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How Should I Achieve These Prints?

Today’s post deals with the special finishes I want for some prints in my shop.  Before we get to it I do have a couple small updates.

I’m holding a 4th of July sale!  With the code happy4th18 orders $10 or more get 25% off.  That is my biggest discount ever!  The coupon counts towards the entire store, which includes preorder and clearance items.  The sale goes through July 8th.

Starting yesterday orders over $20 now qualify for free shipping.  It also works with coupons, but the amount may need to be post discount.

I added a little new art recently.  When things calm down it’s going to be a continuous thing.

Aside from that I am still trying to complete a gallery piece.  I also have a book cover to work on, and my friends’ movie blog (plug!).  Then back to comics.

Did you know I have a mailing list?  Click here to subscribe to it!  You’ll get a special sign up coupon, and a birthday coupon.  I may only send an email out once every week or, two.  There will also be sale or coupon notifications within 24 hours of it starting.

Anyway…

My eventual goal for prints, Artist Alley, and the shop is to print from home.  I felt I’d save a lot of time or wait, and money doing so.  I want to be able to print thumbnails for color control.  Work is done in RGB and I always have the worst time converting to CMYK.  If I had a dedicated profile it would probably be doable.  It’s my biggest hurdle printing from digital files.

I’ve read about using pdf files instead of jpgs.  Have people done this and had success?  I think I did it once and it may have gone better.

I may make the equipment a Patreon goal.  I’m hoping when I reach it I’d have the capacity to warrant printing from home.

I do have a few specific prints to talk about today, as well.

Icy Glare

Icy Glare Version 2

The only special plan I really had for Icy Glare was a special holographic overlay.  I’m having a hard time finding it.  I’m sure I have the know how, but I lack the equipment to do it myself.

The two finishes I had in mind were either snow flurries or a frosted window.  I was always fascinated by frosted windows and their crazy patterns as a kid.  I tried to achieve some of that with the border.  Since I know it can be done, I’d want the overlays to reflect in cool colors only.

*sigh*

Other than that I was wondering about silver ink or foil on the embroidery of Helena’s obi.

Looking Back

Looking Back finishes I want

One of my main pieces and my online avatar.  I actually had some of these effects in mind while I was making the print.  It has two main components: the chrysanthemums of the kimono and the negative space.

If I were ever to make the kimono the chrysanthemum flowers on it would be lined in gold foil.  I want to create this in the print.  A friend of mine (plug!) brought in gold foil for me to try, but we had a sizing issue with the fine lines.

What I decided on for a base was a coating of bronze ink.  I decided on Dr. Ph Martin’s Iridescent Bronze.  The idea was to loosely scratch some on in random areas.  Before it dried I would rag some off (hopefully without smudging).  I wanted it to be a little textured as well.  Another friend of mine suggested gold nail glitter for that.  I may mix gold with copper for the warmer tone I want to achieve.  It’s very fine so I think it will work.

The biggest headache I’ve had is how I would achieve the pearlescent effect of the negative space.  I was looking at Perfect Pearls shimmer spray, but it seems to be sold out on Amazon.  They came out with an alternative called Dylusions Shimmer Spray, which could work.  My final thought was glitter infused mica powder, provided it would work as a light spray.

My only gripe is not having these in front of me to experiment.

The main challenge may be the risk of ruining the print.  I used Catprint for the first batch.  I’m not sure what type they use.  I may be able to minimize risk avoiding alcohol or other solvents, and too heavy of application.

Future Print Finishes or Other Options

I’ve been looking into foil and special papers.  I have already done a few with felt texture paper.  I know Catprint also has shimmer papers in white or cream.  I’ve also been looking at metal prints, pearlescents, wall scrolls, and puzzles.  I’ve been bookmarking recommendations which I can include later.

I feel like I’m trying to achieve something that may be hard to do at the small scale level.

Thoughts or suggestions?  I feel like I’m making this much harder than it needs to be.  I’m also curious about the demand for these special finishes.

When I do have my solution I will write another post detailing my finds or process.

I also wanted to get into casting.  One idea I had was Mr. Snail magnets or ornaments.  I also had an idea for Triune portrait coasters or medallions.

The blog will return with: My PC Build

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I’m now on Redbubble! Also doing side things for my next AA

I’m on Redbubble!  It’s a platform similar to Zazzle and Cafepress, but I hear it’s super friendly to artists.  So far it seems to be pretty good.  I think some of the products need new templates.  However, I do like the platform’s simplicity.

I’m also currently working on a form that I plan on publishing on this site and multiple other platforms.  I’m using it to see what may work at my next Artist Alley.  I’ll have a work shown, and a series of options.  There will be two sections.  1. What artwork should have what merchandise.  2. Should I take this artwork out of my main lineup (older prints).  I may also add a section for also diving in to charms, shirts, etc.

It may take a while…

See everybody later!

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Revving up for Ohayocon 2015!

I have two drawings ready for coloring.  One of them should only take me a few hours but the other will be a while.


CyberYellow- Drawing by a0ka0neArt on DeviantArt and
Margot in the City- Drawing by a0ka0neArt on DeviantArt

Ohayocon is in a matter of weeks and I’m getting excited.  Still a lot to prepare for but I’m sure I’ll be done in time.  Something that got started this year I appreciate is a map of the artists!

I’ll have my usual post-con sale on my store.  I’ve also recently created a Patreon page.  I’m seeking monthly support so I can work towards supporting myself fully on my artwork.  It works kind of like a subscription or an ongoing kickstarter.  Patronage comes with rewards like first looks, access to WIPs or FAQs, and free postcards, prints, or posters.

Aside from Ohayocon I’m working on finding some employment.  I had an internship interview yesterday and I’m talking with a recruiter tomorrow about a temporary graphic design contract.  I’ve been doing a lot more applying i hopes I start 2015 employed.

I’ll close this here.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and will have a Happy New Year!