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<p>Day 25 of #marchmeetthemaker<br/>
✨How it’s made✨</p>

<p>So here is a glimpse behind the scenes of how I create my textured abstracts.<br/>
This photo session was for a diptych commission.</p>

<p>Photo 1<br/>
Blank canvases</p>

<p>Photo 2<br/>
Textures added with waterproof glue, sand, paper.. and a little molding paste.</p>

<p>Photo 3<br/>
One of several layers of gold acrylic paint</p>

<p>Photo 4<br/>
One of several layers of phthalo turquoise acrylic paint</p>

<p>Photo 5<br/>
Adding gold leaf</p>

<p>Photo 6<br/>
Final artwork</p>

<p>Photo 7<br/>
Gift wrapped and ready to go to its new home! </p>

<p>#artbysandi #howitsmade #marchmeetthemaker2020 #goldandturquoise #abstractart #commissionart #loveandgratitude #wiltshireartist #calnebusiness #texture #turquoiseart  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-KbK0EnTrL/?igshid=1s2t1yd5t1tgn">https://www.instagram.com/p/B-KbK0EnTrL/?igshid=1s2t1yd5t1tgn</a></p>

Day 25 of #marchmeetthemaker
✨How it’s made✨

So here is a glimpse behind the scenes of how I create my textured abstracts.
This photo session was for a diptych commission.

Photo 1
Blank canvases

Photo 2
Textures added with waterproof glue, sand, paper.. and a little molding paste.

Photo 3
One of several layers of gold acrylic paint

Photo 4
One of several layers of phthalo turquoise acrylic paint

Photo 5
Adding gold leaf

Photo 6
Final artwork

Photo 7
Gift wrapped and ready to go to its new home!

#artbysandi #howitsmade #marchmeetthemaker2020 #goldandturquoise #abstractart #commissionart #loveandgratitude #wiltshireartist #calnebusiness #texture #turquoiseart (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-KbK0EnTrL/?igshid=1s2t1yd5t1tgn

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Day 24 of #marchmeetthemaker<br/>
✨Personal Touch✨</p>

<p>I can say without any fear of contradiction, that I put my heart and soul into everything I do.<br/>
✨Art<br/>
✨Cards<br/>
✨Comissions<br/>
✨Clay flowers<br/>
✨Exhibitions <br/>
✨Fairs<br/>
✨Communications <br/>
✨Social Media<br/>
✨Gift wrap<br/>
… EVERYTHING!</p>

<p>That way, I ensure that every part of my business always represent me as a person.</p>

<p>The little touches, the thoughtful approach and integrity makes  the cornerstone of my business. </p>

<p>See you tomorrow lovely people.</p>

<p>Stay safe 💗 Stay indoors 💗 Be kind💗</p>

<p>#artbysandi<br/>
#marchmeetthemaker2020 #abstractart #abstractartist #wiltshireartist #calne  #calnebusiness #meettheartist #blackandwhite #loveandgratitude #personaltouch #integrity  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-HvM9OH1aJ/?igshid=g1eogjaoxy1g">https://www.instagram.com/p/B-HvM9OH1aJ/?igshid=g1eogjaoxy1g</a></p>

Day 24 of #marchmeetthemaker
✨Personal Touch✨

I can say without any fear of contradiction, that I put my heart and soul into everything I do.
✨Art
✨Cards
✨Comissions
✨Clay flowers
✨Exhibitions
✨Fairs
✨Communications
✨Social Media
✨Gift wrap
… EVERYTHING!

That way, I ensure that every part of my business always represent me as a person.

The little touches, the thoughtful approach and integrity makes the cornerstone of my business.

See you tomorrow lovely people.

