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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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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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The Shop is Open

shop open

I declare the Sarah Barnard shop open for business!

The shop is now open again, and linked to the lower of the top menus.

shop open

I decided to reactivate the shop, and have the greeting cards back on for sale. They sold reasonably well when they were available before, so it makes sense.

All the images used are my own. Cards are A5, 340GSM card stock folded in half to make a landscape card that is A6 in size. Each card is supplied with a plain white envelope for your use. Every card is blank inside for you to write your own message for any occasion.

These are my own designs, printed and supplied by me directly to you.

If you are interested in my images for sale for digital use, my Shutterstock portfolio might be a good place to look.

Maybe it’s a bag, mouse mat, or t-shirt you’re looking for? Then my RedBubble store would be the place to start.

You can find my work in these places in different forms, and as an independent artist I value every view, review, and sale. I appreciate all your interest. If there’s nothing you want to buy right now, I’d love it if you could share something on your own social networks.

Helping small business

You’d pay for the latest mass produced Kardashian perfume, or Beckham merchandise, right? Small businesses need your support. All it might take is a few moments to share something you like, tell people about what you found. It’s not just for me, it’s for all the small businesses out there. Lots of us are working online, trying to get some exposure, and we all need you.

You are vital to the success of small, local, business. Every time you interact with us online, every like, every share, it helps. If you’d think about buying something that would be even better.

Thank you!

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Reconsidering the shop

I know, I said I wouldn’t be reactivating the shop, but the software is all set up. I’ve adjusted the stock to reflect what I actually have here. So I’m reconsidering the shop.

reconsidering the shop

There are books available, and some greeting cards. I have more images to use, and I’ve had some images printed onto blocked canvases.

What would you like to see?

The greeting cards were relatively successful, and I’m waiting to see if the canvases sell through Franco’s restaurant. They have five on the wall, and we’re hoping they do well. If you pop in, each canvas is £30, just ask the staff.

As I am also working out of the house for 3 days each week, I’ll have to consider how and when to dispatch orders. It’ll be a small operation to start with, with just the stock I have here. We’ll see how it goes and if it’s worth continuing.

The shop is still here, just hidden. The question of where to fit it into the new design is still being decided. A separate menu at the top? A new side bar? On the left, top, or right? Featured on the front page? Leave the blog on the front and have the shop elsewhere? It all needs to be taken into account when reconsidering the shop.

I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

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