One of my teachers bought a piece of my photography (: 5 months ago
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people who want to buy but I do not currently have any panels. I am hoping to find some soon as I have deadlines and such. 10 months ago
How I did it: Well, I'm using a broad definition of Art here. I opened up my Etsy shop in March (http://rrrauw.etsy.com) and since then people have actually bought some of my handmade things (bags, purses, handbound books). It's so cool when people buy something I made with love! Read how I did it… 10 months ago
My views went down these past few days :(. I’m trying to work out this new habit where I go on etsy and “network” during the late lunch hour (1-3pm), but it doesn’t work on the weekend, so then the views dip way down.
No progress on the prints – I don’t have “Capital” to invest in them yet, so I’m going to put a hold on them until I get something paid and get some cash flowing in. This also means that no paid advertising until I figure out a job either.
Several days ago I revamped my key words and some of my pictures and I found that people seem to like my shop more (I get more people “circling” me back than before). My next concrete step is making my description and keywords more Google friendly. I got only 1 (ONE) view from Google so far.
I’ve also been toying around with the idea of making “experiments.” I found that after a few full size paintings I like to take a cheap panel and just play around with it using media that I would be too afraid to try on a planned piece. I saw this one shop where the seller has these small 8×10 and 9×12 acrylic/watercolors on paper (nothing too fancy, 140lb). It would be interesting to get a large sheet of 140 paper (or find some lying around here somewhere) and do some experiments after I finish these 3 paintings I’m working on right now. I saw some cheap frames at target – I could get two different sizes and do nice photo shoots with the experiments that turn out good. They would be in the “print” price range of $20-30. Plus, they would be so much easier to ship… 11 months ago
When I first added this goal – then took it off, then added it again.. :) – I was very far away from selling my art. I was near that turning point when I realized that being a full time artist was not the lifestyle that I wanted. Now, I am working on how to integrate my love for public health (and general public good) with the part of me that will always be dedicated to art (that I couldn’t get rid of all these trying years).
Opening my Etsy shop was (unknowingly to me) the first step in this harmonious integration. Originally, I wanted to do it “just because I’ve always wanted to and I have too much free time,” but it turned out that it really inspired me!
Today I made a huge step in getting closer to my first sale. Originally, I proudly skipped over all of the articles and book sections about attracting buyers. Now that I’ve done the proverbial lunge into the art boat, I read a few articles and completely rewrote my titles and re-did all of my tags (only a couple hours’ work since I only have 8 items!). Wow! I can actually find my stuff when I test search the site. I was under the impression that I was doomed in terms of people finding me on there! In any case, my listing views jumped considerably today. Here are my next steps:
- research and visit print shops to figure out how to get prints into my shop (I’m terrified yet excited)
- work on taking more attractive pictures of my art (be a little more creative)
- create the “yellow” series that will have a portion of sales donated to some kind of fund that relates to rehabilitating emotionally disturbed persons and/or runaway teenagers
- create more artworks in various color palettes (my art turns out to have a very limited color palette! I have to learn to experiment more!)
- order additional packing materials and pack up a painting to take to the post office – figure out the real shipping costs 11 months ago
society6 looks like one of the easiest way to go print-y people
http://society6.com/gladysandethel < that’s me! :) 12 months ago