Every so often, someone will ask me whether or not I can “customize” one of my prints, or other merchandise, as a gift for a friend. My answer depends on the complexity of the request.
What examples of customization can I provide?
Greeting cards are a perfect example of adding custom messages. I do all my printing in-house, so I’d be more than happy to add a few personal lines inside your card.
Many people will keep greeting cards featuring my artwork, because the 5″x7″ card size fits perfectly into store-bought frames. Make the gift even more special by adding a personal message, that may be re-discovered decades later, when the card is removed from its frame. ;)
In 2014, I began adding literary quotes to my bookmarks. Although I have a large selection of ready-made bookmarks with complementary quotes, I can also create bookmarks with customer’s requests: inspirational verses, short lines of poetry, a dedication, or anniversary date.
I’ve had a few customer requests for names and dates to be printed directly on archival reproductions ~ to celebrate a wedding, birth, or retirement.
Changing a cat’s eyes from green to blue, or changing the color of a jeweled necklace, is a simple fix with Photoshop. I can use the Color Replacement Tool to swap colors, and print the revised image for use on magnets, key-chains, bookmarks, and reproduction prints.
This technique works best with small patches of color (like cats’ eyes). If you need the entire cat’s face or costume “re-colored”, please see below ~ “Other Additions & Changes“.
Of course, I do occasionally get requests for “alterations” so major that essentially they would be brand new custom portraits. For example, you might desire a print of your cat in a Tudor costume, but none of my current paintings look anything like your kitty.
All of the merchandise that I sell features my original artwork reproduced from my acrylic paintings. In order to create magnets, cards, or prints of your cat wearing a particular costume, I would first need to paint your cat’s portrait. I can’t create a magnet using artwork that doesn’t exist yet! ;)
Please visit my Commission Portrait page for details & pricing.
Tara Fly5 days ago
Sans realized that the printer was exposed without its cover, so he graciously loaned his fur coat to keep it warm. 😐🐈#somuchfur #studiocat http://ift.tt/2xMk5TI
Tara Fly7 days ago
Annually since 1974, the Apple Butter Festival fills the park and streets of downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend in October.
The traditional harvest festival is kicked off by a nostalgic hometown parade on Saturday morning followed by two days worth of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. Undisputed star of the festival is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square.
With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is the perfect day or weekend experience for everyone from grandma to the kids.