5 Ways to Get You and Your Etsy Shop Ready for the Holidays

by Lynn S. Schwebach For those of us who spent the last few months of summer creating, designing and building, we now must prepare for the roller coaster of upcoming holiday sales and promotions. This is the point—early September—where we shine our shops, polish our sale skills, and attractively merchandise our products. I know. I …

Three Ways to Squash Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Artists go through the same ups and downs as anyone in any job. And believe it or not, nurturing and feeding one’s own creativity parallels how managers nurture—or squash their employees’ creative ideas. In fact, artists do not own any secret processes that feed creative output. In addition, the same “downers” …

Marmalead Secrets for Etsy Sellers: Get Inside Advice For Powerful Keywords

Change is a nasty word for many of us, yet if you sell art or handmade items on Etsy, you  get as cozy with this word as possible. Repugnant but true. Which is why I have to change my advice I gave you in the article I wrote and published on February 23, “Three Great …

Neuroscientist and Fiction Writer, An Interview with Ashok N. Hegde

by Lynn S. Schwebach Writers often work day jobs in addition to clocking evening hours on their writing. If they're lucky, those daytime jobs include skills that nurture the creative seeds needed to develop original works of art. Ashok N. Hegde is one of those lucky individuals. By day, Hegde is the William Harvey Endowed Professor …

Three Great Tools for Etsy Sellers

by Lynn S. Schwebach Friends who know I am on Etsy want to know if I have advice for selling art online, and this is a tough question, because after a year and a half on Etsy, I have 55 sales—for some too low of number and for others a nice, moderate number. So much depends on …

For Those Who Love Tom Petty, Unique Gifts and Remembrances

  by Lynn S. Schwebach Inspired by Tom Petty's announcement late last year that he and the Heartbreakers would tour for the band's 40th anniversary in 2017, I sat down and painted an image of Tom Petty in black ink. I was stoked. He and the Heartbreakers would be performing at Red Rocks in late …

Van Gogh’s Paintings Come Alive In “Loving Vincent”

by Lynn S. Schwebach If you have ever wanted to step inside a Van Gogh painting, you now have the opportunity. Go see the film “Loving Vincent.” Publicity for this unusual movie describes it as “the first feature-length film to combine live action computer animation and hand-painted animation.” But after seeing it last Saturday, I …

Knowing the Ten Traits of Creativity Helps Entrepreneurs

by Lynn S. Schwebach Not too long ago, a successful entrepreneur told me that he wanted to know more about how the synergy between creativity and business acumen works. He doesn’t see himself as “creative,” yet he knows that without this most important skill, his business will not grow. I found it curious that he …

“Cockatoo” a Thames and Hudson Art Book Arrives in Bookstores

by Lynn S Schwebach As artists, we enter everything. We try to get into juried shows. We try to get into galleries. We try to sell our artwork online. As bravely creative individuals, we try everything and anything to get our art and our message out into the world. So when someone contacts YOU, someone …

Bullet Journal: Three Steps for Correcting Mistakes, Setting Up Your Next Month, and Setting Goals for 2018— Article Four

by Lynn S. Schwebach This post, article 4, follows my first three articles on how to establish and use a bullet journal. To follow my steps from the beginning, also read articles one, two, and three. After using my bullet journal for a month, I decided that this bullet thing keeps me more organized than …