Costs of art whether its alcohol ink, acrylic, oil, water etc. should not be decided based on time it takes to create that piece. Calculating the price involves any number of things, but it boils down to the fact that I perceive my self worth to be this much, and I will charge what I believe coincides with that.
Buying prints doesn't mean you don't appreciate the art any less. For an artist I love when people purchase my prints because more people can see the art that I've spent so much time and energy into making. It's much better supporting us small businesses with an order that would cost the same but you get better quality with us.
I go back and forth on whether I should spend more money on packaging. Is it worth the added expenses to customers? Is it worth it because it makes their experiences better? I have no idea, and for right now I'm keeping it simple and will always keep an open mind for the future.
Sometimes I think I'd be able to start this company and be a boss with sales everyday but that's not reality. My expectations as a business owner were kind of crazy to be honest. I'm focusing more on now I putting in effort to the area's I know I need help with, but in a way that's not overwhelming me again. I am one person, and need to give myself some grace.
Oh boy oh boy, the age old problem of showcasing yourself to sell your product. I was scared shitless of posting about myself because I was worried about comments and trolls. They will always be there, but I'd be doing a disservice to myself and to you if I didn't put myself out there. I want you to know me, and therefore know my art.
In any business you need to come up with new products, test them out and sell them. Sometimes these products don't come out as well as you'd had hoped and well now you're left with a mess. Not everything can come out perfectly, things will blow up - but it helps you learn.
This might have all started with my love of color and the architecture around me but it took a leap of courage to finally take the plunge into abstract art. Funny enough I'd been looking at alcohol inks for years before I even touched them, but now I'm glad I did.