2018 Alameda County Fair

SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT!!!! Anyone who missed my past card sales or didn’t get a chance to buy any of my cards, this is your opportunity! This summer, I’m returning to Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair to sell my new cards and display my past creations.

For those who don’t know what Artist Alley is, basically a lot of local artists from the Bay Area display their masterpieces such as sculpture, jewelry, handmade crafts, or anything else creative.

This will be my third year doing it and I’m hoping for a successful sale. The first year I did it back in 2016, I only displayed my paintings and did a demonstration of some paintings I created. It was okay, but the problem was that it was a little too much work because of all the set up and clean up. Plus, I didn’t get a lot of people to come watch my demonstration.

Last year was my first card sale and it was a better idea since I didn’t have to do a live demonstration. The only downside was that I only had three days to sell everything, but not a lot of people came due to the extremely hot weather. The other thing was that I didn’t have a logo or business card at that time.

Since I have these things now, this will be one of the key points to a successful sale and this will give people a chance to contact me if they’d like to order cards.

The Alameda County Fair is June 15 – July 8 from 11 am – 11 pm (closed Monday and Tuesday), and my card sale will be the last week of the fair from the 4th of July (Fair Closes at 6 pm) – July 8.

More details will be announced later, so if you’re planning to go to the fair on those dates, I hope you stop by and buy some cards! 

 

Future Project Ideas for Kevin’s Cards

With a new semester at Laney College, new projects are going to be created for Kevin’s Cards.

The bad news is that there will be no paintings to display for 2018. However, the good news that I’ll be using Adobe to create new ways to use my previous paintings into different designs and lots of other creations.

As mentioned in previous blogs, here’s some of the potential candidates:

-A House Divided! (NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA)

-Custom Sports Posters

-TV Nostalgia (PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, Food Network, Game Shows)

-Transportation

-Freeway Signs

-Pop Culture

Of course, the cards are never going anywhere since this is the main seller! Plus, they will feature the new logo created last year instead of my actual picture.

Will my new designs be best sellers along with my cards? You never know what can happen!

San Jose Holiday Craft Fair/Giveaways/2017 Art Shows

Today, I attended the San Jose Holiday Craft Fair near the Convention Center to find more inspiration and to do some Christmas shopping on the side. Like all the other artist fairs I’ve attended this past year, a lot of them had some creative things to sell to make the best holiday gifts.

However, the one booth that stood out to me the best was a booth called Wood Burn Corner. The artist, Rachel Strauss takes pieces of wood and sketches out different custom-made designs that range from welcome signs for the home, to magnets, and anything else imaginable. Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying one of her creations for a Christmas present because she had one of the best custom-made styles, just like Linda Cullen’s bottle caps.

The best part of it all is that she’s located in my hometown of Fremont, so it’s not too far for me to see her. To return the favor, I gave her one of my business cards so she can keep in touch with me in case she would like to buy one of my cards. Of course, I gave some to other vendors as well, so they wouldn’t feel left out. 

Since the debut of my business cards last month, they’ve been flying out the door like hotcakes, so that people can contact me if they’d like to order cards.

Recently, I gave some to my part-time volunteers, The All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area, and also as a giveaway during the annual Smith Family Christmas Party. 

 

As 2017 comes to a close, I’ve been fascinated by all the art shows I’ve attended this year and I’d like to review them all:

-*Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley (debut of my card sale)

-Niles Antique Fair

-Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

-Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

-San Carlos Art & Wine Festival

-Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Jose Holiday Craft Fair

As 2018 approaches, I plan to continue to visit them and other art shows because in the art world, you never know what you might find!

New Design Arrival

After months of waiting, the new designs for Kevin’s Cards have finally arrived and are currently displayed at my house. They will be uploaded on another page sometime this month or the start of 2018. Plus, they will be turned into the next set of greeting cards along with designs from the past few years.

As mentioned before, all of these cards will have the new logo instead of my actual picture.

With the new designs finally in, these cards will hopefully sell like hotcakes and who knows which one will be the best seller!

New Card Designs

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! New paintings have been made and will arrive next week. They will also be uploaded in another page sometime either this month or the start of 2018. These designs will be added to the next set of greeting cards along with previous ones to really sell!

As mentioned before, all of the cards will have the new logo to really make them pop!

With a bunch of designs coming soon, Kevin’s Cards will begin to sky rocket and who knows which painting will sell the best! 

New Logo/Business Card Reveal!

After months of waiting and prep work, Kevin’s Cards officially has a new logo and business card!

When I first arrived at my graphic arts class, my original plan was to create a business card for people to keep in touch. But according to Professor Carol Brown, she suggested that I created a logo to have a better identification! So I took her advice and started creating some ideas on what my logo should look like.

First, I thought of how to combine art with a greeting card and created several sketches. When it all came together, it was Kevin’s Cards inside a greeting card, on an easel, with the “K” made out of different sizes of paintbrushes, and the “C” as a painter’s palette. I thought that was going to be the winning logo.

However, Professor Danielle pointed out that it was a little too much, so it was back to the old drawing board! She suggested to keep it simple, so she came up with three suggestions for potential logos:

#1- The letters “KC” as a greeting card

#2- The “K” as a paintbrush

#3- The “C” as a palette

It was a really tough decision for me to choose, so I decided to take a survey from my fellow peers to see what they would like. Although a majority of people liked option 2 because it represented me as a painter, in the end, I decided to go with the first option because it is Kevin’s Cards after all. Plus, it makes a lot of sense to use it, since it’s mainly about my cards. Although, some people might think that the KC stands for Kansas City, but they’ll probably get the idea once they see the website.

Once the logo was ready, it was on to the business card. I decided to make the background color of my card sort of a dark purple mainly because of the Sacramento Kings, but hey, it was my choice of preference, and it matches the purple K.

Now that my logo and business cards are ready, this will definitely make my website more exciting and hopefully people will start seeing my webpage. Plus, the new cards that are created will now use this logo instead of my actual picture.

I’d like to thank Carol and Danielle for helping me put these things together because if I haven’t taken this graphic arts class, I would never have any of this! Let’s hope that Kevin’s Cards continues to soar to new heights!

Card Sale Announcement!!!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! Anyone whose looking for cards in time for the holiday season, here’s your opportunity! Sunday, November 19, I’ll be selling my greeting cards and paintings at the Philippine International Aid (PIA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s main ballroom in Downtown San Francisco near the Ferry Building from 10 am – 4 pm .

This will be the first big sale since the Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley this past summer! In addition to all that, I’ll be giving away my new business cards with the new logo for anyone who plans to keep in touch with me.

The PIA has a benefit luncheon that’ll cost about $150 to get in, but the boutique sale is free to get in. Here’s the price list for those who are interested in buying cards or paintings:

 

Greeting Cards

-$1 Each

-6 for $5

 

Paintings

-$25 each

 

Hope to see you there cause this will be a one day only event, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Business Card/New Logo Design

Development for my new business card is officially underway! In addition, there will also be a new logo for kevinscards.com to really make this website pop. This will take a while, but hopefully it’ll be ready within the next couple of months!

Future Business Card

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! A potential business card for my new website may be coming in the near future! I’ll be starting to create some creative designs during the next couple of weeks in my graphic arts class. Hopefully, I’ll have it ready sometime this month! Once they’re released, the word will now be quickly spread out to people who plan on getting cards and potential posters.