Eclectic Cycle
2May/11Off

Editing and marketing and more editing and more marketing

Whew. Just...whew. So this weekends adventure for our art print business has been quite a learning curve and ride. I made a couple of decisions that had to be implemented, and I am really glad I did this stuff before we put up any more art for sale. For one thing, I am sad to report, the original archival paper we chose for our prints is very finicky and difficult to work with. Cotton rag paper throws up a fine dust when it prints and the printer keeps jamming no matter how much I clean it out. So I decided to switch to a archival matte photography paper and have been very pleased with the results. Of course, the paper does not have the thickness of the rag paper, but it is still archival, high quality, and suits the nature of my art very well. The velvet rag is reknown for creating vibrant colorful art prints but since I rarely use it for color, that point is moot. I am now charging about $5 less per print because of the paper switch, as it is not as expensive as the cotton rag paper, nor does it take so much time to get it to print....and time is money!

The next adventure was editing all of the artwork I had backed up. Nine pieces were drawn, nine pieces were edited, and hopefully will create nine sales soon! Of course you also have to reconfigure the art for Etsy and Zazzle, so that editing is not complete, but we shall struggle on until the great work has been wrought!

As for marketing, I really had to update and redo tags. Tags are so important for people to find you. SEO is highly dependent upon a great number of factors and tags are one of the biggies. I had not tagged my Etsy listings properly, nor my Zazzle, nor this blog! You are only going to build traffic if people can find you. Art is a tough sell, and you need every tool availiable. Artists are often considered to not have good business sense, and I am trying to buck that trend.

In personal news, Little Princess Mittencuffs is now running all around the house just to run. She really loves just walking from room to room for no reason other than to walk. Her enthusiam for life is so encouraging. If I brought half that energy and joy to my efforts, I should be a millionaire in a week or two. Well, that about sums up this weekened round up!

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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27Apr/11Off

Pug Puggy pug pug

Yes, if you can't guess from the title, I drew a pug today in all his wrinkly adorable pugness. Pugs are so cute I don't even know where to begin. I drew a koi fish too and would love to post that goodness. I have really got to get up more on the tech aspect of this whole indie artist thing. I want to post pics but it is like I screw up every darned time. My husband is a neverending well of patience and kindess who keeps showing me all this stuff over and over again. I will absorb it one day like the mighty sponge! How on earth is the endless vastness of our great and terrible Mistress Internet going to harshly judge my art otherwise?

 

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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23Apr/11Off

Caw, caw, caw!!!

Well, I decided to stop being such a sniveling weenie like I was feeling when I wrote my last post and get off my behind and keep on trying for the dream, baby! I drew crow/raven goodness, all hot and fresh and ready for Etsy. Part of my motivation is that it really is an encouraging community. I have been favorited, hearted, and treasuried quite a bit considering I only have five items for sale right just now. I will add more soon...yeah! Also doing all the boring stuff like redoing my tags, photoshopping, etc. etc. I have also been researching zazzle as a nice little side hustle there. They seem to have a really good reputation from what I have gathered and a passive income from my designs would be fantastico.

In life news, eh, not much happening. Rainy drizzly day so the husband and I stayed in the house with our rotten little princess, eating ice cream and reading stories. My husband loves those old time radio drama podcasts, so we listened to one today from the 60's about a haunted cathedral. It was quite good and subtly horrible, a bit Lovecraftian but not as grotesque. If only our little princess hadn't destroyed the spooky storytelling by making her barnyard toy go MOO! OINK! OINK! it would have been perfect. I am also reading the Incarceron series and so far I like it a lot. That's about it, friends of the interwebs...have a good night!

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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16Apr/11Off

Art prints available for purchase!

Five new prints (viewable in our Gallery)have been added to our Etsy shop, available for purchase now via PayPal.

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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12Apr/11Off

Wow, already in a treasury?

Hey, I guess the world is watching more than I thought. I got into a treasury already and I only have one whole print up for sale. That is pretty nifty and flattering and I am really suprised. From what I have gathered about marketing and promoting yourself on Etsy, it takes time to get noticed. A lot of time. I was thinking 3-4 months and maybe like 30+ prints for sale before any notice and possibly sales. It would appear that I am receiving notice right off the bat. That is really encouraging. It looks like I just have not done much at all when you look at my shop and only see one item for sale, but the setup is waaaayyyyy harder than the maintenance is going to be. Once I get more established and can steadily introduce new prints, then the hectic stage will hopefully be over. Then after that hurdle, the tax overlord shall unleash his fiery multi-headed beast upon my delicate wisp of an art business. I shall sacrifice the appropriate amount of cash to appease the overlord and hurdle onward into new adventures! Yes, in case you are wondering, I do enjoy fantasy novels a great deal more than I should. In fact, instead of drawing tonight, I am going to go read. Shame on me...

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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12Apr/11Off

Owls, turtles, circles, and exhaustion

Man, oh man. Who would have thought throwing some prints up on Etsy would be so much work? The hardest part really is getting started and putting your work out there. When you are a delicate, sensitive flower of an artist like myself, opening yourself up to praise and criticism and even worse than both, indifference, is really hard. I am hoping for the best, editing a turtle, and blinking in my typical insomniac daze. I am afraid I cannot even think of all the wonderful to do's tommorrow not! even accounting for chasing my toddler around. You know what? This is all really exciting and I like to sound all complainy pants, but I am happy and excited about all the challenges and fun that lie ahead. I would upload the turtle for the world to see, but technical difficulties have arisen and my tech support has not. He is still slumbering peacefully this warm spring night. So cheers until next time, and perhaps I shall bless you with Turtle...

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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