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What the Heck are Snarkle Tarts?

The Snarkle Tarts are a collection of very cute google-eyed characters that came into being almost accidentally…

I created a bunch of these characters when I was trying to come with idea for paintings that I could complete in 30 minutes.  Why would I want to create a painting in 30 minutes?  Well, you see, some of my associates (you know who you are) strong-armed me into participating in K-W’s ‘Brush-Off’ competition at The Museum in  downtown Kitchener.  Since I  use a transformational process, my paintings take a notoriously long time to complete.  So there I was, in a bind, and feverishly trying to come up with a way to not embarrass myself in front of a large group of the art-buying public, not to mention my fellow artists.  Yep, it all came from ego.  🙂

I stumbled upon the idea of creating simple silly characters from simple square shapes, I guess somehow Sponge-Bob Square Pants managed to lodge himself in my subconscious.
Creating these figures was so freeing and fun, I came up with quite a few designs!

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2014 Brush-Off at The Museum First Round

My plan worked out fairly well, and I managed to get through the competition with my self-esteem more-or-less intact –ish. After the competition, I still had ideas for all these characters that just wouldn’t go away.  So, well, why not?  I decided to go ahead and create paintings (taking all the time I needed!) for all of the characters I had come up with.  They were all so cute!  But that’s not the end of the story…

I had 15 characters to name, and I knew the names had to be as cute as the paintings. Oh the pressure!  Then it dawned on me.  I really never intended to do this…  But once the idea was in my head, it was inevitable. (Marco’s fault!)  All of the character’s names would somehow refer to farts.  I know.  I never wanted to use the word ‘fart’.  That’s why they’re called ‘Tarts’.

Meet the Snarkle Tarts!  Hovering your curser over the photo will reveal the name.


These guys were so adorable, I decided to make them all available as artist-signed limited- edition archival prints. (Check out the available Snarkle Tart Art!)  They turned out to be very cute for a kid’s room!  But that’s still not the end of the story…

After a while, people who had some Snarkle Tarts in their kid’s rooms began to urge me to write a children’s book featuring the tarts.  Now, writing a children’s book was the furthest thing from my mind, not having much experience with kids.  But again, the idea stuck in my head, and I realized that since they’re names reflect farts, their story should revolve around farts.

I knew something had to happen.  And did a little research and found out one of the first stages of story telling was character development.  So based on the paintings, I tried to nail down each character’s personality and back-story; and then it happened…

The rhymes began, and I was helpless. I had to continue with the rhymes until all the of the Snarkles Tarts had something to ‘say’ about farts. Though the poems are not perfect, I managed to write every single poem without using the word ‘fart’.  Thus, ‘A Big Number 2’ was born, and I self-published the book using Blurb.

I’m really not sure where the Snarkle Tarts will go from here…  but I did come up with the idea of making the images and poems available on Zazzle’s onesies!

 


 

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Amy the Author…

 I wrote a book!  Well, actually, I just wrote silly poems to accompany the images of my Snarkle Tart characters, and turned it into a photo book!  Hopefully, you enjoy fart humour….

More ‘books’ are in the works, the next ones will most like be colouring and/or doodle books.  Eventually, my take on Colour Theory as taught in my ‘Trouncing the Colour Wheel’ class will be turned into a book too – with words…in sentences!


blurb

Blurb is a book publisher specifically dedicated to the on-demand publishing of books:
hard cover, soft cover, e-books, and PDF books.


A Big Number 2

This picture book features my Snarkle Tart characters presenting different ways to talk about poo’s.  The characters are captivatingly cute; and the poems that accompany each image will make you snicker!

So far, I only have one physical book version (softcover) available for printing on demand.   ‘A Big Number 2‘ is also available in both iPad and PDF e-formats.
Softcover Version     PDF Version     iPad e-book version

I have ordered and received all 3 versions,  and I certainly recommend them all!

S


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E-Commercializing Amy Ferrari Art


Happy Art makes a Happy Heart!

Most people who are aware of my work know I have original paintings and for sale…  (See my new Buy Original Art! Store)
Many of these people realize that I have limited edition archival prints for sale…
But only a handful of people know I have imprinted merchandise for sale!  So now I’d like to introduce my Buy Imprinted Merchandise! Store!
This online store features my selection of four companies that offer print-on-demand products for sale:

 Fine Art America       Zazzle        Art of Where      Blurb 

With each company’s websites listed below, I have descriptions of the specific products I’ve chosen to focus my designs upon. The links will take you directly to the Amy Ferrari Art page on their website.

