Monday, August 20, 2012


I've created a book based on my Color Fields series.  It is self-published since I used Shutterfly to make it.  I have one copy of the book.  Does that mean it's published?

Last Christmas, I received a Wacom Bamboo drawing pad for my laptop as a gift.  Inside the box was a coupon for a free book from Shutterfly.  I thought I would use it sometime to see how the printing looked.  We have used Blurb for one project.

Before we left on our trip to Scotland, I realized that the coupon would expire while we were away. So with about two days before the trip, I sat down to create the book on their site.  I knew I wanted to do a "catalog" of my Color Fields pieces and I needed to do it simply since there wasn't much time.

I was fortunate enough that the amount of free pages (without having to pay extra) was just enough.  I was able to put one artwork on each page, have a title page and a page with a little bit of explanation about the series.  I put the pieces in numerical order.

I had to get the 8 x 8" version in a hard back to use the coupon.  I did have to pay shipping, so it wasn't totally free.  I think it turned out pretty well.

Now, I'm trying to decide if I want to bring it to the opening reception of my Color Fields exhibition at the Boise State University Special Events Center on Sept. 13 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (If you want to get information for events like this that I may not always announce here, you can sign up for my quarterly newsletter and announcements here.)

The exhibition only has a selection of the series.  The book shows all the pieces.  I'm not interested in trying to sell copies of the book because they would be too expensive.  However, it would be nice to be able to show people the entire series.  But I also don't want it to "walk away."

Here is the front cover.

Title Page.

Binding Edge.

And a couple of inside pages.


Kathleen said...

It is a beautiful book. I think you should bring it to the reception. I'm sure there would be interest in seeing more of the series.

I know there is a risk it could walk off, but I honestly think it is a minimal risk and that you should take the opportunity to share even more of your work.

Cassandra Schiffler said...

Nice book! I really like Shutterfly, I've made an photo album with it, and I really liked it.
You could always offer to order people a copy, and just make it worth your while. $40 is reasonable, and should cover your costs, especially if you can get them during a sale time.
Looking forward to your show!