Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring florals



It's been a busy month over at my shop and I have not been able to make time to write a post for my blog. Everything gets done except blog posts, my poor little blog always takes a backseat! My sincere apologies to all those who follow my work. But the bright side is that I am very active on Instagram and post almost everyday and sometime multiple times a day, so if you want to keep up with my watercolor journey, sign up for Instagram, it's free and easy and you can get all the behind the scenes of my work before you read it on my blog.  My IG handle is @sanketim





After the 6 month break that my little shop and I took, it has now started to get busy again, and with the Easter special going on, I had my hands full. handlettering scripture and packaging and shipping them so that they could be enjoyed in time for the holiday. With Easter and Easter cards behind me, I have now started painting Mother's Day cards, So my studio is filled with flowers and monograms and botanicals...just for mom! 






I have also been terribly preoccupied with designing my new business cards and getting them to look more in tune to what I do. So I spent a major part of month trying to get it just right. I got myself a new printer so that I could offer prints in my Etsy shop and put it to good use by printing my business cards right here in my studio. I wanted these to also serve as a miniature art piece which people could frame and keep if they desire to do so. Its an ATC size.  I think it was worth the time and effort. Like it?




And finally,
 Thank you to all those who voted for me in the #etsysmallbusiness contest. The voting has ended and winners have been announced. I appreciate you taking the time and encouraging someone to make a success of their small venture. Although I did not win the contest, yet I do feel more encouraged and positive about my fine art and stationery business than I was before. It felt good to know that there were at least 63 people who really liked my work ! So THANK YOU ! 




Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!



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Friday, March 24, 2017

Etsy Small Business Contest



Hello everyone, 

Today I come to you with a request,
... and asking for a favor!


Etsy has very generously organised a contest for all its small business owners and the winner gets to expand their business in more ways than one. All it takes is a single vote from you. 

If you have been following my work and would like to see me offer more affordable art than please take the time to cast you precious vote.Every vote makes a difference!

Please vote for me in the Etsy Small Business contest! It's super easy and only takes a second! Just follow the link below and click VOTE, enter an email address, and hit SUBMIT. That's it! 

THANK YOU!


PLEASE VOTE BY CLICKING THIS LINK..    VOTE
 or click here

https://etsy.wishpond.com/small-business-contest/entries/149586357


REMEMBER VOTING CLOSES ON APRIL 6th.





In July 2012, I had recently discovered rubber stamps and had started to create greeting cards using watercolors and stamps. I started a blog to share these creations with the wonderful stamping community. Soon, I started receiving requests for purchase which led me to starting an Etsy shop in July 2015. I was very honored and thankful to all those who purchased and within a year my shop had seen enough success for me to start making more plans for it's growth. But then, life had other plans for me and I had to put my shop and life on hold. After 6 months am now back with renewed faith and fervor and am busy once again making plans for my shop. I passionately paint loose and expressive watercolors and find this medium extremely meditative. This is my dream job, I have always wanted to own a boutique filled with my artwork where people can walk in empty and walk out with an experience. Etsy has made that dream come true!


If I am fortunate enough to win this contest, I would most definitely invest it in a large fine art printer capable of helping me make Giclee prints. I want to make affordable art and making fine art prints is one of the best ways to help my collectors purchase my art . The first step to a good print is of course a good scanner to scan my original watercolors . I currently use my small office scanner to scan and that does not always stand up to the test of large watercolor paintings. A large bed scanner would be a great addition to my studio.


Thank you to all those who have seen this post on Instagram and already casted their vote for my little shop...appreciate it!


Have a wonderful weekend!




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Saturday, March 11, 2017

SANKETISTUDIO- Website Launch

Excited to share a brand new phase and a new beginning of sorts...a new website!  I have always wanted a space where my friends, family and clients could see all  my work under one roof and I have been working on this portfolio for a while now. I have put in a lot of effort into  building this new place for my art  and I am so happy and excited to introduce it to you.


.......it's live!


SANKETISTUDIO.COM



I remember back in 2015, I started my little Etsy store just because my blog readers kept asking me if I sold my greeting cards and I thought to myself, why not? and decided to open  a store where they could purchase my cards. Now after 2 years, my little art business has grown by leaps and bounds and is not 'little' anymore. I now have a brand, a logo, and most importantly I have people who love my work and would like to collect it!

Etsy gave me the freedom and courage to go behind my dreams. It has given me the permission to believe in myself and although it's been  frustrating at times, in the end it's been worth it.

Very soon, you will also be able to purchase originals and prints directly from my website. The pieces you find on my website will be exclusive and not be found elsewhere.  You can also contact me for custom work.

My Etsy store shall still remain and I have lots of plans for it too and by going to my website, you can still access my Etsy store. But I want to make it easier for everyone by having the option to purchase right on my site.


Moving forward with lots of hope and aspirations and the dream to work on bigger and better art!

yours ARTfully,
Swarup







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Friday, February 24, 2017

Wrap Yourself In Art -VIDA COLLECTION




A long standing dream of seeing my art on rich, soft luxurious fabric has finally come to fruition!
 .....my watercolors have finally turned into wearable art!

While painting soft delicate florals using deeply pigmented watercolors, I would often envision myself wearing them and wonder how they would look on fabric, especially as scarves, which are one of my favorite accessories  As a textile designer, I have always composed my floral paintings in such a way that they would work on fabric as a repeat pattern, so when I  got an opportunity to offer my art to be printed on fabric, I thought to myself..'this is it'..this is what I need to do..art on fabric..a journey from sketchbook to fabric!

Venturing into the world of licensing art, a new and  interesting phase of my art career has only just begun, can't wait to see where it takes me. After all that I have been through last year, I feel like a phoenix rising from the ashes....new life..new beginnings.away from despair and ready to soar ....










The most exciting part is that I will be able to offer all of my favorites together..watercolors, cashmere and silk..perfect!
...yes, I am talking about VIDA.

 To know more about the company ..watch this video ..VIDA

To shop my collection click here..SANKETI

Every piece is custom made and comes with the artist's signature giving due credit to the artist and complete satisfaction to the customer who likes to collect wearable art.  I will be adding more exclusive designs to my VIDA scarf collection very soon.






Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by and sharing my excitement!








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Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Love Always"


It's been a long time since I posted here and if you are wondering if I vanished from the face of the earth ..no, am still here !

While I was busy making plans to celebrate 100 sales on Etsy and host a giveaway and was excited to take my small art business to a whole new level, certain life altering events took my life in a totally different direction. The challenges that I faced forced me to put my store and life on hold. 2016 saw me evolve into a whole new person and all I can say is I survived and am still here to tell my story. I would rather stay away from the details and refrain from living in the past and hope for a better and brighter future .

I have never been a girl who did a lot of future planning, in fact I don't even book tickets for anything ahead of time! These recent events have just made me live my life one day at a time for He has everything already planned and laid out for me and  there is no point in me making any more plans or decisions. He has it all!

With that hope, I reopened my Etsy store last week and am now ready to take it from there...it's a huge gap of more than 6 months and will require a lot of rebuilding, almost like starting over, but I will do it, even if it means putting in double the effort than I had put in the first time around.

My art is my passion, it's what keeps me alive and positive and the fact that I had some very kind people asking me why my store was closed and if I would reopen again, kept me going during my darkest and most difficult times. My husband and my family were my cheerleaders, they would keep encouraging me to paint and pursue my passion. If it were not for them, I would not be here today.


With that being said, I now look forward to painting  more everyday and have started to stock up my store with new pieces of art and am currently in the process of getting prints done and might offer them once I get through Etsy's manufacturing requirements. If there are any pieces that you would like prints of, leave me a comment and I can offer it here too.


I post everyday on Instagram, so to get behind the scenes of what's going on in my studio follow me there @sanketim.



Here are some of new work......Small pieces of original art. 4.5" x 4" not exactly a miniature, but definitely smaller than my usual work.




 That's it for now and will be back soon with more!

Have a wonderful day!





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