Do You Sale Your Art?

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Last week I talked about what has happened since I was asked the Earth shattering question, “Do you sale your art?” For those that ask that question, hopefully this blog post will give you the answer.

The short answer is, “yes I do”! The longer answer of where and how is a little more complicated and I hope you will indulge me while I try to answer it the best I can.

I will first start by explaining that there are two sides to Debi Payne Designs. There is first my art licensing side which is where I license my art to manufactures to use on their products. From time to time I will mention something new that is coming out, however for the most part there isn’t much to talk about since it is such a long drawn out process, (unless we want to talk about dreaded “waiting”.) I generally refer to this side of my business as the ‘wholesale’ side and not readily available to everyone.

The much more exciting and faster pace side of my business is what I refer to as the ‘retail’ side. This is the side of the business that goes by so quickly and it is always changing and evolving. (To be honest, this is the side that I enjoy the most.) Hopefully there will come a day when both of these sides will become one.

To accommodate the retail side, I have choose two POD sites that I work with. For those that are not familiar with POD sites or what they are, POD means Products On Demand. This is where a customer can order a product and the company will print that one item and ship it to the customer.

Currently I am working with two POD sites, Zazzle and Fine Art America. Zazzle is the site where I create personal products such as cell phone cases, keyrings, magnets, mugs and drinkware, home decor items as well as a variety of stationery products.

The second POD site is Fine Art America. This is a site that produces high quality prints at a reasonable price. They also produce a limited number of products.

On both of these sites you just select the artwork you like along with the product you choose. With Zazzle you have the added feature on some product designs of being able to customize the design by adding different color backgrounds and adding personalized text or your name.

Within Zazzle, Debi Payne Designs has two stores, Debi Payne Designs and Inspiration Station.

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Debi Payne Design is my primary store on Zazzle. I consider this to be my signature store. In this store you can find all my designs and most of the designs can be customized by the customer so they can personalize the products by adding their name or any text that they desire.

Over the years I have created over 30,000 different products for someone to choose from (and that number is still rapidly growing).

Image:  Inspiration Station Zazzle Store Banner The second Debi Payne Designs store is Inspiration Station. As much as I love my Debi Payne Designs store, Inspiration Station is very close to my heart, mainly because it comes from my heart.

In this store I use pretty much the same Debi Payne Designs Artwork, except in this store I incorporate positive words, thoughts, sayings and affirmations. I created this store specifically for those that wish to build a positive environment around themselves.

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The third Debi Payne Designs store can be found on Fine Art America. Although this store does carry a few products, this store is primarily for quality prints and does carry some of my fine art prints that are not available on Zazzle.

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My last store is on Amazon. This is where you can find my book along with my journals and all of my coloring books.

I hope that you (especially if you are one asking, ‘do you sale your art’) will take a couple minute to look at these stores. As always, if you have any question or need help in with any of the products, I am more than happy to help you anyway that I can.

In the future I promise to pay more attention to letting you know about new products and designs as they become available.

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Happy Shopping!!!

Until we meet again…

Be Bold & Shine Bright

Debi

 

 

Always Reinventing Debi Payne Designs

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A while back someone asked me a simple question, “Do you ever sell your art?” I was astounded by the question. In that very moment I realized that I had failed at my efforts through this deep, dark, black hole that is often referred to as “Internet Marketing”. To me the term “Internet Marketing” is equivalent to a combination of every profane word known to man said at one time and combined into two words and pronounced as “in-ter-net mar-ket-ing”.

However, this one question, “Do you ever sell your art?” told me how much I had failed at my attempts. Yet, for anybody that knows me, they also know that failure is never a bad thing to me. To me, failure is nothing more than a sign on the side of the side of the road telling me to go in a different direction. To me failure is a good thing because it ALWAYS leads me to something better!

For the past couple of weeks I have been evaluating and re-evaluating everything that I am doing on the internet trying to come up with ways to avoid this question so nobody ever has the need to ask if I ever sell my art again.

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At the same time I have a team of fantastic people working on my website so that we can make it easier for you to navigate and find what you are looking for. Right now most of the work is being done on the backside which you can’t see, but hopefully over the next several weeks more of that work will become more visible to you.

This business has truly been a life experience and with all life experiences you have to sometimes try different things at different times, constantly changing, tweaking and adjusting the way you do things until you find a perfect balance that leads you to happiness and success.

Over the years I have seen artist trying to sale their art on line and that is all they do, sale… sale… sale. Or those that are on Facebook and their only post are “see what I sold today”. I never wanted to be either one of those people and so I have apparently gone totally in the opposite direction.

These insights and observations have brought me to another crossroad of once again needing to reinvent Debi Payne Designs one more time. To be honest with you, I am kind of excited about this new change. From now on you are going to be seeing a more unfiltered Debi Payne Designs! Debi Payne Designs has so much to offer, in the past you have just seen my art with a brief message. In the future I hope to take on a journey of each part of art so you can see how it evolves from little hand drawn sketch to a final physical product.

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Yes, I do sell my art! Next week I will go more into where you can find my art for sale.

Meanwhile, you are very important and I want to give you content that is beneficial to you and I would love to hear from you. As I mentioned earlier, while my website is under renovation I have had to turn off all the comments on this site due to some amazing spammers, yet I would still love to hear from you. If you would like to send me an email and let me know your thoughts you can write to me at [email protected] . I really do listen to what you say!

 

Until we meet again…

Be Bold and Shine Bright!

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Dare to Dream – Artist Spotlight

You may (or may not) have noticed that last month I took a bit of a “blog break”. It wasn’t really intentional on my part, it was just that I was involved in so many different projects all at once that my blogging time just seemed to have vanished in thin air.

