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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do any of you sell your art prints? Or paintings? on: May 22, 2006 12:34:14 PM
wow, I love the colors in your work, let me know if you get prints made.  Also, I am thinking of doing tattoo conventions in the Fall, do you know anywhere where there are listings for upcoming events?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: When copycats profit... on: May 22, 2006 12:30:20 PM
I make tattoo-inpsired crafts on Ebay and about 2 weeks ago a seller started selling their stuff that was a direct copy of mine.  One, they used identical supplies and bought from the same supplier I buy from, 2-they copied the same style of artwork I do and even some of the keywords and wording I use in my auctions.  I was upset, but having a background in fashion design, I just knew these things happened.  Now the seller has since moved off Ebay but is still selling the items, and the last time I checked they even used the same ribbon I used for my plaques.  I decided to sell on other sites and start doing craft shows next month.  I have also been asked to do a tattoo convention in the Fall, so I plan on bringing my art to as many people as I can, even if I am copied.  What would you do/or what have you done if this has happened to you?
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do any of you sell your art prints? Or paintings? on: April 24, 2006 12:25:50 PM
at 'my' kinkos it's 89 cents for a color copy, and about 19 cents for a decent card stock.  i dont know if it differs nationally or not.  next time i'm going to try to get a better  card stock though.  i price as follows:

full page print: $10 . . cost to me : $1.08
half page print: $5 . . .cost to me: 54 cents
quarter page print: $3 ... cost to me: 32 cents

but, like i said it'll go up a bit as i plan on getting a better card stock next time.

how cool you do tattoo stuff too . . we should swap prints sometime  Smiley

yes I would love to see your work, do you have a link?  Are you on Inkednation.com?  Its a tattoo site
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do any of you sell your art prints? Or paintings? on: April 17, 2006 11:46:52 AM
i own a tattoo shop. well, i'm the owner/operator. when we go do tattoo conventions, i make a print to sell . . what i do is (usually) watercolor my self up a a nice little image.  then i enhance the color with colored pencil and give it a nice black outline with drawing ink. i do this on medium tooth watercolor board (the pencil wont blend smooth on high tooth) then i take my happy ass to kinkos, make a REALLY high quality color copy on to card stock, and sell em at the tattoo shows for about $10 a pop.  to start out a little something, kinkos works perfect IMO.  until you get a clientelle for this type of thing, then go pro Wink
wow, ok you know just what Im talking about.  I also make tattoo inspired stuff, so I do have a clientle already.  How much do they charge at Kinko's to do this? (so I can figure out how much to charge).
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do any of you sell your art prints? Or paintings? on: April 09, 2006 09:47:40 AM
The card industry is extremely competetive. I wouldn't go to a printer until my client base was up and running. Printing small quantities is very expensive, and printing large quantities means a whole lot of undesireable inventory. However, you could set up a cafepress.com shop and get your stuff on not only cards, but also on shirts, clocks, mugs, etc. and it won't cost you much of anything on a yearly basis. That way you could spend your time and resources marketing.

Another option is to print your works on really good paper (for example, a heavy watercolor paper or canvas paper) and get out the ole exacto knife or guillotine. A tiny gold label with your biz name, and there ya go. Saves on inventory (you only print/cut what you need), but it can be time-consuming.

How does Cafepress work exactly?  Can you sell Cafepress items through Ebay?  I get more customers on Ebay than anywhere else and have recently sold my paintings for over $50 and have sold 3 paintings to the same person, so if I could make prints of them, I think they would do well. 

I dont think I would do well with the exacto knife and printing them myself, I have no patience.  Right now, I was thinking of contacting someone who prints club flyers and maybe having them print up postcards of my stuff.  I would be interested in Cafepress though too...so if you know anything about how to sell on there please fill me in.  I am clueless lol.

PS I would love to see your work, send me a link to your site
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do any of you sell your art prints? Or paintings? on: April 09, 2006 09:42:02 AM
I do hosting and I have several clients that sell their lithographs (sp?) and then they have postcards / notecars of their work that they sell. Some of them actually sign the notecards  Smiley

From what I've heard, they tend to do pretty well - especially when they already have a client base.

That is exactly what I am looking to do.  Postcards and lithographs.  Do you know what kind of printing company your clients use?
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: crafting for money: is it the way to go? on: April 04, 2006 07:07:43 PM
I have to say, Ebay would be the way to go, unless you did craft shows.  I havent done a craft show (yet) myself, but I have heard really good things.  The only downside, is you have to put $ out to have a booth.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Do any of you sell your art prints? Or paintings? on: April 04, 2006 07:03:39 PM
I recently started painting again and have been selling some of my work.  I am interested in getting prints and postcards make of some of my illustrations, and was wondering if any of you either sold your work online by printing it yourselves, or by using a printing company.

9  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: hotpatterns (Xposted) on: December 27, 2005 11:59:13 AM
I had given up on store bought patterns and just made my own, but after checking out the site, I will place an order very soon.  Your stuff is hotness!
10  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Re: NJ craftsters? want to start a sewing group on: November 01, 2005 08:29:12 AM
Ok guys, im back. I am moving this month to a better apt where I will have more space and be home more to do stuff. 

Is it better to start a blog online where a webpage will be dedicated to us, a group where we can meet once a week at a library or something, or a Myspace/livejournal page?

any ideas would be appreciated, also if anyone has any clever ideas for a name that would be great too.  I was also thinking if we do a page, we can have advertising for your stuff you sell and maybe a monthly sampler we could send out.  If anyone is interested, let me know.

I can be reached on here or at makeupmaven666@yahoo.com
I am moving on the 15th, so Im thinking as of Dec. I will be able to dedicate time to this
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