Fungus Fair Info Page: mssf.org/fungus-fairs
Tickets are $10 for adults: eventbrite.com
Date: Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park at 9th & Lincoln
I learned a ton just from googling craft fair blogs and Pinterest. All of the crafty people out there have a lot of experience and it was so helpful to read advice, lists of things to bring, and to see how other people organize inventories and supplies. I discovered clearbags.com, where I bought cardboard backings and plastic sleeves for my artwork, boxes for greeting card sets, and also high quality paper and cards. All of the packaging really dresses up the prints and makes them look professional.
Luckily for me, I was able to utilize a friend's Epson 1400 to print out my artwork, and I'm really happy with the way the prints turned out. So happy with them that I immediately went on out and bought my own used Epson 1400. I also discovered Square, a tool for taking credit card payments with your smartphone, and I'm excited to try it out.
Hopefully we will have a good turnout this weekend. I am really hoping we have some rain before the fair so that we get a few good mushrooms popping up. I have decided that my goal for this show is to sell one piece of artwork. If I can do that, I will consider this a success! Here are the pieces I did for the show, all are watercolor on 300 lb hot press paper:
The best print results came from Chroogomphus vinicolor because of the thick gills and dark black spores. These were so beautiful that I made pendants out of them, and hopefully some mushroom lovers will want to buy these at the fair as well. I tried a couple of techniques for making pendants including using resin and Mod Podge "Dimensional Magic". The fastest, easiest, and most successful method was to buy silver pendants at the local art store. They come with a clear adhesive covering, so all I have to do is cut out the spore print, glue it into the pendant, and cover it with the clear cover. I think they turned out pretty well, I've been wearing this one all week.