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10 Arts & Crafts Business Mistakes To Avoid

Before you make the leap into a business selling your handmade crafts, take a look at some of these common mistakes made. Even if you're already into selling your wares, reading this article might be beneficial. 10 Common Mistakes: 1. Pricing too cheaply and not making a profit. Take into account the time it takes you to make your product. If you don't factor in your time and "pay yourself", then you're pricing too cheaply and you'll always be racing to make enough money to live on. 2. Not marketing. It's good to make an amazing doodad, but you're absolutely wasting your time if you don't take steps to get the eyeballs of potential customers to it. There is a lot of competition out there. You need to tag your products with good search terms for those online organic searches (think people searching on Google). In addition, have a plan to be everywhere in your community like at craft shows. 3. Not using social media. Social media is your friend! It's free and it levels the playing field with your competi...

 


How To Set A Price On Your Handmade Goods

The hardest part of having a handmade goods business is not the actual making of the goods, say many business crafters, but setting a price for those goods. Many crafters tend to underprice, often because they don't know how to set a fair price and perhaps lack the confidence to go for it. Knowing what's involved in pricing products and coming up with a concrete figure will not only let you know what to sell an item for, it will help you have confidence in setting that price. The way many beginners start off setting prices is simply by comparing what others in their market are doing. This might seem a good way to go, but it's really not accurate. For example if someone else users an inferior quality of material to yours, or they only have a 2 step process and yours is a 10 step process, then your price should reflect that and not be the same as the other crafter. Start by keeping track of the time it takes you to make the object. Now what are you worth per hour? Not everyone can do what you do, so pay yo...

 


The Beauty of Oil Paintings

Paintings are arguably among the most beautiful creations of man. They have a special power to tug on the soul of the observer. Oil paintings are a particularly beautiful art form, and their ages old elements continue to mark their stand through generations. Why oil painting? The great painters and the artists of the past chose to work on oil paintings because it rendered a very realistic output. The paintings differed from those produced by water colors, because the oil paintings looked especially rich and attractive. Oil paintings originated during the middle ages, when the necessity for waterproof paintings was all important. Great artists opted for oil paintings because of their durability and long lasting resistance. Thanks to use of oil by great artists of the past, people today are able to enjoy a huge collection of timeless oil pieces. The hard work that goes into oil paintings Behind the beauty of oil paintings is the hard labor of the artist. A classical work may take several weeks to months...

 


20 Tips for Decorating with Art

1. First decide what sort of impression you want to make with pictures. Do you want to be fashionable and arty or do you want to display family photos, nostalgia or personal interests? If you wish you can include all of the above, but you may make a better job of it if you have designated areas for each. For example you may want to make a statement with an impressive single abstract piece in your living room, while in the hall or dining room you could display more personal items. There are no rules as such, but try to harmonize your displays so that they do not compete for the viewer's attention. If you can try and rationalize where and why you hang each item. Ultimately you will get more out of each piece and your guests will sense yours to be an organized and methodical household. 2. Keep your choice of art in proportion to where you will hang it. If a picture is too large it will look cramped and suffocated, if it is too small it will look lost and insignificant. Many people think that if there is room fo...

 


The Best And Easiest Way To Set Up Your Craft Store

When you learned how to knit, you never thought that someday you'd love it so much and become so fascinated with the different yarn textures and color that you'd end up knitting 42 scarves. What do you do with 42 beautiful handmade scarves? Set up shop and sell them to customers who appreciate gorgeous scarves like you do. This is the defining moment when crafters can either take steps to open a store, or remain hobbyists and give their crafts away to relatives and friends. It can be daunting to set up your very own shop - you don't know how to set up a website and you don't know how to set it up for e-commerce sales with a shopping cart, and so on. But it's not as hard as you might think if you use a "mothership". A good one is Etsy.com. Etsy allows you to have your own store on their site. It's as easy as opening a PayPal account and listing your products. You do need to take pictures of your products for the listings but if you're not a photographer you can do a trade or barter with one of the many phot...

