Monthly Archives: September 2010

Artist Tip #23 – On being self employed

Three things to think about:

  1. When the money stops coming in you do NOT stop working
  2. When the money does come in you DO save as much of it as you can for when the money stops coming in
  3. When the savings are gone you can either sulk, get a real job or GET creative

The Dream Sequence – recycled magnetic locket set

recycled repurposed magnetic locket set polarity jessicadoyle

This adorable, industrial little locket is created from a recycled steel auto part to which a little eyehook has been silver soldered. The locket has FOUR magnetic interchangeable lids all featuring my artwork.

sea urchin magnolia pussy-willows sky artwork by jessica doyle, wall decor

  • Locket comes on an adjustable length 30″ 2mm nickel plated brass ballchain
  • Locket size is 1 1/4″
  • This Set Features: Day Dreams, Spring Magnolia’s, Sassy Sea Urchin, Pussy Willows

Just add your favorite little picture inside the locket.

recycled repurposed magnetic locket set polarity jessicadoyle

Polarity is an American jewelry artist with whom I have collaborated to create this beautiful locket set.

This locket set is available exclusively on HandmadeCloud or Etsy.

The Dream Sequence is also available as a beautiful fine art print set that looks sweet hanging above one’s bed.

2011 Desk Calendar – Floral and Mandala Inspired fine art print sampler

floral flowers mandala desk calendar jessica doyle 2011 design

This calendar is a collection of 12 floral and mandala inspired illustrations that I created to represent each month of the year.

months calendar 2011 jessica doyle handmade design typography

Each calendar page is printed using archival ink on premium matte paper, meaning it will last a lifetime. After printing I place the pages inside a clear jewel case in my studio located in Saint John, NB, Canada. Continue reading

The Break Up… a Trilogy

  1. He said he loved me
  2. He said that he cared
  3. I trusted you

This series of wonderful little wine bottle illustrations were created with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Windsor & Newton watercolour and Prismacolor coloured pencils on extra thick archival board.

Each measures 2.5 by 3.5 inches (6,4cm by 8,9cm). Don’t let the small size fool you… An ACEO looks wonderful matted into an 8×10 inch standard sized frame. An ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They are collected worldwide and are the exact same size as a Magic or Hockey trading card.

The original ACEO illustrations and a larger set of 5×7 inch prints are available on HandmadeCloud while only the 5×7 inch print set is available in my Etsy shop.

From today forward all original artworks that I create will, more than likely, only be listed on HandmadeCloud for sale with prints being listed on both sites.

Hello HandmadeCloud.com

Ten facts about HandmadeCloud

  1. The monthly newsletter sign-up works
  2. Not all categories have product in them yet
  3. Payments in Canadian Dollars (CAD) are securely handled offsite via Paypal or by Local Pick-up
  4. Check-out and Registration work seamlessly
  5. Gift cards will be available soon
  6. Flat rate shipping for Canada, USA and internationally
  7. You can shop by colour or other…
  8. This site is a work in progress
  9. Eight months is a long time to be keeping a domain name secret
  10. Digital downloads will be available sooner than later and be licensed in a happy CC kind of way

And after all this, if you notice a glaring bug, don’t hesitate to contact me, or if, you just want to say something that won’t cause me angst about this site… those words, phrases and sentences are most, welcome to.

;)

Something fabulous is going to happen on Wednesday…

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That illusive e-commerce art site that I’ve been working on for months is being launched this Wednesday. For REAL!

Seriously.

Glitches and all.

One can find problems and issues with each and every site on the internet, but to delay the launch date of a site over and over again when it’s only an aesthetic that’s waning and no longer the core functionality that is causing trouble, is at best, both financially and spiritually draining. When working for oneself, it’s possible to find fault with almost anything.

And the hours…

Many good folks are due a huge thank you for the coding help (both paid and unpaid) and for the stupendous mental support you’ve given me over the last year. In no particular order, here they are by first name only… Louella, John, Andrew, Gus, Vikki, Christopher, Donovan, Sarah, Aron, Stephen, Tricia, Darren and Andreas and the many others who read my Tweets and Facebook and Blog Updates.

You all listened to me via email, Skype and in person when I freaked out on more than one occassion. You all pushed me in your own way by providing answers, alternative ideas or in the least provoked me by telling me to give up and get a real job.

About one month ago I REALLY did consider getting that real job.

So, please do come back here on Wednesday morning for the launch of HC. Yes, that is an acronym, and it doesn’t stand for…

I don’t know how it happened…

…and I don’t know if I like it…

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where what you knew for over 20 years; two decades folks have rapidly evolved into another routine… one that wakes and puts you to sleep at different hours than that which you were accustomed to both physically and mentally?

Creatively, is it zapping, draining and most nauseating.

Productively, it is good, yet subliminally I feel as though there is something missing.

This is what a change of season feels like to someone with ADHD. It is foreign, intriguing and almost unbearable to a most exciting degree, albeit most familiar and strange yet illuminating.

I mourn the loss of my late night routines. 2010 marked a year of major inner change and that change for me was adjusting to a daytime schedule that I didn’t ask for. It just happened. It. really. did.

I deliberately don’t tell many people that I’m on a day schedule so that I have my mornings, uninterrupted and all to myself.

…so don’t tell anyone…

PS – January, February and March of 2011 are looking to be most sublime by the current forecasts. And to help keep track of the days of week and months of the year in 2011, calendars are listed in my Etsy Shop and soon to be listed on my own domain.