Selling Art From Your Website

Hi folks,

I had a wild idea to sell art from my website. I am not techie at all so I went straight to YouTube and I only went and found a video about installing your Etsy shop to WordPress. Hmm. Not exactly what I was looking for but for now I’ll keep my options open. If you already have an Etsy shop have you considered this?:


There are loads of these if the sound is too low on this one.

A much more daring endeavour is to quit Etsy and simply add the Paypal button to your website. Really good tutorial for that here:

I’m going to think about if for a couple more days and then go for it. Like my crazy hair lol.

I’ve gone from this:

to this:

The roots were coming through and it wasn’t good. Too bad I kind of miss the blonde already.

So anyone else doing anything brave?

Happy creating!

Catherine

Poem for the #Leafs

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Etsy Tips for Beginners and Healthy Breakfast

I know, super odd combo but creative types at home need to eat healthy. It’s so hard to leave those chips alone when they are right there all the time.

This is a great video for new to Etsy folks:

I’m doing most of those but I keep forgetting to find a great source for the stiff mailers. Still need to get on that. For now when I get an order for a print I can grab one from the post office. The local Staples only has enormous ones so they are no good. Amazon might be my best bet. The corrugated cardboard I would for now just rip up a box we have lying around. Maybe Amazon sells boxes of card I’ll find out.

I swapped my kettle bell with my friend today who has a slightly heavier one so watch this space. I’ll probably drop it on my foot ;0). I keep swapping between smoothies for breakfast and two eggs. You can get real bored with breakfasts so I went looking on YouTube for a more interesting one and came across this:

Brad Gouthro has the best fitness advice. Would you eat that for breakfast? I feel a poem coming on:

Kettle bells
Bacon smells
Chocolate yells
Scale tells

Hee hee Happy creating!

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Mabel’s Poor Pour


(Mabel by H)

Pour
Drip
Add a color

Pour
Drip
Runs

Pour
Tilt
Add another

Poor
Pour
Stuns.

Learning all the time and that’s what matters. I discovered I can use lots of different colors on one big piece of bubblewrap either altogether or separately over many paintings thus saving paint to make up for the pouring disasters. (woah that was a long sentence)

Here’s the bubblewrap ones. So easy. Do have a go.

Happy creating! 🎨

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Happy Easter!

Bleats from the meadow
Echoed down through the valley
Easter’s happy song

Happy Easter to Ewe all! 🐰🐑💚😊

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Before You Open An Etsy Shop Read This

Happy Monday everyone! Now here’s a book I wished I’d discovered before I opened an Etsy shop. It is jam packed with useful tips.

Here’s a few:

  • Make your banner in a photo app like Pixlr
  • Use keyword rich words in title and no need to duplicate in tags too. Use shop name as a tag.
  • Tell people where your work has been featured. For example, I would say my local coffee house Merli’s.
  • Find out about buying a return address stamp.
  • Add cost of shipping to product to offset high shipping cost. (That definitely applies to Canada)
  • Is your profile warm and friendly?
  • Get shipping quotes from post office and put in your policies
  • Discount voucher for future purchases?
  • Check www.craftcult.com/heartomatic.php for stats on your shop.
  • Consider an Etsy Treasury of different seller’s stuff on one theme (sheep).
  • DMOZ is a directory of websites you could list your shop on.
  • Add shop photos to Flickr.

And tonnes more useful stuff.

Worth a try especially if you are new on there.

Here is a very inspiring video from an Etsy seller of five years:

Get your Etsy on 🙂

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Haiku: Ewe Called

Quick bleat back to base
Whilst out running my errands
Info for the flock

Anyone got a better one?

Catherine 🙂

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Autism Awareness Day: Leafs style

After a super exciting win for my boy yesterday

I’ve still got hockey on the brain (Emotionally exhausted today lol)

It’s Autism Awareness Day today so I’m bringing out my favorite blues 😁

I keep thinking I’ll sketch them but my portrait skills are slipping further into the dustbin and then I thought intricate collage and ended up with this 😂. Oh well I’ll stick to sheep.

Are you promoting blue today?

Happy creating! 🎨

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A Sheep Tale

Ewegenie stared straight ahead not wanting to alarm her little lambs

but her senses were on high alert.

Gertrude was watching her, she just knew it.

Gertrude stood still as a statue, convinced Ewegenie couldn’t see her.

Unfortunately she held her breath for too long and passed out in the pasture;

Woken later by the bleats of victory from Ewegenie.

 

(Where am I going with this lol) Does anyone know what happened next?

A couple of people asked about cards of this painting. They are available in my Society6 shop.

Happy creating!

p.s. I had to chop the top off the image for Society6. If I can find somewhere to scan it in I will swap the image. It’s way too big for my scanner.

 

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Jose Trujillo

Hello!

A tad late today but I have a treat. A real gold nugget of an artist find. Check out Jose  Trujillo on YouTube:

And he is great at giving art advice too. Follow him on YouTube for loads more art videos:

So inspired am I that I got my dusty oil paints out. Watch this space.

Happy creating! 🎨

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