When ordering prints from Fine Art America, you have the option to customize. For this print, I’ve chosen a gray frame that compliments the bridge architecture and a simple white mat. I would print this on Somerset Velvet paper. I love the fine art look of photos on this paper and have many down at the gallery.
These are a mixture of photos of an old wigwam burner near Florence, Oregon, lumber mill pullies, and burned out sections of Willamette Mill in Sweet Home, Oregon. When I was growing up, these wigwam burners were everywhere. When I moved to my current town, there was one a couple of miles from my house. As time goes on, they are being removed as they are no longer in use. They were a source of pollution and poor air quality. Now the materials that used to be burned them is being repurposed into other products. To me these will always be an emblem of my home state.
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I’m going to be making some souvenir magnets for a shop in Sweet Home, so I spent my Super Bowl Sunday driving around this cute little town, shooting the Weddle Bridge and Sankey Park’s log house. I haven’t spent much time in Sweet Home, other than stopping for ice cream after a hike or a day at the lake or grabbing a quick snack at Safeway, so it was fun to wander around and explore. And what a beautiful day! I also checked out the area beneath the dam and finished the day out as the clouds gathered over Foster Lake. If you’re ever in the area, spend a little time checking out this great little town.
I drove around the back roads close to home yesterday. I must have hit clock-out time for the forest crew, who were all barreling down the narrow gravel road at a gazillion miles per hour. Thank God for small pull-outs. They were a friendly bunch, waving as they sped by.
There was not much to photograph where I was. A bobcat ran down the road in front of my car, but was spooked back into the forest. There were a couple of streams running by the side of the road, but I was hesitant to get out for fear of getting plowed over by the forest crew. (Who I’m sure would have administered first aid. They seemed like a nice bunch.)
I did pass this stream flowing through an alder stand. I love mossy alders in winter. I’d been looking for a scene like this. I passed by on my return trip out of the forest. (Traffic had slowed to an occasional truck.) I got a few shots in before the sun completely went behind a hill. What do you think?
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It’s a typical overcast winter day in Oregon – the perfect time to dig into the summer floral photos. When I was searching for a photo for a challenge, I discovered these photos I took a few years ago. I was driving the back roads and came around a bend to find a brilliant field of golden California poppies. Today I uploaded then onto a few products on Zazzle. These items are customizable, which is part of Zazzle’s claim to fame. There’s a button below the “edit design” button that says “personalize this product.” Clicking on this will bring up the text, which right now on this item is “Iced Coffee.” You would delete what I have written and write your name, your business name, or whatever you want. (Are you more of an iced tea person?) This should apply to both sides. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Every year at this time, Brownsville Art Association in Brownsville, Oregon holds an 8×8 Art Show. This small art gallery opens its doors to the community, giving us a chance to share our art. I took some pieces in last year for the first time, and I’m excited to participate again this year.
I didn’t have any 8×8 prints on hand, so I ordered some new prints from the lab. They have a new photo paper that has a lovely, rich depth and velvety sheen. The difficulty was choosing the three I wanted to put in the show.
I like to mount my photos on cradled panels. Because I’ve played with ordering prints on different types of papers, I don’t want to hide them behind glass. It’s also a more economical avenue than professional framing. These 8x8s will get this treatment.
I waited to prep my cradled panels until my photos arrived. It’s only after seeing my photos on the board that I decide what I want the base to look like. I bought a package of five panels. Three would go to Brownsville and two are going to my co-op gallery. I ended up painting one panel black, staining two walnut, giving one a weathered board treatment, and accidentally staining one pine. (Oops! I thought that was the wood conditioner.)
My least favorite part is affixing the photos. It’s messy, and a little stray glue can ruin a project. I seal the boards prior to mounting with clear gloss gel.
The final touches are adding some D-rings and picture wire, stamping or writing on the back, and spraying the art with a UV protectant spray. Once they’re dry, they’re ready to go.
As a photographer who displays my work at a local gallery, final image quality is very important to me. If I put my name on something, I want it to be the best quality product. Selling online had me curious about the final product. What do people actually get when they order my work from a print on demand site? I decided to see for myself. I ordered my prints on cards from Redbubble and Pixels (Fine Art America) to see an example of what my customers are actually receiving.
I ordered 4×6 cards and postcards from Redbubble. I was very happy with the quality of these cards. They come on heavy cardstock, and color representation is good. The cards come with craft paper envelopes, which I like. The one downside to Redbubble cards is that as an artist, the only way to ensure full coverage on the front of the card is to upload a 2×3 dimension image, which can be an extra step. If it’s missed, the image comes out on the card with a white border around the it. (Instant matting.) I made sure to order only the ones with full coverage, but I’ve purchased other people’s cards that have this border.
The cards I ordered from Fine Art America/Pixels are only available in 5×7, and they are printed on 100 lb. paper and sprayed with a glossy UV protective coating. They are noticeably flimsier than the Redbubble cards, but the color representation is great. The envelopes are also thin. I would prefer a heavier card with a more elegant envelope. FAA/Pixels do offer the ability to add your own custom message in the card when you buy it. That’s a nice feature. Overall, they are nice quality.
I did like that the FAA cards arrived in this nice box. I ordered nine, and they came shipped in this packaging.
Unfortunately, I didn’t order the same image on my comparison cards, but here they are side by side. The larger card is from FAA/Pixels. The tree is a postcard from Redbubble. The covered bridge image is a folded card from Redbubble. Redbubble has a choice between 4×6 and 5×7 cards. FAA/Pixels only offers 5×7.
Whether you’re thinking of selling art on a print on demand site or have been wondering about buying from one, I hope this helps. Print on demand is a great opportunity for independent artists to get their work out in the public forum. Buying from these sites helps support small businesses and offers unlimited access to creative vision. We independent artists treasure our customers.
What about you? Do you have any experience with print on demand, either as a buyer or a seller?
Disclaimer: I was not asked to review any items from either place, nor was I compensated. This was purely for my own purposes.
Living in the mid Willamette Valley of Oregon, I am surrounded by agriculture. I can often be found on the roadside taking photos of baby lambs, beehives, tractors, and old barns. On this day, I found myself in Halsey, trying to capture the pigeons as they circled the broken top of the remains of the old wooden grain elevator. That turned out to be an exercise in frustration, as I was hoping for the swirl of birds to pass in formation just to the side of the wooden structure. It turns out pigeons are either not mind readers or not very cooperative.
I did capture a few shots of the old structure before I moved on. The afternoon sun was casting a warm glow on the wooden planks, exposed after the removal of the sheeting. I like the look of the metal chutes juxtaposed with the wood pattern, and it really pops in black and white. This will look really nice on a metal print.