. Storm Callum is nasty, with strong winds, and massive amounts of rain. Driving along the main road I’ve never seen so much water in places where there isn’t usually water.

But the main roads are fine. Side roads, and roads over or close to swollen rivers might be flooded, but the main roads are fine. And the worst is over, according to the forecast.

We made it to the beach with no problem, and the waves were powerful. But, because of the weather, I didn’t take the camera with me. Sorry. Actually that’s the one thing Aberavon is rubbish for. As a result of the long flat stretch of golden sand, the waves have nothing to show the scale against. There’s no context.

So, although it was dramatic, and the sea was rough, the waves powerful, the photography was not great.

But we made it, had a lovely lunch, and then made it home safely too.

storm callum

 

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Canvases and Greeting Cards

When working with images, photographs, any visual art, the most obvious saleable products are probably canvases and greeting cards, posters, or framed prints.

I’ve had some small canvases available for sale in my favourite beach restaurant for a while now. They attract comments and people seem to like them. But without any indication they might be for sale, they haven’t sold, yet. So, I made some signs, and that should help. After all, it’s a restaurant, not a gift shop, or art gallery.

canvases and greeting cards

This morning, the new batch of greeting cards arrived. I’ve checked them and all looks good. So now I’ll be adding each new design to the shop. First I’ll update the restocks, and update the descriptions, then add the new ones. It’s going to take some time, please bear with me.

Greeting cards are available online in the shop. I will make sure your order is posted out to you as soon as possible after payment is received and cleared. At worst, if you order late on a Saturday night, I might not be able to get to a post office until Wednesday. Usually, I’d get your order posted within 2-3 days.

At the moment canvases are only available through Franco’s at Aberavon beach, but I’m considering adding some to the site too. Would you be interested?

Canvases and greeting cards are 2 different things. I can pop an order for greeting cards in the post easily. But a canvas will need packaging, more careful handling. These are things I need to consider before adding canvases to the shop.

I have a current favourite photo that I’m going to have made into a nice size print to go on my own wall. So a canvas order could well be going in soon. Let me know if you’d be interested, and which photos you might like to see.

 

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New Greeting Card Designs

Silhouette at sunset

Over this weekend I have been preparing images for some new greeting card designs. I made sure to include some previous designs that were popular, and sold out, too.

It wasn’t easy to choose the images. But they are with the printer and I now wait for the cards to arrive. When they do I’ll check the quality and assuming all is well, the new designs will be added to the shop.

But, you want a peek at what’s coming? There you are, gallery below with all 25 images.

This is a selection of the photos I am most proud of, the images that make me smile. I hope you agree.

Unfortunately, with printing and shipping costs to consider, the price of cards has had to go up to £2.50. I do apologise but this is a necessary increase, and not one I applied lightly. This does mean that I’ve been able to keep the shipping to you free, as long as up to 5 cards are ordered. Six or more will incur a postage fee, and a tracked or signed for service will also have a cost applied. It’s all worked out at the checkout stage in the shop.

I try to get to the post office as often as I can but sometimes there can be a short delay. Please bear in mind it’s only me here, and I have to fit this around family, and my other job.

The new greeting card designs

The new greeting card designs will be available for you to buy very soon, I hope you like them. As always, any feedback, comments, or thoughts, are welcome and I will try to answer every one.

An apology

Now, I do owe some of you an apology. The comments from an earlier post have been deleted by accident. I’m not sure how, but they’re gone. It wasn’t intentional, I think I pressed the wrong button. I am sorry. I appreciate and value every comment made (apart from the ones trying to sell me pharmaceuticals!).

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