Saturday, July 22, 2017

Portraits

                                                       "Weimy Goes home"

The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy here in the studio. I had taken up quite a few commissions and knew that these were subjects that needed complete attention. I rarely ever do portraits unless I get a special request for them. But when I saw the picture of the pet dog that the client sent me, I knew I  had to paint her, those eyes could not be ignored!

It took me quite a few hours to paint her, but I think I have never been as happy about any project as much as I have been of this one. It was so exciting to see her come to life on paper.




and here is the 8x10 print that finally went home to California!



Also, I worked on this house portrait which was equally challenging with the angles and straight lines, but it's done!



 I think this is just the beginning of a new phase in my art career, I never thought I would love working on such detailed subjects where staying inside the lines was crucial.

That's it for now, will be back with the desserts that I talked about in my previous post.

Have a nice weekend!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Etsy Celebrations



July 2015, I took a big step in pursuing my passion for art and watercolors, I opened my little shop on Etsy, a platform for handmade sellers and before I could blink, I found myself thrown into this huge ocean of artists creating a myriad of items and I was just a tiny little drop in that ocean. I soon realized  that just to stay afloat would require a LOT of effort on my part, forget selling anything at all!. I had absolutely no knowledge, whatsoever, of SEO. I would list a piece and before I could go see it on the Etsy home page, it would get lost to be never found again! I knew that I had taken up a huge challenge but I did not give myself the permission to look back..no..moving forward was the only way and if that meant that I had to start from scratch, I was willing to do that.

I read and researched about SEO, got started on Instagram and got more active on social media and joined Etsy groups on FB. Heard whatever advise people had to offer about pricing, design, photos etc with an open mind. I had good success in my first year with a 100 sales, which was huge for me, especially since I started with no expectations at all and considering the fact that I am not good at promoting my shop or my work and in fact shy away from telling people that I sell my art assuming that they might feel like I am being pushy! lol!

And then, as I have mentioned before, I had to put my shop and art on hold for over 8 months due to certain unforseen circumstances. After that huge break, I opened again in March 2017 and thought that I would have to start over because it takes time to be found in searches and thats how online shops work ..searches! But, by the grace of God, I was proven wrong, I did way better than before! It took 2 months to settle in , but June and July have been great and I am really grateful to all those who have been following my art journey and have considered SANKETI for their art purchases.

July 17th will mark the second year of SANKETI and to thank you all for your support and encouragement, I have a promo going on in my shop and will send a 5"x7" MAP ART PRINT FREE with every order that includes an 8" x10" art print in it. The map will be of the state that the order was placed from.

THANK YOU!


In other news, we watercolor enthusiasts are enjoying a whole month dedicated to watercolor . It's #worldwatercolormonth..yayy! join in the fun over on FB and Insta or stop by Doodlewash.com our official host! Its 31 days..31 watercolors.!

I decided to do illustrations and take up new subjects and started the month with some fruits, moved on to bugs and butterflies and now desserts. Here are some of them..























Here I have compiled the fruits together ...


Will share the desserts in my next post.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend !




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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th !



Happy 4th to all those here in the USA. Hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far!

After working on  all the individual state maps that  I shared in my previous post, I put them together and came up with two designs for the complete large USA map. One has them all together and the other has a little bit of space between the states so that you can still see the individual art on them. I was so excited to share this on Instagram last week and now they are available in my Etsy shop.

I have also started working on my next collection which will be 'Fruits' which will be my next post!

Also, another major update with regards to my shop is that I now have digital downloads / printables available in my Etsy shop. After giving a lot of thought to the  requests that I had receiving for printables, I went ahead and made some available and to begin, you will be able to download some of my hand lettered pieces from my 'Minimalistic' collection. Hope this helps those who are abroad and unable to purchase my work since I do not ship international as yet! This one's for you!

Here are some of them..


  mock up template by emske.com


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 mock up template by emske.com

 mock up template by emske.com

And here are USA maps in their entirety!




Have a wonderful day and enjoy the 4th!



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

State Map Art



Last year, I had started a new series of ' Map Art' which primarily showcased the state bird and state flower. Some state maps were too small to fit a bird and those had a beautiful scenic landscape included. Some, especially the New England region have the most beautiful autumn foliage and I though it was important for me to include that in some of the states. All these were available as originals in my Etsy shop and most got sold. But the one most common request that I received then was to make these available as prints, small and large and/ or cards. It's taken me a while, no doubt, but its finally here!

I have started to offer all US states as prints and Art cards. The cards are 5x7 and a perfect size to frame making it a card and a gift all in one! They are printed on soft textured heavyweight paper and has a beautiful deckle edge to both the card and the envelope. If you need multiples, just contact me on Etsy and I will make them available for you. All 50 are available, but I have yet to list all of them on Etsy, if you don't see yours yet, just message me and I will list it for you.

Here are some of them ... sit back and enjoy with a super large cup of coffee!

All these are current available at an introductory price on Etsy.


Each single state has been handpainted and handlettered meticulously, It's a labor of love! It was so hard for me to stay within the lines, a completely different experience! There have been  maps beautifully painted yet ending up in the trash ..gulp!  beacause I painted it upside down! yes done that!

The most exciting part of this series has been collating all these individual states into one large huge US MAP!. This was a request from my dear husband, he wanted me to put them together and frame it. I am working hard on that and hopefully be done soon. I have given myself a deadline and want it done and framed by 4th of July!
I am planning to make the larger map available on Etsy too. Lets see how that goes!




















Like them?

Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Gouache on Black


Gouache is a medium that I waited too long to try! Its a wonderful opaque water based medium that's a hybrid between watercolors and acrylic. There is a bit of a learning curve to this. I was trying to use watercolor techniques to paint with this..total fail!

I have finally learned that this medium works best out of the tube, with bare minimum water to wet and wash the brush. If you thin the paint, it looses its vibrancy. It's meant to go down thick. So paint with these as you would with oils. Start with the darks and add the lights or highlights on top.

Once I got the hang of it, it was easy to paint with, especially on black..looks so bright and opaque..love it!



 Here are some of the cards that I painted with this. I have used Winsor and Newton Gouache and handlettered with Dr.Ph Martins white Ink and nib pen.

All these are now on Etsy.

Congrats






Happy Birthday


Gouache painting with Envelope liner





 Give gouache a try...you will love it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!



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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Holiday Cards





It's been a long and busy May at the Sanketi studio. Started off by getting the Etsy shop all stocked up with Mother's day original watercolor cards and once that slowed down, I received a request for holiday cards..yes Christmas in May! After that the studio simply looked like Christmas, with fresh cut pine brought in for styling my work and warm cinnamon spice oil burning to get me into the mood of designing and printing these greeting cards, I had art ready from last year and all I needed to do was design and print them on cards..easy peasy..or so I thought!

The entire project took me several hours of just designing, and some more to get it print ready and several more finding the right cardstock for printing these special holiday cards. I went on a hunt to get the right paper and finally settled on some lovely textured 25% cotton paper which makes it look like fine stationery. After all this work, I decided to make some more work for myself and went ahead and designed some wrapping paper for each of the 14 designs that I had to offer. 12 holiday styles and 2 'thank you 'sets. Printed each one of them and got ready to assemble them as sets of 5. After 2  weeks of hard work, this project was finally ready to be styled and photographed and sent to the client..phew!


 Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas.

This set is now available on Etsy







Set of Thank You Cards on Etsy



Will be back soon with another post to share my new found love ..gouache ..a medium with which I have been playing a lot lately!

Thanks for stopping by!

Follow me on Instagram @sanketim for the latest behind the scenes.









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