Well…it’s time to unleash a secret I’ve been holding onto for quite some time. Are you ready to hear it? It’s big and it’s exciting!
Polymer clay got it’s start as an art medium in the 1960’s, while it was developed in the 1940’s during WWII. While it has slowly picked up steam amongst the United States population as a versatile & enjoyable art form and craft medium, those on the creative force are those artists in Europe, where polymer clay is seen as an art-form and less as a child’s play medium. Artists all over the world are working hard to spread the word about polymer clay.
BUILD YOUR BRAND THROUGH A TREASURY
Etsy’s position on treasuries has always been one of promotion of others. While some have abused that privilege, the basic functioning of a treasury and how they work is still the same. For today’s Build Your Brand series, we are going to discuss this basic etsy tool, some of the basics of building a treasury, and how to create an effective etsy treasury that might make it to the front page by using key visual elements & theming. Use this basic etsy treasury tutorial to help you build your own brand, while building a fantastic & eye catching curated treasury.
Polymer Clay Millifiori Canes:
Since my studio is in a state of flux, it has been hard to dedicate time to sitting down for several hours and claying. There are pieces of my old studio here, pieces of my old studio there, and new studio about 2-3 weeks away from completion. So what have I been doing? Well, life has been keeping me very busy, as it tends to…but aside from this, I have been doing something I haven’t done very well in the past…making polymer clay millifiori canes. But I’ve been doing 1,000 times better this time around. Want to know what I’m making? Keep reading for a sneak peak at an unreleased Parker StoryBook Scene and a video tutorial.
How To Choose Your Etsy Tags
Every single selling struggles with one very big thing: tags. Most sellers on Etsy have a love/hate relationship with tags. Some days they love them and some days they hate them and other days they just wish they could get insight into using better tags. So how do you tag your items to get found in search results? Here’s a brief how-to to spice up your tags and get your items found.
Color Palette Ideas
It really helps to create something beautiful when you have a general sense of color. Not everyone is born with this knowledge or we could very easily all be distinguished artists. I’ll be honest, sometimes I pick colors because they look really good together. But for me, this doesn’t happen often. I love polymer clay dearly, but I love even more to make it my own by blending colors, creating tones, complimentary colors, triadic colors, and even colors just because. But not everyone is a color palette expert and often finding the right color combinations can be equally as tricky. So what do you do when you aren’t color savvy? Continue reading Color Palette Generator
Welcome back to Build Your Brand! It’s time to go back to the basics of your art form and designs. But here’s the thing, I need you to be honest with me now…when was the last time you sketched your product or idea before you sat down to create it? For many seasoned artists, we sit down and let our talent, skills, or years of experience guide the creative process. But there is actually value to be had in sitting down with a notebook and a pen (or pencil).
Why You Should NEVER Say & Do the Following:
“I only use one brand of polymer clay.”
Has someone said this to you before? Or have you said it yourself? It doesn’t have to be Pardo polymer clay. Maybe someone has said to you, “I only use Fimo Classic polymer clay.” In either case, I call this the “polymer clay snob syndrome.” I’ll be honest, I too prefer a certain brand of clay over others, however, I will use whatever I have and often times clay that I have found on sale or on clearance. So why am I against “polymer clay snob syndrome?”
Polymer Clay Tools from Every Department!
My tip for you today is a reminder of what you can use when working with polymer clay. Working with polymer clay takes time, energy, and is the best reason to dig into every other craft & hobby out there! My husband said to me one day while wading through every single aisle in my local Pat Catan’s, “why can’t you just crochet or something?” I laughed because I knew exactly what he meant. What he meant was that there’s a clay/sculpting aisle and we go down it to shop, but then I hit up the stamp section, knitting section, button & sewing aisles, plus the flower section, baking/cooking section, jewelry section, and eventually end up in the paints with a final trip through the clay aisle again (just in case I missed something). What is it about clayers that makes this happen?
Continue reading Tools of the Trade
Stand Out Amongst the Crowd
Most people who are selling on Etsy, just want to do one thing: stand out amongst the crowd. Let’s do an experiment. I want you to type these search words into Etsy and see what you get: “knitted scarf“, “polymer clay figurine“, and “fabric coaster.” Here’s what you should have found 37,725 items for “knitted scarf”, 4,064 items for “polymer clay figurine”, and 3,204 items for “fabric coaster.” What’s the thing in common with these, there are literally thousands of items to sort through to get your item found. These next few tips are going to show you how to add details in order to get found, stand out amongst the crowd, and experience Etsy success!
Let The Construction Begin
It is with great joy and excitement that I release this special announcement. Starting next week the construction begins on Parker’s new studio! It’s a big step for Kater’s Acres (and for my hubby who’s going to do it all) to get this new space and home for Parker. There’s going to be so many cool things inside Parker’s new studio. Continue reading Parker’s New Studio is Coming Soon
Easy Tips for Your Success on Etsy
I often have people ask me, “how do you get it all done?” Well, there are a few easy answers to that and a few hard answers to that. This week on our FaceBook page, we entertained the discussion amongst our fans, asking them how they got it all done. Some of the answers were just plain cute.
But seriously…how do you balance creating for your store, promoting your items, keeping up with social media, and still have time to put your feet up at the end of the day? You need an Etsy strategy that is simple, straight forward, & easy to follow. Today I’m going to share with you the things that I do to help me. Please know these tips may not work for everyone, but they do work for me.
Colorfast? Not really.
Have you ever sat down to to clay and accidentally mixed your colors? I don’t mean mixing your colors on purpose either. Last week I had just finished an entire batch of Parker characters. My hands were stained yellow from the pigments in the clay. So I did my usual, washed my hands and used baby wipes. Well….that didn’t do the job apparently. So here’s my polymer clay tip for the week.
Continue reading Rubbing Alcohol & Using It to Clean Your Hands
Polymer Clay Beads
Introduction to Bead Making for Beginners
This fall is bringing something new to Kater’s Acres, classes! That’s right. We’ve been hired as the instructor for polymer clay beads, buttons, sculpting, and everything clay related. I will also be offering private lessons and classes in Parker’s NEW studio beginning the second week in September. Read the details below… Continue reading Polymer Clay Bead Making for Beginners
Homemade Latte Recipe?
I love lattes. Of course, I love coffee. But here’s one thing I don’t like: the $4 price tag that comes with my latte from any of the local coffee shops, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts…you name it. Despite my love of a hot latte, it’s rarely worth its $4 pricetag. So, craving a latte so badly that I had a burning desire to drive out and find one last week, I decided…I know that I can make a latte at home without any fancy equipment…couldn’t I?