Etsy Shop Refresh! ~ Stickers, cards and more… ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

Yesterday I finished a big refresh of my Etsy shop, and now I’m pleased to announce that I have lots of new creations to share with you! Let’s take a look…

Notebooks

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Handmade small notebooks, featuring hand painted covers and hand stitched binding. Each one is unique, yet made with a consistent attention to detail, plus lots of love and care! You can choose from three options of blue watercolour, pink dots or pink abstract.

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Stickers

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A cute set of large circle stickers, printed with designs from my original watercolour illustrations. These stickers are printed here in my home studio onto high quality matte sticker paper. In the future I would love to get a cutting machine which will ‘kiss cut’ sticker sheets for me, making them easier to peel off the backing.

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DIY collage card kit

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Did you see my recent post sharing some collage card ideas? Well that is exactly what this DIY kit is for – it has everything you need to make your own unique cards, just add your choice of adhesive. I have curated some gorgeous vintage papers and hand painted papers into a pack with enough for at least three cards.

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Greeting cards

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There is a range of different cards available in my Etsy shop. You will find abstract collage cards with three design choices, plus a personalised message option. There is also a moon phases collage design…

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…as well as some festive cards for Winter…

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…this mini one even comes with a detachable wooden brooch to spread some cheer all year round!

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Art prints

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I am also selling art prints which I produce here in my home studio using my high quality Epson XP-960 printer. You may recognise some of these illustrations from recent blog posts! I’m excited to create more artwork soon which will also be available as prints.

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Portrait Commissions

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Remember I am still offering personalised portrait commissions via my Etsy shop, or directly via email (sunraysister@gmail.com); I would love to work with you on a special project! But please allow about two weeks before an important occasion if you want your piece completed on time.


That’s it for now!

I am looking forward to designing and crafting many more cute and beautiful items for my shop in the near future… what would you like to see me create? Please send any feedback or advice my way, I would be so grateful to hear from you! Comment below, use the contact form here on my blog, or head over to Instagram.

Wishing you a wonderful week and I hope you stay creative!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

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My Etsy Shop & New Product Ideas ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

I’ve got an exciting little update to share today: I got a fancy printer!!! Now I can take my original illustrations and turn them into lots of cute products, which I will be selling in my Etsy shop and Gallery Twenty very soon.

Let’s look at a few of my ideas…

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My Etsy shop – soon to be updated!

Ok, so… I have a LOT of ideas, but don’t worry I won’t try to create them ALL at once…let’s just say I have a bit of a weakness for shiny new projects!

But I would love to eventually produce prints, notebooks, colouring books, zines, letter-writing sets, postcards, greetings cards, stickers, earrings, brooches, necklaces, tote bags, tea towels and more, all with my own illustrations on them!

For now, I have chosen just a few that I think I will be able to produce most easily and immediately; they might work, they might not, they might need a few developments and adjustments… I will soon find out!

Of course art prints are the most obvious and simple product for me to make. So I will definitely be offering lots of print versions of my original work! Alongside prints, I could also make greetings cards and postcards, which require a similar process.

Notebooks are another option. I would simply print the cover on an A4, (and possibly A5 too) sheet, then fold it in half. The inside of the notebooks would be single signatures with plain paper, and be either stapled or machine stitched to hold everything together.

For all of these new product ideas, I will also need additional packaging ideas and consistent branding. I actually quite enjoy this part of the process, and I can’t wait to print out some fancy Sunray Sister packaging! You can see some of my plans specific to each item in my handwritten notes above and below.

Still in the category of stationery, I would absolutely love to have my own stickers!!! These would require a bit more arranging and designing on the computer, but once I work it out I think they could be a great addition to my Sunray Sister merchandise!

I’ve heard that other people get terrible hand cramp from hand-cutting stickers for their shops, so I’ve decided to use a circle paper-punch. This means all my stickers would be in one shape, but I quite like that restriction.

For something a little bit different, Fraz suggested I try shrink-plastic (or ‘Shrinky Dinks’). You may have tried these out as a silly children’s craft, but you can actually get shrink plastic to print onto. This means I could print out my paintings, and turn them into little charms to attach to earrings, necklaces and brooches.

