Oh hey! I just finished setting up my shop to sell art prints on Etsy!
Now you can buy 8.5 x 11 prints of my illustrations. 🙂 I’ve been enjoying doing lots of watercolor and ink drawings lately, and I’ve had several people mention they would like prints. So I decided that now would be a good time to set up a shop. These illustrations are colorful, and feature the themes I like best – nature, magic, and pretty things. I realized a while ago that while I can definitely create deep, detailed, dramatic artwork that requires perspective, years of skillful practice, and many hours of labor – I don’t really feel like it most of the time. I like creating light hearted, pretty art that makes me happy. I enjoy the process, and I like decorating with it when I’m done. It’s commercial art, not high-concept art. And I’m cool with that.
I went through several days of researching printing options – having a local service do it, drop shippers, etc. In the end, I decided I would do it myself. I want to start small and just offer 8.5 x 11 prints anyways… they are easy to frame and fit the size I usually work in anyways. I have a decent printer at home too. I decided to get some high-quality textured printing paper that would mimic the look of my watercolor paintings, and do some test prints at home.
Then the nightmare began.
I forgot that there are about one billion printer settings that can be fiddled with, and any one of them being wrong can cause disaster.
My first test prints looked great. Then I noticed that some of them had black smudges on the corners and ends. I can’t sell smudgy prints.
I went into the printer settings and did all the cleaning functions listed. Still black smudges. I adjusted the print area settings to avoid overspray. Still smudges. I changed the ink cartridges. Still smudges.
I was getting super frustrated, as my printer was now wasting sheet after sheet of expensive photo paper. I was reading tons of internet forum posts, all of which suggested something different.
I adjusted color settings. I took all the ink cartridges out and cleaned around them with Q-tips. I readjusted. I did more cleaning services.
Finally, after hours of doing this, I uninstalled and reinstalled the printer. I set the printer settings to “Avoid paper abrasion ” (I had no idea this was a thing until now) I also GENTLY BENT THE PAPER INTO A BACKWARDS CURVE as recommended by the actual printer troubleshooting website!
This finally worked. I got 4 good prints with my remaining paper before I went to bed! I had no idea selling art prints on Etsy would be this intense!
It was super annoying but now I am confidant I can print high-quality art prints at home! So if you want to pick up some of my art prints on Etsy to decorate your walls with, you can get them here! I will add more soon. 😀