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The Bird Nuts

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  1. 34 minutes ago, GracesWarbler said:

    Those are fantastic! Is the calendar just for friends and family, or are you going to make it more widely available?


    33 minutes ago, MichaelLong said:

    You should definitely sell that, I know I would buy it.

    Thank you!!  If all goes to plan I will have them for sale in my online shop.

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  2. 10 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

    It's been a minute since I posted here, but I'm still working on my coloring books! If you're interested in arts and crafts, read on.

    A couple updates: First, I decided to release a second edition of my Birds of the Southwest Coloring Book. Mostly, I wanted to make it a little smaller. Since there are large areas of the same colors, I felt like a smaller edition (7 by 10" instead of 8.5 by 11") would make for a better coloring experience. I also gave it a new cover and put the bird descriptions under each illustration, so people can learn about birds while they color. Hopefully kids (and adults!) will enjoy it. The first two photos below are from this book. As an aside, I had a table at a local craft fair this past weekend with the first edition and I sold 20 copies!

    Secondly, I've been experimenting with paper. So far, I've been printing through Amazon's printing service (KDP). However, I'd love to be able to do some watercolors, and the KDP paper isn't thick enough for that. To explore my options, I printed one copy of my upcoming book through a different service, where I could use 100lb paper. I like it a lot, and you can see @IKLland's hummingbird in the last photo. (I wasn't worried about accurate colors, as you can see.) I like the paper, which only had minimal warping under the watercolors, but I'm not sure if the economics or using an external printing service would work. Each book would cost ~$6 for me, then Amazon would take ~$4-5 for each book, and I would still have to handle all the shipping myself. Oh well, I'll think about my options.

    Have you all been doing anything artsy?





    Wow!!  That is so amazing you sold that many at the craft fair!  Congratulations!  And the new smaller edition looks awesome!  Great idea!

    I've been busy with non-art-related things, but I've finally gotten back to work on my bird calendar.  Done 7 of the 12 illustrations and I found a drop-shipping company that prints calendars that looks very promising.

    Oh yeah, and I entered a pet portrait contest...waiting for them to announce the winners!

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  3. 2 minutes ago, Kevin said:

    I was only 12 when I started so birding birding away from home except occasionally was not practical. As a result I heavily birded my yard/road. Even though I can drive now I rarely go anywhere else, unless on a trip camping or something. At this point it's almost as, if not more important to me, to find a new bird for the yard than the county. 

    Same here!!  I'm a homebody and my yard list is my favorite list.

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