Stay safe 💗 Stay indoors 💗 Be kind💗

#artbysandi
#marchmeetthemaker2020 #abstractart #abstractartist #wiltshireartist #calne #calnebusiness #meettheartist #blackandwhite #loveandgratitude #personaltouch #integrity (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-HvM9OH1aJ/?igshid=g1eogjaoxy1g

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>“Float Copper”</p>

<p>This piece was inspired by the colours and textures of Float Copper.</p>

<p>This is the term that refers to to copper nuggets that have been moved and squished by glaciers. When the glacier melts the copper slides off and is therefore deposited several miles from its original source.</p>

<p>Dimensions:<br/>
50cm x 40cm x1.5 cm<br/>
Gallery wrapped canvas</p>

<p>£120 (free postage for UK)</p>

<p>Drop me a message for more details.</p>

<p>Thank you for looking!</p>

<p>#artbysand #artforsalebyartist #texturedart  #floatcopper #copper #geologyinspired #luxury #abstractart #loveandgratitude #wiltshireartist #calnebusiness  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FYUZkHq4w/?igshid=175et9qzhcuub">https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FYUZkHq4w/?igshid=175et9qzhcuub</a></p>

“Float Copper”

This piece was inspired by the colours and textures of Float Copper.

This is the term that refers to to copper nuggets that have been moved and squished by glaciers. When the glacier melts the copper slides off and is therefore deposited several miles from its original source.

Dimensions:
50cm x 40cm x1.5 cm
Gallery wrapped canvas

£120 (free postage for UK)

Drop me a message for more details.

Thank you for looking!

#artbysand #artforsalebyartist #texturedart #floatcopper #copper #geologyinspired #luxury #abstractart #loveandgratitude #wiltshireartist #calnebusiness (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FYUZkHq4w/?igshid=175et9qzhcuub

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Day 23 #marchmeetthemaker<br/>
✨Photography ✨</p>

<p>📷<br/>
Taking good quality photos of artwork can be a challenge. You don’t want bright sunlight, a dull cloudy day is far better.</p>

<p>📷<br/>
You want to capture true colours. I have found trying to capture shades of blue and green particularly tricky.</p>

<p>📷<br/>
You want to show off textures while also including the overall aesthetic of the piece.</p>

<p>📷<br/>
As I said.. It can be a challenge…especially when you have a neighbour’s cat as your assistant! 🐱😎😁</p>

<p>Take care lovely people.<br/>
See you tomorrow!</p>

<p>#artbysandi #marchmeetthemaker2020 #photography #photosofart #catsofinstagram #myhelper #gratitude #loveandgratitude #proudofcalne #calne #calnebusiness #wiltshireartist #appreciation <br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FMH8dnhTU/?igshid=26ft4kyjc75r">https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FMH8dnhTU/?igshid=26ft4kyjc75r</a></p>

Day 23 #marchmeetthemaker
✨Photography ✨

📷
Taking good quality photos of artwork can be a challenge. You don’t want bright sunlight, a dull cloudy day is far better.

📷
You want to capture true colours. I have found trying to capture shades of blue and green particularly tricky.

📷
You want to show off textures while also including the overall aesthetic of the piece.

📷
As I said.. It can be a challenge…especially when you have a neighbour’s cat as your assistant! 🐱😎😁

Take care lovely people.
See you tomorrow!

#artbysandi #marchmeetthemaker2020 #photography #photosofart #catsofinstagram #myhelper #gratitude #loveandgratitude #proudofcalne #calne #calnebusiness #wiltshireartist #appreciation
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FMH8dnhTU/?igshid=26ft4kyjc75r

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Day 22 of #marchmeetthemaker<br/>
✨Tools & Materials ✨</p>

<p>Flippin’ Nora I do have a lot of paint brushes!<br/>
… and I love every single one if them… each has it’s own favourite thing I use it for.</p>

<p>Then there is the collection of other useful tools; forks, knives, sharp pointy things and sponges!</p>

<p>I use mostly acrylic paints, acrylic enamels and ink to provide colour.</p>

<p>Texture is often (but not always)  created using paper, glue, molding paste and sand.</p>

<p>Hope you are all having a lovely day- it’s glorious sunshine here in the UK. 🌞</p>

