We are now well into the second half of this year and whether you like it or not, winter is coming! I know it seems super early to be talking about Christmas, but I've realised as a small business that I've got to be ahead of the game so for the first time ever, I have prepared myself in advance and would love to share with you all what I've got planned.
The Christmas Shop
Of course, I think all of the original artwork and gifts in my shop make great gifts for any time of year, however I wanted to make it easier to find great gift ideas by creating a separate page called the "Christmas shop". Here you can find a curated list of my favourite and festive themed original paintings, Christmas cards, popular items from my new giftware range as well as the opportunity to commission a personalised pet or house portrait at special
Christmas Prices. (I'll expand on this below)
Also, another new addition is the "gift vouchers". Art is very personal, so by gifting someone a Sophie Bridgland Art gift voucher, they can purchase anything from my shop and receive that amount of money off their order by entering the unique code at checkout. There are three prices to choose from, £50, £100 or £150.
*The money can also go towards a commissioned piece. These can be redeemed anytime within a year of purchase, and can also be used at an in-person exhibition, not just online.
Like I mentioned before, there is opportunity to create a personalised pet or house portrait. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to let you know about my Christmas plans, because commissions take time and are very popular options so it's important to think in advance if you are looking for something personalised.
These commissioned pieces will be on paper only, and you have the option to purchase with or without a frame. For more information on the commission process, please read my other blog post which I will link at the bottom of this post, which takes you through the process and what to expect.
The picture on the left shows a quick watercolour & ink sketch of my garden shed/current art studio, which I created as an example of what a house portrait may look like. If you go onto the product page, you can watch a step-by-step video of the creation of this piece, from photographing, sketching, to painting.
2. Christmas Markets
This year has not been what any of us were expecting with Covid-19 changing so much about the way we live and work, and it's meant that all my plans for exhibitions this year were either cancelled or just not planned.
However with the lockdown easing off and more ways for us to keep safe when out and about, I've decided to host two Christmas markets in October, along with my friend who runs 'AmelieArome', a small business that sells beautiful scented wax melts, prints, and other crafty gifts.
The first market is at Bucklebury Memorial Hall, (Broad Ln, Upper Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6QH)
on Sunday the 11th of October 2020, 11:00am - 4:00pm
The second is at Mortimer St.Johns Hall (22 W End Rd, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 3TF)
on the 17th October 2020, 11:00 am - 4:00pm
Both are hosted in large roomy halls so we will be able to keep socially distanced, and will be limiting numbers and provided sanitiser.
10% of all my profits from these art markets, as well as any online sales from my website over the month of October will be donated to the A21 campaign, which I am now a business supporter of.
A21 is a non-profit organisation fuelled by the radical hope that human beings everywhere will be rescued from bondage and completely restored. By supporting A21, my business is joining them in their mission to end slavery—by reducing vulnerability, identifying victims, and empowering survivors—to ultimately reach, rescue, and restore lives. Human trafficking is robbing millions of their freedom. But I am coming alongside A21 to change that. Because I believe when we all do our part in the fight against slavery, we will see more lives experience freedom, independence, and full restoration.
If you would like to know more about the A21 campaign and how you can support their work, click the link below and head over to their website by clicking here:
3. Commissioned Christmas cards
For some people, sending Christmas is more than just saying happy Christmas, but it's also about reconnecting with those you don't see so often and maybe sharing a bit about what's been happening in your life.
This option is for anyone who wants to enhance that personal touch by commissioning Christmas cards. This means that you can choose what you would like on the front of the card, like a commissioned artwork. I will then create original artwork to match your requests, and print 20, 50, 80 etc however many cards you would like with the commissioned design on the front.
Maybe you have a special tradition over Christmas, or a special jumper you always wear - these are ideas you could use.
My parents always get me to do this for them every year and it's definitely a lot of fun.
The picture on the right shows the Christmas card design we had last year - it's our dog, Biggles reflected in a glass bauble!
If you choose this option, you will also get the original art which you can choose to frame, or send to someone else as a gift!
For more information about this option, find it on the Christmas shop page (I will link this at the bottom of the page)
So that's all for this year, thanks for showing an interest in my art and business and I hope that the rest of the year is really positive for everyone. If you have any questions or would like to commission work but not sure where to start, please get in touch! Sending an email is the best way to get hold of me.
Thanks for reading
Shop the Christmas collection now by clicking here:
Commission a Christmas card by clicking here: