February 11th marked my "Etsyversary" - a quite important and significant day in my art career - 6 years selling...well, about a year struggling and then "selling" lol. Put simply, if my friend did not tell me about Etsy, and had I not signed up, I may not be anywhere close to where I am today. I signed up at first, thinking that I might be able to sell an odd item here or there and be able to buy more art supplies (I was a student at the time, so I wasn't able to 'indulge' as much in my art supplies).
|Etsy in 2006. Saying things have changed is the understatement|
of the millennia
|My shop in 2007 - I wasn't able to find a 2006 screen shot.|
I am so thankful we can hide / expand announcements now
- look at all that writing!!
|The first painting I sold, after almost 6 months of being signed up.|
To the newbies: persistence pays off, nothing good is ever easy :)
I know you will have a hard time believing me - but I sent out my first few prints in page protectors! Yes, that's right. I didn't know better, didn't know it looked totally unprofessional - and didn't have a clue where to find real cello sleeves. It's embarrassing looking back, truly I laugh a lot at myself. I would spend hours cutting up cardboard boxes for backing - until I realized that it's super easy to just order backing - and my sore hands were ever so thankful.
|My first tree painting, "Polka Dot Tree"|
|THEN: "The Turning" 2006|
|NOW: "Show Your Feathers" 2012|
I do like seeing how I have incidentally evolved as an artist. I often find myself looking at the first sold items of artists I admire on Etsy to see how they evolved as well. You should try it sometime, look up one of your favourite artists - find one of their earlier works and one of their later works.