I wanted to ask you a few questions, if I may, about being a mixed media artist. I'm 43 and looking for an artistic career that can actually bring in some money. I'm in love with all kinds of creating, but I'm just getting started with mixed media. I read on your profile that you are a full-time artist. How do you sell your work? I'd like to eventually have my own store, do you know other mixed media artists who have their own stores, or is it a smarter idea to start with something on Etsy? Also, what are some good resources where I could network with other artists?
I appreciate your help and am looking forward to combing your website. Thanks!
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a new career! I've actually got dozens and dozens of posts about having an art business, but they are on my other blog, Beading Arts. Even though many of the posts are geared towards jewelry artists, the information there is sound for anyone thinking about a creative endeavor. The newest posts are at the bottom: Business Tips
Personally, I have been through the gamut of approaches to earning money from art: I've sold on consignment, through wholesaling, online through my own website and through eBay, but at this point my primary focus is on education rather than sales. Well, I guess it's sales of a different sort. Creating and selling projects through different books and magazines, and earning revenue through ad sales has largely replaced selling loose beads or finished jewelry for me. Same with the mixed media work. I do sell some prints, but I don't make my pieces for sale anymore...simply as examples that I can use in articles that I write.
There are lots of posts in the Business Tips section about selling through your own website vs a site like etsy, and also lots of posts about networking and building a good support community. I wish you well in your next steps, and the thing is, as long as you don't sink a lot of money into something that you can't back out of, nothing that you choose will be a mistake. The art life is about evolving and refining it as you go, and everything you try will teach you something for the next step!
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