Monday, February 25, 2008

Taking the Plunge into Etsy

I'm running out of wall space and budget for art supplies so I deceided to take the plunge and open an Etsy shop. It is so easy, I figured I would take the step and see what happens. These are the little works of art that currently I'm working on adding.
From my scraps of purple fabric art I made these little mixed media quilts. Originally, I was thinking they would be for the Art-O-Mat, but instead decieded to add some words and frame them in hand painted frames. The frames are simple little frames, but I added about six layers of semi-transparent paint. The colors shine with such depth. I love the little inspirational messages, reminders to Love, Hope, Laugh. The words had to be short, or else they became rather cramped. I had to include Grace though, since I had Faith and Hope. I couldn't leave out one daugher's middle name. I plan to make some larger pieces that I can include the words Dream, Believe and Princess. My hope is that these pieces can find a new home and somebody can enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them.

9 comments:

StegArt said...

These are fun and the colors are yummy. Hope your Etsy shop is a big success and looking at what you are putting in it, I'm sure it will be.

corina said...

I received my lovely gifts, thank you so much!I am going to use the cards for very special ocasions!

TracyB said...

Hi Nikki, love, love, love these!!! The colors are fabulous!! And I wanted to let you know that you've been tagged. I've posted the instructions on my blog. Can you let us know 7 random facts about you? thank you!!

Nikki said...

Something is up with my email notification of comments, so I'm doing some tests to see if I can get it to work. If you have had problems and were able to fix it, let me know.

Nikki said...

Just checking to see it this works.

Susan said...

Hi Nikki!
The pieces look great. I look forward to learning more about having an Etsy shop from you. Have you tried approaching your local museum gift shops? Are there any artisan centers in your area or galleries that carry crafts or upscale gift shops that might want to carry work by a local artist? Also, try attending a few art openings. You'll likely meet a few artists with good ideas and you can take the kids to the opening too. While at an art opening, look for local art publications...the free kind that list area galleries. There's likely several places within a half hour drive that would happily carry your work. You already know about commissions, so none of this will come as a shock. You also have a great way to show managers and gallery owners your work...your blog, Flickr!...or burn a CD with images and with a word document that identifies each image with title, date, media, size, price. Price almost ALWAYS includes the commission...so price accordingly.

Good Luck!
Susan

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Helen Conway said...

Oh I just tagged you too - thats two you've got now!

Vivien said...

Good luck! I'm sure people will buy these; they'll make great gifts.