Frequently Asked Questions
What did you use to create that?
Most of my supplies are listed in the captions of my social media photos and the video descriptions on my channel. You can also find my favorite supplies on this Amazon list. Please note that I do make a small commission at no cost to you if you choose to purchase anything from this list.
Do you have any tips on how to improve handwriting?
Sure do! This is probably the most frequently answered question of them all so I compiled several handwriting tips into this blog post.
Do you accept commissions?
I am not taking on any personal commissions at the moment.
How did you start your career?
After graduating from The University of Pittsburgh in 2013, I worked at The Andy Warhol Museum as an Artist Educator for five years. I led tours and gallery talks, screen printed with museum visitors, and taught art workshops at schools and community centers. It was a part time job, so I had to work other jobs to stay afloat (I was also a teacher at Artissima Studio and a web designer at WQED). On top of my official jobs, I took on side gigs like senior portrait photography, wedding calligraphy, and chalkboard lettering for restaurants and cafes. I was a jack of all trades and master of none, but at least everything I did had some sort of creative element. In 2015, I started to post my creations from my side gigs to Instagram—two years after that, I started posting my art journal and bullet journal spreads. I also started a YouTube channel to share my process. After experiencing significant growth with my audience, I decided that it was time to start an online shop, and in 2018, Sarica Studio became my main gig!
Do you have any tips on how to grow a social media following?
Besides 1) posting quality content regularly and often, 2) using relevant hashtags, and 3) somewhat maintaining a consistent aesthetic, I really don’t have any other concrete advice about growing on social media. When I started my Instagram, I had under 500 followers for three years. I mostly used it as a portfolio to show local businesses in the hopes of snagging some chalkboard clients! I had no intention of reaching a certain number of followers by a certain date—ever. All of my goals center around improving my skills, producing x number of artworks, etc. So much of it relies on algorithms, and I don’t know anything about that—so even if you follow the aforementioned tips, I can’t guarantee that you’ll gain a lot of followers. My other advice isn’t concrete but it’s probably more important: although it can be discouraging to not experience any exposure or growth, don’t let that stop you from making art. If there was suddenly no Instagram or YouTube (remember what happened to Vine?) I’d still keep chugging along, making things, and doing the best I can. Just like I did before I had x number of followers/subscribers.
Do you have any advice on starting an online shop?
The logistics can be overwhelming when you intend to start selling your artwork, whether it’s in the form of prints, stickers, or any other sort of merchandise. I encourage you to jump right in with whatever you have and learn as you go. I started selling prints, stickers, and downloads on Etsy—it was an intuitive platform to use and I highly recommend it for beginners. They have many things like shipping labels, return policies, etc. already set in place and a huge library of help articles. I transitioned to selling my products directly from my website after I felt like I got my bearings, and haven’t looked back. I use Squarespace to host my website and shop; they offer a 14-day free trial for new users so I encourage you to try it out and see if it’s the right fit. What works for me might not work for you; the only way to know is to get started and learn by doing!
Will you be re-stocking [insert product name]?
If a certain item has not been stocked for a long while, I have most likely discontinued it to keep my shop relevant to my current art style.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! International sticker orders can be shipped through letter post. International orders that include other items besides stickers must be shipped with tracking.
When will my order arrive?
Orders are shipped every Tuesday. The time it takes to arrive depends on your location. All orders within the USA include tracking and you should receive your order within 3-5 days after you get your confirmation email! For international orders, please allow 2-4 weeks, especially for orders that include heavier items and need to go through customs.
I haven’t received my order yet! What do I do?
If it’s past the maximum estimated shipping time but you have yet to receive your order, it is likely that it was lost in the mail. Please contact me with your order number and I will do my best to rectify the issue if possible.
I lost the digital files that I purchased! What do I do?
If you are having issues regarding digital downloads, please contact me with your order number and I will manually send you the files that you ordered. Please note that the link in your confirmation email for digital products expires within 24 hours.