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Three framed art tiles donated for art auction

Bid on three framed art tiles in support of Lee Owen Stone Preschool. More information is available on their website at http://los2009.tofinoauctions.com/.

Rose City Artworks planning continues

Last month I secured Rose City Artworks as a business name and website. I'm backing up a bit now to create a business plan and learn more about the ins and outs of selling select pieces of my work in larger quantities. My focus for this business will be to distribute a select collection of my original images printed to framed ceramic tiles.

The markup isn't huge, but with a wholesale price of $14 I expect they will be doubled by the retail market to $28. If I could get my costs down, $24 would be a better target price. At any rate, I've been focusing on my canvas pieces but expect to get back on track for this endeavor and have an order form, logo, labels, and other necessary tracking and workflow components in place to begin marketing the framed tiles to local shops and elsewhere by early January 2009.

Keep an eye on the website for more details at http://rosecityartworks.com.

New and updated designs on ceramic tile

Find several new images and some new editions of old favorites now available on my Cafepress site.

Cafepress does offer a Cherrywood frame for tiles, but if you see a design you'd like in a black frame, let me know. I'm testing out several new suppliers of high quality black wood tile frames and hope to offer these through local shops very soon. I'll do the quality control on the printing, mount them myself, and expect to have these framed art tiles selling for between $19 and $24 very soon. The Cafepress Cherrywood framed tile goes for $12, but once you add on another $5 for shipping you're looking at $17.

I'm also looking at some multi-tile frame options where various series will look good together. This includes the garden stonework designs, the Hawaiian hibiscus and bromeliads, and the most recent series of browns with the Pampas grass curl, seed pods, and pine cone images.

I'm also back at it putting many of these designs on canvas through ImageKind or by printing out the 12" editions myself. Two of these 12" x 12" canvas pieces were recently donated for a charity auction to raise money for Cancer Care Resources. It was a great event and I was excited to be involved.

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