Piece o’ my heart

I was thinking about something like this, maybe for a note card idea.   It came to me while I was working my “day job”, and I kinda liked it and didn’t wanna lose it, so I made it over dinner.

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I’m toying with the idea of opening an online shop to sell original watercolors, prints, cards, and hopefully some art quilts as well. I know some of you have thought about moving in this direction, and some of you already have.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to:

1. How crazy of an idea this is for me, considering I still know virtually nothing(!).   I do have one thing, and that’s a passion for creating “art”, if that’s what we’re calling what I make, lol.  And it’s not going away. I started last August.

2. Etsy, studio6, deviant art, art pal…..can anyone recommend any of these, or steer me away from any of these? What about Amazon or Ebay Marketplace? Has anyone tried those avenues?

I don’t know, I’ve been thinking about this for months, off and on. I know the competition is fierce though, and I’m very wet behind the ears.   Oh, and I know nothing about any of those online platforms, and I don’t have lots of time on my hands.

Any thoughts, comments are welcome. Peace, and Happy Thursday to everyone! We’re almost there!

49 thoughts on “Piece o’ my heart

  1. I thought “this would make a great card” right away.
    I haven’t been that successful selling on Etsy, but to be honest, I don’t spend that much time on it. I’m not much of a self-promoter. I think it’s way too big now, and has too many vendors that are manufacturers, not artists, so it’s hard to be found. My nephew’s old girlfriend recommended deviant art, but I thought it skewed too young for me. I did hear that Amazon was going to open a handmade division to compete with Etsy, because so many Etsy vendors are unhappy.

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad you like it! I go back and forth on this like I’m on a friggin seesaw. I figure even if I’m not ready now, everything I make is something I could potentially sell, even if it winds up in a collage or some type of mixed media thing. I didn’t know that Amazon was thinking about a handmade section. That would probably be huge too, but maybe not at the very beginning. Hmm. More food for thought. I’ve been chewing my cud for awhile now. Maybe I should draw a cow. Thanks for your input. 💜

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  2. Those hearts are pretty! …I have my art in an online store, called RedBubble…there’s a link to it on the sidebar of my blog. It’s easy to create a site and upload images..great fun seeing your art on cards,prints, tote-bags etc..Had a lot of people looking, though not buying…as yet. A friend bought a couple of items. I’ve ordered some for myself…and for gifts: cushions, tote bags, cards, posters…The quality is excellent…fun to see my name printed on the back of the cards..It’s an Australian Company but operates worldwide. They are great to deal with…friendly, much like WordPress in that regard. 🙂 I must get over to my site and add more images soon…perhaps, put some into categories…Hope you get a moment to have a look, I think you’ll be impressed with how they display the images on the various products…Whether I sell much or not, it’s still nice to know people can view my artwork there. All the best, Janette.

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  3. Laura – LOVE this original “Laura” Design – it screams of YOU – and I ADORE it! I still haven’t moved any further on the ETSY thing either – not enough hours in the day! LOL! But I hope to at some point – Like you say – even if it doesn’t sell – we are making it anyway – so why not have a place to “put” it. Worth a little work and minimal expense. I’ll be anxious to hear other feedback in your comments, though. I do notice that many of the watercolor cards are “prints” as opposed to originals, so not sure about pricing and demand, etc.

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    1. Thanks, Jodi, I’m glad you like it! Yeah, very unsure as to the next step. You’ll probably get there long before me lol. But I did want to kinda test the waters here and see if anyone else has an avenue they really like that somehow resonates with me also. I do tend to think I’d get lost on Etsy fast. And I don’t have tons of items, or even time to post tons of items, assuming I did have them. Idk, but something to think about anyhow. 💜

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  4. I really like this one. It’s sweet and simple. I think it would go great on a card.

    I always though of selling prints and things online as one of those way down the road maybe things. You know, something that people do when they’re actually good. I think some of yours (like this) would lend really well to that sort of thing though.

    I’m interested to hear people’s recommendations on that. The only site I’ve used is DeviantArt and I’m not really on that much. I’ve had an account since high school but mostly just use it for viewing other people’s art. The competition on DeviantArt is really stuff though. Lots of professional artists use it for publishing their portfolios and selling prints. I think it would be pretty hard to have anything noticed on there unless you were very active in the community.

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    1. See and that’s a great point. I don’t have time to be active on any more communities. Honestly, WP is a bit much at times! I enjoy it but it’s really time consuming. Thanks for your feedback; I appreciate it. I tend to think only a few of my paintings are even worth selling, really. But the idea of uploading an image and someone else doing the shipping and the sales and that….I could get on board with something like that. I don’t believe Etsy offers that service. I don’t want to have to do much work at all, just don’t have the time.

