On most days, the number one search term used to access my Etsy shop is “thistle”. I’ve had a little thistle design for quite a while. It made a really cute little painting, but didn’t really translate all that well into jewelry where the image is so small. Dragonfly tends to be a big search term for me, too.
I realize these shoppers are Outlander fans – and so am I. I painted the dragonfly years ago for a friend and the thistle recently for another friend. This week, I thought I’d try to create a thistle design shoppers might actually buy. I combined a few design ideas I saw online and created classic thistle over a Celtic heart-shaped knot. As with all my paintings, it took several coats of paint to get the colors deep enough to show in a 1 inch to 1/2 inch cabochon, but I quite like the results.
I finished the painting on Thursday morning, photographed it and uploaded the pic into my software to resize the image as needed for a pendant, earrings, cuff bracelet, bangle bracelet, cufflinks, tie bar and my new pin/brooch setting. I posted the listings to Etsy that afternoon – and had the first sale in less than an hour. I’m hoping this is a sign of good things to come!