Wrap your phone in art

Visit http://tom-blood.pixels.com to order yours today

Visit http://tom-blood.pixels.com to order yours today

I recently received my second iPhone cover featuring my own art on it. When I’m out and about, I’ve often been asked, “That’s cool – where’d you get that?”

I tell them it’s my own art (most people don’t even know I paint) and when I tell them they can order one of their own for about $20 bucks – which is actually a lot less than you’d pay for most iPhone or Galaxy phone covers, people say, “Cool, I’m gonna buy one.”

But they rarely do.

I’ve had my http://tom-blood.pixels.com website for about a year-and-a-half now. During that time, I’ve sold about ten of these covers and a few battery chargers as well. You can order all kinds of things featuring my art – pillow throws, coffee cups, notebook covers, tote bags – I’ve even sold a shower curtain featuring my Incoming painting.

Whoever thought this painting would end up on a shower curtain? But it did!

Whoever thought this painting would end up on a shower curtain? But it did!

The website has had almost 18,000 visitors since I opened it. Now, every time I post a new painting, I get more than 300 views within a day’s time. That’s pretty cool. But views don’t equal sales.

So I’ve been trying to more aggressively promote my artwork in the hopes that a few people will think it’s cool enough to order something. You don’t need to buy the original art. Instead, you can order a print to hang, a coffee cup to drink out of, a tote bag to carry things, a pillow for your couch – all virtually guaranteed to become a conversation starter.

Here’s the website again: http://tom-blood.pixels.com

Please don’t just visit.

Buy something.

With the holidays coming up, you’ll be glad you did.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

Greeting cards for sale

Some of my artwork provides unusual visuals for a variety of different kinds of greeting cards.

Some of my artwork provides unusual visuals for a variety of different kinds of greeting cards.

I decided to expand my list of offerings on my pixels website (http://tom-blood.pixels.com) to include greeting cards that have actual messages on the front of them. Will they sell?

Time will tell. Currently, I only have four options from which to choose but there are more in the works. I got the idea of adding captions to the greeting cards when looking at the thousands of choices available on the site – <a href=”http://pixels.com/shop/greeting+cards” style=”font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;”>greeting cards for sale</a>

There are all kinds of striking images – but very few of them actually had any message on the outside. Those that did didn’t always seem specific to any one topic. <a href=”http://pixels.com/shop/greeting+cards/modern+art” style=”font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;”>modern art greeting cards for sale</a>

Seeing that I’m a writer, it made sense to add a few captions to some of my paintings that could then create for some very interesting messaging about topics that aren’t always found in the greeting card aisle at your local store.

The featured artwork would make for a great birthday card for anyone entering middle age – that nebulous time frame between youth and old age. (Hence the rocking horse and the rocking chair.)

Here's a little card that a husband or boyfriend can send to their significant other as a means of apologizing.

Here’s a little card that a husband or boyfriend can send to their significant other as a means of apologizing.

The greeting card featured above would be a nice little ice-breaker as a means of apologizing for any potential wrong-doings done on the part of a husband or boyfriend. Would it be enough? No, but at least it could maybe break the ice and being able to personalize your message on the inside might help even more.

Here’s another painting that I have created multiple captions that I’ll soon be posting.

Know someone who lost a job or broke a leg or just had a run of bad luck? Here's a great greeting card you could send.

Know someone who lost a job or broke a leg or just had a run of bad luck? Here’s a great greeting card you could send.

I think if you search for contemporary greeting cards, you won’t find many expressing this particular thought, even if you check the contemporary art greeting card section. (<a href=”http://pixels.com/art/paintings/contemporary” style=”font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;”>contemporary paintings for sale</a>)

Here’s another card that would be a fun one to give for someone’s retirement …

Here's a fun retirement card that is sure to stand out.

Here’s a fun retirement card that is sure to stand out.

You can order these cards one at a time. They’re blank on the inside and on the site you can either type in your own message or order the card and write it in once it gets sent to you. Turnaround time is generally less than a week and they’re pretty affordable, too. Soon, I’ll have more on my pixels site so consider bookmarking it and coming back to visit from time to time – I always have new art work in the works.

So check them out and who knows – you might find the perfect occasion for sending one.