The seal of approval: original pen and ink drawing

Hello friends,

I recently completed another drawing, using pen and inks and a technique called “stippling”, which I began when Brett and I were in Nova Scotia back in September 2020. I broke off, when I had to travel to the UK suddenly, owing to the sudden passing of my Auntie Josie. However, I resumed working on the drawing again recently and I have found the very act of making tiny dots of black or colour on paper surprisingly relaxing and therapeutic. Sometimes, I go into a trance like state, so for me it is a form of meditation.

This little chap is a seal cub, swimming underwater and making clouds of bubbles. I have used a fine black pen for the main drawing and then I added some light blues and greens, using coloured pens to depict swirls of sea water. I call him “The Seal of Approval” because he looks a jolly fellow, what do you think?

Since, I last wrote a post about my art and design creations, I have been busy sourcing an art print company, who can produce Giclée reproduction prints at a reasonable rate so that I can order my first run of prints for sale. I have chosen Canvas Plus in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island and so far the process has been easy, fun and stress free. The staff are all friendly and helpful, image capture was swift and I saw the excellent proofs the other day. My intention is to have limited editions of a maximum of 100 archival quality prints of each of my first three drawings:

  1. The Kraken
  2. The Pair of Blue-footed Boobies
  3. The Seal Cub (seal of approval)

They will be reproduced onto cold press, natural paper and will be poster size – 16 inches by 20 inches and each one will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. I plan to pick up the first print run and certificates on 8th February 2021. There will be 10 prints of each available in the first instance, and once I start to sell a few, I will order the second batch.

I intend to try to sell them locally, as well as online through my Etsy Shop Wayfaring Sarah Design. I am excited about this new venture! In addition, I am exploring ways to make other products available that display my art work, such as T shirts, bags, crockery and perhaps even phone cases.

One of my friends suggested that I arrange for my nautical-inspired designs to be printed onto unbreakable, bamboo crockery (and thermal travel mugs) for the marine market, which could also be appreciated by campers and adventure travellers. This seems like a great idea but I have absolutely no idea how to go about this. Ideally, I would like this to be done on a Print On Demand basis (POD), as I have nowhere to store stock in our 10 ft by 10 ft tiny house, while we are building our eco-house. So if you have any top tips I am all ears!

For now, I will crack on with my next drawing….it is a bird.

Peace, love and light,

Sarah xx

PS Don’t forget to check out my digital, downloadable greetings cards on my Etsy Shop Wayfaring Sarah Design in the meantime.

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