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    1. Thanks, Kirk. I agree, and this is another reason I don’t go forward with it. I’d rather make draw or paint, and can’t afford to hire someone to do the rest. And honestly, I feel my skills are just not there. Every now and then, I see a flash of something that I feel could be developed, but it’s not as though I know how to consistently produce marketable work. Haha, or even inconsistently produce it.

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  5. Etsy is nice. It’s specifically geared for artists and people who personally make hand-made goods. People know that it’s more of an “artists” site. All of your watercolours are awesome. It would be cool to be able to purchase some note cards/note card sets, in addition to full size originals. (Just a suggestion) 😉

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  6. You could consider selling at a craft fair. It might take a lot less time than maintaining and promoting a site online. I believe the Frugal Crafter did a video of some sort on this subject recently. 🙂

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  7. Lovely heART Laura! What I have heard about Etsy is that it can be pretty time consuming. I’m going to try selling some of my art locally first to see if people like it. Not sure where or when yet but hope to create a plan! I think that a craft fair would be a good place to start like Carol suggested. I have sold handmade beaded jewelry in the past. I think having a plan is a good idea. I can recommend a couple of excellent books if you are interested. 😊

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    1. Sure, Jill. I appreciate it. I’m not as interested in the craft fair angle; I’m looking I think more for something that I can send images to and they do the rest. Etsy could be an option too but if it took too much time, that wouldn’t work for me either. Honestly, I feel like most of it just isn’t that good 😕. But I’d like to have an art business I think. I already have a business, so an online addition feels like it might work. Otherwise, I think it’d be too much. I appreciate your help. 💜

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      1. What I have heard about Etsy is that it takes a lot of time posting and reposting your artwork. And the selling isn’t that great. If you do sell something, then you spend time on the packaging. What about selling your work on a website? Like with wordpress? The 2 books I’d recommend are: The Creative Entrepreneur by Lisa Sonora Beam and The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee. I have not read every word in them but I like some of their ideas. For me I need a plan but you may not. I wish you success in whatever you decide to do, Laura! {{{{Laura}}}}

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  8. I love that idea! If I had any money, I for one would buy your work. I’ve only used Etsy before, but I like it a lot as the layout isn’t confusing. Lol
    Good luck on whatever you choose!

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  9. The best ideas come when your doing something else.. I like your idea and I think you should go for it! Sometimes (including me) we think about things so much that we over think and don’t do what we should have from the start. I did this for years and finally bit the bullet and started up an ETSY page, a small start, just my art on blank greeting cards, 5 different ones to start. I will be adding small works of art shortly. One thing you must do is promote yourself which I’ve been slacking. So i will slowly promote on instagram and I have a link on my FB page too. Start out small, feel your way see what will work best for you and when you know what works grow it! Send me an email if I can answer any other questions about ETSY or social media.

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  10. I think it’s a great idea – I have a Redbubble shop for my photography work (there’s a link on the sidebar of my blog) – but lots of people sell art there too. Also my sister has an Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CAROLYNSAXBYTEXTILES) which does very well for her – her stuff sells out instantly as soon as it goes in the shop. With Etsy you have to do your own posting and packing – my sister makes her packaging as beautiful as her artwork, which always goes down well with her customers. Having a little knowledge of photography and photo editing can also help when taking pictures of your artwork you wish to sell – you can then show your work off to it’s best online…

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  11. Judging by my own and friends’ experiences of Etsy, it seems to be a dead loss. I used to sell loads on ebay – I don’t use it now I’ve moved to Spain, but that was a very successful market for me. Sold zilch on Etsy. Haven’t tried any of the others.

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  12. aqua and green – beautiful. bright and cheery. have you thought besides cards…about things like – bookmarks, tags, gift wrap, aprons, tablecloths, napkins, cups, homeware deco items? pillows….. Debi

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  13. How interesting to read all these comments here! Your hearts are really adorable – they´d be perfect on a greeting card! Go for it, Laura!!! I wish you a lot of success and good luck and hope you´ll let us know about it!!! 💙💙💙

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      1. Oh, by the way and “first to know”… We´ve found a flat finally!!! It´s smaller than planned, but it has a small garden of it´s own which is really great because I love all kinds of plants and gardening. And my dog will be the happiest dog in the world. 😊🐶 Will move Thursday!

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