I AM SO EXCITED!!! I JUST CANT HIDE IT!

Drum roll please!!! I am so excited to present to you my Children’s book Published by Pen it! Publications, LLC!!   This has been a long time coming. I am so grateful and humbled to see my book in my hands. I have been illustrating now for awhile and I got the writing bug to do my own children’s story.

I always wanted to create my own, but I had no idea what to write about. I was determined to become published this year, it was a goal of mine. I got it into my head that it was possible and so I put it out there and let it go.

I was hanging out with my friend one day and we kept running around to try and get stuff done and we had forgotten something. We burst out laughing and said ‘ its one of those days!’ I joked and said you know this would make a funny book and my friend looked at me and said yes it would.

Funny how things like this have a tendency to just come out of nowhere. I sat down to write it and it flowed!

That’s the amazing thing when its meant to be, its spontaneous and that’s usually when its your best work because you aren’t overthinking it to death.  Because believe me I was trying to think of something unusual and it wasn’t happening, but the second I forgot about it and relaxed that it would eventually find its way to me BOOM there it was!!

Like a lightning bolt, I saw the cover and how I wanted it to look. And here it is!!! My first very own Illustrated and written book. There will be more now I assure you, but they will all be different. Because I never do things the same as everyone else!

Please take the time to enjoy this book with your kids, this is about single moms doing it all for there kids and even though we forget we have fun along the way!

Copy and Paste this link to get a copy of your very own on Amazon.com 🙂 ❤

https://www.amazon.com/My-Forgetful-Mom-Lizy-Campbell/dp/1948390612/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527218641&sr=8-1&keywords=my+forgetful+mom&dpID=512-2R82xgL&preST=_SX258_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

And thank you to all those of you who have already! My heart is so full of love right now I am so so grateful!!! You are all so amazing and precious to me. MY FORGETFUL MOM

 

Namaste

Try new art things- for goodness sake!

I often get stuck in my own world creating late at night. The techniques I have learned are like second nature. But I find I get easily bored and tired of it. What do you do to keep things fresh?

I myself often get a flood of ideas of my own just by looking at other peoples artwork. Another fun way to get ideas is to go on Pinterest! what an amazing way to be inspired by looking at beautiful photos of landscapes, animals, other artworks, sketches, and more.

Once I have gotten an idea of what I want to do that I think hasn’t been done, I then decide how I am going to challenge myself to learn a new technique in painting or another art medium. Sometimes on the other side of fear is that new masterpiece!

I go out to art stores as well to see if there are any new products out that I can play with which is a wonderful way to try something new and get creative. If we make it a habit to try something different then we gain not only a new experience but also a new habit of expanding our knowledge of how things work or don’t work.

Everything is a lesson.

So in order to grow as artists we have to challenge ourselves to go above and beyond, because art is all about how we feel and how it showcases our talents of what we offer the world in our expression of it. And remember there are things that haven’t been done yet as an artist, so why not try and be the first!

Because once you get really good at something, in order to grow we have to do something we aren’t. Think outside the box as it were!

I hope you all are inspired to try something different!

 

Namaste

Keeping it Real in 5

Dispite the long drawn out slow spots once peak season is over, we can always find ways to keep a steady flow by keeping it real.

What do I mean by that? Well being transparent and truthful about the fee and processes of your business can help to break down some of the reasons cost is what it is. Customers like to know exactly what they are paying for, be it labour or cost of product etc is just some of the ways in which your customer will feel they are getting the better deal.

1 Communication: One of the key elements in any successful business. Keep it real by telling them if a family matter has put things on hold or someone is sick. It helps because we are all needing this at one time or another. Remember that you are only one person and if they are truly in it they will be understanding.

2 Stand for something you believe in; If you are passionate about creating something to help someone else and that you do care about them. This is what keeps it real.

3 Making it personal. Once you have figured out what it is that they need, make it all about them to be more then just a sale. Make it a memorable commitment. Go above and beyond for them, show them you are taking the job seriously and think if you were them what would you like to see.

4 Make your loyal customers feel like they are VIPs. And they are! If they return to you time and time again then show them the same by setting deals aside just for them. This will keep it real and keep them happy.

5 Keep it simple. The faster they can get the product in there hands the better. So keep it simple, the process should be easy from start to finish. One of my biggest tips is putting the most information on the initial sale item so that they can see everything required before purchasing. Makes for easy shopping and a fun experience for everyone.

