Profile of Poet Toni Wynn

Today, in honor of national Poem In Your Pocket Day, I take great pleasure in introducing you to poet Toni Wynn.
Color Voices Place
Color Voices Place
Poetry of California’s Central Coast.
Toni Wynn, Carla Martinez and the late John Sousa.
Sea Moon and Mille Grazie Presses.
A few months back in these pages you met Kayla Garelick, a wonderful abstract photographer and mixed media artist profiled in my new book about selling artwork and crafts online. Including a profile of Toni, who’s also a writer, arts educator and museum consultant, helped me broaden the scope of the book beyond the usual list of suspects: fine artists, photographers, craftspeople, etc. Many people don’t realize the vast opportunities to market and publish writing online, including on venues often seen as limited to the visual arts.
Toni Wynn book Ground
Toni places her poetry and other writing online in a few different ways, with more in the works as time permits. (Can you relate to that?) When the Shakespeare Press Museum (SPM), which published Toni’s book Ground, a hand-bound, letterpress, limited edition of original poetry about the earth, stopped selling the book online, she realized that she needed more control over selling her work. SPM was selling Ground on Etsy, and Toni plans to open her own Etsy shop to sell it and other limited-edition broadsides (single sheets of original poems paired with visual art).
Toni Wynn website
Toni has all the basics down. She designed her own website (above shows part of the home page), which she maintains through Squarespace. The site includes a list of her publications and a page of her poems.
Toni Wynn blog
Her blog, “Call Your Mother,” is both on Blogspot and hosted directly through her website. She writes on the blog with great heart and humor about a range of topics, including her amazingly talented and adventurous children.

Toni also hosts a blog and runs a Facebook page for an arts + STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project called “Jam: Jazz and Visual Art in Engineering.” “Jam” is a collaboration between the Hampton University Museum and HU’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Jam blog

Toni enjoys dipping into others’ work and thoughts online, and even at this early stage, likes being a part of what she poetically calls “borderless communities.” She has a profile on Goodreads, and she frequently posts comments and reviews on the site.

Are you a writer interested in sharing your work online? What sites have you found?

If you’d like to learn more about selling your work online, check out my book Sell Your Artwork & Crafts Online: An Insider’s Guide to the Worldwide Arts Market.  And please join the facebook page I started for people to network with other artists interested in selling online, where you can post questions and comments, share your progress and frustrations, and find the free tips that I post about selling online.

Profile of Kayla Garelick, daydreaming artist

In 2004 I made my grand debut selling my photo arts and crafts by participating in Pro Arts’ East Bay Open Studios. For a novice’s first foray into the rough and tumble of art sales it went pretty well. I sold some and learned a ton about the importance of self-promotion, because in the end, only a couple out of dozens of people who came by my studio found out about me through the Pro Arts catalog.
By far the best thing to come from the entire experience was an email I got even before I opened my studio. A fellow photographer, Kayla Garelick, liked one of the images I put up on the website that Pro Arts provided for us. Kayla and I emailed back and forth, we met, we clicked (photographer pun intended), and we’ve been fast friends ever since.
"Leaves" gallery page on Kayla's website

"Leaves" gallery page on Kayla's website

I haven’t done an Open Studio through Pro Arts again, although I still hold my own open studios once or twice a year. And Kayla has gone on to exhibit in a wide variety of shows, galleries, and at Open Studios in San Francisco.
Along with selling and showing her work at many venues in the Bay Area, Kayla is an accomplished web designer, and has had her own website in various forms since the 1990s. So when I decided to include profiles of a few artists in the book I was writing about selling art online, as examples and to inspire, Kayla was the first person I asked.  Okay, enough introduction, here’s the profile of Kayla that’s in the book, slightly edited because I have more space here!
“Daydreaming artist” Kayla Garelick is an abstract photographer who creates her images and photobased mixed media art pieces with extreme technical precision and rigorous attention to detail. Kayla’s writing, on her blog and website (see links to all of Kayla’s sites at the end of her profile) and on the many other sites where she appears, consistently displays her generosity, spirituality, and passion for art and life.
Kayla Garelick website

Part of the homepage of Kayla's website,

An accomplished web designer, Kayla has had her own website in various forms since the 1990s, has extensive technical training in building sites, has taught web design, and has designed sites for non-profits. Currently, Kayla uses her artistic vision and web design training, which she keeps up to date by taking online courses, to make her website uniquely her own. She uses hand coding to control elements and functions that she could not achieve using automated tools, and also uses free-of-charge open source scripts. When she needs a tool to, as she puts it, “ease some of the pain of repetitive stuff,” she uses Adobe Dreamweaver, a popular web development program.
Kayla Garelick blog
Kayla began blogging in 2005 on the Blogspot platform. The screen shot above is of her current blog:  She recently moved the blog to WordPress, partly because she gets more comments on her WP blog posts, and partly because Blogspot lost one of her posts. She also has a Facebook fan page (also known as a business page), where she posts about the shows and galleries that she appears in, promotes other artists’ work and publicizes opportunities for artists, discusses art classes that she’s taking, and posts her photographs.
Kayla's facebook fan page

Kayla's facebook fan page,

She doesn’t sell her work directly through her website or other online venue. Her first goal in being online is to have her art seen and remembered, to promote her shows, and to be invited to show her work at other galleries or art shows. Her second goal is to sell her artwork at shows and to sell the rights to her work. Kayla is active in a large variety of artist groups, both online and off. She always takes the opportunity to show her work in her groups’ online galleries, which greatly increases and broadens her exposure to potential audiences.

