Sunday, March 30, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I am so excited that I am going to be conducting little mini "art therapy" sessions for a group of young ladies. This all came about because of my art workshops I am already doing for the general public. It is very hard to communicate how I feel about this. To sum it up.....I just feel that suddenly, everything I have been doing and going through with this art thing makes sense.
So, I decided, the best thing to do would be to start with a creative journaling class. I want to help these young ladies learn how to use creative journaling to express themselves, learn more about themselves and explore creativity as therapy. So, in preparation for that, I have been thinking alot about why creative journaling would be therapeutic. I need to do some research on that and would appreciate any feedback on this topic. I know it is therapeutic to me, but I can't seem to explain why.
I picked up a book today that really inspired me and I feel it will be quite useful and helpful in prep for this workshop. It is the second book by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino, two sisters who wrote/developed first "Visual Chronicles" then...the one I picked up today and left at a doctor's office and have to go and pick up tomorrow "Journal Revolution". Journal revolution revealed to me why it is therapeutic to journal and it gave me lots of great ideas. This is a great book and you need to get it if you love to journal in a creative way.
Anyway, this book made me want t0 dig through my old memoribilia. As soon as I got off from work, I went to my storage room where I keep all my old memory boxes full of all kinds of stuff from my past. That is when I found this....my Senior Memory book. You know, that little book you bought with your senior picture package. I found these entries and had to share them. It helps me to see that it is therapeutic to look back on journal entries from the past. I see things from 1983 that reflect the girl that I still am today. Do you see anything that reminds you of the me I am to you? I thought the reference to "colors" in the first photo/journal entry were interesting...." black and white", purple" Do you have something like this? I would love to see your highschool memoribillia. Do Share!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
- put your flyers on every bulletin board you see (starbucks, walmart, target, etc)
- leave business cards at tattoo shops and such (like you mentioned in your blog)
- use stickers
- send emails to everyone in hopes of a forward"
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
- I list on Etsy
- I wait
Heehee. But really this is a very passive type of marketing your product. For instance, I listed something pretty early this a.m. Less than thirty minutes later it was on page 3 of art products listed in that time period. So, the liklihood of someone actually having the patience to look at page 156 of the "art" category are slim to none.
- TAG IT: A more active an(narrowing) approach would be to use tags for those people that are searching for something specific. Is it a cat? Then use "cat" as a tag that way people looking for cat pictures can pull this up to sift through all the other 12,000 art listings and get to you. You can tag, tag tag to be specific and narrow the searchs.
- ETSY SUCCESS NEWSLETTER: I just discovered today that there is actually a newsletter that we might need to be reading. Go to the link on this bullet and sign up. It's worth a try.
- BLOG IT: My friend Renea learned this and shared it with me. I guess I am too humble sometimes....but the truth is, I sold something last week just because someone found it on my blog. Share it on your blog girlfriend!
- Scratch It: You scratch their back they will scratch yours: I'm not the best at this, but I learn as I go. If you don't share with others by commenting on their blogs they won't share by commenting on your blog and they won't come back. Be sincere in your comments. Put links to your favorite artists on your blog. They will likely do the same for you.
- Business Card It: I have business cards with my blog address on them. I still wonder if putting my etsy address on them would help? I just hate the addresses they give you like lesleyfunkyart53493092-01-105u65u3 (OK, I'm exagerating) but they don't look all that cool. But I would like more input on this topic.
- UNIQUE IT: Try unique ways to get the word out about your work. Pretend that your business is a real brick and mortar shop. How would you market that? If your market is the crowd that likes "vintage" then maybe you should put something in an antique shop? Maybe I should put my cards in a tattoo shop or a beauty salon? I am not sure about this.....input here would also be good.
- Out of the box marketing Challenge: For this week, I challenge each of you to come up with a unique marketing idea that we can all use to market our ETSY Shop. I would love to hear your responses.
I posted some new items on My Etsy Shop today. Please take a moment to go and look and pass it on to your blog friends that we discussing Etsy Success this week at the Funky Art Queen's Blog. Hugs and Success to All.
Monday, March 17, 2008
- First sign on to your Etsy and get to your shop. Look at the bar on the left side. At the very bottom is a link to "Etsy Mini". Click on that. Fill out the information and enter all lines. Then you will see two boxes of HTML code. You will need the first one for blogs. Click on your CTRL key and C to copy.
- Then open up your Blog by signing in. Go to customize which is on the top right as a choice to click. After you click customize, choose "add a page element". Then, click on the one that says "HTML/Java Script". First type in the title of your shop. Then press CTRL and V to paste the HTML code you copied earlier to this box. Save and go see your work on your blog.
- YOu should have pictures of your art from Etsy on your blog. This image should go right to your Etsy shop! Remember to consider where you place this on your blog. You can move things around on your "customize"window.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I am dedicating this entire week to our Etsy Success. When I say "our", I mean all of my blogger friends and me. I can't remember who, but someone asked me this week, how does one promote their Etsy shop? I can honestly say, I have not promoted my shop that well. I think I have only sold 10 things over a long period. But, I would like to sell more....who wouldn't?
