Our Best Local Public Rose Garden

While there is more than one place where we can enjoy roses in Lincoln, Hamann Rose Garden is our best local public rose garden in Lincoln, Nebraska. One of the great things I love about this time of year is the heady scent of roses perfuming the air. And all the gorgeous colors, the soft

This Street Play Mat

This street play mat just grew up! Did you ever play with small toy cars when you were little? Toy cars are one of those toys that boys and girls enjoy playing with side-by-side along with other miniatures. Toy trains, toy boats, other toy machinery and equipment along with toy animals can be a lot

Which Christmas stocking are you?

Which Christmas stocking are you? Which stocking best fits your personality and interests?   Are you a musician or a lover of music and musical instruments? Do you love Christmas music played by a string ensemble? Then, maybe this stocking is for you.   Maybe you love to travel and see the world. Maybe you like

Designing with Colorado Wildflowers

I decided to treat myself to a little nostalgia while designing with Colorado wildflowers. They are so beautiful and vibrant, so joyous… “Look how the wild flowers grow: they don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one

Beautiful Bugs

I love beautiful bugs–don’t you? Spoonflower has a Retro Bugs challenge that I wanted to enter, so I created some beautiful bugs–and I want to share them with you. My reasons for entering this challenge are complex. As far as I’m concerned, not all bugs are beautiful. Some of them are really ugly and some

Cottage Garden Love Affair

If there’s one style of garden I’m particularly partial to, it’s a cottage garden. As you probably already know, I have a love affair with flowering plants and enjoy visiting gardens and growing my own garden. I love roses and tulips, and daylilies and daffodils. In fact, I can safely say that there aren’t too many flowering

An Imperfect Photo Makes Great Art

What turns an imperfect photo into an opportunity to create great art? Would you believe me if I said–just about anything? These white tulips were so beautiful, and I didn’t want to ditch the photo, but there was this spot, this discoloration… and nothing I tried was going to blend it in! What an imperfect photo!

Find Customers For Your Artwork

Another Zazzler has asked me where to find customers for their artwork.

While there is no perfect formula that will help you find customers for your artwork on Zazzle and other Print on Demand platforms, here’s my formula for finding customers:

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1. Keep talking about your artwork, sharing it with friends and family.

Talk about what inspires you to create it, what techniques you’ve used, ask for honest feedback, and be grateful when they give it to you (even if it’s not particularly what you want to hear). Getting good feedback lets you know where to improve your artwork to make it desirable to a wider audience.

BIG TIP: Ask them if they have a need for a particular piece of artwork. Talk to them about how you can help them give customized gifts to their friends and family.

2. You won’t get a lot of sales from friends or family, but you can get some.

Try not to have unreasonable expectations of your family when you’re trying to find customers for your artwork. They will think that because they know you, then they should get a special deal. You’ll have to address that misconception (it isn’t always possible to give them the deal that they want), but if you are able to be gracious and understanding, you may still convert them into loyal supporters of your artwork.

Most of your sales will come from complete strangers.

3. Put your best artwork out there, but be sure to mark it as yours.

I add a copyright notice to almost all of my artwork, and sign and…

I know enough to be dangerous

I know enough to be dangerous. I’m guessing you do too. Oh–dangerous how? Well, take this website, for instance. I’ve been messing with themes ever since I moved the site. I felt it needed a new look, and–I was going to figure out how to do it myself. Hah– Like I said, I know enough

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