Being Brave and Selling My Art

Confidence is something I definitely do not have. I’ve never believed in myself or my work and really struggle when it comes to receiving compliments or criticism. In my mind, if someone says something is good, they just feel sorry for me and are lying to make me feel better, or alternatively, if someone says something negative, its the end of the world and I should just stop drawing altogether.

THIS is something I am working on this year. I want to be more positive, and more proactive. I’ve updated my Etsy shop to now sell prints, working with the company Twofifteen who offer drop shipping at a really reasonable price.

I mean, worst thing that happens is they sit there and I don’t sell anything and have to pay the monthly Etsy charges, or I sell something.

So in an effort to raise my confidence, I am selling original artwork prints. Some are completely original designs, and some are fan art from video games and the like.

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My shop is AshaFreemantleArt, super original. A lot of thought went into it (not).

I hope if nothing else you have a look. And yes, I am looking for feedback on ways to improve, without it destroying my soul. I want to get better at my craft. I want to make my friends and family proud that I am actually accomplishing something with my shop. And all proceeds go towards my partner and I’s dream of owning and living aboard a Narrow Boat.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. It’s an important one for me. It’s not about creating more sales or marketing myself or whatever. This time its just about taking a step and putting myself out there. If I fail, I fail. But I’ll get back up. And I’ll try harder. And eventually I will succeed and be a bonafide Illustrator.

Asha x

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Box

“You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”

This hand burnt, Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask inspired box was made to protect your jewelry, trinkets, or dice. Or Rupees. Heart Pieces. Anything you can find.

The box is a hexagonal pine box with a brass clasp, measuring approx. 16cm x 14cm x9cm and is lined with a dark green felt. It’s finished with a clear layer of Plasticote.

You can see some of the creation of this box here: https://youtu.be/w5oUhnDOWPs

If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

I’ve got boxes for days!

After the popularity of the Marauders Map box I did for my sister, I decided it might be worth grabbing a few more boxes and doing some other designs for my Etsy store. The last box I got was from The Works. We have a pretty store in town so I wandered down and grabbed…. a few.

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I got 9 in total I think? And it only set me back 20 beans. Admittedly the quality isn’t great, and sometime in the future when I can afford it I would like some really nice solid boxes, but these will do for now. They burn nice enough, and are fine for the nerdy/geeky stuff I plan on putting on them so that’s good.

I then spend the next hour or so measuring them all up and creating simple graphics for individual boxes, so that can be included on Etsy with any I put up. And if people want to know in general.

This is a bit of a rubbish blog and doesn’t really serve much purpose other than to prove that I have been doing stuff. I also work almost full time, and have a few health issues I work around as well. Not excuses, just reasons why I might not be as active as I would like.

I’ve also been working on a commission for the last week or so that has tied me up. Was a good one!

Anyways, where do you get your stock from? Are there any good online sellers of box blanks for burning?

Let me know!

-AFA

AVAILABLE NOW – Moegami Wood Burn Wall Hanging

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‘Ah… Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all… Sealed away by the dark forces, I have spent years in this cave. Time passed, but I was unable to make my way to freedom. But now, your power has lifted the curse that plagued me. I, Moegami, god of flames, lend you my power. Burn a new source of light into the obscuring darkness!’

This image of the Celestial Brush God Moegami from the popular video game Okami, is hand burnt into a natural piece of Ash roughly 10×15 inches. It is coloured with watercolour, and sealed with a generous layer of Plasti-Kote, protecting it against weather and UV damage, to keep the image from fading.

This piece took roughly 6 hours from start to finish, and was a labour of love.

This comes with a clear stand, so it can be displayed upright on a flat surface, but also has two sets of wall hooks on the back for hanging on a wall.

If you require any more information about this piece, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Buy Here

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Moegami – A work in progress

For those of you that don’t know me, I love video games. Always have. I see it as an amazing art form, a way of telling stories in a non conventional way. A good game is immersive and deep and takes you on a journey much the same way a good book does. The reason I bring this up is because my next piece is based on artwork from one of my favourite games, and easily one of the most beautiful games out there, Okami.

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I have the official art book for the game, and it’s easily my favourite and a great source of inspiration.

Before I started this piece, I knew it was going to be Moegami. He’s my favourite brush god in the game, because he’s a pipe smoking chicken. The art book states that hes a phoenix, but I mean, come on, he’s clearly a chicken.

I started off with a nice piece of Ash that my man very kindly cut and sanded down for me.

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We struggled a bit getting all the vertical lines out made when the log was sliced, but it was still a nice bit of wood. It measures roughly 15×10 inches, so its a good size to work with without being so big its over whelming.