I started out by reading some of the Etsy Success Stories. I read through several of the stories....one of the stores has sold 8500 items. Yikes! I better speed it up! Hee Hee. Anyway, I hope that you will look at the articles too and let me know any points that will help. But here is a quick synopsis of some things I picked up from reading those articles.
- Have a great product that is high quality stuff
- Keep items fresh and list frequently/often
- Quick ship
- Thoughtful packaging....everyone likes to get a present
- Communicate Communicate Communicate
- Add personal touches-personal note every time!
- Interact with Etsy community
- Relist Relist Relist
- Thursdays and Sundays are the busiest nights (according to one of the success story store owners) so try lising on those nights.
I'm thinking we should have calling cards/business cards that have our Etsy address? What else can we do to promote ourselves? This conversation is open to all suggestions. Let's study this and figure out how we can be successful on ETSY. Meanwhile, go and check out my Etsy store! New stuff coming soon.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
- First, let me say a big thanks to Paula for sending me these lovely ATC's for a small trade I did a couple of weeks ago. Aren't they wonderful? Thanks Paula!
- I am dying to know how the cruise went for Ms. Sacred Snatch! Was it a blast? Did you jump overboard? Where are you girl?
- I have a new friend who just started a blog "The Queens Drawers"and she has her own rubber stamp line! Yes, she designs rubberstamps!!!!! She bought my "Herding Cats" painting and it is on it's way! Thanks Jo! Go and check her out!
- I'm pretty sure Pocket Full of Pretty's is going to be relaxing a bit and possibly arting on Sunday because she has had her grandkids all week! Can't wait to see what she comes up with POST GRANDKIDS/SPRINGBREAK!
- Now, about me, I'm going to be painting the other half of the living room all weekend. I will be sore as heck again I'm sure but I can't wait to get it done and share it all with you girls. Now, get to blogging....cuz I miss hearing about you and seeing what you are creating! I have several things in the works....can't wait to show you. Meanwhile, don't forget to check out my blog entry below about my "Spool of Friendship". Hugs to everyone.
Friday, March 14, 2008
This is a picture of the inside of paper that is wrapped around the spool. This picture does not do it justice as it was an unusually long photo. I used vintage pictures, gel pens and a labeler to write the poem. I also used some collage elements and some rub ons.
This piece is now available in my Etsy Shop
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
When I got married
I painted over
When did you know you were an artist? I would love to see y our response to this question on your blog!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Round (or other shapes) Plastic Cross Stitch Canvas
acrylic paints (one color)
Use your plastic cross stitch shape to create a texture on your canvas by pouncing your paintbrush into the openings in the canvas. I used a black acrylic paint here.
You can quick dry it with a heat gun.
Next...try stamping on your canvas by applying paint to a stamp that will add texture and interest to your background. If you are in a hurry..use your heat gun to speed up the drying. Remember to hold it back several inches so you don't get bubbles in your acrylic paint designs.
Next, combine about 1:1 parts of acrylic paint and glazing medium to create a see through color for your background that will allow your stamping to show through. (I mix mine up in a little plastic container with a lid so I can use the left overs later) Make sure your stamping patterns have dried before you do anything else.
Paint over the stamped patterns with your transparent paints (glazing medium+acrylic paints). You should be able to see your stamping very clearly through your paint.
Paint over the entire piece and allow to dry. Now you have a beautiful and interesting background to create a work of ART on! Hmmm. wonder what this will be.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
It says "follow it's trail" on the back with that number. Mine is AAL449. Then you go to the Kindness Project web site and keep track of where your token ends up. It is just a good cause and I love it.
Read about how this all began in Austin, Texas. You can also buy these tokens on that site. WOW!!! Mine is burning a hole in my pocket. I can't wait to give it away.
I was looking in the Artful Blogging magazine and I was so inspired by so many of the artist/bloggers. I was really inspired by Marisa Haedike at Creative Thursday (pg 6). I love her use of colors and the whimsical nature of her paintings. I loved her tree with the little blue bird on page 8. I just had to try a tree with a touch of spring colors. I'm pleased with how it turned out and wanted to share it with you. This was created on watercolor paper with my shimmering H20 Watercolors, prisma pencils and gel pens. I think it would make nice note cards. First day of spring is March 20th!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
I enjoyed meeting the women who attended the class. It occured to me that we can learn so much from each other in settings such as this. We learned from one lady something about "letter boxing" which I find intriguing and intend to look up later. Tell me if you know something about this. It sounds a little like the concept of gorilla art which I have always found to be a fun idea. Gorilla art is when you make up art and leave it somewhere to be found by a stranger somewhere. Here is a picture of all of the participants and the instructor post ATC creation:
My heart is light tonight because I enjoyed this class so much. I met some amazingly creative and kind women and enjoyed seeing the excitement in their eyes when they learned new techniques. One lady took notes. I am thrilled.....Thank You Lord for giving me this day. I know that we are not supposed to discuss religion or politics but this is a significant day/thing for me and I want to thank Him. I also want to thank Renea and Kim for believing in me and for supporting me and pushing me forward on this workshop. I love you both. This is me and Renea or as you know her: Pocket Full of Prettys. I also want to say a special thank you to a new friend of mine. She has encouraged me and pepped me up about all this. Thanks Donna! You are a dear friend. Hugs!