The process of adding new images to new products is ongoing, and I’m open to putting most any of my images on any product, if the pixels allow.

If you can’t find the item you’d like imprinted with the image you’d like, please let me know, and I’ll do all I can to make the item/image combination available.




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Fine Art America

I’ve chosen Fine Art America as the main provider of my unsigned and unlimited edition art prints. Why?
•they have a good reputation and a high level of dedication to artists
•they have a good user interface
•they offer a wide variety of high quality prints
•they provide a Facebook Plug-in (prices are listed in Canadian Dollars!)

The comprehensive range of print possibilities allows for a size and framing option to fulfill every need!

•Art prints on Paper:
     a large selection of sizes, papers, framing, matting, and mounting possibilities 
•Art prints on Canvas:
     a large selection of canvas sizes, canvas framing, canvas sheen, and wrap treatments
•Art prints on sheets of Metal or Acrylic:
     a large selection of sheet sizes, and a nifty stand-off mounting option
•Art prints on Greeting Cards:
     customizable greeting cards available as singles, packs of 10, or packs of 25

For easy reference, all of the varying sizes of art prints I have available from Fine Art America are listed in a free PDF Catalog.   

Fine Art America also offers other select quality items:

•iPhone and Galaxy Cases   •Tote Bags   •Throw Pillows   •Duvet Covers   •Shower Curtains

If you can’t find the item you’d like imprinted with the image you’d like, please let me know, and I’ll do all I can to make the item/image combination available.






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Zazzle

I’ve chosen Zazzle as the main provider of my general merchandise selections because Zazzle has a good reputation; most of the items allow for customer customization; and they have an irresistibly large range of print-on-demand merchandise. Though the Zazzle possibilities are vast, I’ve narrowed my Zazzle focus to the following items:

•Mugs
Happy Art makes a Happy Heart… and a great start for the day!
•Throw Pillows
•Tote Bags
•Blankets
so nifty to be able to wrap yourself in art!
•Fabrics
a wide range of materials and customization options
•Journals
•Post-It Notes
a cool collection of some of my doodle figures
•Calendars
Customizable Flower painting calendar; customizable Tree painting calendar
•Onesies
a very cute collection of Snarkle Tarts!
•Ties
if you’re required to wear a tie, it may as well be unique!

If you can’t find the item you’d like imprinted with the image you’d like, please let me know, and I’ll do all I can to make the item/image combination available.





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Art of Where

Art of Where is a Montreal-Based Canadian company specializing in creating unique apparel from custom printed fabrics.  I’m so excited about this company because their high quality sublimation printing process allows for the art to be imprinted on the entire piece, not just sections of it.  And the flexibility of their online design tool allows for many versions of a single item from just one image file.  The variations are too much fun to come up with!  So far, I have chosen to focus my designs on:

•Leggings and Capris   Are you funky enough for these leggings?!  Oh My!
•Scarves   For when you need that extra pop of color!
•Skirts   Are the skirts tamer than the leggings?  Hard to say….!
•Beanie hats.   So cute!  These beanies come with a choice of linings.

If you can’t find the item you’d like imprinted with the image you’d like, please let me know, and I’ll do all I can to make the item/image combination available.





Blurb

Blurb is specifically dedicated to the on-demand publishing of books.

I wrote a book!  Well, actually, I just wrote silly poems to accompany my Snarkle Tart images, and turned it into a photo book!   Hopefully, you enjoy fart humour….

A Big Number 2‘ features my Snarkle Tart characters presenting different ways to talk about poo’s.  The characters are captivatingly cute; and the poems that accompany each image will make you snicker!

So far, I only have one physical book version (softcover) available for printing on demand. ‘A Big Number 2‘ is also available in both iPad and PDF e-formats.

Softcover Version     PDF Version     iPad e-book version

I have ordered and received all 3 versions,  and I certainly recommend them all!

S

This e-book has been submitted to i-books.  Crossing my fingers!

 

 





Amy Ferrari Art –  Buy Original Art!  Store

My Buy Original Art! Store is where you can peruse and purchase all of the available original paintings and drawings that I’ve created, as well prints (Artist-signed, limited-edition archival prints produced by Amy Ferrari Art).

Original art purchases can be made either by checking out my website’s  Buy Original Art! Store, and then emailing the me directly, or by ordering items from the Amy Ferrari Art Store on Etsy by using the ‘Buy Now’ buttons.

Please consider art ownership, as these original works are in need of a forever home!
“Happy Art makes a Happy Heart!”




Stay tuned…. Art Prints will be highlighted in my next post….!

Woo Hoo!