Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pampered Palette will be at SDP Convention Next Year - Will You?

Well, other than working on my blue coffee pot a little yesterday, I spent a major portion of the day coming up with marketing ideas for the new Heritage Multi-Media Acrylics. Pictured above are some of the ideas I came up with. The first item is a banner to be used at shows/conventions (banner size is 4'x2.5'), next we have a Heritage mouse pad, then a Heritage postcard, and finally a went ahead and purchased another set of business cards with Heritage paint jar/tube pictures to hand out at shows and conventions. There were many other items as well but I do not believe I need any of those at this point.
Now here is the big news for the week. Pampered Palette will have a booth at next year's SDP convention in Wichita. We have not decided yet what we will demonstrate or what products other than the Heritage Multi-Media Acrylics that we will display but we have made the decision to at least have a presence. This will be my very first convention show with a booth since the 80's when I ran my ceramic business. Some people may ask why we would do a booth and I can only answer that we are doing it to promote the Heritage paint line. Anyway, we will see how that goes.
Anyway, have to run and paint (the blue coffee pot, the fruit tray, and the basket are waiting). Until next time, Happy Painting.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Silver to Blue - How About You?

I am just so excited. Above is a banner 4'x2.5' that I created this morning on the net (ordered it to) for use at upcoming shows. I did not even have to leave the house.

Well here we go again. Currently, I have three projects that I am working and trying to complete. I am working on my fruit tray, a wicker basket with the Ompir Strawberry and Daisy pattern on it and now I am working on the coffec pot. What I am doing other than spending a lot of time on eBay buying coffee pots is applying a very nice pattern by Rosemary West on this piece but using Traditions paints verses what the pattern calls. I would be using the new Heritage Multi-Media but as we all know, only HAZEL has those right now.......lol. Hi Hazel.

Anyway, I am now working all the pieces and really need to get my butt in order so that I can get some of the completed. November looks bad as I will be on business travel the first three weeks of the month. It is kind of hard to drag everything with you to paint especially when some of the pieces are so large but I know eventually I will get them done. Well, I have to as I have purchased 5 coffee pots..........lol. I guess I got a little carried away but you just could not beat the prices........ha. So this week I have to get my website updated to include this project.

Many of you know that I have a presence on FaceBook and as of this morning I have 361 people (friends) connected to my site. I have been posting video clips from Veronique and now I am posting my own projects with very good feedback/comments. In fact, I posted this blue coffee pot last night and already have 12 people that have made comments. I think I might be on to something here, a way to reach out to others and share decorative painting. Anyway, all these postings and the new online store (getting everything set up) is certainly keeping me busy. That is another reason why it is taking me so long to finish my projects. Oh well, hopefully soon I will at least complete one of them.

Have to run............exercises are waiting for me...........until the next post, Happy Painting..........

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fruit Tray Next Steps

Well believe it or not, I worked on my fruit tray a little over the weekend. I added a little bit of color in between working on my new accounting system, setting up a FaceBook page, a Twitter page, updating the blog and going shopping. I never realized how much work it is putting everything together for my online business. It just seems that there is not enough time to get everything done. I am still waiting for the paints to arrive, which I am sure most of are but it has not stopped me for marketing the new Heritage classes and the paints. I am hoping that when the paints finally arrive, then I will have all the setup stuff behind me and then I can focus on actually building the business. I have run advertisements in two of the local association news letters and will place an advertisement in two additional associations next month. Those ads and the FaceBook presence, with over 275 followers, has increased dramatically the traffic to my website. I have over 5000 hits on my website with a recent 130 hits to the new store. I take that as a good sign as it is at least exposing individuals to the new paint line and the new classes. I also did an email blast across the country to various organization members announcing the online store along with the paints and supplies available. It just takes so much time. And remember, I have a full time job that keeps me travelling around the country. Boy, I am pooped.

