Hi again! Still trying to get things out on time! At least I got the kids’ Halloween costumes done on time this year! And, miracle of miracles, without staying up half or all the night or having a last minute rush to finish! (Admittedly, the kids went easy on me this year. I’ll try to have picks later in the week.)
First, shop news. You may remember from last week that my Artfire store has started carrying digital stamps made from original artwork by my 15-year-old daughter, Ana. I have an agreement with her that she gets half of each sale. Mostly she draws for her own enjoyment, but I have specifically asked if I could convert certain drawings to digital.
Well, my 10-year-old son Ben has decided he wants to sell digital stamps also. Unlike Ana, who draws whatever seems to take her fancy, Ben actually sat down and thought about what sorts of things might make good digital stamps. After drawing a number of things, he carefully inked the ones that he considered the best. I let him make the decision of what to draw and what to keep. He did a few Halloween items but then told me to wait on scanning them because “Halloween is over now”. He gave me less time-specific artwork to scan instead. I took what he gave me, scanned it, cleaned it up, and listed it on Artfire. Here is our first collaborative effort:
Ben has the same deal that his sister does: He gets half of every sale of a stamp made from his artwork. He is saving to “adopt” an animal through the World Wildlife Fund. After that, he is saving for a used Nintendo DS to replace his broken one, and then “college”. At least, that’s what the note he wrote himself on top of his bank (made from a recycled peanut butter jar) says. I told him I couldn’t promise him that anyone would buy his artwork, but that we would put it up and see.
And secondly, your weekly freebie! Today’s image is from the original Oz books. I think this image of the Tin Woodsman would be just perfect for “love” themed cards. (Doesn’t he look like a suitor pressing his case? ♥) But I’m sure you all will find lots of uses for it.