It has been a very successful week for me! The painting of the trilliums, named Tranquility, has gone to its new home, I sold the original of the Poppies, a limited edition print of the Split Rail Fence and a limited edition print of Always Room for Friends (the Muskoka chairs). Yay! I’ve also placed an order for prints of Tranquility and Poppies and I already have people interested in those.
This morning I finished the first layer of paint on the landscape with the little waterfall. I’m already seeing some things I will change when I do the second layer but for now it’s going up on the shelf for a bit to dry.
I have another canvas drawn out and ready to go – beautiful white irises on a background of what seems like a gazillion green leaves. It’s going to be fun!
I’m now only a few days away from my first gift show and I’m feeling the pressure! I have a 10′ x 12′ booth space booked for the Extravaganza Gift Show on Saturday and I’ve been running around trying to get everything I need.
Originally my plan was to rent or make booth ‘walls’ that I could hang my paintings and prints on. I ran into a dead end on that so instead I decided to make use of the two tables that they’ll be providing for me. I’ve been collecting boxes of different sizes that I can use to create different levels on the tables. I found these spiffy little tabletop easels that I can use to present my palette knife paintings and I will be borrowing some full size easels from my dad for the larger prints.
I found some nice ‘trays’ to put my cards in so they’re easy to see and I have a nice basket for my matted paper prints.
The biggest stumbling block has been finding tablecloths. Who knew it would be so difficult to find plain white tablecloths? I’ve been to every store in town and haven’t found anything suitable. I guess I’m going to have to venture a little further afield to see what I can find. I even checked at the dry cleaners to see if they rented them, and no luck there either.
I’ve got nice plastic boutique bags being delivered in the next day or two and I’ve got a brand new sales receipt book. My prints, new business cards and stickers for the back of my prints will be coming from Spitting Images too.
Unfortunately I came down with a cold a couple of days ago so I’ve been moving slowly. I had been panicking about getting the palette knife paintings done but I’ve decided instead to concentrate on making sure everything is packed up and ready to go for Saturday instead. If I happen to get another palette knife painting done then it’ll be a bonus!
My Orchid note cards are now up in my Etsy Shop. I plan on adding more listings in the next little while so stay tuned!
I have been spending quite a bit of time on Etsy trying to increase the number of views my shop gets. I’ve been following other members activities, visiting shops and adding other artists and craftspeople to my circle. I’ve checked out some of the forums as well and it seems to be a recurring theme that it takes a while to get sales.
I’ve decided to list items one every few days or even one a week. Apparently adding new items keeps your shop higher in searches and you can also be seen under ‘items recently added’ on the homepage. So many items are added each minute of each day that I’m not sure how effective that section is.
Last week I decided to try out the Search Ads feature. You decide which items you want to promote, select your keywords, set your maximum weekly budget, and follow your stats. When someone searches any of the keywords, your items will show up in the search results.
I set my budget for the week at $7 but ended up only spending $5.08 Although I didn’t have any sales I think it was worthwhile to try it. I’m not going to renew the ads right away just to see the difference in traffic to my shop and then decide if I’ll try it again in the future.