Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight: Regal Cottage

A royal adventure awaits! That's the motto of Regal Cottage. And it's a perfect fit. There's no better way to welcome baby or delight a child, than with a gift from Regina's lovely shop.

Regal Cottage’s toys are both classic and modern. From her signature plush Russian matryoshka nesting dolls and fabric rattle balls to this adventurous trio, Regina has lovingly handcrafted something perfect for your sweet little one. (She’s an expert on little ones—she has four!)

Sure, we may be slightly biased. Regina is one of our teammies, after all. But we adore those plushies. Be sure to stop by Regina's booth at the Spring Bash on April 26, 2014.

Which sweet handmade toy will you choose? Just be sure the camera is ready to capture the moment when you present your lucky little adventurer with some Regal Cottage goodness.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Volunteers wanted for a day of handmade awesomeness

Want to spend a Saturday with some of the most creative and fun people in Dallas? We would love to meet you!

Etsy Dallas is on the search for volunteers for the highly anticipated Spring Bash. Come hang out with some awesome and fun people. The Bash happens 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Shops at Park Lane. We are looking for volunteers for the following shifts: 
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Noon to 3 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sign up to volunteer for a few hours. We would be super-excited to have you on board and make this the very best Etsy Dallas Spring Bash ever.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Painter shares 5 tools of her trade

Liz Wiley creates beautiful paintings using oils and acrylics. She is sharing five of her favorite tools with us. If you're expecting something obvious like paintbrushes and fixative, you're in for a surprise. And if you're a budding painter, you may want to add these to your art supplies.

Thrifty Trowel  
This is my most used tool. I think it’s traditionally used for tile work. It’s a square piece of plastic that has different designs on each edge. One is smooth and the other three have different spacing notches. I use it to apply, smooth and scrape paint. It's wonderful at applying the paint without leaving brush marks. Tube Wringer
This little tool is great for getting every last drop of paint out of a tube. You pay a lot for that paint. Don’t throw it out because you can’t get it out. They make a plastic one, but I use the heavy duty metal one. It will be the only one you need to buy, because it will last forever. 

These little bottles are great for creating thin continuous lines. The tips are closed so you have to cut them to get the paint out. There are also bottles with metal tips. You can get an extremely thin line using these. The secret to using these is that you need to thin the paint so it will come out. I use Liquitex Fluid Medium. Try to limit mixing your acrylic paints with water. Using water will weaken the paint and it may flake right off the canvas. 

Catalyst Tools
I love these tools. They are like a brush only they don’t have a brush head. It’s a flexible silicone.  They are just so different. Almost like a soft palette knife. Think baking spatula. These are amazing at applying paint in a smooth finish. They are also useful for mixing paint. 

Camera (in my case, a cell phone camera)
I know this is a little unusual for a tool, but I find that I use it for every painting. Taking in-progress pictures helps show the evolution of a piece. Looking at the picture on a computer provides a different perspective. I can easily catch things that need to be changed. Reviewing the photos makes any design problems more obvious. I think of it as the modern day mirror. And after you've finished the painting, you have an image ready to post on Etsy so you can start making sales.
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