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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…

An Updated Custom Stores Page

I’ve created an updated custom stores page–check it out! One of the things I’ve done to make it more accessible is adding button links to most of my Zazzle stores. If you’ve visited my custom stores page before, you may notice that some links that were previously here are now missing. Updating my custom stores

ArtAndDesign replaces ContraryMarket

ArtAndDesign replaces Contrary Market… What do you do when you realize that you’d really prefer to keep all of your creative efforts together under one website “roof”? You create a subdomain! Whether you use an ampersand or spell it out with the and, ArtAndDesign is replacing ContraryMarket. I’m still working on rebuilding this website, but