Cooper Young Festival Art Update 3.0

Welcome to my latest Cooper Young Festival Art Update. To catch up on my previous CY Fest posts, you can go here and start at the bottom. If you’re too lazy to read that much—no judging, I’m totally lazy, so I get it—my sister and I signed up as vendors for the 2012 Cooper Young Festival. We’re hoping to sell some of our awesome Archerness. Me—paintings and graphic design prints. Kristen—photography. Both—Archerized home decor. Oh, and I opened up my own Etsy shop last week.

You know what’s REALLY exciting about having an Etsy shop?  You get emails every time someone looks, buys or favorites anything listed in your Etsy shop. I made my first sale on Friday. TWO sales, actually. Email. Email. GO. ME. Right?

You know what really SUCKS about having an Etsy shop? You get emails every time someone looks, buys or favorites anything listed in your Etsy shop. Do you have any idea what that means? Every time my iPhone buzzes or beeps with a new e-mail message, I freak out and frantically navigate to my inbox. I feel like Mark Zuckerberg’s character at the end of The Social Network movie, hitting re-fresh. Re-fresh. Re-fresh. All with the small hope that email ding actually meant I just made another Etsy sale…only to find another damn message in my inbox from Bed Bath & Beyond telling me my “20% off in-store saving certificate is here.” Why, Thank you. I’ll file that with the other hundred blue paper coupons you’ve mailed to my house. Someone really should tell BB&B they could save a lot of money on printing costs if they forewent the direct mail coupons and simply put a big sign in front of every store, announcing: 20% off any one item, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.

But, back to my CY Fest art. That is why you came by, right?

I believe I have written before about my obsession with Scrabble and Words with Friends. I love the game. I’ve played for years. So, it’s only fitting that my latest set of graphic design prints all share a Scrabble theme. I had a lot of fun creating 26 Scrabble tiles from scratch, using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. Then I scoured the internet for short, inspirational sayings. Add in some decorative graphic design for a background and you have the finished product: Scrabble Quote art prints.

Here’s the first finished piece, showing what the print would look like hung up, matted and framed.

Here’s a close up of “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

I created four different prints for this series and hope to do a few more before September 15th rolls around.

Don’t forget to be awesome every day.”

Live, Laugh, Love.”

And, Kristen’s favorite, “Nothing great ever came that easy.”

Just like my typography prints, these are all available in my Etsy shop as 8″ x 10″ (unmatted & unframed) prints. For CY Fest, I’ll be offering the majority of these pre-matted, in both 8″ x 10″ and 11″ x 14″ sizes.

My sister and I are struggling with just how MANY prints we should have available for the Festival. We don’t want to do too little, but we also don’t want to WAY overshoot it. To narrow it down, it would be a tremendous help if you would let me know which of these is your favorite. Thanks! And until September 15th, happy shopping.

– lindsey archer

UP NEXT for CY Fest: some more home decor frame pieces (similar to these), coupled with my growing fear of power tools

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  1. Megan Baker

     /  July 17, 2012

    Don’t forget to be awesome everyday is my favorite

  2. These pieces are awesome!

  3. I can really relate to waiting for an Etsy sale!

  4. Very cool artwork…love your creativity. Debra

  5. going to go find your etsy shop right NOW!

  6. Love it !!

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