Charlotte Goes Live

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I'm hoping to give art and - specifically - making some money from art, a try during 2018. It's still not certain that I will get the chance to do this, but I'm thinking the chances I follow through will increase if I make my plans public. Kind of like when people buy an expensive membership to the gym to motivate them exercising more often and then they don't, anyway. 

Hopefully documenting my endevours or lack thereof will work as a kick in the butt. Plus I'll learn how this forum's blog tools work. Yay. 

Right. Should I repeat the intro? :dumb: Do emojis work?

Uh. It's with a slight sense of panic and a large dollop of I-haven't-got-a-clue that I am starting up this blog. I was thinking I'd start next year but... what the heck. And besides, the longer I put it off, the greater the chance that I change my mind. 

I've been painting since I was little, but I haven't actually sold or tried to sell anything since my teens (my priciest piece to date is a drawing of my sister, bought by my mom for SEK 200 to prevent me from giving it away to someone else). During the past ten years I've suffered increasingly from headaches that the doctor's tell me are stress related (while simultaneously calculating that my stress levels are low). During this time I've been considering whether I could make money by painting during days and hours when I feel fine, rather than trying to force myself to fit into a 9-5 job. I know making money in this business is hard. But I figure I could at least give it a try, by working part time for my employer and part-time for myself. I have enough savings to try (and fail), so.... here goes. 

I have: 

Started documenting and planning what i need to know with regards to taxes and documentation and what not.

Posted an interest check on Aywas where there's a commission feature for people to pay USD to artists.

I have not:

Updated my website.

Put together a decent portfolio. (Better start somewhere around there.)

Asked my boss if I can get this much time off... 


For the remainder of this year I am still at work, though on partial sick leave, and attending some pain therapy magickything. And hoping my sis will give me a cat. Wouldn't it be great if I could work from home with a cat on my desk? *dreams*


Anyway. Wish me luck. Unless that's bad luck. 

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Charlotte replied the topic: #20944 27 Apr 2018 06:47
I'll take a look when I get home from work :)
And don't forget we have a specific forum section for advertising ones online shops! ;)
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Atto replied the topic: #20942 26 Apr 2018 21:42
Society6 is something I'm going to look into as well. Probably next week. I did take the plunge with an Etsy shop though. I've had one sale so far and that was to my father! My wife has opened one as well for her paintings (she's currently doing a lot of traditional stuff focusing on wildlife) so we have now invested in a decent A3 printer so we can reduce the costs to a minimum as we were selling things way to expensively. My prices haven't changed yet but thats on next weeks to do list too.
I haven't promoted the shop a huge amount yet as there's only 7 items on there so far but I'm planning on hitting social media pretty hard very soon.
Here's the address if you fancy a look:
Good to hear feeling a little more positive!
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Charlotte replied the topic: #20936 26 Apr 2018 16:52
Thanks Thomgirl :)
Society6 is one option I plan to look closer at once I feel I have energy enough to do anything but nap when I get off work. (And I'm currently only working 4 hours a day!). Going to the gym doesn't feel like much fun but I do like some aspects of it once I'am actually there. And I walk to and from work 5 days a week so that adds up a bit too. My mood just goes up and down a bit, currently it's "fairly up" :)

I was disappointed that Aywas are happy to accept all my "free" stuff but not willing to pay for them but I think I'm over it already :P Nowadays I'm more miffed about some issues at work! There's always something ;)
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Thomgirl replied the topic: #20935 26 Apr 2018 16:42
Hey Charlotte, I have an art friend who has started selling her work on Society6. She's been really happy with it and I believe has even made the move to go full time. I'm not sure about the ins and outs of it, but she's just been doing little graphic doodles, she even just calls them 'doodles' because they kinda just look like the stuff you doodle on notebook margins. May be worth looking into when you're ready. I think people are more likely to buy art stuff when it's printed on useful things they can use everyday. Like a throw pillow, a bag/purse, t-shirt, leggings, that sort of thing. She also just does some plain prints too, but limited runs.

Anyways, I'm sorry you're going through a tough time by the sounds of it. The battles within ourselves are never easy and you never really do 'cure' it. You just get better at coping, hopefully. Do you take walks? My mom battles with anxiety and depression, but she got into walking (she hates the gym, running is too hard on her) and at first she did it just to help be in better shape, but she found making it a consistent thing she did at the same time every day really helped her mental stuff too. She found it much easier to actually practice her 'coping' stuff when she had had a walk for the day (And we're talking like a mile here, nothing wild and crazy). Just a thought unless I'm way off base about something (which happens a lot and I will not be bothered by you saying so!). I know what seems like a helpful thing in one case doesn't always apply to another. You just seemed pretty yuck about a gym option.
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Charlotte replied the topic: #20794 12 Apr 2018 16:49
well the main idea of the therapy is basically to accept that you might never get much better :P And then to give you ways to cope anyway. I think it was very helpful, but I do need to go through everything we talked about, again, and work on "internalising" it...