Allow your passions to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession. -Gabrielle Berstein
Painting is my passion. It rejuvenates me, yet relaxes me at the same time. It lights me up like nothing else does. Like a little fire dancing in your heart, you know what I'm talking about.. Passion. Painting is my bliss and my passion... but there are some aspects of life (and within the realms of being an artist) that bring me absolute stress. While taxes are definitely one of them, (Who doesn't get anxiety around taxes?) there is something even worse for me.
I'm not even kidding. Printers stress me the hell out. Perhaps it's from years of being a receptionist, teacher and teacher's assistant to now doing my own art prints from home, that has caused this high level of anxiety. I love selling prints of my work, I really do. But paired with the excitement of selling my work, there is that anxiety, will my printer work today?
Paper jams, printer errors, ink warnings, and cartridges are words that plague my nightmares.
I've printed my own prints for years now, and it's always caused some level of stress. I searched out some local printers when I fist started out, but I couldn't find anyone who matched the quality I wanted. So, like most cases, I decided I would just do it myself. Several years of failures and successes I finally bought my newest printer last year.
It's a specialty built continuous ink printer who prints great images. While I love this printer and the fact that it still hasn't run out of ink, this printer still comes with a myriad of troubles.
I guess this week was the straw that broke the camel's back.
I had an order to get out, but my printer was showing me all sorts of NEW errors! There I sat in the middle of my studio with ink stained hands (probably crying), surrounded by crumpled expensive papers.. pleading my printer to just print. (Come on man, it's in your name. Your one job is to PRINT.)
Ever since I started selling my work, I've worn all the hats, and played all the roles there is to play. I paint, photograph, scan, edit, print, and ship. It's not too bad of a job, when the printer works.
Not wanting to add up all the hours, ink, and expensive papers I've wasted on trying to print from home...
I've decided it's about time to outsource my printing!
I'm always hesitant to give up control (especially with my art!) but here is what convinced me..
Upon finding that I had no option to get my orders out, but to outsource in order to get the print out on time, I did a lot of research. I looked into the quality of pigments and papers I wanted and I learned everything I could about giclée prints. (except correct pronunciation.) Technically, my prints have been giclée prints all along, which is good to know. Always learning.. right?
Yesterday I went to pick up the test prints, and I was floored! The quality was astounding! I mean, I've always sold nice quality prints, but these are amazing. The colors were vibrant, and the paper was smooth like velvet, yet strong enough to hold gold leaf, and other hand enhancements I may want to add later. I was amazed.
Set next to the original you can barely tell a difference between the two!
I stayed and chatted with the shop owner for a bit to find that his prints are his passion. (someone who likes printers?!) He spent some time showing me some different papers, glasses, and mats. He even taught me how to pronounce giclée. He talked to me about how to properly price prints like these. (he says mine are under priced. thoughts on this?) You could really tell that he takes pride in the final prints and enjoys it. And for the first time since I started this journey, I feel comfortable in outsourcing my prints.
But what really got me was, giving up that role, my so-called "stressor", allows him to live his passion, while clearing up a bit of my life to live mine more fully. Isn't that just great?
Maybe I'm thinking way too deeply on this, but wow, it feels good to upload files and not have to worry about another printer error or paper jam! And it feels even better knowing that my artwork is in the safe hands of someone else who is following their passion.
What about you? What stressors could you give up to live your passions more fully?
Speaking of passion.. I'm so passionate about these new larger prints in the art shop!
You'll love them too!
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