 


Dada Surrealism is a Response to War

Dada was an Art movement with its peak in 1916-1920s. This movement was established as a position against the War, and particularly World War I. Artists of this period saw all the negativity and horrors of the war. They also rebelled against the art that predominated thier time. It was a protest against beauty, because art didn't save civilization from wars. The members of that movement organized demonstrations, propagandas, and wrote brochures and manifestos against the cruelty of war. They drew from ideas of Arthur Rimbaund in poetry, and the critical ideas of Max Jacob (who later died in the Nazi concentration camp) and Guillaume Apollinaire. They established the new journal where they wrote anti-war and anti-terror articles, sometimes by using satire. Also the group made different absurd theatrical performances highly criticizing the first World War in Cabaret Voltaire . Tzara, one of the leaders of that group, wrote a lot of articles to different European newspapers trying to point out the tragedy ...

 


Collecting Art on the Cheap

It is amazing how the art world seems to have taken a hold of general society. Many more individuals are inclined to forgo reprints and posters and start collecting their own unique art pieces for their homes and offices. Are you interested in starting your own collection of original art? If you do not have thousands of dollars to spend on famous original artwork then you may wish to consider some other ideas and sources for your art pieces. One avenue to consider, especially if you have not spent much time cultivating your tastes, is to rent art from a local gallery. You can have an original piece from local artists for a fraction of the cost of purchase. You can also trade in your selection for new pieces which may be refreshing in a business environment, or even a smart way to select art for personal enjoyment if you are not sure which pieces will suit you long term. Another avenue is to go to local art schools or check your paper for shows by student artists. Here you can buy original pieces by up-a...

 


Should You Turn Your Hobby Into A Business?

Perhaps you have a hobby and are very good with your hands. You enjoy making things and you're wondering if you could turn your love of crafting into a business. Quitting the 9 to 5 cubicle job might be something you've been wanting to do for a long time now, but ask yourself these questions first. Is it something you like to do, A LOT? If you're making doll houses, you've got to be passionate about making doll houses day in and day out. It can't be something you're going to get sick of after, say, 5 doll houses. If you're doing this full time as your new 9 to 5, the shine of working from home, even with your hands, starts to wear off. Love it or leave it... or eventually outsource it. That's not to say that you can only make this one particular product. Think accessories or value-added products. In this example you can also make furniture for the house or create clay people that can fit inside. Consider making stands for the house to sit on or fabric goods like miniature curtains, blankets, rugs, tablec...

 


A Closer Look at Photo Mosaics

Photo Mosaics are actually a very new invention, believed to be first created in the 1990's. Photo mosaics have become widely popular around the world, though, for their unique appeal. A Photo Mosaic is a photo made up of many smaller photos. To say it another way: A photo mosaic is a photo that has been divided up into small squares or rectangles. Each rectangle is the replaced by a separate photo that closely approximates the color the rectangle was. A picture is worth a thousand words in explaining what a photo mosaic is like, though. Go to Google Image Search or Yahoo Image Search and search for 'photomosaics', and have a close look. One of the first creators of photo mosaics, Robert Silvers, patented the production of and name photomosaic. However, Mr Silvers patent does not give him the exclusive rights to make photo mosaics. There are many companies around the world using various methods and technologies to legally create photo mosaics. There are several ways to create or obtain photo mosaics. T...

 


Getting Help For Your Arts & Crafts Business

Crafting is usually a one-man show with the crafter doing every aspect of the business. They make, list, market, package, and ship the products. This might be manageable most days, but what happens when they get a huge wholesale order or they get slammed by the holiday buying season? If you have this problem, it might be time to get a little help. First understand that there are only so many hours in the day you can create the products and you can't possibly do it all. Sometimes you can stretch out the time before delivering, but that's not always the best answer. So what do you do? Determine where you could use the help, how many people you need, and for how long. Then find the helpers. If the product is something that others can create too, then use people for that. For example, sewing buttons on pillows or knotting fringes on blankets are something easily done by others without a lot of explanation. If your craft is unique or you're not willing to hand over any facet of it, then have them do the listing...

 




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