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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling original paintings! on: July 28, 2008 12:17:34 AM
So I've been recently thinking about selling my art.  I have no experience in this whatsoever - whether it is best to begin with selling prints, or should I just go balls to the wall and sell my original pieces.  There are several pieces I am interested in selling, including colored pencil, pastel and several acrylic paintings.

So my questions are:
Whats the best website to sell original art and prints on?  Ebay?  Etsy?  How long does it take?

Would it be a better idea to sell my more contemporary pieces in local restraunts that put up art?

How about prints?  Would it be okay to just get a cd with all my scans on it, so I can decide about prints later, and then at the same time have high quality scans of all my work for myself? 

How much should I charge for various things?  I have about 7 colored pencil drawings, but I'm scared that the subject matters would not sell... they are all to the theme of freak show.  How much do colored pencil drawings run?  I have a few acrylic paintings of landscapes which I think would sell, but for how much?  I'm unfortunatly not willing to sell for like 50 dollars, but I don't know if I would be able to find a buyer for much higher.

Finally, is the fact that I am a student artist (as in just graduated from high school.)  going to deter any people from buying my work?  Or should I just leave that fact out?

I'm just lost.  If you even have a guide on how to start selling your work, that would be great.  Any other advice is appriciated!  And I'll try and post some of my pieces up so you can get the idea tommorow!  Thanks.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Off to college swap? on: May 20, 2008 12:02:10 AM
I think that we should have an I'm Going to College! Swap.  It could be open to not just freshman, but other years, as well?  In a big-sister/brother type fashion, it would be neat to get tips and things that others had wished they had gotten in their freshman years, but I also think that I could figure out a pretty sweet package, too.

Ideas?  Thoughts?  Is this dumb?  Tongue
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Prisma Markers on: October 17, 2007 09:10:57 PM
Hi guys =]

I love prisma colored pencils.  Love them.  Recently, I tried the markers, but only for a little sketching and I didn't get to see/try all the colors.  Does anyone have any recomendations for these?  Good or bad?  Are they worth the 100 dollars to spend?  Obviously, a 50 percent michaels coupon would be the way to go, but they are still pretty expensive. 

I would love to see any art work you guys have done with them, so I can get an idea of how they work.  I know there's a shading marker you can buy, too, but what's that about?  Thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / black and white lace dress on: June 06, 2007 11:35:59 PM
yay prom  Tongue

front and back, kinda bad pictures - and the bows all messed up

and for kicks, dates and i Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress help - Boning and lining on: April 29, 2007 05:10:47 PM
Hi guys!  So it's Spring again, and that means it's time for prom!  And being my very first high school prom, I decided that I would make my dress, ensuring originality and styyyle.   Wink

The pattern of choice Vogue 8389 shown here:  http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V8389

I have three questions.  This style of dress does not include boning, and because I am a little well endowed in the chest, i thought it might be neccesary.  Will I be okay to do without, or will I end up with the crease below the bust line, because of insignificant support?  I will be modifying the pattern to add straps.  If I do need to modify the pattern to add some, will it be too difficult for my first time handling boning?  Any tips?

Second, I am a little confused on what lining does.  Does it just make the dress more comfortable because you don't have scratchy seems, or is it to make the inside look clean and professional?  As I am on a strict budget, I really don't want to add this in unless it is highly recommended.

Thanks so much - wish me luck!   Kiss
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / teal home coming dress with majorly twisty bodice on: October 23, 2006 04:45:43 PM
hi guys!
this was my homecoming dress that i wore on saturday night- i procrastinated on buying a dress for a long time and was short on budget, so a trip to joannes with the 50 percent off fabric coupon was the option.  I used simplicity 4577, but i couldn't figure out the original bodice and just ended up making it up.  i like the halter i did better though!!!  enough talking, here are the pictures:

far right = ]

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / soccer jersey to skirt: inspired by decorated-emergency and yelp on: May 14, 2006 09:50:39 PM
well, i was inspired by then and then when it went horribly wrong and horribly short and then i came up with the "genious" idea to just start sewing scraps on at random.  it looks longer in real life, and not so um, revealing, when i wear a shirt that goes down to my waist.  my favorite part though is the bow from the drawstring on the matching shorts.  i might have to try this again, longer and more thought out.

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / RAINBOW BRITE COSTUME FOR AN 80'S PARTY. on: February 28, 2006 06:19:07 PM
I got voted best dressed.  =]
Both pictures you can't see my red converse or leg warmers.
I'm proud cause I got this done in a week that was busy without it-- only based off a pattern.  The rainbow on my stomach is horrible cause it's done in sharpie 15 minutes before i had to go.  ;]
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for High School friends, Ideas and questions. on: December 07, 2005 04:54:17 PM
It looks like a lot of us younger craftsters are in the same bought:  In need of a uniform, cheap craft/gift for our friends!!

In the past few years I've done:
Fudge.  Major hit for both girls and boys...
Chocolate covered plastic spoons tied to cups with hot coccao mix in it.  This was super cute, actually, melt chocolate and dip the spoons in and let harden on max paper.  sprinkles/crushed up candy canes or whatnot can be applied to make them look festive!  Also good for boys and girls.
Fleece scarves/blankets... easy to make, just extremely time consuming and for the larger blankets it can get expensive.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Perfect Day in a box on: November 07, 2005 09:38:18 PM
I'm doing this for my friend for her birthday-- it's her quincenera so I have a pretty good budget to spend on her.  (A quincenera is like a cuban sweet 16, big huge formal party, only it's on their 15th birthday.)  Except I'm naming it Fexix Felicis in a box from harry potter.  My list of things to put in is
--Bottle of "Felix"
--Dreamcatcher for no bad dreams
--Dream Mask thing
--Starbucks for Breakfast
--Tshirt, cause something new always makes you feel proud and pretty.
--Rockstar drink so you can be a rockstar
--New PJS so you can feel cool and look cool and be cool.
--Candy cause that's just chill.
Any other possible ideas?  Undecided
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