I cannot believe it’s September. This awful year is bizarre in so many ways, but at least it’s moving quickly. I’m trying to be optimistic about next year, but I’m having a hard time.
ANYWAY, I was scrolling through Twitter a few days ago, and (thanks to one of my very favorite artists, Cheyenne Barton), I discovered a lovely art challenge called Slowtember. Here are the prompts (the graphic here is NOT mine – it’s by @megaelod on Twitter):
I’m running way behind, but I want to finish because I have PLANS. I’m painting these plants in Procreate on my iPad Pro using the most wonderful watercolor brush set and paper texture by Drifter Studio. After I’ve finished, I want to turn them into a couple of sticker sheets and art print sets. Here are the ones I’ve finished so far:
I’m pretty happy with all of them. They’ve all taken what seems like an inordinate amount of time to make, but I’m hoping it’ll be worth it in the end.
SO. PLANS. I’m going to open a second Etsy shop with the Ohwaitiforgot brand. It’ll be a minute because I have to work out the kinks. I know (hope?) that Just Wear a Mask won’t last forever because COVID can’t last forever, can it? I’m really enjoying selling on Etsy, though, so I’d like to keep doing it. I think my solution is to pivot to Ohwaitiforgot.
The main kink I have to work out is exactly what to sell. Right now, I’m thinking art prints and stickers for sure, but I’d like to include other fun things like felt Christmas ornaments and cat beds. And whatever I come up with that I really like to make. So I’m thinking it’s going to be vaguely hygge-themed? Cozy things to buy and use?
See? Kinks. I need to work them out and get at least 10 product listings ready to open the shop, which I’d like to do on or around October 1. Initial listings will include these plant stickers, art prints, cat beds, an ULTRA CUTE felt spider Christmas ornament, and possibly some other hygge stickers I’ve been working on.
I have lots to do! Luckily, Just Wear a Mask is a relatively low-maintenance store as long as I keep making masks, which I really enjoy. I have enough stock now that I’m not worried about running out. Social media has DEFINITELY helped me sell masks to people I know, but it’s way less important than it will be with Ohwaitiforgot. As you probably know, social media is not something I’m good at. But I’m working on it!
So those are my general plans for the future. We’ll see where it goes and when all of this actually happens. I do have a full-time job that actually helps pay the bills, so my time is pretty seriously limited.