ITEM: About 140 artist’s brushes
OWNER: 140 happy artists
MESSAGE: First and last name plus teaching title
FEE FOR THE WORK: Bartered for a show booth
TIME TO COMPLETE THE JOB: About 6 hours
HOW IT WAS DONE:
An art association who knew my work asked me to personalize about 140 brushes for special teachers who signed on to teach classes at their annual convention. The association contact and I agreed on payment: A $1000. booth at the trade show that Gail and I could use to promote their engraving Seminars.
The brushes were donated by one of the leading manufacturers of artist brushes and shipped directly to The Ken Brown Studio. The association provided the list of names and the titles of each teacher. No lines or layout procedures were used for the brushes.
I merely placed each brush on my engraving pillow so the metal ferule of the brush would be on the left. I wanted to make sure the teacher’s name was on the same side as the name of the prestigious brush manufacturer.
A number 2 round carbide bur was used on the entire project. The ferules were made of high-quality brass so the letters were a ‘gold-on-gold’ color when engraved.
All the recipients were pleased to receive a fine personalized brush and many said they’d not actually use that brush but keep it as a memento of that convention.
Somehow in all the effort to get them arranged for this photo, I didn’t think to get a closeup shot of one!
BOTTOM LINE: In addition to artists who love their brushes personalized in a classy way…instead of a glob of nail polish being put on for identification….there are legions of people everywhere who love to give and get personalized gifts from the smallest charms on bracelets to wedding bands to cremation urns and a thousand things in between. …..and a couple of things I can’t mention here.
Come learn in August. Christmas is coming!