This week was mostly used for one last logo I had scheduled for a client. With Halloween going on, I also had some local orders for some custom t-shirts and graphics that I did so my goal for new sticker designs was set back a little bit. There are some new products coming into the store, some for just fall/winter and some for year round. We’ll spill the beans soon on a few new items!
While I didn’t do much art work for stickers the last… ohhhh probably month or so I do have a little fine art print I have been doing here and there. It’s taking me a little bit of time to do because I want it to just be perfect. Fine art prints are going to be available in our store full time after I’m done drawing this one. I’ll have one new fine art print to work on every six months or so. Sooner if I’m able to dedicate more time to art.
I did, however debut one of my first from the line of Sea Slugs and Nudibranchs I’m doodling. This little guy is probably my favorite species of sea slug. Just… so striking. These guys are indigenous to the Great Barrier Reef near Australia and are only 4 cm long! SO tiny! It’s amazing how such beauty can be so small. While they are sea slugs, these little guys are not actually nudibranchs. Nudibranchs are technically different from the scientific ‘sea slug’ label.
We’ll be seeing one sea slug or nudibranch a month for the next year.
Here you can see one of my works in progress. It’s of my very own boy Tenmoku. He’s a Hainan Cave Gecko (Goniurosaurus hainanensis.). I’ve got a lot of work left to do on this. While his facial features look great to me, I still want to work on the back half portion, feet and tail. And of course, that background is nowhere near complete. Once I’m finally done with this piece, though, I’ll have twenty 8x11 prints available for $25 each. They’ll be numbered and signed and on a limited edition run. This will be the case for all my fine art prints.
I am getting SO antsy to tell you about two new items joining us in November! So, I’m going to tell you about one of them. The other will remain a secret till debut. You’ll hear about it on most of our social media sites and of course here for the blog.
My friend made me this beautiful buttercup bag for Christmas last year and ever since I’ve been teeming with desire to make them for the store. These will be in stock full-time year round but are scheduled currently for an end-of-November release. I’m starting out with ten bags to see how they do! Some of you were able to see this purse on display at Tinley Park earlier this month. We're starting out with this style, but I've already got a bunch of styles in my planner.
The store is starting out with this green leachie print, some crested geckos and axolotls with the same design as on our pencils. While this style of bag will be available year round, the fabric prints will be limited and seasonal. Eventually I hope to have a few designs available in my Spoonflower shop for fabrics that you can buy direct, but that won’t be the case for a long while and those fabrics will also be limited and seasonal. The majority of my fabrics are going to be an exclusive item for my own shop use.
Any New Stickers Soon?
This weekend is chock full of personal activities, so there won’t be much artwork I’ll be doing and updating you on till at least Tuesday. I have seven new animals on my list of things to-do. I was going to do some tortoises, but we may wait a little bit longer before we go that route. Instead, I’m going to get a couple large lizards and some more invertebrates. I also HAVE to do another gecko or two. Mostly because I enjoy doodling the geckos more than anything else since I love them the most out of all reptiles. So keep an eye out for a savannah monitor and another tegu!
USARK Quilt Auction
It’s over. Already. Man. It’s been so so wonderful doing this fundraiser. I just wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved, Phil Goss from USARK, Seri who made the quilt, everyone who bid, and most of all to Jessica Jager-Pawlak who won the quilt and bid $780. 100% of which is going straight to USARK. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you! It’s been an emotional, wonderful, and fun-filled journey with all of you and I’ve been so grateful and happy to have got to know everyone that came our way during this fundraiser!
Thank you so much for the support and for reading!
Well! I haven't been doing any artwork since I got back from Tinley yet, as I'm working on one last commission that I had booked before I got really busy and filling orders, but that is sure to change next week. I've got six herptiles on my radar to doodle, most being inverts and tortoises. And another bearded dragon. I also got extremely sick again, so progress has been slow. My immune system must be workin' at half mast lately as I was sick just three weeks ago. Sick twice in one month is just wrong! But I'm back on schedule for our regular programming of Thank Art It's Friday! and another Artist in Question blog post coming up in a couple weeks.
USARK Fundraiser Continues
First line of business: fundraiser stickers.
I'm still blasted away by the fundraiser we've done. We've (we being Seri and I) raised so far 2680 dollars thanks to everyone and we're still going! While supplies last (very limited!) we have some left-over bumper stickers in my Etsy Store of some of the stickers we had for sale at Tinley that came with free entries. Well, now that the quilt winner has been drawn, we don't have any free entries to give away so we are liquidating the stickers, but all the proceeds are STILL going to USARK. :) We want to get them the biggest donation that we can. No more of these are going to be printed. That's it. So whatever we have is the last of the stickers.
You also still have a pretty good chance at getting that quilt. The person who won it, Terry Splichal donated it right back to USARK so we could auction it off. How sweet was that?! Thank you Terry! It's up for grabs on the Sticky Situation Project Facebook page! (Link Here) So join the group so you can bustle on in there and bid on this amazing piece of artwork.
It's been a total blessing to be able to be part of this fundraiser and I'm so excited to see what else everyone will be able to help us do with it and who will win it!
