Monday, 28 January 2013

Expanding my Reach

I have expanded my reach by opening an Etsy shop. Here is the link that will take you right to it:

 One of the reasons I did this now was some encouragement from fellow artist Sherri Ann Strikwerda. You can see her art at:

I didn't just jump in, I checked out a few shops hoping to figure out how it all works but I can't say that was overly successful. One thing I did find out was that people are selling their art which was encouraging. So, with the help of another fellow artist, Laura Leeder, (, I filled in some blanks, added some art and voilĂ ! I have an Etsy shop.

To start, I decided to just display some of my smallest paintings and to keep the prices down. Even after looking at what others have sold, I can never tell what might make the grade.
Winter Grove
Little Daisies

Rosy Glow
I also added a few slightly larger paintings although I kept to the same medium - watercolor. I have two reasons for just displaying watercolors: they are easy to ship unframed and I have a lot of them. I hope to add different media as I expand although all of my art can be purchase right now through the webpage.

Floating Flowers

Now come the hardest part - letting people know the shop exists! I have posted the link to my shop on Facebook and the website: added it to my emails and will add it here. I am trying to connect with other Etsy shop owners as well.

Once again, here is the link to my Etsy shop, I hope you will check it out and share it with your friends.


  1. You are off to a great start Val! Best of Luck.

    1. Thanks Laura, It is a real learning curve and I only hope I know what I am doing. The best thing about it is more great art to see. Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi Val - love your paintings and welcome to Blogging and Etsy. Both are fun ways to share and sell your art.

  3. Hi Martha - thanks for the welcome! I know I enjoy sharing art on Facebook but I am still getting used to blogging and often forget that I need to make a new entry - lol. As for the Etsy, I can only hope that it will help with selling the art. I enjoy the variety of products I am finding on Etsy and the friends (followers, admirers etc.).