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New Year New Direction

Happy New Year everyone and wishing you a happy and healthy 2018.

New Year CardI mentioned in a previous post that I’ll be working on a new project, so I’m excited about 2018 when I’ll be creating a colouring book and new wall art paintings. This new direction does involve some risk as I’m coming out of the local shop Spangles but will still sell online. I’ll continue to paint large bowls and vases for the National Trust Gallery and add to my Zazzle stores too, as I love designing on their products and the more regularly I work on Zazzle the more sales I get 🙂

Exeter Art week in May is also on the agenda with a plan to launch the colouring book and show my new paintings then. So no hibernating for me!

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Thank you

WordPress has notified me that I’ve reached 500 likes and that’s down to you my readers, thank you. Sometimes you can feel as though you’re talking to yourself on social media, so a like is really appreciated!

To celebrate and with last posting dates for delivery in time for Christmas fast approaching I’m having a flash sale for my social media followers. Use code: today15  for 15% off anything from my website shop, ends Thursday Nov 30th. This includes zazzle products but check the top of their page for the current code and some larger discounts.

In the New Year I’ll be working on a new project and I hope you’ll continue to follow me to find out more. I’m excited about it although it is partly because of thumb arthritis and means I won’t be painting smaller glassware including small bowls, wine glasses but I’ll continue to paint vases and add new designs to zazzle’s range of products.
Here are my latest zazzle products with abstract designs, all easily personalised.

New Wildlife Collections

I’ve been working on my website again and have a new wildlife art page as well as dragonfly and butterfly gifts, birds and pet lovers page.

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It’s now possible to see matching products in one place with my original glass paintings and zazzle collections together. I’m pleased with the new look but always appreciate your comments!

Latest News

Two exciting developments , I now have slide shows on my website and I’ve started to add some photographs to stock photography site Dreamstime.

The slide shows are thanks to Highton Ridley and a tool he’s developed to promote zazzle products. You can see them on my website here.

I’ve had a few photographs accepted on Dreamstime so far, some with animals and a nature theme naturally! I’m attempting to add my bee video, although that’s been a bigger learning curve getting it in the right aspect ratio and not having black bands!

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I know some of my readers take amazing photos, have you joined a stock photography site? If so I’d love your thoughts, if not but you’re thinking about joining here’s dreamstime’s link

Seasons Greetings

Apologies for my lack of posts this month but it is for a good reason as I’ve had a busy December! I experimented with Google AdWords and it seemed to work with regular online sales. Last posting dates in time for Christmas have passed, so things are a lot calmer now and I’ve paused my AdWords campaign.

dragonfly-large-tealightThese dragonfly tealight holders have been my best sellers and pleased that I sold a new line of coaster and glass sets. Can’t believe it took me so long to put them together to make a gift set! I’ll be adding more in the new year.

Wishing you all a relaxing break and happy festivities.

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Paint splashes

Now I have a space where it doesn’t matter if I get paint everywhere, I decided to experiment with splashing paint onto some kngfisher bowls. I still covered the table however, after all it is a new workshop!
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It wasn’t as easy as I imagined as the paint didn’t flick off the paint brush that well, I got more on my hands! However I am quite pleased with the results. Next time I might try thinning the paint.

I put this photo on Instagram too, after a fellow artist said I should definitely use Instagram . So I’m going to try to post regularly there. My latest addition is a video of my cat Lottie drinking from a watering can using her paw! She is so cute 😺 Cat video

A way to earn some extra cash

There are of course the obvious ways to earn a bit extra by selling stuff on ebay, delivering leaflets, avon etc. However if you enjoy interacting on social media like facebook, twitter and are good with computers there is another way by being a website affiliate. If you like the idea of helping artists earn a living as well as earning extra cash yourself, then take a look at Zazzle’s associate program.

As you know I have a couple of shops on Zazzle (Annabels Abstract, Animal glass designs) selling lots of products with my images, for which I receive a royalty for each sale. However if you’re not artistic or don’t have the time to set up your own shop, becoming a zazzle associate is the answer. By promoting other shop owners products you can earn a15% referral fee on every sale, plus with a volume bonus an extra 17% is possible.

There are lots of tools on zazzle to help, including links and banners, which automatically include your own personal associate ID. A new collection tool makes it very easy to create themed collections, weddings for example, promoting all the products within it, which can be from different designers. Here’s a summer holiday one

Check out www.zazzle.com/sell/affiliates for more information, feel free to ask me a question in comments and there are lots of friendly folk on the Zazzle forum that will help too.

Ideas for promotion include creating your own blog or website as well as facebook, twitter etc. Use good keywords to get found and ideally promote regularly – something I need to work on! Zazzle often have good sales, on the international sites as well. Today on zazzle.co.uk they have 30% off t-shirts, mugs and posters with free p&p. Your associate code will work on international sites too if that is your main audience.

Of course I’d love you to promote my shops products. I’m now getting regular sales and aiming for daily ones but feel free to help other artists too and spread the love! The following are my latest sales, thank you to both UK and US customers and have a great weekend.