Peacock Update

This drawing has been slow going but I said that I was determined to finish it and I’m almost there. Four more feathers and some touch ups to go and this journey will be complete. I’ve been trying to come up with ways to offer prints of this. I’m thinking about working with this website that offers custom printing called Printful. If anyone has any experience using this platform please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Your input will be greatly appreciated. 😊

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Q.

Pen and ink artist inspired by Nature, Beauty, Spirit and Song.

21 thoughts on “Peacock Update”

  1. This is gorgeous, Q.

    I’ve not used Printful. I gather it’s usually used in conjunction with drop-printing via ones own webshop (or a site like Etsy). My thought is that as it mostly specializes in clothing – with a few posters – the quality might not be very good. I suppose it really depends on how much you want to make from it, and how much you want your customers to pay. For quality, the ‘best’ option is to find a company that offers giclee prints as they are then archival.

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      1. How about using Redbubble or Fine Art America with the sales closed to the public – then you can get them printed as giclees and buy them yourself at cost and send them to your buyers. I did that for a local person who wanted one of my pictures a few years ago.

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          1. I used to be on Fine Art America but didn’t have anything printed by them, but quite a few artists make a living from selling giclees from there. Redbubble is the only one I’ve used for giclees. Some of their paper is better than others. What I did was put together a large virtual sheet of about two dozen of my paintings and got them all printed on one sheet as tiny prints (about 1×1 inch or 1×2 inch each), that way it didn’t cost much to test the papers. The giclee paper isn’t bad but one thing you must allow for if printing any work in colour is that everything will be much darker than what you see on screen, One way I get round this even for printing artwork at home from my computer, is to turn the monitor brightness right now.

            A paper that I adore from Redbubble – but which I don’t think would necessarily work for your work – is metallic, which has a high shine. The work I was doing had very bright, oversaturated colours, so it was pretty different.

            There are other sites like that – it’s worth looking around. Somewhere, I’ve a link to an article or two about Print On Demand sites, I can try and find it for you if you want.

            Oh one thing to be aware of with Redbubble is to order things well in advance. They might be better there, but here in the UK they’re not great.

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          2. Thanks for the tidbits.The only print on demand site I’ve used is Society 6. The print quality wasn’t bad but not great. Plus I didn’t like the fact that they ship prints in tubes. I’m gonna look into both Redbubble and Fine Art America.

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          3. This is a bit old, but this article has some info and some of the comments are helpful too. Apparently (then, at least), ImageKind were shipping prints flat but FAA wasn’t.
            A suggestion that you might or might not go for. Have you thought of having your work printed onto smooth fabric and then stretching it onto a frame for your customers, instead? If so, maybe try something like Spoonflower.

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        1. I think I read somewhere on their website that they offer samples at a discount so that people can get a feel for the quality of their products. I don’t remember how much the discount is though.

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