So now that you are armed with these tips give it a try!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Namaste,

L. Campbell

 

 

A Tour- The improved Etsy

For all those who are deciding on whether or not to open a Shopify or any really simple online store I recommend Etsy.

Etsy has come a long way and has improved tremendously over the last little while in making the store owners successful. With easy click to sales and other goodies it has really made huge strides in helping to make even the newest online members have the best chance of selling their products online.

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What is really nice about it now is that you can view the sale before you even purchase and Item. Before it would adjust once you clicked on the item.  It offers the viewer a chance to see the great discount available to them per store.  Another eye catching feature that entices the view to buy!

And for as little as 20 cents a item, putting many is easy and cheap! Also a really nice feature about Etsy is the New shop manager in your store which keeps everything at your fingertips. Such as promoted listings, finances, etc. manager.jpg

You can check how many people have viewed your store and what items seem to be a hit.

And if you are interested in Promoting your listings with Etsy who is with Google you can for a little as a $1 a day!

They have also taken a new approach to tracking ad performance. Currently, we attribute sales to an ad in two cases:
A buyer clicks on an ad for your item, then purchases that item within 30 days
A buyer clicks on an ad for an item, then purchases any item from your shop within 24 hours.
Starting 4 October, they will attribute sales to an ad when:
A buyer clicks on an ad for an item, then purchases any item from your shop within 30 days.

So overall I am pretty pleased with the way Etsy has changed for the better making sales easier to obtain!

Heres my store link to take a look at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LizzywhothefunkC

Namaste

 

New series of paintings

I have had some time to get some of the things I been thinking about doing and actually getting done.

I am going to be continuing to pursue different avenues of creativity and it is over flowing lately.

I envisioned this lady for some reason or another and her sisters. Season paintings are going to be of Queens of the season.

This one shown is the Queen of Autumn, for obvious reasons. But I really wanted to incorporate some Canadian element to make it striking and unique. autmumnqueenwatermark.png

I am currently working on my next one, Winter. I really like the black background so I will probably have all of them in unison with the same flow and similar styles.

I hope at the end of it have all four going across or even a window type setting and will be sold as a unit together along with prints for sale of each if people just want the one.

I also off topic have been experimenting with Dirty pour paintings or another word I have heard is pour paintings.

I have Seen various styles and cell type paintings and I love the color combinations and interesting patterns it makes. I will be showing some of those once I get them dried.

SO I have a lot of different things going on which I love! Not to mention my continued efforts to make unique fashion tees. So we will see what I can get accomplished before the Crazy Christmas rush.

Look out for some really cool posts up and coming!

Making Tee’s!

 

So I decided to take some of my ideas and make some Tees. Why? well, why the heck not? All joking aside, I figured it would be appropriate to let a little laughter brighten the day and if it does for someone, I have already won.

I am all about originality so this made perfect sense to not only advertise my artwork but get a few shirts for myself.

No better advertising than being a billboard for your own stuff! *tip*

These t-shirts can be found on a pretty cool site called SunFrog, here’s the link: https://www.sunfrog.com

What’s so cool about this site is not only can you design your own shirts but you can sell them too!  They have a few different styles and hoodies!  What I like even more is this site is easy to use and your image can be a minimum of 3200×2400 px.

That isn’t bad considering Society6 is way more demanding of its dealers in that they want high-quality images and if you don’t own photoshop or some way of making them bigger without distortion you won’t be able to use the site to create pieces for selling.

I figure that you could even purchase these shirts and put them on your Etsy even.  Makes for some interest and variety on the online store.

If you haven’t checked it out yet here’s the link to one of my tees! https://manager.sunfrogshirts.com/promote/?groupid=137397204

 

:0) Namaste,

L. C

Something Different

 

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As an artist, I get bored easily with doing the same thing. I am always trying to do things that will challenge me to become a better artist. I wanted to do something that I felt would make me have to adapt to a challenge like this painting and make it my own.

Although it is not finished you can see that I have gotten the base down for my project and will show the final completed image once it’s done.

I find that going beyond what you are good at makes you learn different things that work and the things that don’t. I see things as I want to accomplish not as something I can’t do. Because really how do you know if you have never tried?

In a few day’s I will post the finished result which will be available for sale. This once it is done will not be an ordinary painting because I will be adding my funky touches to it to really enhance it and make it my own.  I hope it will turn out like I am envisioning but again everything is trial and error. And that is ok too if it doesn’t turn out how I imagined, then I learned something.

Tip: if you never go outside your comfort box you will never discover something new.

Namaste