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Boxed Holiday Greeting & Thank You Cards – By Sarah the Printmaker

Here’s to hoping that sending snail mail is not completely out of fashion yet! Last year, for the first time, I released boxed holiday greeting & thank you cards using some of my popular designs.

Need a card? Check mine out sometime. And even better… get a discount!

Use Coupon Code “SUMMER2014” at checkout to receive $10 off any purchase of $40 or more.

(Hurry! Code Expires 8/30/14)

Santa's Belt - 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

Santa’s Belt – 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

Chickadees - 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

Chickadees – 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

Red Flowers - 8 Thank You Cards

Red Flowers – 8 Thank You Cards

Dove - 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

Dove – 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

Snowman - 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

Snowman – 8 Holiday Greeting Cards

More fun designs available at http://www.sarahangst.com.

Pays to plan for the holidays early this year!

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“Fall” in Love with New Designs… Plus $10 off $40 Discount Code from Sarah Angst!

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AUGUST 2014 NEWSLETTER

Bird Block

“B” is for Bird… Sneak Peek!

"G" is for Giraffe... Sneak Peek!

“G” is for Giraffe…
Sneak Peek!

Coming In January!

26 New Original Sarah Angst Images… A-Z

Exciting News! I am well on my way to developing a new line of unique designs. These distinctive images will be available in limited quantities as Originals & Reproduction Prints locally here in Bozeman starting Late November at Gallery Shows presented by Tart & Nova Cafe. A full line which will include Blank Greeting Cards will be available everywhere else by Late January 2015.

I have always wanted to create an alphabet book with my images, so this is my first step to becoming an author! Incorporating these new images, I am hoping to have my first book draft done Early 2015.
Hope you all have had a wonderful summer & enjoy the new season!

All the best ~ Sarah

PS – Just a reminder!

Use our Special Summer Discount Code “SUMMER2014” on your next order

& receive $10 off any purchase of $40 or more!

*Code Expires 8/30/14

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Sarah the Printmaker – On Etsy!

We are pleased to announce that in addition to our home website…

We now have an Etsy Store!

Unique Animal Collection

Unique Animal Collection

 

Floral Collection

Floral Collection

 

Yellowstone Collection

Yellowstone Collection

And the best part?

You can buy Card Collections – 6 Images for the Value Price of $12.95.

Visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahAngstArt to see all 9 Collections!

Purchase your favorite collection today!

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Sarah Angst Cards: June 2014 Newsletter (& Discount Code!)

We’re Growing!
As a Family & a Business…
What a busy year! After a 6+ year endeavor, my husband Tim & I gave birth to our first child Hayden Henry on October 13, 2013. Now eight months old, he is a very happy, healthy, & SMILEY boy… who loves to help with the business…

Hayden helping

In order to spend more time with my favorite little man, I have hired a couple assistants: Ann Wilbert is my new bookkeeping pro (as well as a very talented Lampwork Glass Artist) and Christine Stoppa is my new part time Sales & Marketing Director. Both live here in the Bozeman Area and have been a great help, keeping the business running smoothly during this time of “transition”.

As Spring turns into Summer, I am busy working away on some new prints & products… but also hope to leave some time for outdoor adventures in our vintage camper!

Thank you all so much for your continued interest in my artwork… and I always welcome questions, comments, or ideas!

Enjoy the Summer ~ Sarah

Follow Sarah Angst’s Art on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahAngstPrintmaker

Check out Sarah Angst’s Images on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sarahangstart/

Visit www.sarahangst.com today!

NEW! – Visa & MasterCard are now accepted in addition to Paypal on our retail website.

*Use Discount Code SUMMER2014 on your next order and receive $10 off any order of $40 or more. Code Valid Through 8/30/14*

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One of my favorite places… Park Point

My husband and I moved to Bozeman, Montana just over 7 years ago from Duluth, Minnesota. Duluth is one of my favorite places on earth, especially Park Point. Officially known as Minnesota Point, Park Point is a long narrow piece of land that stretches 7 miles into Lake Superior. It has beautiful sandy beaches, and quirky houses that line either side of it’s sand covered street.

*Courtesy of Northlands News Center

About this time of year, I often dream of walking the beaches of Park Point on a warm summer’s day. Strolling the shore looking for beach glass with the wind in my hair and my toes in the chilly water sounds like perfection…

The love of Park Point is what inspired me to create this beach print a few years back.

beach print

So simple and serene, I tried to capture the peaceful beauty of this place.

