Sell on Etsy with Better Photos and the 3 P’s

by Lynn S. Schwebach To Sell on Etsy requires Product Photograph Perseverance, or as I like to call it the powerful P's. I tell myself to never give up on a product unless I have revised the photograph at least three times.  This means periodically reevaluating your pictures and figuring how to make them better. …

Australian Aboriginal Art Has You Following The Dots

by Lynn S. Schwebach Australian Aboriginal Art sometimes makes you dizzy. Dots fill the canvases that line Western Australian (WA) gallery walls, museums, and art markets, giving you a bit of vertigo after moving from one painting to the next. Okay not every painting consists of dots, but so many do that you realize they …

Get Crazy Creative with Your Bullet Journal

by Lynn S. Schwebach I arrived reluctantly at the bullet journal idea, thinking it would be one more unexciting thing for me to do, one more task that takes me away from creating, one more boring detail for my already cluttered mind. But as I let out-of-the-box thinking take over, the journal took a turn …

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

by Lynn S. Schwebach 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 …

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 …

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 …