If you know one thing about me, it’s how much I love COLOR. I mean looooove. A good color combo is better than chocolate — well, as good as chocolate, let’s say ;) So you can imagine how pumped I was to see my dear friend Andrea‘s new offering: a 30-day adventure in color collecting. It’s all about finding joy + gratitude through the creative process. Sounds scrumptious!
This delightful, affordable e-course starts this coming Monday! Let’s get our treasure hunt on…
Remember how much you loved treasure hunts as a kid? We’re bringing the joy of that time back. Further your creative practice with photography, get a spark of inspiration directly in your inbox each day and share the spoils of your hunts in an encouraging Flickr community for other treasure seekers.
The fun begins TODAY. You can register here!
So fun, Andrea!! See more here
Welcome to the second post in my Daring Adventures in Creative Biz series! You can view the first post here.
Many new artists ask me how to start selling on Etsy. Here’s an intro to launching an Etsy shop:
Etsy (an online marketplace for handmade goods) is a fantastic tool for independent artists/creatives. Setting up my Etsy shop helped me get my biz started years ago, and I still use it to sell my art prints, original paintings, books, and other products + services like creative mentoring.
Etsy has a free online Seller Handbook filled with instructions + resources to help you launch your shop. It takes time to set up your shop initially. There are lots of ways to fancy-up your shop, but at the very minimum you will need to provide your contact + bank account info (so you can get paid!), create a custom shop banner, and add quality photos + detailed descriptions of each item you want to sell.
Eventually, your shop will look something like this, with a custom banner, sections, and featured items for sale:
New + established artists alike ask me how I package + ship my Etsy orders. I must say, I’ve got quite a smooth operation in place, and I’d love to share it with you:
If you buy your packaging + shipping supplies at an office supply store or post office, they are surprisingly (even prohibitively) expensive. So I bulk order professional supplies online:
Note: I purchase non-bulk supplies (e.g. packing tape, sharpies, mailing labels, bubble wrap) when I’m at the office supply store/post office.
I recently started shipping directly from my studio — no more waiting in line at the post office! How is this even possible, you ask??
How cool is that? As a creative biz owner, little time-savers like this help you stay productive + in the flow!
Bottom line: Use quality packaging/shipping materials to protect your merchandise + make it look professional. It’s so important to package your orders well! Beyond giving a good impression, it ensures that your items arrive undamaged!
Got a specific Creative Biz question for me? Email email@example.com
I’m also available for Creative Mentoring here.
My new children’s book is hitting the shelves this month! Yes, this is real!
Over on Etsy, you can purchase a one-of-a-kind original art spread featured in the book. These paintings are very near + dear to my heart; I hope they can find loving homes in your child’s space or family room
When you buy a spread, you will receive a pair of 10×10″ mixed media paintings on fine wood panel. I recommend displaying the 2 paintings together! Each spread has its own special twist… view them all here.
Due to popular demand, I am offering a limited edition of illustration prints. These large 13×19″ prints feature an original art spread from the book!
– Limited edition of 50 signed prints
– Print is numbered + signed by the artist (me!), professionally packaged & shipped with care
– Available framed; order frame here