This,  is Moegami

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I use Adobe Indesign for pretty much everything. In this instance I used it to resize the above image into one more suited for the wood I was working with. Then its just a case of transferring the image on to the wood. I use graphite paper for this. Dead easy and any mistakes can be rubbed out or scratched off with a sharp knife.

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Here you can see it just looks like it would had I drawn it on with a pencil. Sorted.

I think the actual burn took me around 3 hours? Ash is a new wood for me and it was a bit of a learning experience. I found it difficult to get a nice smooth line as the different ‘rings’ in the wood all had different burning temperatures. Luckily because of the art style used in Okami, I actually think it adds to the overall finish of the image.

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Once the lines were done, I decided it needed some colour. The wood is lovely but it just didnt look finished. After speaking to a few fellow burners online, someone suggested using water colour pencils, then going over it with a wet brush. I figured I didn’t have anything to loose so thought I’d give it a try…

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I’m pretty happy with how he turned out! The hardcore fans will notice he’s a little fatter than he should be. This was purely because I wanted to use the whole space available. And anyway, I don’t think it’s made a difference, I still love it.

He will be going up for sale on my Etsy page shortly! All thats left to do now is a few finishing touches. Wall hangers, a stand, and some varnish or something. Again, pretty experimental so I’ll be putting the end product up in a new blog.

If you have any questions about this piece, or about any steps I’ve not covered here, feel free to comment or use the contact page to get a hold of me! Alternatively you can follow me on FB and Insta, where I’m usually lurking all day 😀

-AFA

Wood Shopping!

For what seems like years, I’ve been trying to find somewhere that I can get some nice slabs of o’natural wood planks, bark and all. Turns out my man works near a place called Axeminster, and it’s AMAZING.

Its essentially a big old store that caters specifically for wood workers. Pyrography, carving, whittling, turning, er, building? Essentially anything you can d with wood.

A few weeks a go my man sends me this pic:

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And I needed it all.

It took me a while, but I managed to get out there and maded off with some really nice planks of Ash, Oak and Beech. The Beech is pretty much a 2×4, but the natural pattern in the wood is amazing and I couldn’t pass it up.

I’ll be working on some bigger pieces that’ll eventually be going on sale on my Etsy, but the first few will be sort of experimental for me, so not entirely sure what to expect!

My question to you, my fellow wood fans, is how do you get your wood supplies? Are there any good websites I should know about? Leave a comment for me.

In the mean time, watch this space, follow me on Facebook and Instagram, and keep an eye out for new stuff on Etsy.

-AFA

Cherry Blossom Hand Burnt Wooden Pendant Necklace

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Hand burnt wooden pendant on an adjustable wax cord necklace. Original Cherry Blossom design. The back of the pendant is plain wood. Please be advised that these are made to order, so may differ from the image shown slightly.

Finished with a bee’s wax cream to give it a nice shine and to protect it from every day splashes.

The wooden pendants are approximately 40mm – 50mm in length and 20mm – 35mm in width.

I would advise removing before baths/showers/swimming as the wood may swell.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

Tentacles Hand Burnt Wooden Pendant Necklace

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Hand burnt wooden pendant on an adjustable wax cord necklace. Original tentacle design. The back of the pendant is plain wood. Please be advised that these are made to order, so may differ from the image shown slightly.

Finished with a bee’s wax cream to give it a nice shine and to protect it from every day splashes.

The wooden pendants are approximately 40mm – 50mm in length and 20mm – 35mm in width.

I would advise removing before baths/showers/swimming as the wood may swell.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Inspired Hand Burnt Pyrography Pinewood Ring

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A legend of Zelda: Wind Waker inspired hand burnt pyrography ring. Based on the mural designs from the games intro, this ring would be the perfect gift for any Zelda fan.

This is a pinewood ring, hand burnt and finished with a Bee’s Wax Cream. The finish is a very natural matt finish, but the wood will be protected from everyday water splashes. I would advice you remove the ring before baths/showers as exsessive exposure to water can cause the wood to swell.

Ring size is approx. – Outside diameter: 24mm; Inside diameter: 19mm; Widest point: 28mm

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Din’s Pearl Inspired Hand Burnt Pyrography Ring

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A legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Din’s Pearl inspired hand burnt pyrography ring. Based on the designs of the Goddess Pearls from the game, this ring would be the perfect gift for any Zelda fan.

This is a pinewood ring, hand burnt, stained with an Indian Rosewood Stain, and finished with a Bee’s Wax Cream. The finish is a very natural matt finish, but the wood will be protected from everyday water splashes. I would advice you remove the ring before baths/showers as excessive exposure to water can cause the wood to swell.

Ring size is approx. – Outside diameter: 24mm; Inside diameter: 19mm; Widest point: 28mm

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt