I love gifting my creations as much as I love making them. So much so, that if I wasn't careful I wouldn't have any samples left of my artwork. That is the great thing about our digital age. I can share all I want and still keep the originals. Or give away the original and have photos of the creative process and the end result. Sometimes I get so caught up in the creativity and the giving that I forget to take shots of anything. If that happens, I just ask the recipient to take a photo and send it to me. They might find this a little inconvenient but they are polite enough not to say so. :)
Recently, I scanned some of my watercolor paintings, printed them on shrink plastic, cut them in different shapes, baked them and used them for gift items. Sometimes as necklaces, sometimes as just a little something to share with a friend. They are always thrilled to receive them and I am always happy to have my artwork so well-received. It is so much more fun when you share that special piece of yourself with others and they gain some happiness from it too.
When I do this, I try to do it with style. I fasten it to a card, stamp my logo on it, tie some fru-fru on the top. Give it the stage it deserves.
I have also begun including a card with my blog address so that they can check out my other creations. Or I include my business card tucked in a little envelope. This way they have my contact information and another little piece of my art.
Several people have asked me what font I have used for my signature. This is actually a handmade calligraphy piece I did a few years back. I then scanned it into the computer and have used it in endless ways ever since. It is the signature on my emails, I have multiple rubber stamps that I've made with my Teresa Collins Rubber Stamp Maker for stamping the back of my art pieces, it is the logo on my business cards, etc. No matter what you do or what you create, you should have a signature that is uniquely yours and put it on everything. That is an important rule for good 'branding'. Find a signature or logo that is all yours and then stick with it. After all, it has worked for Coca-Cola!
As always, thanks for stopping!