New Product Alert: Watercolor Earrings

Introducing my new watercolor earrings!

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Aren’t they adorable? They remind me of button candy!

In case you’re wondering, yes, I already have some watercolor earrings. This is not a relaunch of the product, but the launch of a new style of earrings instead.

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At my last art show, a lot of people fell in love with my watercolor paper earrings. However, they were either concerned about the size of them (as they only wear smaller dangle earrings) or the durability of them. It got me thinking about making watercolor earrings that addressed those concerns, and here is the result.

They are made in the same fashion as the watercolor necklaces, just on a smaller scale. Some of them pair perfectly with necklaces, too!

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Each earring is a unique watercolor painting; no two are the same, even in a set! The painting is placed between a glass cabochon and a metal tray, just like the necklaces.

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They are water resistant and are on nickel free earring hooks. They are approximately 1 1/4″ in length and about 1/4″ in diameter without the hook.

I’m listing them on my Etsy store when I can; I have a few pairs listed now, and have a bunch more that I’ll be listing over the next week or so as my schedule allows. A larger selection of necklaces is coming as well!

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To check out the necklaces directly, you can view the jewelry section of my store here.

Welcome to the new website!

Hey everyone!!!

Things are probably looking a little different right now; I have been working really hard this past week on switching over to a new website host, and as of this morning, this is the new backtothedrawingboardart.com! Welcome!

Things are still being tweaked here and there, so please bear with me as I fix all the broken or dead links. Most of them are working the way they are supposed to, but I still have a few left to work on.

I now have an Etsy site and am working on getting all of my products up on that! I have just a few things up right now, including a few of my necklaces. You can check the store out by clicking on the ‘Shop’ link in the menu bar above.

I am also working on getting a portfolio created, which is also on the menu bar. It’s divided up by medium (drawings, watercolors, etc.), and all of the pictures will soon be able to take you over to the blog post for more information on that piece. Most of them are completed, but a few still just enlarge the picture. I’m still working on adding new pieces to each section as well 🙂

I appreciate your patience as I finish up getting everything set up over here.

Have a great weekend!

Hello, WordPress Followers!

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you know that I’m doing some remodeling on this blog. I’m adding pages, moving things around, and changing the overall look of the blog.

Why am I doing this?

In the next couple of weeks, I will be shutting down my website over on Shopify and transforming this page into my full time website! As soon as I close that website down, this will become http://www.backtothedrawingboardart.com!

For my store, I have opened up an Etsy store and am adding new products and transferring the products from my Shopify site over to Etsy

So as I work on this, please forgive the dead links, random comments on various pages, and general confusion as I work this out. I’m hoping it gets better as each day passes! The blog should continue to work as normal 🙂

Hope all is well with you guys! Thanks for your patience as these changes progress 🙂

– Shawna

New Product Alert: Watercolor Paper Earrings!

It’s been a long time coming, but the Watercolor Paper earrings are FINALLY available in my Etsy store!

I debuted these back in December at the arts & crafts show, but just couldn’t get around to getting these on the website with the holidays, birthdays, and sicknesses. When I was just about ready to get them up, I discovered a way to add even more durability to them: mini eyelets!

Each earring is a unique piece of art; even each earring in a set is slightly different from the other! They are made of thick watercolor paper that has been painted with either watercolors or ink, and the backs are painted in a coordinating color. They are sealed twice with a special varnish for added protection. An eyelet is added at the top for extra durability to keep the hooks from pulling through the paper.

How durable are they?

I wore them out before Christmas while running errands. It was super wet snow and it was wiiiiindy. Even with them getting tugged by me getting hair out of my face or getting wet from the elements, they held up amazingly well, even without the eyelets!

I wouldn’t suggest holding an inquisitive baby or toddler while wearing these as I’m not sure how well they’d hold up, but they’re perfect for date night, work days, or just every day wear!

How did you name them?

I wanted to do something fun with them, and just calling them by their shape, size and color wasn’t working for me. I gave them all girl names, and each name has a specific meaning. Some of them reminded me of something, like the white and dark pink ombre set remind me of Alice painting the Red Queen’s roses in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so I named them Alice. Other ones reminded me of things, and I found a girl’s name that had that meaning. For example, one set reminded me of the moon, so I call them Luna. One reminded me of the earth as they’re dark blue and green, so they’re named Terra.

Can I do special requests?

Sure thing! If you want a specific color combination or even if you like a certain color/pattern but want them in a different size/shape, let me know! I’ll do my best to create something you’ll love.

Where can I buy these?

You can find them in my Etsy store here, and they will also be available in my booth at arts and craft fairs!

Q&A: Miscellaneous

Today is the last Q&A post for awhile! Thank you all for the questions; I hope I answered them all!

How do I buy your work?

You can check out my Etsy store here, and I also am planning on selling at a few arts and crafts shows this year as well. As soon as I know dates of those, I’ll put them as an event on Facebook and let you know in a blog post as well.

I can’t see your posts on WordPress anymore; how can I get the posts?

I think we have that problem fixed, finally! When I imported that blog to my website, it didn’t do what I thought it would, in that it would still link everything together (I’m really not that tech savvy!). When I heard about this issue, my husband fixed it for me so now all posts show up in both places 🙂

***UPDATE: all of my posts are on WordPress now as it has become my main website. If you have any problems viewing anything, please let me know!

Do you offer lessons?

At this time, I don’t offer personal lessons. I do have a few lessons that I teach at our local library each year. It works out to be two children’s lessons and two adult lessons. Each lesson is based on the art of a famous artist, and either has story time (for the kids) or a power point lesson (for the adults) for background information, as well as an art project based on that artist’s work.

Why did you change your pricing for drawings?

Before I opened the business, I just came up with numbers that “felt right.” Once I opened the business, I spent hours researching how to price my work. I came up with numbers that felt right, but made more sense. I just read an article recently on pricing your work, and they said that all the prices need to be consistent. When I looked at my pricing more in depth, I noticed it needed some tweaking.

What I ended up doing was changing the pricing from size of the piece to based on total square inches. This really will help me come up with estimates quicker and keep the prices fair. It will also be really helpful when I get a request for an odd size.

The prices overall didn’t change that much; most of them either went up or down by a couple dollars.

As a side note, if you have either received an estimate from me or have started talking to me about a piece but we haven’t gotten to the estimate part yet, you will get either the pre-change price or the new price, whichever works out to be the lesser amount.

When will your earrings be available on your website?

That is a really really good question. I’m honestly not sure. I was ready to put them up when I found a way to reinforce the earring holes by adding eyelets for the hooks to go through. The earrings already are very durable, but I want to be able to give my customers the best product that I can. I’m looking into buying the eyelets soon (they’re a special size, so hard to find) and then will have them up as soon as they’re finished being altered. I’m hoping by April to have them up; thank you for your patience and enthusiasm!

Did I answer all your questions? Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below!