Welcome to my July Imaginarium!
If you’re not quite sure how to create an invoice for your art, look no further, I’ve got a template and some tips to help you. Also in this edition are my trusty DIY’s and amazing internet finds.
Without further ado, let’s get creative!
If you’re posting your art online, you’ll probably wonder if anyone can steal your images and sell them behind your back. Online theft happens much too often to unsuspecting artists, the legal costs can be exorbitant, and the process excruciatingly long. The best way to avoid online theft, it not to post anything, which kind of defeats the object. You could paste watermarks all over your image, but criminals can find ways to remove them. The other option is to post smaller images, to make it nearly impossible for them to enlarge it. The best way to do that is to add your art into a mock-up such as on a wall, surrounded by furniture.
There are a few Apps out there when it comes to showcasing your art on virtual walls. Some are free, while others have a monthly subscription. It works very well to see how your art will look in someone’s living room, or in a frame. But all of them are modern-looking and I haven’t found one with a Victorian flair. So I made my own template.
If you’re a Photoshop user, this template will be so much fun to work with. It’s fully customizable and you can move objects around to suit your ideal Victorian setting. You don’t have to install a new font, I’ve kept it simple with dear old Calibri. The wall, frames, floor and chair are all smart objects and you can scale them, change their colour or adjust their shapes if you want to.
If you don’t have Photoshop, I’ve made a Microsoft Word version as well. It’s a bit more limited, but you can still use it fairly well. The only snag is saving the image. You’ll have to either export it as a PDF file or print a screenshot onto an editing app on your computer / laptop. I’ve also included additional walls and chairs in various colours for you to replace the existing ones. This is the first time I’ve made a wall art template this format, so please let me know how it turned out.
If you’re already selling your art, you’ll probably have an existing Invoicing structure. Whether it be an invoicing program, template or a mere note in a journal. This is such a small piece of admin often overlooked. Admittedly, I scrambled to get an invoice ready when I made my first sale. It was a crude invoice modelled from a sundry slip I saw in my admin job long ago. I’ve since fine-tuned the layout and the result is a simple design with all the relevant information. It might not auto-calculate the amounts, but it works brilliantly for simplistic invoicing.
Sending an invoice to your collector/buyer is not only to keep a record for your sales, it is also to add authenticity to the purchase. Your buyer would most likely want to submit the document for insurance or tax purposes.
You don’t need a complicated layout, as long as you have all the important information on it, you should be fine:
• Order number (if applicable)
• The name and contact details of the buyer
• The name of the artist or an identifying image such as a logo
• The title of the artwork
• Information about the artwork such as date, materials, dimensions
• The price of the artwork
• Additional costs such as delivery or import taxes
• Payment method and whether the payment has been made
• Terms and conditions (if applicable) which could include use and care, special instructions, cancellation policies, delivery and custom duty information
• The artist’s contact details
Usually, I send the invoice after the sale is made, unless the collector wishes to have it before hand, as a pro-forma. Most of them don’t want an invoice, but I keep one filed just in case. If you ae in need of an invoice, or want to update your existing one, you can download my template:
When it comes to recycling, I’m always on the look-out for interesting ways to reuse old packaging. Sometimes it doesn’t work out quite as well, and all my recycling dreams go to bust. I don’t use a lot of plastic products, and I normally find ways to recycle them wherever possible. One thing I have in abundance is cardboard. With most of my homeware packed away in boxes, I have no shortage of cardboard. Once a year I get fed-up with all the clutter and the purge commences in a week-long cleaning spree. But before I send everything to the recyclers, I have a few cereal boxes that are practically begging me to use then in a DIY project.
The most obvious way to reuse a box is for storage, but how could I make it interesting? I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole and found an interesting triangular pencil case that seemed pretty straightforward to make. My paintbrush holder is quite old, and small, so this box will be the perfect size to store my brushes in.
All you’ll need is a standard cereal box to or similar cardboard, a punch, scissors, a rope or piece of string thin enough to fit through the punch holes, a pencil and ruler. You could adorn your triangle box with wrapping paper, or spray paint or you could add decorative elements to it to make it look less recycled, and a bit more expensive.
Another little recycling DIY that I found very handy is a mini dustpan to catch eraser dust. My desk and its surrounds are constantly strewn with eraser dust. Instead of dragging out the big cleaning machines, or battling the broom, I turned to art supply stores for a nifty solution. Yes you get eraser shaving collectors and table brushes, but buying that seemed so unnecessary and I thought about how could make one from a plastic bottle instead.
All you’ll need for this DIY is a box cutter or sharp knife (please be careful not to cut yourself) and a standard plastic milk bottle. You’ll have to disinfect the bottle beforehand. Once you’ve got everything, you can use the instructions to make a mini dustpan. For the broom part, you can use an old toothbrush.
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In next month’s edition, I’m covering my favourite colour: black. From clothes, to gardening, and even to ink.
Until next month, have a super-awesome July!