As you can see from this Beach Cam link provided by a Bed & Breakfast on Park Point (attached below), the beach is waiting, and it’s fun to dream of warm sand and gently crashing waves as summer is just beginning!

http://www.solglimt.com/webcam/webcam.html

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Sarah Angst Fine Artist & Printmaker: The Business

My love of printmaking became a business when we moved to Montana 7 years ago. We had a little financial cushion from selling our house in Duluth, so it seemed like the perfect time to go for it and try to live my dream as a professional artist. I started by building up a body of work and taking it to art fairs across the country. The public response to my linocuts was great, and my dream became a reality.

For 3 years I showed my work at about 20 art fairs per year. It was busy and labor intensive, with lots of traveling. I enjoyed many aspects of art fairs, but they were exhausting and it was hard to be on the road by myself so much. Plus my husband and I wanted to start a family and I knew I couldn’t be on the show circuit on my own with a baby.

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In addition to my original block prints, I began making giclee reproductions, jewelry, and greeting cards showcasing my block printed imagery. I decided to start wholesaling these products to stores, and got my work into a few more galleries. I was also given the opportunity to license one of my images to a greeting card company called “Artists To Watch”. In one year, they sold over 27,000 of that one card featuring my image. I only made about $0.04 a card in royalties, but it was nice to make an extra thousand bucks, and it got me thinking about the greeting card business and how I could possibly profit from it more myself.

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http://www.artiststowatch.com/hc183.html

I had always been reluctant to bring and sell greeting cards at art fairs. I wanted customers to buy my more expensive originals or reproductions instead of a $3.00 card. But I realized I always bought other artist’s cards as affordable souvenirs, and that they are a great way for people to collect artists’ work and information. That is when I started thinking more seriously about expanding my business. Perhaps if I mass produced my own line of greeting cards and sold them wholesale I could make a little more than $0.04 and we could see what happens.

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http://www.sarahangst.com/store/products/All-Cards/1.php

So that is how Sarah Angst Cards came to be two and a half years ago. It is still in its infancy, but my greeting cards are in about 350 stores, and I am hopeful that my business will continue to grow and evolve. I now have a baby boy named Hayden as well, so it is wonderful to be able to be with him most days, and making income from home instead of on the road.

Hartley Wants to Play Ball 3 (2)

I am so thankful for all the support I have received over the years. I am forever grateful to all those who buy, sell, send, and save my cards.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Sarah the Printmaker: The VERY Beginning

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to create things. I remember when I was 6-years-old I invented a blanket that folded up to become a pillow. I was convinced that this was the next must have item for every household. As a young teen I began producing and selling papier maché covered keepsake boxes that I meticulously cut out of cardboard and assembled at the dining room table. Later, just before college, I had moved onto clothing. I sewed and sold funky bib-overalls using all kinds of unique and colorful upholstery fabrics and sold them to my friends and co-workers at the restaurant I worked at.

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(This is an example of one of the boxes I made that I still have full of old notes, letters, and photos.)

I guess I always knew I would go into business with my creations. It was just a matter of finding a medium that I could focus on, fall in love with, and that people would be drawn to purchase. In college I had a hard time parting with my artwork. Each painting or drawing became like a baby to me, and it was a real struggle sell it. But about 12 years ago I tried printmaking, and since the process allowed me to make multiples it seemed like a good fit. I have always loved its graphic qualities and black contours, and by adding bright watercolors, my prints seemed to speak to others as well. I fell in love with method and I don’t foresee myself tiring of it for a very long time.

To create my original prints, I begin with a drawing, which I transfer onto a linoleum block in reverse using graphite transfer paper. I then carefully carve away all the negative space using knives and gouges, leaving only the raised image.

woodblock

I then make an impression of the carving, by rolling a thin layer of black ink over the block.

rolling 1

I position a sheet of strong printing paper on top of it, and use hard, even pressure to transfer the ink onto the paper.

pressing 1

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When the ink has dried, I hand paint each impression with high quality watercolor inks.

painting 1

I’m drawn to the crisp, black outline as I love how it makes my colors really pop. I like the graphic qualities of this process, and most of all I love that I can make multiples so that I can keep one for posterity – and let others enjoy the rest.

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