Overall I think I may like to create ranges or lines for Sunray Sister, where I use one theme/design, and apply it to multiple products. This doesn’t mean just copying and pasting, but thoughtfully considering what works best for each product, and how all the items could work together.

These new products will be available in a couple of weeks online, and even sooner at Gallery Twenty here in Leek. In the meantime you can still find portrait commissions available in my Etsy shop! Stay up to date with all things Sunray Sister by joining my brand new monthly newsletter.

I would also love to know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to create? Please let me know and send any feedback you might have!

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Live portrait drawing examples

This weekend you can meet me at ‘Art in the Yard’, a pop-up market taking place in Getliffe’s Yard, Leek. I will be drawing live portraits outside Gallery Twenty, where you can also find my work for sale inside! Have you read my post about joining the gallery?

Remember to sign-up for my very first email newsletter if you would like to stay in-the-know about all my new work, inspirations, events, behind-the-scenes snapshots and more. The first monthly letter launches TOMORROW! Eek I’m excited. Speak soon sisters, stay creative!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Portrait Drawing Process Video ~ Sunray Sister YouTube

Hello!

I have just released my first ever drawing process video on my YouTube channel! It’s less than 5 minutes, and shows the sped-up process of creating a portrait with pencils, from start to finish.

I hope you enjoy this one! Let me know if you would like to see more creative process videos in the future.

This is my last YouTube upload for 2017, so I hope you have a peaceful and joyful few weeks. I will have lots more videos next year, kicking off in January with another first for my channel… stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can continue to follow my 365 day challenge here on the blog, or on Instagram and Facebook. See you soon sisters 🙂

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Opening Pen Pal Letters ~ Sunray Sister YouTube

Hello!

Yes, I made it to three videos in three weeks! I’m back on track and feeling good. Check out my latest YouTube video below. 

This week I am sharing a few glimpses of what I received from two of my pen pals. Hope you enjoy!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Pen Pal Letter Ideas // Sunray Sister Shows You How

Hello!

On this lovely blue-skied Wednesday I bring you a brand new YouTube video! Recently I found a couple of new pen pals, and decided to share the process of making a pen pal letter.

This video includes five simple steps for putting together a cute letter, with lots of sweet crafty ideas for you to try!

Below is a summary of the steps and ideas included in the video for reference.

1. Introduce yourself

  • Write some basic facts about you in a pretty card.
  • Sketch a map of where you live/your country.
  • Draw a self-portrait and add labels, such as eye-colour and favourite jewellery.
  • Give some recommendations for films, T.V., music and books.
  • And of course, write a letter! Talk about what you’ve been up to and your dreams for the future.
  • It’s also nice to add stickers and stamps for a finishing touch.

2. Make something

  • I made a small notebook. You can see how I did this in my simple notebook tutorial video.
  • You could also paint or draw a picture.
  • Make a collage or mixed media piece.
  • Sew something small or weave a friendship bracelet.
  • …or make anything else that is easy to post and isn’t breakable!

3. Add cute art and craft supplies

  • Fun stickers.
  • Bookplates – these usually have nice illustrations and are self adhesive.
  • A washi tape sample.
  • Some sticky notes on a postcard.
  • Buttons and ribbon.

4. Wrap them up

  • Use pretty paper bags to make sweet packages for your pen pal to open.
  • Close these with washi tape, and write a label.
  • You could also use a wax seal on the envelope with your letter.

5. Put it all together!

  • Finally put everything together in a large envelope.
  • Make the package extra special by adding some doodles (this is easier when the envelope is still empty).
  • Add your pen pal’s address, as well as your own address (in case they don’t have yours yet, or the letter gets lost).

Then all that’s left to do is post your lovely letter! Let me know if you try any of these ideas, and what you thought of the video.

Have you sent any happy mail recently? Do you have a pen pal? If so what do you send to them? Share your stories and ideas in the comments below, or join me on Instagram or Facebook.


Coming up I will have a blog post this Sunday, and then (hopefully) another YouTube video next Wednesday! I’m taking things slow around here so I can concentrate on creating top quality content, rather than a large quantity of posts, and get back to drawing and painting as well.

Have a beautiful day sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x