Friday, May 8, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Pumpkinseed Folk Art Originals

Here's a versatile artist you need to check out. Whether she's working with her paper or polymer clay, or painting her figurines and canvases, Janell's folk art are one-of-a-kinds. You'll definitely get a chuckle, looking through her shop. But I'm still wondering where the name "Pumpkinseeds" comes from - maybe she'll tell us in the comments!
  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?
Pumpkinseeds Folk Art Originals

  • What types of products do you sell?
I sculpt holiday figures from either paper clay or polymer doll clay, paint in acrylics on canvas or wood and do aceos [art cards].
  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
No, not currently. Hopefully I will do that in the future.
  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
The slender paper mache bunnies [see below] and the octopus riding a whale sculpture.
  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
Just messing around on the internet. I kept seeing the name Etsy. I was a seller before I actually purchased items.

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
I sell my art through my own personal website at

my blog

and an online store called

  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
I have always struggled with photos so I can't really hand out any advise except lighting is the most important part. Backgrounds are important as well. Purchase a good camera with excellent zoom and a light box. I enjoy using the light box because it really featuring your work best. I can't always use it due to space but for the smaller pieces its terrific.
  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
No, I do not use an online photo storage site. I just keep my photos on my computer and bunches on my own website. To view current info and photos I do use my blog. This is a very valuable tool that is just as important as my own site.

  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
Mediums I have worked with have been paper clay, polymer and acrylics. I love them all but I would have to say when it comes down the wire its the paper clay that wins. Mostly because I enjoy painting on its surface and its very forgivable.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
Yes, this is a full time job. The only other job I have that I love is taking care of my family.
  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
Marketing is just as important as the art you create. If you do not market no one will see your work. No one sees you, no one buys from you. Join Etsy, use auction sites, post links. Visit appropriate stores you like and ask them if they would be interested in seeing your work. Send out your work to reputable companies and see if they have an interest. Do not wait for people to find you. Also post the best photos you can so that folks can see the details of your craft. Ask others if the photos are good. Get feedback. You might be surprised at what you hear.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
My blog is ,
website ,
Etsy shop
[see above for all the links]

OK - my turn to pick. I definitely have a favorite. It has to be the ACEO (art card) Folk art Flower pot girl. Her technique, subject matter, and folk art appeal is so charming - I love it!


AnniKae said...

Fun interview. Great artist!
I really like the Sublime Easter Rabbit.

BeadedTail said...

Great interview! She has such wonderful, unique items!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love the feel of her shop...very interesting work :)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Wow - her stuff is cute!

Tulip's Talking said...

Cute shop and shop name. Folk art is an interesting genre.

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