I'm excited to offer some new customizable e-cards! Send these e-cards via text message, email, or social media! You can personalize and download these cards to 10 times, so that you can use for different occasions. Check out the different cards, including a sloth, mouse, kitties, snail & caterpillar, and sea turtle.
I often get asked why I have multiple venues and shops for my artwork. I'd like to explain the differences between my shops, and the reasoning behind having my artwork and books available from these different places.
I originally began selling my work through Zazzle, a print-on-demand company. This website allows artists to upload their work, and have it for sale on a variety of products. Zazzle takes care of the printing, production, and shipping of the items, and in turn the artists receive royalties. When I was in college this was an easy way for me to begin selling my work, as I did not yet have the expertise to run a website, or the time to put into developing inventory in my apartment.
Later, I started my own website, The Inky Octopus, and added a shopping cart to sell my original work. When I decided to begin self-publishing books, I wanted to have them available on Amazon as well as my own shop. Amazon of course has a powerful search engine and lots of traffic, so this is a great way for new people to discover my books.
In 2012, Matt and I decided to open an Etsy shop. We knew many people enjoy shopping on Etsy, and wanted to offer some of our most popular products there. As many of you know, we also vend at local art fairs. These in-person fairs are a great way for people to see our many items in person.
Here's a little bit more about each venue:
The Inky Octopus Shop - offers my original artwork, prints, cards, books, and shirts. You can also request custom artwork and coloring pages through this shop.
Ink 'n Scents Etsy Shop - offers my books, cards, shirts, as well as Matt's handmade incense blends.
OctopusLove Zazzle Shop - offers my artwork on a variety of items such as cards, tote bags, shirts, stickers, and more. These items can be customized, and this is a great way to add your own text to my cards, as well as order larger quantities than may be available in my shop.
Amazon - find my coloring books and story books on Amazon.
Local Events - we also offer a selection of our items at local midwest art fairs. Find out where we'll be on our event page.
Other Shops - I also have select products available in other shops around the country, such as ShopColumbia in Chicago, Illinois, and Conspire in Greencastle, Indiana.
We are so excited to announce a new picture book, The Sleep Catcher! To celebrate, we are giving away two copies of this new picture book.
The Sleep Catcher is a captivating wordless tale about a young girl's quest to fall asleep. The book takes place in St. Louis and has pictures of many landmarks from our city. Perfect for pre-readers and adults alike, The Sleep Catcher is sure to delight! The Sleep Catcher story is by Za Goodbrake, and was illustrated by Melissa Rohr. This book is now available for purchase at The Inky Octopus and Amazon!
You can enter this giveaway below, by signing up for our email list. Add a bonus entry by following our Instagram or leaving a comment! This giveaway is for US residents only, and you must be 18 years or older to participate. Please don't forget to read the official rules found below. If you like our picture book, be sure to check out all the books and adoptable critters in our shop!
We are excited to announce a new line of art prints on archival Somerset Velvet (matte) paper. We love the way the Somerset Velvet paper captures the look of the original watercolor illustration. On these new prints, we've also included the title and artist information, and these prints easily fit in standard 8x10" frames. Check out all the new prints in our shop!
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It's a puuurfect night for magic! Find us at E'ville Indie in a few weeks, and browse our selection of Halloween goodies, including Halloween postcards, printable gift tags, monster coloring pages, and more:
Kitty Witch Greeting Cards
Halloween Stationery Sets
Printable Halloween Gift Tags
Monster Coloring Pages
Octopus, Robot & Pumpkin Coloring Pages
We're excited to offer some new products at this year's St. Louis Pagan Picnic, including Agarwood incense sticks, elegant incense sets, new artwork, art prints, and cards!
Find us in our booth, Ink 'n Scents, at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic on June 4th and 5th.
Follow the story of this little fish and his daily journey through a stream. Meet all of the other creatures the fish encounters on his trip! This illustrated story book allows a young reader to engage with a narrative and come up with his or her own words while looking through the pages.
-Book size: 8.25" by 6".
-22 pages, professional trade paperback bound book.
-Original illustrations were created with watercolor, pen & colored pencil.
Artist: Melissa (Rohr) Gindling
Artwork © 2016 by Melissa (Rohr) Gindling.
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