Hi folks! It has been a while since I have written anything here and I feel that a great way to start would be to talk about the circle of people, sites, and their shops that have influenced me and been friends as well.
A fellow artist on Twitter has been a fan and a friend, and I think her artwork is dreamy and lovely. You can see how she follows her heart. Her name is Christine Smith and I highly recommend that you follow her blog www.auntbeanartworks.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristineCantow
Early on I discovered an artist whose miniature artwork just blew me away- not only because it was beautiful, but because the work was so painstaking and meticulous that I doubt few can accomplish what she does. Her name is Evelina Pastilati, and I have featured her in earlier posts of my blog. When we met she was beginning to make gorgeous jewelry. I consider her a friend and am pleased by her success. These are just a couple of ways to find her on the web:
Evelina guided me to this site: A Little Etsy Love www.etsyfix.com/ They help Etsy shops with promotions through giveaways, coupons and ads. The giveaways are in article form and are short but empathetic to the atmosphere and feeling of the shops they feature.
I’ve done both and feel good each time I get that little ding on my iPod that says I’ve been mentioned by their site. I personally worked with Nancy Fallon- one of their contributors and I felt the goodwill of friendship instantly. I’ve also linked to the site with a button on the sidebar and wrote a post about a little etsy love previous to this one.
Nancy Fallon also has her own Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/nfallondesignstudio. You can find wonderfully beautiful knits, cards, purses, jewelry and art prints in here- my favorite being The Animal -a sweet watercolor reproduction of a giraffe. You can follow Nancy on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/NFallonDesigns
Another Etsy friend has provided me with some of the tools I need to sell my work and has happily answered my questions. She provides me with mat kits and I had not realized what a difference they would make to showcase my art. I purchased black double mats, and later on white double mats. Both look stunning, but when I saw how sweet the white mats looked with my art, I realized that I should be focusing on marketing for babies and children. it was just that one extra click of the dial in the right direction. I recommend to anyone who loves art that you visit her site- she has been quick and efficient in helping me get the right tools. http://www.etsy.com/shop/framergirl
For even more supplies such as: kits, acrylic, and some frames, try www.documounts.com They also specialize in custom mats. Framergirl can answer any of the questions you may have.
I could list so many more people who have influenced and supported me in this great big world wide web, and I will share them with you. For those of you who have not seen any of my works or sites here are the links to my favorites: