“World Peace Healing”
is my latest big project commissioned by Nora, a Reike Healer from Illinois, USA.
It started with an order for an Intention Quilt back in January or February. Then she ordered some pouches. Then she came to me with this idea about Oneness, World Peace, Healing, the Arts and Arch Angel Michael. She also wanted to incorporate a charm collection that was growing fast.
This quilt is specifically for her healing space at her practice.
We started by making a board for her project on Pinterest.
This is a wonderful tool for getting an idea what someone likes and wants! You can invite others to post in the board and there is the option to leave comments with the pictures. This is a good way to communicate ideas for a project like this that’s long distance.
My new Etsy Shop item for this holiday season: Silk Treasure Drawstring Pouches.
Find Treasure Pouches in the Useful Things Section. Prices range from $10 to $25.
Use for Tarot Cards, Crystals, Gifts, Tip Money, Jewelry, Keepsakes, Lingerie, and other Treasures.
I’ve been working with a few patterns I designed for dolls for a while now. They have all been tweaked here and there as I learned more about how certain curves will behave.
I thought I’d show how I got this design drawn up. It’s simple and I probably learned it in elementary school. It’s one of my favorite techniques. At the end, you can see how this sewing technique is done.
This is a spontaneous exercise that happened because I paid attention to the dreams I’ve been having at night, applying them to my daily life by journaling, and going with the flow. I’m very excited to be riding along with my every day life instead of trying to drive it where it might not want to go.
Pictures are meant to tell a story visually, obviously. But are you taking the time to keep track of your creative process, ideas and innovations? It’s useful and kind of fun to have a record of your creative pursuits with an Image Journal.
A couple of years ago, I got into a routine of taking pictures from the beginning of a project all the way to the end for sewing classes and tutorials.
Pictures taken through the process of creating are helpful for:
- keeping track of ideas and new techniques
- to create tutorials or packages for pattern sales… knitters! ;)
- to keep clients up to date on their custom made order
- to involve friends and potential clients on Facebook in my day. It can be lonely sometimes!
- And, if you have a blog, you will build a library of images that help you illustrate like the photos on the right! This is showing the process of an art quilt I call “Burst”. I’m almost finished with it. That’s how it is with pieces like this. They need time to evolve. Having pictures helps a lot months later when I pick it up again.
Getting Good Pictures:
The Image Journal pictures are quick snapshots and I take a lot of them. I don’t fuss with lighting and staging too much. I just try to make sure I’m getting a decent shot quickly. If it’s too dark, I can adjust lighting easily with Photoshop elements. These images don’t need to be large files so adjust your phone or camera to a lower resolution. It will save you time.
The final pictures are taken with my camera with a tripod, good lighting and staging for my listings on Etsy and albums on Facebook.
You don’t have to have fancy equipment! I used to use a pile of books to stabilize my camera. A tripod is just more convenient. For lighting, a sunny window with indirect sunlight will give the best light. And a simple background that contrasts your item is all you really need.
You can list up to 5 pictures in your Etsy shop. So make sure you take at least 5! I take as many as I think is necessary and then pick the best ones to use. The more the better! There should be over all shots and detail shots. If you do special packaging, be sure to photograph that too! You want to show *everything* the buyer will receive and good packaging is like an extra gift.
Content to Remember
- Overall shot
- Different angles
- Close up details from different angles.
- Environment: Where will the item likely be displayed? What does it look like worn by a model? See more in the video link below.
- I edit by cropping or color correction, if needed. The photo should show the item just as it actually is.
- Then I size the photo to 570 pixels wide, which is the size recommended by Etsy.
- Add a watermark to always keep your items yours for posting online.
I found this excellent video on The Etsy Blog: Photography for Beginners on photographing especially for your shop. It’s short and covers all the basics.
I would recommend this video to anyone because it’s loaded with really good tips and ideas.
Leave a comment! I’d love to know what you think!