One of the things that has happened during this time is the honor that was bestowed on me when Art Licensing Show featured me in their blog in the artist spotlight article. This is a lovely article with more on my background and a little about how I got to where I am today. If you would like to read the article, click here.

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Along with all the work I have been doing on my art licensing, I have also been working on my mission and all that consist of. As with any business, mine is always changing and evolving as it grows. Over the next few weeks and months you will probably be seeing some changes to my website along with all the things attached to it.

Something else that is going through some major renovations is my Debi Payne Designs Zazzle Stores. I have been rearranging products, cleaning out old designs and adding new product designs. I will be talking more about this in the future.

Although there are many changes in progress, with even more to come soon, I am happy to say that the only change in my message is that it is becoming even stronger.

Image:  Affirming a positive life day by deyIt seems like when I start thinking about how long my journey has been, I realize that it has just begun. I have experienced many bumps and bruises along with several stall outs and even a couple very ungraceful falls flat on my face. But each time I have managed to somehow pick myself up, dust myself off and take another step forward.

The future is looking very bright for Debi Payne Designs and I hope you will continue to join me on this fabulous, crazy, wild journey and hopefully I will be able to shed a little bit of sunshine on your day.

 

 

 

 

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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I have spent the past full year dedicating my blog post to a different chapter from my book, “Don’t Give Up!” I hope you have been keeping up with the weekly post.

It has been wonderful having a year of blog post “in the can” and not really having to work at it. But now that the year is finished, I am back to trying to figure out what to post.

During this past year I have also started creating a new style of art – Mixed Media Collage.

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I have been have so much fun learning how to create collage background that I can use my art with. I love the look of the multiple layers of papers and then even more layers of paint.

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Of course I am always going to take every opportunity possible to add a positive saying or phrase. I have been enjoying making mixed media collage paintings and I will be sharing more of them with you in the future.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 50 – Today’s The Day

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 50: “Today’s The Day”.

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I don’t live in the past.  There really isn’t much there that interests me anymore.  Granted, in the past I created many wonderful memories that I will always cherish.  Also, in the past I learned many valuable lessons that have greatly improved my life and strengthened my spirit.

I often look toward the future and the things I want to have and accomplish.

However, I have learned that the things I do today are what ties the lessons I have learned from the past to the accomplishments I will have tomorrow.

There is no day more important than today!

 

 

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Chapter 49 – “Always Appreciate Those Around You”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 49: “Always Appreciate Those Around You”.

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I used to work with a girl that was always complaining about everything and picking fights with the others in the office.

In the beginning she was cute and charming, but as time quickly went by she became an emotional drain and very difficult to be around.

Although she was difficult to be around, she was very good at her job.  Her job was vital to the company and without her doing her job as well as she did, my job would have been much more difficult.

I had to work hard to find a way to deal with the high energy and emotional draining that I had to go through with her.  The way I found that I could deal with the situation was by appreciating what she did in her work.

I learned that it is amazing what you can tolerate from some people when you learn to love and appreciate something about them.

 

 

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Chapter 48 – “Sing In The Sunshine”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 48: Sing In The Sunshine.

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Health experts say that being out in the sun increases your vitamin D level which diminishes depression and anxiety.

Psychologist say that music sooths the soul.

Sounds like a perfect combination to me!

 

 

 

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Chapter 47 – Surround Yourself With Good Friends

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 47 – “Surround Yourself With Good Friends”.

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Tim and I move around a lot and we usually aren’t in one place very long.  That makes it difficult to really make friends.  Yet it seems like I have friends everywhere we’ve been and there is always that one friend that I hate to leave behind.

I have learned to make friends in many ways.  Candi is one of my best friends and we live many states apart.  We met in an on-line mastermind group.

We take the time to talk to each other at least once a week.  Every Tuesday morning at 9:00 we call each other on the phone and we talk for at least an hour.  This our time, and we schedule all other appointment around this time.

We have made this call every week for the past four (and going on five) years.  What makes this really different is that Candi and I have never seen each other face to face in person.

I have discovered there are lots of ways to make and keep friends!

 

 

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Chapter 46: “Possibilities”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 46: Possibilities.

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When my youngest son Bryan was little and he would be sad, upset or frustrated about something, we had a little game that we would play.  It was called “In My World…”.

Basically how the game would work was if Bryan complained about something I would ask him the question, “so, how would this be different in your world?”  In other words, what would be another possibility to change the situation?

Bryan would then have to start telling me how the situation would be different in his world.

One day we were in the car and traffic was really bad.  Bryan was complaining about how slow it was moving.  So I asked him the question “how would this be different in your world?”  Bryan started telling how our car could lift up and fly above all the other cars and we would be out of the traffic.

From a child’s mind, (many years ago), I thought that was pretty good!  Today as an adult Bryan has a great imagination and I have often wondered if this little game helped to form that imagination.

 

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Chapter 45 – In The End

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 45: In The End.

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I don’t like having regrets and so I try to minimize them as much as possible!

With me, there seems to be one common denominator to all my regrets.  That one common denominator is fear.  The reason I didn’t do something was fear.  I was just too afraid to do something and now I regret it.

Granted, at the time I probably wrapped my ‘reasoning’ for not doing it with a score of seemingly plausible and elaborate excuses.  Yet in the end they were only excuses and the real reason for not doing it was simply just fear.

However, for the times I did overcome my fears and pushed forward, the reward was so great.  You would think that I would learn to keep pushing my way through the fear, yet I still let that ugly old fear get to me.

At least I now recognize fear for what it is and I don’t have to waste time coming up with excuses!

 

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