For the painter


Oil Painting Workspace
Oil Painting Workspace (Photo credit: nimbu)

This post is for anyone who does any craft that involves painting.  Just in case you need some more explanation, off we go to my favorite website (dictionary.com) to define a painter as “someone who coats something with a substance composed of solid coloring matter suspended in a liquid medium and applied as a protective or decorative coating to various surfaces, or to canvas or other materials in producing a work of art“.  So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the brainstorming…what are some crafts that involve painting?

  • Canvass painting
  • Painting on fabric (clothing)
  • Painting on furniture
  • Fingernails (polish can totally be a paint)
  • Manufacturing finger paints (edible for children)
  • Materials for painting (special brushes, sponges, paint, canvasses)
  • You can paint pretty
  • You can paint abstract
  • You can paint food (edible of course)
  • You can paint rooms (like bathrooms, living rooms, dinning room tables)
  • Poster boards
  • Uniquely textured paints
  • What about creating painting products for children?
A collection of cans of paint and other relate...
A collection of cans of paint and other related materials. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Especially if you are trying to sell you art work it might be a little more difficult to market and advertise painted products. Try putting a spin on your marketing ploy by specifying that every piece of work is going to be OOAK (one of a kind).  Unique products can sell like hotcakes.  Market to the aesthetics, give your customers a verbal explanation of the visual pleasantries of your artwork.

For those that paint on fabric, either for clothing or just material, market if you use washable fabric medium.  What do you do to ensure that the painted fabric is going to remain soft against the skin?  Tell your customers what the material is intended for.

All of the edible paint products that you might create, don’t necessarily tell your customers what is in it, but let them know if it does or doesn’t contain high allergy foods (like nuts or fish products).  Do you use a lot of artificial food dye?  Try to be as natural and organic as possible and then market that.

If you are marketing for the materials to paint with, what makes your products so different and unique from wal-mart brands?  If you are careful to use non-toxic materials, or lead-free, or any other health-concerned material let your customers know.  It’s all about appealing to what your target audience is going to want.

Tubes of various colors.
Tubes of various colors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blog topics for the painter

  1. Where do you get your materials?
  2. What is your favorite tools – which brush do you use to form what texture?
  3. Describe the process that your paint of choice is manufactured.
  4. Experiment: Use a different brush, a different brand of paint, a different canvas.
  5. Let the paint on your easel have a discussion with the canvass as it’s being painted on.
  6. What are your favorite colors to work with, and why?
  7. Everything about painting is about colors, mixing the right colors, coordinating the right hues.
  8. What are your opinions on textures and how do you go about creating different ones?
  9. Everyone had a beginning, describe yours.
  10. Describe what you think each color means (either with personalities, or with emotions, or whatever you can think of).

It takes a very skillful hand to hold the brush and create a masterpiece.  Painted products are not nearly as popular or competitive as other crafts that you could find.  However, it will take an equally creative spin to market and advertise it all.  If you sell any product that is painted, tell us about it in the comments, I know that I’ll visit, and I’m sure that others will too.

To check out my other “For the Crafter” posts in the series, just click a link below

INTRODUCTION

For the Bookworm (Part 1)

For the Bookworm (Part 2)

For the Cook

For the Seamstress

For the Painter

For the Photographer

For the Needle-arter (Part 1)

For the Needle-arter (Part 2)

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7 thoughts on “For the painter

    1. Thank you so much, these have been so fun to write so far. It’s given me a bit more insight on all of the different crafts that are available.

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