a new direction
i have been struggling for a while with my etsy store and exactly what i want to sell there. i feel like i had great success in the early part of opening my etsy store. it was exciting and fun. but i slowly lost interest and confidence. and it started to show in my sales.
i felt like having every piece i ever painted on sale was just a little too much. i needed to edit more to make my store seem more cohesive and my brand more true to me. and especially when my style really started changing, i really didn’t want to have anything to do with etsy. but it was a hard thing to let go of. i had invested so much time, energy and money into selling prints of my original artworks. it was really difficult for me to just start from scratch. i am sure you can understand that.
and on top of that, i felt that it was unprofessional of me to keep selling certain prints. you see when i started out i used papers in my artwork that were questionable and most likely copyrighted. it was innocent at the time because i really did not know. but now, i know better and can just not justify selling those prints. i now only use my own painted papers in all of my work or vintage books and vintage letters. i feel better knowing that there is nothing questionable about these papers. and i love the fact that what i create is more of my work not someone else’s.
then i started using stitching in a lot of my artwork. enter new problem into the equation. i love the stitching. but i am pretty sure that scanning a piece that has stitching in it will just not be as beautiful as the original.
so these are all reasons for the change in direction with my etsy store. i will be selling lots of original cards, original stitched watercolors and canvas originals. i love the simplified look and i hope others will too. i feel as if a huge weight has been lifted and that i will actually start enjoying my etsy store again.