A HUGE thank you to Phil from USARK. It's been a wonderful time working with you on this fundraiser, too and without your help we probably wouldn't have been able to be as far as we are. You've been totally awesome!!
Last but definitely not least, a big thanks to Seri Dukart. One of my best friends in the world. I adore her and am so happy that she approached me with this quilt idea. Not only did it bring her and I closer, but it also gave me that get-up-and-get-em attitude to get to Tinley Park's reptile show a couple weeks ago. For me, everything that came out of this quilt is so good that I cannot express it in words. My whole world has changed because of it.
Pencils! A New Item!
I've been DYING to get these done and put in the store. Well! Now they're available! I already have to make more of these, though! I posted them for sale on Saturday and our Crested Gecko ones are already sold out! There are three packs of the Axolotl pencils left in the store.
These pencils are a high quality pencil with a medium graphite core. They're cedar wood to reduce breakage and splitting. The erasers are fantastic. They're considered No. 2 HB pencils and great for writing or sketching. Each pencil is wrapped and sharpened individually by hand and packed in a hand-made packaging.
Where does that packaging come from? It's the paper backing from our 'beauty prints' and excess backing so that the waste from our production is brought down even more! (All our excess vinyl and backing is sent to Portland for recycling anyway, but this is one more way to reduce waste and excessive packaging!)
While there are only Crested geckos and Axolotls available right now (err well, just Axolotls!) I'm working on a ton more designs for these pencils and hope to have them in shop full time year-round.
Earrings and Plugs, a Couple Other New Items
This Fall I've really been trying to incorporate more than just stickers to the store. I really want to expand. you can see that with the pencils, of course but here we've also got some jewelry that I've started making. I've got regular old earrings made with a hand-poured resin and our designs embedded as well as Plugs. I adore these plugs. Just... adore. This is one of those things that I've wanted to do for a long time. Plugs are one of my favorite items to look at, and personally I've wanted to stretch my ears for a year or two now.
One of my good clients Jeremiah asked if I could do some glass ones because of his ear sensitivities to metal and other materials. We both worked together to find a local artist that makes glass plugs and BAM! We found one! A great local artist that only lives a couple hours from me makes these. So I just customize them with my artwork. And as you can see they look fantastic! Everything about these plugs is made in the USA, so they're super duper awesome for our economy. You may know that I do my very darned best to find local companies and avoid having to use eBay or Amazon to buy supplies unless it's from a local home-grown store from our own soil. That's so very important to me, and I can see that it's also important to you!
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Well the last few weeks had been totally focused on preparing for the Tinley Park reptile expo where I had my stickery items for sale and was raising funds for USARK with Seri. It was so fun and so successful that I have already started plans to secure a table in March and working to figure out airfare.
So, how many stickers did we actually sell??
With everyone's help, I sold over six hundred stickers and magnets!! How awesome is that!? Wow. And meeting so many of you was a blast!! The success of this show is leading me to vend at the next Tinley Park expo in March. I also met Tell Hicks last weekend (might be or might not be my biggest artist idol) and bought a signed print from him. Although I got a couple hugs from him, I failed to use my brain and get a picture. Oh well. Next time.
There was so much stuff there I didn't even get to see it all. It's pretty hard when you're vending and running a fundraiser from your booth. The quilt generated a lot of interest, and so a lot of questions. With ticket sales alone, we raised quite close to three thousand dollars for USARK. The winner to the quilt also DONATED THE QUILT BACK! Thank you SO much, Terry Splichal for doing that for us! So, Seri and I worked with Phil from USARK to get it up for auction on the RAACA Auctions. You can find the auction being hosted on their Facebook Group (links below).
Who knows what it'll go for now. It'll be exciting to see what happens.
We also had some left-over stickers that came with entries to the quilt. I had printed a ton of these, so that's understandable. We've got these left-over stickers in my store for sale, now. The proceeds of these stickers are still going to USARK, so if you want one get one. We won't be printing ANY more. Whatever is printed is printed and that is it.
Below I shared a few photographs that were taken of myself and my friends at the expo. It was a real blast! Some pictures are from just my vacation, too so you can kind of see what I was up to. I didn't take many, but I did take a few. (If you have some pictures you'd like to share of our booth, or if it's of you and I please send them to me! I'd love to have them!!)
Now that my vacation and vending is done, the store will be back to normal! We're making a few changes, but new artwork and some new holiday items are in store for us come the end of October. I'm working diligently (albeit with the flu AGAIN, thank you Murphey!) to get some more artwork done. Especially in the realm of tortoises, turtles and invertebrates. The weekly blog will also be back up and running. Now that I've done a major show I know exactly what to expect, so I've got a few new streamlined things that help me with the store and with keeping things in line for when shows happen.
I'm also going to be vending at the Pomona show in Southern California come January. That's the Reptile Super Show, biggest show in the country. I'll be vending with some shared space with some of my friends that live down in California. Very exciting! I'll have my own table, but that's the plan.
Thanks for reading! (AND GO FIND THAT QUILT LINK! ;) )
Quilt Auction Location: Reptile And Amphibian Charity Auctions
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.