To see her sublime photography and read her articulate, heartfelt words, visit Kayla’s links:

Facebook fan page:
Art sites:

Interested in learning more about selling your arts & crafts online? Check out my book Sell Your Artwork & Crafts Online: An Insider’s Guide to the Worldwide Arts Market.  And I’d love to invite you to join the facebook page that I started for people to network with other artists who are selling their work online. It’s there for you to post questions, to share your progress and frustrations, and I’ll post lots of free tips about selling and marketing your arts and crafts online.

New book: Sell Your Artwork and Crafts Online

One New Year’s resolution down! Actually, it was a resolution I made New Year 2011, but who’s counting? I finally finished the book that I’ve been working on for, oh well – way too long. Enough buildup, here it is …

Book cover Sell Your Artwork & Crafts Online

I was teaching a workshop to help artists and crafters figure out how to sell their work online. When I decided to expand the written materials into a book, I had no idea that the 6-page handout would grow to 72 pages, with 28 photographs and screen shots to show readers what their options are and how to decide what venues are best for their work, like this shot of the front page of my Etsy shop:

The homepage of my Etsy shop

Or this illustration about how to resize the images you post online so they’re not as easy to steal:

Resized photo to post online

I also included profiles of six of my favorite artists: a photographer, painter, mixed media collage artist, printmaker, natural perfumer, and writer — who are all at very different places on the continuum of using the internet to sell and market their arts and crafts. I’ll be posting some of the profiles here, so you can meet them and draw inspiration from their art and the work they’re putting into showing and selling it online.

In conjunction with the book, I started a Facebook group where artists can network and support one another in selling their work online. You’re welcome to join it, whether you buy the book or not.

Facebook page for selling art online

And now for the tip of the day, which isn’t in the book (already working on the second edition!) Yes, you may sell the same items in your Etsy and Artfire shops. If it’s a one-of-a-kind piece it can be nerve-wracking to list in both, because if it sells from one store you need to immediately remove it from the other. But I list my ebooks in both shops. If you have duplicates of anything that you make, it’s good to get the exposure in both venues.

And a related tip: don’t use the same description in both listings. From my research, people advise that you change at least 30% of the language, because Google’s search results ranking, released in February 2011 (called Panda) penalizes duplicate postings.

I listed the ebook on Etsy yesterday, and just now put the listing up on Artfire. If you’re curious, you can check out how I changed the descriptions. I’ll check my Google Analytics to see whether I’ve been Panda slapped — that’s what they call it when your traffic goes way down because the Google algorithm is displeased with some aspect of your website.

Inkjet Fabric Printing – step by step instructional ebook

I just finished my very first ebook, on my most favorite subject: inkjet printing on fabric.  After writing an extensive booklet for the workshops I’ve been teaching, I decided to put it into ebook form so people who can’t come to my workshops could get the same information.

Inkjet fabric printing ebook

I take you through the entire process to quickly and successfully begin printing fabric on your inkjet printer. You will learn about types of inks, differences between treating fabric yourself or printing on pre-treated fabric, how to prepare fabric for printing, printing the fabric, post-printing treatments, and more.

The information and tips I’ve learned over years of printing on fabric will save you hours of time and much wasted ink and fabric. I have included many illustrations, questions and answers, and trouble-shooting tips.

Illustration: peeling off backing

Illustration: peeling off backing

There’s even a gallery of my original fabric creations to spark your imagination and creativity.

Gallery: butterfly art hanging

Gallery: butterfly art hanging

There are many books on the market about printing on fabric, but because the technology is moving so quickly, a lot of them are outdated. My guide is up to date, and I will revise it as often as needed to reflect changes in the field of inkjet fabric printing. Also, most of the books give general information that might not apply to your personal printer/ink setup. I tell you how to figure out what kind of inks your printer uses, and I can also answer by email personalized questions about your setup, or other problems you run in to when you print fabric. I also discuss the pretreated fabrics that are available commercially, and share the results of my extensive experimentation with printing using the different inks.  In the second edition of the ebook, now available, I added information about using two great products with fabric, inkAID and Golden Paints Digital Grounds (both coatings that make any surface inkjet printable.)  I’ve written a lot in this blog about Digital Grounds, and I wanted to expand the book to include these coatings – most appropriate for art fabric uses.  I also deemphasized the use of Bubble Jet Set 2000, a liquid solution that is the most common product used by people who want to treat fabric themselves for inkjet printing.  BJS contains formaldehyde, and I know a lot of people are concerned about any potential danger.  If you’re interested in the subject, the manufacturer addresses the issue in an article (read it by clicking here).

My ebook is in the format of a PDF file, which you can open and print using Adobe Reader.  I’m offering it through my etsy shop or for $10.  Click here for the link to my ebooks section on etsy. If they are sold out and you would like one, please let me know and I will post more copies.  Or click here to see a preview and get it through my lulu shop.


Double exposure self-portrait

Double exposure self-portrait

Thanks for visiting my blog! You can see my photos and original designs at my website .  My handmade artwork is available through my Artfire shop or my Etsy gallery. You can also see a large variety of products with my designs on them at my Zazzle gallery.  See my ebook on Inkjet Printing on Lutradur at my website, or at my artfire shop, or on Lulu.  

Interested in learning to print on fabric or lutradur, or how to sell your artwork online?  I’ve written three books, which you can get in Kindle format or the printed version, or order right here as PDF downloads. Just click “add to cart” for whichever book(s) you’d like to purchase.

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