<p>Happy Mothering Sunday to all the mums near and far.💐</p>

<p>Stay safe and see you all tomorrow.</p>

<p>#artbysandi #artistatwork #artisttools #paintbrush #paintbrushes #marchmeetthemaker2020  #appreciation #loveandgratitude #calne #calnebusiness #wiltshireartist #wiltshirebusiness  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-CwgKQniXV/?igshid=x9m6o6zo4n3g">https://www.instagram.com/p/B-CwgKQniXV/?igshid=x9m6o6zo4n3g</a></p>

Day 22 of #marchmeetthemaker
✨Tools & Materials ✨

Flippin’ Nora I do have a lot of paint brushes!
… and I love every single one if them… each has it’s own favourite thing I use it for.

Then there is the collection of other useful tools; forks, knives, sharp pointy things and sponges!

I use mostly acrylic paints, acrylic enamels and ink to provide colour.

Texture is often (but not always) created using paper, glue, molding paste and sand.

Hope you are all having a lovely day- it’s glorious sunshine here in the UK. 🌞

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the mums near and far.💐

Stay safe and see you all tomorrow.

#artbysandi #artistatwork #artisttools #paintbrush #paintbrushes #marchmeetthemaker2020 #appreciation #loveandgratitude #calne #calnebusiness #wiltshireartist #wiltshirebusiness (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-CwgKQniXV/?igshid=x9m6o6zo4n3g

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Day 21 of #marchmeetthemaker<br/>
✨Change✨</p>

<p>Well this subject of the challenge couldn’t have come at a better time.</p>

<p>Given what is happening with everyone and the uncertainty of everything, change is in the air for all of us.<br/>
💙<br/>
I know I’m going to dig deep to work through this chapter. I understand that I will have to change how I operate my business. The reliance of face to face transactions has gone, as fairs will not be available for much of this year if at all .<br/>
💙<br/>
I am very comfortable with change and take it as an opportunity to reflect, amend and evolve my art business. I have learnt over the years that I no longer  get hung up on what other people think… I’m creating what I love.<br/>
That is all that matters.<br/>
Integrity rules! <br/>
💙<br/>
So I’m embracing what’s ahead, taking each day as it comes.<br/>
I have so much appreciation for my family, friends, customers and the smiles from strangers!<br/>
💙<br/>
Stay safe everyone!<br/>
Be the change you want to see in the world. </p>

<p>See you tomorrow!</p>

<p>💙<br/>
 #artbysandi #marchmeetthemaker2020<br/>
#change #appreciation<br/>
#gowiththeflow #loveandgratitude<br/>
#artforsale #wiltshireartist<br/>
#calne #calnebusiness<br/>
#clayart<br/>
#heartart #heartartwork<br/>
#artforsalebyartist</p>

<p><br/>
*photo of “Treasured Heart”  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9_-lsLnfXq/?igshid=1j9e7722sz7jh">https://www.instagram.com/p/B9_-lsLnfXq/?igshid=1j9e7722sz7jh</a></p>

Day 21 of #marchmeetthemaker
✨Change✨

Well this subject of the challenge couldn’t have come at a better time.

Given what is happening with everyone and the uncertainty of everything, change is in the air for all of us.
💙
I know I’m going to dig deep to work through this chapter. I understand that I will have to change how I operate my business. The reliance of face to face transactions has gone, as fairs will not be available for much of this year if at all .
💙
I am very comfortable with change and take it as an opportunity to reflect, amend and evolve my art business. I have learnt over the years that I no longer get hung up on what other people think… I’m creating what I love.
That is all that matters.
Integrity rules!
💙
So I’m embracing what’s ahead, taking each day as it comes.
I have so much appreciation for my family, friends, customers and the smiles from strangers!
💙
Stay safe everyone!
Be the change you want to see in the world.

See you tomorrow!

