Thursday, November 4, 2010

Let The Madness Begin!

I cannot believe the first week of November is almost over.  I have officially begun Christmas shopping as I have an order placed for two copies of Doodle Diary: Art Journaling For Girls.  I can't wait to page through them.  Of course they will be gifts for two special girls I know, but I can't divulge those names because it wouldn't be a surprise for Christmas then, would it?

As you can see by Frosty to the left, I've been working on some Christmas/winter related paintings.  If I can get Zazzle to cooperate, they will end up as greeting cards, however, as of today the website is being very persnickety and it's making me nervous.  I'd love to know if any of you use a different site or method to print greeting cards with your art featured on it.  I'm ready to jump ship on Zazzle.

Our church is hosting a Christmas Gift Bazaar the first weekend in December and I've signed up to set up shop and sell my art.  This will be my first experience offering art for sale in a live public format and my head is spinning.  I would also love to hear from any of you who have done this sort of "gig".  What do you find sells best (smaller sizes)?  Do you sell greeting cards in packs or single lots?  Do you paint while sitting at your table?  How do you set yourself you frame a bunch of pieces or just place them in sleeves (matted or unmatted?)  I know....lots of questions, so little time.  I'm just curious and want to be prepared for whatever I may encounter.  I just hope I sell enough to pay for my $30.00 fee.  (Although, that $30.00 will go to a local charity in the it's all good.)


  1. I am so excited for you, have a great time, sell lots, bring lots of business cards, lots of stuff with your name/blog/facebook address on it, so people can find you later. Let us know how it goes. And your cards are wonderful, I think you will sell lots of those this weekend.

  2. Love it, Gretchen- I can't believe Christmas is so soon.
    You will sell tons- your work is beautiful! I did a few art fairs on Long Island and sold lots of the 8X10 prints (matted and in sleeves) and cards. Cards are an inexpensive way for people to buy your art. Good luck!

  3. Maria, thanks for reminding me to bring business cards. I need to print more.
    Sheryl, I'll have to focus on the smaller sizes. Now that I have a mat cutter, I can definitely mat them too. Thanks!

  4. Hi Gretchen. Your work is lovely and wow is Christmas that close. I haven't had time to even think about it yet.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate your visit and comment.
    Have a great day.

  5. Whoo-hoo, this is the one happy man, THE SNOW MAN!

    Love the piece!Bold and Smily!

    Thank you Gretchen,

  6. Advance greetings for the Xmas and your shop in the church...

    Went through the blog and highly fascinated by your art and words...

  7. Dors,thanks for visiting. I can't wait to see more of your work and more of those critters from "down under".
    Irina, yes he is happy. Thanks!
    jyothisethu....thank you for visiting my blog. Your son created some very beautiful landscapes!

  8. Your cards are perfect for Christmas! Just remember to try to enjoy yourself. I do think it is a great idea to bring lots of business cards. Also, smaller prints and cards are a wonderful way for people to grab a piece of your beautiful artwork. Your work is truly beautiful and people will be very excited to talk to such a talented artist ^_^



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