Selling on ETSY

There are a whole bunch of places to sell your artwork online these days such as e:bay, Daily Paintworks, ETSY, zazzle, and Cafe Press to name a few. I'll write another post with more details. I've listed my art on a few of the sites available but the place I have found to have most success with is ETSY! And I love it. imageJoining and starting a shop on Etsy is free. There are three basic selling fees: a listing fee, a transaction fee, and a payment processing fee. It costs $0.20 to publish a listing to the marketplace. A listing lasts for four months or until the item is sold. Once an item sells, there is a 3.5% transaction fee on the sale price (not including shipping costs). If you accept payments through Etsy’s Direct Checkout payment system, they also collect a 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee when an item is sold. Listing fees are billed for $0.20 USD (This will be in whichever currency you operate) It can really be as easy as just taking a few photos, writing up a good desc...
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Jewellery making with Lynne Hubner

imageHannah and I went to our favourite place for being creative in Downtown Mckinney, the Mckinney Art House to make jewellery. We crocheted gold and silver wires and added beads to make some wonderful necklaces. Lynne Hubner our teacher has the most amazing studio at the top of the Art house which is well worth checking out. Lynne teaches drawing, print making, jewellery and lots of other classes at the Mckinney Art House. Not only is she a very talented artist but a super nice person too. Check out her website here.
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Drawing is the new meditation

imageI have only three products on my Etsy store at the moment. Two paintings and the thing that is most popular, self colouring cards. They allow the customer to colour and customise each card the way they want it and sell really well. With all the media hype about self colouring it makes me wonder if I should put them together into a book but there's much more to the idea than jumping on the $$ bandwagon. Certainly people love them considering the number of books currently in the stores and online and I always find it hugely relaxing to create the templates for each card let alone spending a little time colouring them in. I'm thinking of making individual sheets with inspirational sayings that can be coloured and framed as pieces of art but the idea of a book truly appeals to me. It is certainly a way to sit back and relax in an almost meditative way and generally I feel that it is far better to de-stress by doing something creative than staring at a TV screen. I'm reading more and ...
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Skin, fur and feathers

imageI've been looking for a way to relax and get the girls involved in something creative over the summer break and as usuall we have headed to The Mckinney Art house to learn something new and have some fun. We've been learning some new techniques in acrylics from KD Hafley who teaches at the Art House. The girls return to school and tennis schedules from the end of August so can't continue but I'm going to be taking classes each week with KD in the hope she can teach me all she kniws about painting skin, fur and feathers! KD has regular classes at the Art House. To see her schedule click here and visit her website here to check out her truly awesome art work.
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