💙
#artbysandi #marchmeetthemaker2020
#change #appreciation
#gowiththeflow #loveandgratitude
#artforsale #wiltshireartist
#calne #calnebusiness
#clayart
#heartart #heartartwork
#artforsalebyartist


*photo of “Treasured Heart” (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B9_-lsLnfXq/?igshid=1j9e7722sz7jh

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Day 20 of #marchmeetthemaker<br/>
✨Marketing ✨</p>

<p>Aww gawd….this old chestnut.</p>

<p>One of the things you have to do when creating a business plan is to identify your customer base, most importantly your ideal customer… it’s important to really  niche them down so you can hone your marketing specifically and effectively. </p>

<p>In reality, my customers fill a very wide bell curve, which is wonderful, but makes marketing pretty challenging.</p>

<p>I use social media to the max, I  have my own website & I’m on Etsy.</p>

<p>With fairs not happening for the foreseeable future.. the above are going to be my main tools for promotion.</p>

<p>If you see and like something of mine (or any other artist/maker), please share or add a comment. We really need as much support as possible right now. Thank you!</p>

<p>Stay safe and see you tomorrow! </p>

<p>#artbysandi<br/>
#soletrader #calne #calnebusiness #wiltshireartist #wiltshirebusiness #artist #clayart #poppy #poppyart #flowers #artforsale #abundance  #loveandgratitude #appreciation #poppies #californiapoppy #redpoppy  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B99e2LMnsZB/?igshid=osx9t23vw2iv">https://www.instagram.com/p/B99e2LMnsZB/?igshid=osx9t23vw2iv</a></p>

Day 20 of #marchmeetthemaker
✨Marketing ✨

Aww gawd….this old chestnut.

One of the things you have to do when creating a business plan is to identify your customer base, most importantly your ideal customer… it’s important to really niche them down so you can hone your marketing specifically and effectively.

In reality, my customers fill a very wide bell curve, which is wonderful, but makes marketing pretty challenging.

I use social media to the max, I have my own website & I’m on Etsy.

With fairs not happening for the foreseeable future.. the above are going to be my main tools for promotion.

If you see and like something of mine (or any other artist/maker), please share or add a comment. We really need as much support as possible right now. Thank you!

Stay safe and see you tomorrow!

#artbysandi
#soletrader #calne #calnebusiness #wiltshireartist #wiltshirebusiness #artist #clayart #poppy #poppyart #flowers #artforsale #abundance #loveandgratitude #appreciation #poppies #californiapoppy #redpoppy (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B99e2LMnsZB/?igshid=osx9t23vw2iv

Posted 3 weeks ago
<p>Day 19 of #marchmeetthemaker<br/>
✨Packaging ✨</p>

<p>Sending artworks off to their new home is a joy.</p>

<p>I wrap up each piece with acid free tissue paper, protective packaging and then have an absolute ball gift wrapping!</p>

<p>It all gets boxed up with its certificate of authenticity and ‘thank you’ card. Sometimes a few extra goodies get included. </p>

<p>Unfortunately I’m not able to do this at fairs or exhibitions, everything has to be a lot swifter. Since those are quiet for now, I know I will be busy gift wrapping instead!</p>

<p>See you all tomorrow for Day 20</p>

<p>Take care of each other and be happy.</p>

<p>#artbysandi #wiltshireartist #wiltshirebusiness #calne #abundance #giftwrapping #madewithlove #luxury #abstractart #flowerart #marchmeetthemaker2020  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B96be0ino2d/?igshid=1g9hgjhzhgagd">https://www.instagram.com/p/B96be0ino2d/?igshid=1g9hgjhzhgagd</a></p>

Day 19 of #marchmeetthemaker
✨Packaging ✨

Sending artworks off to their new home is a joy.

I wrap up each piece with acid free tissue paper, protective packaging and then have an absolute ball gift wrapping!

It all gets boxed up with its certificate of authenticity and ‘thank you’ card. Sometimes a few extra goodies get included.

Unfortunately I’m not able to do this at fairs or exhibitions, everything has to be a lot swifter. Since those are quiet for now, I know I will be busy gift wrapping instead!

