My First Craft Fair

My first craft fair was this year at the Scottish Smallholders Festival in Forfar. As my first time exhibiting at a fair, it was very daunting, especially as someone who likes to be organised! The unknown is commonly to be feared so I wanted to created a checklist and some tips to help other people in the same situation I was in. What do I need to take to a craft fair / market? £20-£30 of loose change Extra chairs or a table depending on if these will be provided? Large tablecloth Bubblewrap Carrier bags Signage / banner displaying you logo Crates / boxes Price list of services – pet portraits Electronic payment device – I would recommend iZettle Price tags Greeting card stand Business cards Receipt book Shelving / display unit for more height? Lighting? Products for sale To give you an example, as an animal artist, I had the following items available for sale: Animal art prints Greeting cards Animal art originals Slate hearts Mugs Bespoke pet portraits Hints and Tips Ensure you have more than enough stock with you as the last thing you want is to miss a sale because you didn’t bring enough. At the[…]

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FSC

FSC – What does it mean? We often see the FSC logo on some of the products we buy, but what does it actually mean? FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and they promote the sustainability of our forests to make a difference to the environment and protecting the animals living in these environments. The good news is that all of my main wood derived materials are FSC certified as well as being professional quality. Below is a list of the materials I use that have been FSC certified or recycled: Faber Castell products including my graphite and heavily used pastel pencils. Hahnemuehle paper used for my prints. Clairefontaine pastelmat paper used for my pastel work. It brings me great piece of mind that my artwork does not contribute to unsustainable forests and deforestation resulting in ruining animal’s habitats. We can all do our bit for nature and the environment by making the decision to: Recycle when we can. Buy from companies that help keep the environment sustained. Look out for the logos displayed on the products. Facts: Many animals are becoming extinct due to deforestation from non-sustainable forests. Animals of Madagascar have been greatly effected. Lemur numbers have plummeted[…]

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Choosing pet portrait reference photographs

This blog will hopefully help you in choosing the best possible photographs for your pet portrait and allow me to portray a true likeness of your pet. This means everything to me. Please note: if you have a photograph taken by a professional photographer, I will require permission before using as a reference photo. Don’t worry – you do not necessarily need a professional photographer, nor have special photography skills! However, it is important to consider these pointers to help me gain a true likeness of your pet. The less clear the reference photo I have, the less details I can see. This means vital features that portray your pets personality could be missed. Quality – pixels / resolution High resolution photographs are of better quality as there are more pixels per inch. This is very helpful when I zoom into the image to see greater detail without out a ‘pixelated effect.’ Sharpness There is nothing worse than a blurry, out-of-focus image. Especially when it is as beautifully composed as the ones below! The sharper and clearer the image, the more detail I can put into your drawing. Lighting In general, photographs have better lighting when taken outside in natural[…]

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