We are a gathering of gifted and warm online artists who sell on ETSY and eBay - blogging to encourage and promote one another and showcase our ART.
1. Completing; forming a complement.
2. (of two or more different things) Combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize each other's qualities.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Beth S. Macre ~ Artist

Beth S. Macre -- In first person:

I have been an artist for many years, but as an art teacher and mother, I have focused more on my own children and my student’s art than my own. When my oldest child moved off to college, I began to spend more and more time on my own art and looking for ways to sell some things online, to supplement college expenses.

Selling my art was a whole new thing for me. I have always created…drawings, paintings, bowls, clay boxes…selling a few things along the way. I didn’t have the time to travel to art shows and festivals while the kids were little. I didn’t have the option of internet sales until a few years ago, when we actually graduated from dial up to DSL! It was pretty good timing. My kids were going away to college soon and I needed 2 things: to sell some artwork to help with expenses, and a unique item to create and sell online. I got an idea for a textured tile from a project that I was doing with my High School Art students. I made some samples for them to watch me create, and to look at the finished product. So I decided to put one up on Ebay to see if it would sell and it did! So I put a few more tiles on there and they sold. I was pretty excited about selling to someone that I did not know! Eventually I ended up switching over to Etsy and started selling textured tiles. I made one with a dog by a dog house and posted a photo. That is when I got my first ‘request’ for a tile. A lady contacted me about ‘trading’ artwork. She liked my tiles and she had the idea to put her dogs by her house on a tile and I could pick out any painting in her shop as a trade! So I created a tile for her (see the picture included), and the custom house tiles were born in my shop! Oh and I still love the painting that I received from her, all the way from Canada!

Later I made some house shaped magnets for gifts. That led to the idea of having 3D mini houses. I love little hearts, so I put a little mini heart on each little house I create. I call them HeartHomes. I’ve made teeny mini HeartHomes up to very tall HeartHomes. Each house is one of a kind and made by me from the wet clay that is cut and shaped into the little houses with a roof, windows, doors, shutters, flower boxes, and other individual and unique details. I am also painting little HeartHome villages on canvases now for those customers who like 2D art.

Whimsical is a word that often used to describe my HeartHomes and my other clay items and paintings. I am having a great time creating these little sculptures and I am thrilled each time that someone wants to buy one and take it home with them.

In my original Etsy shop, bmacre.etsy.com, I mostly offer custom pen and ink illustrations of homes. I will also be adding more paintings and illustrations in the near future.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pascale Toussaint

in first person...
Title: Window on Nature 2 11x14

I have always been interested in Art; always loved to draw and paint. Although my life experience has taken me elsewhere, art has always been on my mind.

In recent years, I have come back to my love of creating art and have discovered printmaking, in particular, paper lithography, screenprinting and linocut.

Title: Blue Stem on Green Decorative Paper 9x12

In my shop, I am offering prints and also some collage. I hope you will enjoy my artwork as much I have enjoyed creating them!

Title: Anytime Card Set Green Stem on Green and Brown Paper 5x7

My website

My Etsy Shop


images and bio (C)2011 Pascale Toussaint - used by permission

Saturday, January 15, 2011

WELCOME (back) to CAAT


1. Completing; forming a complement.
2. (of two or more different things) Combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize each other's qualities.

CaaT - Complementary Art and Things is an older online group (originally born in an eBay chat group) which has since expanded to the to FACEBOOK and ETSY. Throughout the new year (2011) CaaT is being reborn and renewed as the group seeks new ideas, fresh encouragement, and more exposure.

The artists of CaaT are varied and gifted - and sell their creations online as well as in brick & mortar galleries all over the world. Primarily seen on etsy.com and eBay, CaaT artists gather to encourage and promote their art online.

If you are a self representing artist - who enjoys encouragement (giving as well as receiving) - and if you sell on etsy or ebay (or other online venues, including a personal website) we would be glad to have you in our CAAT TEAM family :)

Begin by joining* our FACEBOOK and/or the CAAT TEAM on etsy and share all your arty links so CaaT members can visit you and see your shop. Once accepted, please jump into the discussion forums as you are able - you will find all the neccesary CaaT info there :) ... Once a member of CaaT on facebook/etsy you can begin to use the group acronym and explanation (and optional banner) right away. As you see - we are already high in etsy searches at over 2000 arty items ~ ! (and growing with the new acronym CAAT TEAM).

*no spammers, adult-content, or hateful art admitted - abusers will be removed

Look for the art from CAAT artists here