Monday, November 10, 2014

don't get burned shipping your art

it's always a great feeling to sell a piece of art that you created. you've made something from nothing, expressed your inner blah blah blah and now someone's giving you money for it. if you're new or relatively new to shipping and selling art, you may, in your haste, give your new found windfall away by purchasing expensive shipping supplies. take a a deep breath, read this blog entry and  then sit back and count your fat stacks!

first off, whats free?

-cardboard 

as i've said before "cardboard is king", but it's not just for painting anymore. cardboard panels can be used to stiffen envelopes containing drawings and paintings on paper. they can keep the piece from bending and the corners from getting smashed. they can also be used to protect the front and back of canvases. cardboard boxes can be used to ship groups of pieces, books and sculptures. best of all they are everywhere! any restaurant or supermarket will be happy to give you as much cardboard as you can carry in your hot little hands!

-bubble mailers,packing peanuts and bubble wrap



if you are alive and a person, you probably either shop for things on line or know someone who does. chances are the things you buy arrive in bubble mailers,  wrapped in bubble wrap or packed in styrofoam peanuts. these should never be thrown out, they can all be reused to protect your own shipments. plus you can walk around feeling like captain planet because you reused something one more time before it goes into a landfill. just remember to remove the addresses of other people that may be printed on any recycled shipping items.

-the humble plastic grocery bag


if you haven't gotten around to buying a tote bag for grocery shopping, you most likely have a drawer, a box or a bag full of these things. they work very well in lieu of packing peanuts [as does old newsprint, grocery circulars or old magazine pages] and can be used to take up the extra space in a box or fill the cavity of a canvas. they are light weight and take any shape.

-flat rate priority mail envelopes and boxes from the post office


depending on how much someone has payed for your art, you're going to want to insure and track the package. these costs can add up pretty quickly at the post office, but both come free  [50$ insurance] when you ship "priority mail". if you're going to pay these costs you may as well get your shipping container for free.  these boxes and envelopes come in all different sizes and can be ordered directly to your home by setting up an account at usps.com. using flat rate also lets you ship for one price regardless of the weight or how far the package is going [inside the US] check the website for dimensions and pricing details.

okay so whats cheap? really cheap...

what you couldn't find for free, you must now buy, but don't worry! just relax and drive to your nearest dollar store. infamous for selling cheap garbage, these chains are surprisingly well stocked with very decent shipping supplies [the chain in my area is 'dollar tree' but they are all pretty similar] here's a list of the dollar store supplies i use:


-scissors
-scotch tape
-brown kraft paper  rolls  [or white gift wrapping paper]
-packaging tape [try looking for this in the hardware section]
-6 count pack 9X12 kraft envelopes
-8 count pack of 4.5X6 kraft envelopes
-bubble wrap
-razor knives [for cutting cardboard...also in the hardware section]
-cheap pens or markers for addressing your packages

hope this helps everyone save a few bucks getting their art to its destination safely, and as cheaply as possible.

-anthead

anthead hand made journal / sketchbook / notebook

hand made journal or sketch pad
5.5 X 7.5 inches
60 pages
(30 sheets)

cover is mixed media on recovered cardstock
hand stitched binding



front cover



back cover

details




hand stitched binding makes it simple to refill the notebook with fresh pages when these are used

if you'd like please check out my ebay
http://www.ebay.com/usr/anthead914
my art page
https://www.facebook.com/mr.anthead
my flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/anthead/
cheers!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

a not true book by anthead

"a not true book"
handmade art book
by anthead
9X12inches
mixed media on 10 pages of 20lb paper
binding is hand stitched
this is not a print, this is a one of a kind hand made book
cover
inside front cover
 page1
 page 2

 page 3
page 4

page 5



page 6



page 7





page 8



page 9



page 10



inside back cover



back cover


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

hand made mini art book

"toward the easy illusion"
a mini handmade art book
by anthead

4.5X3.5 inches
mixed media on 8 pages of 20lb paper
the cover is mixed media on recycled card stock [a cereal box]
binding is hand stitched
this is not a print, this is a one of a kind hand made book

FRONT COVER


inside front cover and page 1


 page 2 and 3
 how can I ever? how can I ever? how can I ever?
there's a skull in y head.


page 4 and 5
 our bodies made a pile of snakes on the bed and
the sink was broken but i couldn't

page 6 and 7
 I want to go to ARIZONA but you have my ghost in a secret box

page 8 and inside back cover
Life is but a dream

BACK COVER

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

anthead coloring book project

**anthead coloring book**

  Available Here  only $4.99

if you or your little ones color them, why not take a pic so i can share it? post to either of these locations my google+ or my facebook art page   

  new page added 3-9-15




 

 

new page added 9-19-2014

 

 

new page added 9-18-2014 

 

 

 















below is an ever growing gallery of finished anthead pages