Anyway, I want to work on the fruit tray again some more today as I am trying to get it finished before I receive the walnut trunk that I am having made to paint. I plan to do fruit on the trunk so want to get this one completed and out of the way before the delivery (October 31) of the new trunk. I guess if I set my mind to it, I can do it. Well, if I don't get off this computer, I will never do any painting. Therefore, until the next time, Happy Painting.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Working On My Fruit Tray

What an interesting week. I spent a lot of time working on my business, trying to get everything in order so when the paints arrive I will be ready to go. I have worked on marketing my website by running advertisements in the NCC of SDP and Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters newsletters, as well as building a web presence on FaceBook and Twitter. All of this typing and updating of the different sites certainly will keep me busy.
Because of travel for work and getting all of the busy stuff in order, I have had very little time to sit down and paint. Yesterday I made it a priority working on my fruit tray pictured above. I did not get much done but I did work on it. Today I have to apply the all purpose sealer so that I can start working with a little color as all of the white base coating has finally been completed. You may notice a little difference in the pictures that I have posted. They appear to be a little sharper and they are missing the glare. I purchased a new professional camera and a photo tent. The camera I am just learning all the little clicks needed to make a decent photo shot, so hopefully you will patient with me while the learning takes place. I have not used the photo tent yet but will give that a try in soon. The tent is suppose to eliminate the flash glare on your pieces and provide you a more professional photo for posting. We will see about that as I am sure I can screw that up as well.....lol.
Anyway, I cannot stay on the computer this morning as I need to paint. That is my priority for today - sit down and paint. So, until next time, Happy Painting.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pampered Palette Now on Facebook


What a hectic week. I returned from New Orleans last weekend (90 degree weather down there) and had to start getting things done on the website and the new store. I have added some new products to the online store and then I have utilized the rest of my time working on my accounting system. I received notification that a new upgrade release was available so of course I had to bring that down to install. Hopefully, I will get everything together so that I can get back to painting a little. Oh, I did get to paint just a little bit on Wednesday. I am working on David's Ompir Fruit Tray. All I have completed to date is the white base coating of the fruit. I am hoping to find the time to paint a little this weekend so that I can move forward on the tray and work on my wicker basket piece as well. I just do not seem to find the time to get everything done.

Well this week I spent a lot of time building my Facebook presence. I do not know if I really understand all the ins and outs of Facebook yet but I do have a presence. As of this morning I have about 145 decorative painting friends. Some have sent some very nice comments about my website and my painting projects. Hopefully, we can use Facebook to promote decorative painting which in turn may bring new interested artist into the decorative art community. Well anyway that is the plan hopefully it works.

This week also included the new Pampered Palette advertisements in the NCC of SDP and the Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters newsletters. This is my first time at advertising the online store in local newletters so hopefully that will pay off with lots of interest. The ad basically announces that Pampered Palette has established the online store providing the new Heritage MultiMedia Acrylics and assorted painting supplies for the Washington DC area decorative arts community. I have plans also to run the ad in the Old Dominion Decorative Painters association as well as the Potomac View Decorative Painters. I am just trying to get the word out there about the arcylics.

Upcoming events include the many seminars and classes. I am waiting for the New Heritage Educational Program (want to take all those classes), I have a seminar in December at Painter's Paradise with Sandy Scales, a three day seminar with Maureen McNaughton at SDP in February 2010, and David's Rosemaling seminar in July 2010. Now add to that seminars at the SDP Convention and HOOT, I would have say that I now have a very busy year. I guess that will keep me busy and out of trouble for a while. Other than everything going on with the new business (business cards, checking account, accounting system, etc) that is about it for this week. Until next time, Happy Painting.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Well we are off and running. As of yesterday, Pampered Palette's online store is open for business. We can now accept pre-orders for the new Heritage MultiMedia Acrylics. So visit the Pampered Palette online store and take a look. We are still adding items to the site and will continue to do so over the next few weeks/months so make sure you come back often. The more you visit the more items (new items) you will see. Anyway, this is the first steps to bigger and better things. We are so excited to be offering the new Heriatage MultiMedia Acrylics for all the artists in the Washington DC area to use and enjoy. So please pay us a visit at http://www.pamperedpalette.com/. The excitement is at fever pitch so won't you join us in this new venture for the Decorative Artist? Until next time, HAPPY PAINTING.