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Eight Etsy Artists You Should Know

March 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s been a really exciting week for me! First I was an unexpected guest on sfgirlbybay where I debuted new photos of my apartment and art, and as if that wasn’t enough of blast, I am also a guest curator on Etsy.

As I’m sure you’ve heard me say before Etsy is an awesome resource for affordable art buyers. There are really talented artists who I uncover on Etsy all the time, but I am often shocked to find that some of the most talented of these artists are not getting much exposure. So my article is called Eight Etsy Artists You Should Know and features the artwork of the following talented Etsy artists who deserve to be recognized.

1. Becca Stadtlander // 2. Ariana Couvinha // 3. Jessica Lucas // 4. Terrence Payne // 5. Estibaliz Hernandez de Miguel // 6. India Richer // 7. Katy Smail // 8. Michelle Ramin

See the rest of the artwork I featured over on Etsy.

I also provided some of my own personal tips and tricks for researching and discovering great art…ds

Tips for Finding Art on Etsy and Beyond:

  • Take a few seconds to bookmark things that catch your attention when you first see them. Those few seconds can save hours when you need to go back to something you saw. I personally like delicious, hearting items on Etsy, Favoritizer (which uses the Etsy API) and Evernote.
  • Your favorite design, fashion, decorating, and lifestyle blogs are great resources for art, so don’t overlook them. Anyone whose aesthetic you admire is a potential link to art you’ll love. I’ve found a lot of really great art on two of my favorite design blogs: Pawling I Print Studio and Seesaw.
  • Take advantage of tools and sites like Etsy circles, Pinterest and Svpply,¬†which leverage the collective sifting of many, many people. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to look through it all yourself!
  • Sign up for the mailing lists of your favorite artists and galleries so you’ll be informed as soon as new work becomes available. Then make sure you manage your mailing lists over time, unsubscribing from those that no longer interest you.
  • Be on the lookout for friends and family. If you come across something online that you think they’ll love, send them a link and hope that they return the favor someday

Calendar Giveaway by Ariana Couvinha!

February 7th, 2011 · 24 Comments

Update: we have a winner… Congrats, Jessica, and thanks to everyone else for entering!

Hi friends, I’m back up and running (being sick is the worst!) and am super psyched to tell you about a new giveaway by one of my new favorite artists, Ariana Couvinha!

Ariana is giving away one of her absolutely charming calendars which includes this beautiful illustration (below) which I just snapped up last week!

The Lisbon-based artist and teacher has an amazing etsy shop I’ve spent way too much time in! Her blog is also super cool if you like hand-drawn aviators like the one above.

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To enter to win Ariana’s calendar please leave a comment and I will select a winner on Saturday, Feb. 12th!