Etsy Day: Etsy Greetings!

As we’ve mentioned before, we are members of the Etsy Greetings team. Here are a few great selections from a handful of our team members. To view tons more cards from Etsy Greetings, click here.

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Row 1: Armato Design & Press; Spotbear
Row 2: Melissa Kate; AJKArtistry
Row 3: LiSo Cards; Half Empty Press
Row 4: Two Hand Design; Twin Ravens
Row 5: Wheeler Studio; Grey Moggie Greetings

Etsy Day: Scherenschnitte!

Many cultures have many different names for the art of cut paper: Scherenschnitte (German), Kirie (Japanese), Sanjhi (Indian) and Papel Picado (Mexican) are just a few. In honor of etsy day and my love of silhouettes, I’ve chosen some papercuttings that range from semi-traditional and folky to super-intricate and modern. All of these amazingly delicate works of art are cut by hand.

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Row 1: papercutdiecut, Papercuts by Joe
Row 2: Miss Macau, papercutdiecut
Row 3: Pen and Paper, Tina Tarnoff
Row 4: MyPaperCutting, Lisa Loo
Row 5: Arabesque Arts By Darcy, olympicsparrer88
Row 6: vanillarp, Jenny Lee Fowler

Etsy Day: Fun with Faux Bois

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Row 1:
Plush Tree Stump from Little Seedlings; Bump on a Log Cufflinks from Block Party Press

Row 2:
Tree on the Wall — No. 9
from Creative Exploits; Natural Stump Tote from Small Stump

Row 3:
Bluegrass Birds Letterpress Print from Cindy Tomczyk Art; pick-up sticks / bundle o’ three cat toys from spellwell

Row 4:
Tweet Woodgrain quilt wallet/card holder from Coco + Milkweed; Stump Gocco card from Off a Tree

Row 5:
Log and Owls Cross Stitch from The Great Northern; Wood Frame Thank You cards from Design des Troy*

Row 6:
Horse Ribbon Button from tiniest j*; Brown Screen Printed Wool Log Pillow from My Imaginary Boyfriend

* Typically we wouldn’t include our own products in one of these Etsy features, but we are all so into woodgrain that we just had to.

Etsy day: Handmade pixellations

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Credits and commentaries after the jump.

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Etsy Day: Useful sites for Etsy sellers

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I love having a shop on etsy, but, as anyone who sells on etsy will tell you, it requires a fair amount of work to do it sucessfully. If you have an etsy shop and need a little help, or if you are thinking about starting an etsy shop, I highly recommend checking out the links below.

The Ultimate Newbie Guide
This newbie guide from sagittariusgallery just had its second anniversary in the forums. It is an amazing resource for new sellers and buyers on etsy. It has links to tons of useful forum posts on topics from uploading a shop banner to tracking views in Google Analytics to tips on photography.

The Etsy Seller’s Handbook
The Etsy Seller’s Handbook is an index of all of the How-To posts from Etsy’s blog, The Storque. The Storque is a great reference in general, but the articles linked from the Seller’s Handbook seem particularly useful. There are articles not only on the basics of selling on etsy, but but also on topics like marketing and pricing.

Etsy Wiki
I think the name explains it all. It is a user-contibuted wiki for all things etsy-related.

Craftcult Heart-o-Matic
I look at the Heart-o-Matic all the time. It is a super convenient way to see if your shop or items have any new hearts. Craftcult has also recently added an area where you can see if any of your items have been featured on the front page, on the Storque or any of the Gift Guides.

Craftopolis
Craftopolis is another great tool similar to the Heart-o-Matic. It tells you if you are featured in any treasuries (including treasury west).

Modish Biz Tips
If you read design blogs, chances are pretty good the you’ve read Modish, from blogger Jena Coray. But you may not know that Jena also has a business blog, Modish Biz Tips. Modish Biz Tips has, as the name would suggest, a ton of great business tips for creative small-business owners. They are launching a new monthly feature called The Etsy Way, which will be written by Shannon Riffe and will feature etsy selling and marketing tips.

The Bakery
The Bakery is a firm owned by Jaime Derringer and Erin Loechner that helps small businesses with a variety of business needs like marketing, blog development and PR. I haven’t used them, but their blog has a number of uesful business related articles and they also have an etsy shop which sells a printed manual for selling on Etsy.

If there are any sites/links that have been of particular help to you, please post them in the comments below.

Please note, The Experts Agree is not responsible for the content on any of the sites mentioned above. None of the above sites, with the exception of the Storque, is affiliated with Etsy.com.


Etsy Day is Friday!

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Tomorrow, Friday the 24th, is Etsy Day. Check back tomorrow (throughout the day) for lots of fun etsy related posts!

Etsy Day image by Anda

Baby Let’s Play House

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The trailer for Sivan Gur-Arieh’s film short film Baby Let’s Play House is now available on YouTube and on her site. Owen and I worked with Sivan on the titles, credits and DVD art for the film. The trailer is good, but I think the film is fantastic.

Baby Let’s Play House, Sivan’s MFA thesis film, won Best Film at the Sundeis Film Festival, and has continued its festival circulation in Manhattan’s East Village Anthology Film Archives at the New Filmmakers Screening Series, and in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Short Film Screening Series.

If you get a chance to see a screening, don’t miss it!

Carson Ellis on TMN

I’ve blogged my appreciation for The Morning News‘ galleries before — with their large-scale reproductions and interviews, they are my favorite virtual art gallery — but I’ve not quite gotten around to blogging about my great and abiding love for artist/illustrator Carson Ellis. Today on TMN’s gallery: Carson Ellis.

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Moscow, from her new series on TMN, Иркутск

I first discovered her, as many did, as the maker of the terrifically-appropriate visuals for The Decemberists (she was frontman Colin Meloy’s roommate, then girlfriend and now wife.) I can’t get enough of her style and lovely palette, reminding me of three of my very favorites of all-time: Shahn in the angles, Schiele in the ugly-beauty, and Gorey in the meticulous creepiness. And her handmade lettering is awesome and one-of-a-kind. Six older pieces that I love:

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creative mapping

I love seeing the ways in which different artists approach the same theme. The four artists below use the boundaries of maps to create beautiful pieces of art all in distinct styles and media.

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I’ve been admiring these State Maps from Frank Chimero for a while — I first saw them at his shop at 1000 Markets where you can get prints of the individual states (in addition to selling at 1000 Markets, he also works as the interaction designer for the site). You can see see more of his work on his site and if you’d like to learn more about his work and process, there is an extensive interview over on Grain Edit.

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Great typographic City Neighborhood posters by Ork Posters; available both as posters and screenprints in a variety of colorways.

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The World

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Detail from Manhattan, 2007

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Middle East, 2007

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I would love to see these amazing typographic map paintings by Paula Scher in person. I have a feeling that the images online don’t really do them justice — the level of detail looks unbelievable. View more maps at Paula Scher’s site and at the Maya Stendhal Gallery.

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I’ve become quite a fan of cut paper recently. Check out this beautiful map of Paris by Famille Summerbelle.
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The colors and sun streaks/bursts in Agnes Thor’s photos make me happy.

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