Happy new year

Well I hope you all have a fab new year’s eve!

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Hello 2019!

This year is going to be so amazing!

This is a year of building and making the right friends for the journey.

For my small business, I’m starting to find out what works well and will be focusing more on that.

First task is to decide what I’ll be bringing to trade at the Scottish Trade Fair this month at the SECC.

Things I can mass produce.. .

What do you think of these wooden peg doll bathing Belles? I made them this morning.  I love all things nautical and they would look great in little boutique shops..

The day I discovered ACEO cards

Check out these teeny tiny mini paintings! Aren’t they so cute!

Today I’m halfway through a personal challenge to paint 50 ACEO paintings.

What is an ACEO? An ACEO is a little tiny work of art. ACEO stands for Art Card Originals and Editions. Collecting them is a craze that is sweeping the UK. I read somewhere however that artists have been trading art cards for a very long time. Just for fun and inspiration. Perhaps before the days of Instagram, that’s how they got their ‘likes’ and shared ideas.

There is a huge variety of artwork available in this format. Store them in a book or display them in teeny frames or shelves. They’re going in my eBay shop tonight..Become a mini art collector today…

They are so much fun to make! ūüé®

They are also very portable! This helps greatly with transporting to markets and fairs and posting abroad …

Watch this space. I think ACEO creating is about to become a new hobby of mine.

A work in progress 

5 weeks to go and the countdown is on! 

I didn’t quite gauge how much work would be involved when I signed up for the Country Living Mag Christmas Fair this November. 

But I am enjoying the challenge of ‘quick-decide-what-your-actual-style-is-and -stick-to-it-then-make- a-tonne-of -art’ 

That was the biggest challenge – learning what art style of mine I actually love. Then deciding what I am going to paint? And how can I produce a lot of it within my budget? What’s the best size to make for shoppers? What does my ideal customer look like? 

My lounge, ahem, ‘studio’ has now being overtaken by piles of white frames and canvas’. Some will make the cut, and go proudly to the printers, others will be tossed shamelessly into the slosh pile.  

Must stop looking at other artists’ Instagram! It’s really interrupting my flow of imagination.

However, I am enjoying making a few pieces of retro nursery art. Retro kitchen art. Just retro art in general. I think this is my jam. (I have actually painted retro jam) 


Watch this space for updates of how I pull it all together in the end. 

Cheryl x

Lessons learnt

I am sat on my sofa in the midst of a building site that is my new lovely house,drinking mulled wine tonight as I write this.
Today was Grassmarket market day. Its March, and it’s rained all day.


I’ve had fun however .
I’m going to share what I’ve learned today as an amateur in this stall holding melark.

So today, as I said ,it’s March. It’s Easter weekend in Edinburgh, and there’s a touristy buzz starting to form around Edinburgh.

Taking into consideration the following expenses:
£total sales -£stall fee
(+£NCP day parking fee
+£my Paella, coffee and cake bill)

= I broke even.

Not too shabby for a rainy day in Edinburgh Grassmarket.

It must have been comical to watch. I spent my first hour fighting the elements! The Grassmarket is a wind trap! It’s designed to be so with that big castle in the middle of the city.

My table blew over 3 times before I eventually tied it down with the rope I brought.
Then to secure the table cloth and all the canvas art to the sides of the table and tent.
Once my art was laid out beautifully on the now supposedly anchored table, enter stage left HUGE gust of wind that blew the whole thing over again with Highland cow paintings flying across the Grassmarket.
-cue red face.

All was not lost however, as I was rescued by a flurry of American tourists picking up all the pieces of broken glass and torn paintings.  2 Italian men helped me find a manly way of securing the table properly. You gotta laugh at yourself.

Then I met Rachel on the stall next to me. Rachel’s been trading for a long time and had lots of cool tools and tips for survival on the stalls.

Lesson 1: Crocodile clips! They tie everything down – they can also help seal the tent and keep the rain oot.
Luggage straps also help to strap your goods to the table when the wind blows high.

Lesson 2: wear wool and leather.
I was cold and wet! I had on a long wool coat, but it really wasnt cutting it- my head and hands were freezing! Now I know why market people wear fingerless gloves. My boots apparently weren’t waterproof after all either. Layers of wool and leather trap in the heat!! Roll on summertime.

Lesson 3: plastic boxes
All my stock was in cardboard boxes under the table. Now picture the Grassmarket at the bottom end – the downhill bit, and what it was traditionally designed for. Gard-e-loo!
Yep Soaked. Sopping wet!

Lesson 4: I worked this one out myself. If your selling art to tourists, they can’t take big pieces anyone with them. Small art is more economical and darn easier to transport.

Lesson 5: this is more of a life lesson on my part- Park Thy Car Properly!!
I was later met with a £50 parking ticket as I discovered my wheels were outside the white lines in the NCP. My bad.

I made new friends. Learned lessons. Made a whole bunch of future bookings, because I plan on getting better at this every time.

For now, mulled wine,warm feet and a cosy bed awaits.

Obi says hi.

 

love Cheryl

http://www.sunflowerartscotland.com