See you all tomorrow for Day 20

Take care of each other and be happy.

#artbysandi #wiltshireartist #wiltshirebusiness #calne #abundance #giftwrapping #madewithlove #luxury #abstractart #flowerart #marchmeetthemaker2020 (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B96be0ino2d/?igshid=1g9hgjhzhgagd

Posted 3 weeks ago
<p>Day 18 of #marchmeetthemaker</p>

<p>✨Techniques/skills ✨</p>

<p>Where do I start? I use so many self taught techniques in my artworks. There is a lot that goes into the textures and several more to create the layers of colour.</p>

<p>I have taught some of these at my workshops and love to see how they get adapted by others to make something completely new.</p>

<p>I think what I have developed as a skill more than anything is to be more intuitive. I go with my gut and do what I am drawn to, at that moment.<br/>
When it comes to creating art I have learnt to let go completely… Scary but so liberating!</p>

<p>See you tomorrow for Day 19</p>

<p>Stay safe x</p>

<p>#artbysandi #marchmeetthemaker2020 #texture #technique #intuition #paintingintuitively #loveandgratitude #appreciation #selftaught #calnebusiness #calne #wiltshireartist  (at Calne)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B94iCpLnddC/?igshid=1aqnh74ryprk3">https://www.instagram.com/p/B94iCpLnddC/?igshid=1aqnh74ryprk3</a></p>

Day 18 of #marchmeetthemaker

✨Techniques/skills ✨

Where do I start? I use so many self taught techniques in my artworks. There is a lot that goes into the textures and several more to create the layers of colour.

I have taught some of these at my workshops and love to see how they get adapted by others to make something completely new.

I think what I have developed as a skill more than anything is to be more intuitive. I go with my gut and do what I am drawn to, at that moment.
When it comes to creating art I have learnt to let go completely… Scary but so liberating!

See you tomorrow for Day 19

Stay safe x

#artbysandi #marchmeetthemaker2020 #texture #technique #intuition #paintingintuitively #loveandgratitude #appreciation #selftaught #calnebusiness #calne #wiltshireartist (at Calne)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B94iCpLnddC/?igshid=1aqnh74ryprk3

Posted 3 weeks ago
<p>Day 17 of #marchmeetthemaker</p>

<p>✨Proud of✨</p>

<p>I am so proud of how far I have come.</p>

<p>I know there is a great journey ahead… & with this crazy world we live in right now, there is certainly going to be some hefty challenges to face during this coming year.</p>

<p>I’m hanging in there and learning more each step of the way.</p>

<p>I know this time next year I’ll be even more proud of myself.</p>

<p>See you all tomorrow!</p>

<p>*Artwork shown here titled: ‘Magma’<br/>
92cm x 122 cm x 2cm</p>

<p>#artbysandi #abstractart #abstractartist #texturedart #abstractpainting #magma #calne #wiltshireartist #calnebusiness #wiltshirebusiness #marchmeetthemaker2020 #loveandgratitude #appreciation <br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B91ninNnnaz/?igshid=9fp2p8jy7enb">https://www.instagram.com/p/B91ninNnnaz/?igshid=9fp2p8jy7enb</a></p>

Day 17 of #marchmeetthemaker

✨Proud of✨

I am so proud of how far I have come.

I know there is a great journey ahead… & with this crazy world we live in right now, there is certainly going to be some hefty challenges to face during this coming year.

I’m hanging in there and learning more each step of the way.

I know this time next year I’ll be even more proud of myself.

See you all tomorrow!

*Artwork shown here titled: ‘Magma’
92cm x 122 cm x 2cm

#artbysandi #abstractart #abstractartist #texturedart #abstractpainting #magma #calne #wiltshireartist #calnebusiness #wiltshirebusiness #marchmeetthemaker2020 #loveandgratitude #appreciation
https://www.instagram.com/p/B91ninNnnaz/?igshid=9fp2p8jy7enb

Posted 3 weeks ago