Do you have art or craft projects that you love to make but haven’t figured out who will buy them?

IMG_1633 Sometimes we stumble upon a craft medium or art technique that we just love and make it for the joy of the process. But what do you do with products of your latest creative obsession? You can only give so many away as gifts and there is that uncontrollable urge to buy more art supplies.

Recently, I’ve reconnected with an old love. No, I’m not referring to my college beau, though that did happen too. My new/old love is dyeing and painting textiles. I can’t get enough of playing with color and water and fabric but as I just placed an order for more silk and bamboo and dye, I realized I need to sell some of these finished scarves before I spend any more money on supplies.

I took some to an artist and writers event where my intention was to debut a new bracelet for poets and writers. More about these beauties soon. The scarves were such a hit that I didn’t even make a display for the bracelets.

But that was a one-time event. I’m not setting up a sales page or site for the textiles because they’re each one of a kind and I don’t want to mess with updating them each time one sells. (if you make one-of-a-kind art, I have some solutions for you HERE).

Do you see the dilemma? I want, no NEED, to make more art. I’ve ordered more supplies. When the bill comes for the supplies, I want to have paid for the last batch. I made an artist date for next week to make more scarves and I need to create an outlet to sell them,
Solution:
It occurs to me that the women at my mom’s senior housing place dress for dinner. I’ve also noted that their adult children and grands go to take them out or join them for brunch on Sunday. Note: this is not a nursing home. It’s an upscale independent living facility so most of the residents (except my mom) are wealthy or their kids are footing the bill.

On my to-do list today is to contact the activities director and offer to set up a display of silk scarves on the Sunday before Mother’s Day. Assuming it goes well, I’ll probably do the same in December, there and at other area independent living facilities.

What ideas do you have for turning your finished craft into cash? There are many more proven ideas HERE.

 

How to get the best photographs of your handmade jewelry or craft for your Etsy shop

In this guest post, Rodney Washington shares wonderful tips for photographing jewelry and other shiny objects.

Having been a professional photographer since 2006 I’ve had the privilege in my career to photograph a variety of subjects, portraits, fashion, jewelry, food, travel and location and while I definitely have my personal favorites none of them has presented more of a creative challenge than photographing reflective jewelry.

If you’ve ever attempted then you know it’s not necessarily easy to create an image of a reflective piece where you don’t see either yourself or your camera mirrored in the object.

While it’s true that it’s not particularly easy, photographing reflective objects can become easier once you’re aware of a few simple tips and product resources I’ll be sharing with you in this article. But before I do I want to clarify a few foundational principles.

For starters I’m going to assume that you’re not a professional photographer or that you have formal photography or image editing training. Nor that you have access to professional camera equipment. Of course it doesn’t hurt but only if you have the skill and knowledge level that comes with some degree of formal training. So while professional gear can be helpful it is by no means required.

As a matter of fact, everything I’m about to share will apply to just about any camera you currently own even an iPhone or other Android based mobile device. Lastly jewelry designers, crafters or artisans that need quality images of their pieces to publish on a website or to Etsy for example will find this article will be particularly useful.

So let’s kick things off with a discussion about the #1 subject every photographer must get a handle on, lighting!

Because you’re photographing small objects the most important item in your studio setup besides the camera is Continue reading