29 September 2015

Start Today

As creatives’ we can spend so much time searching for inspiration. If we are not careful the search can lead to procrastination and not getting any work done.
Maybe just starting is the key. Starting with just doodling, journaling, creating and making a page pretty can help break through "the act of doing nothing and over thinking", smashing procrastination and open your creative mind to more ideas. 

Mantras I like to use:
You don’t need a new brush, sketchbook or need to be in a particular place to start artwork.   
You are the artist and you can create art anywhere you go.
These are a few things I tell myself when I’m having a battle with procrastination. 

work in progress via my instagram

Finding ways to continue my creative journey and work have proven difficult countless times for many reasons, but being an artist and developing my art is my priority.

24 August 2015

Best of Etsy

Is an ecommerce site for crafters, artist and makers to sell their handmade goods.
Well I’m nearly right, according to Google / Etsy is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.

Etsy has 1.5 million active sellers here is the top ten stores via InsideMonkey

1. Bohemian Findings Overall Sales: 448,192
2. Cl-beads Overall Sales: 354,742
3. Yummy Treasures Overall Sales: 313,135
4. Share Living Overall Sales: 292,142
5. Yadana Beads Overall Sales: 286,531
6. Dime Store Emporium Overall Sales: 278,778
7. Gold Swan Overall Sales: 274,500
8. Happy Supplies Overall Sales: 268,623
9. Nicole de Bruin Overall Sales: 234,410
10. Miniature Sweet Overall Sales: 220,809

Are you surprised not one is an artist, crafter or maker?

Etsy opened in 2005 and has helped millions of creative showcase and sell their wares online. 10 years later Etsy may have lost some "handmade" charm because after all its a business trying to make money and it is over saturated with talented creatives and approx 32 million items on sale.

Planning on opening an Etsy store? Be creative and clever, it takes more than being a talented creative genius to get 1000s of sales.

If you haven’t sold your art online yet and you are doing craft fairs, I would still recommend opening an Etsy maybe with 40free listings so you can try it for free*.

Selling on Etsy is complex and it is handy to read up on SEO, Marketing, PR and Sales Techniques and focus on your unique selling points. 

Be realistic when opening an Etsy, have a plan and goals. Look at trends for example, if you are a visual artist try instant download options, and save on printing and shipping, can you offer your services to other crafters via Etsy. Make your Etsy store one buying option, linked to you website with plans of move away from it altogether, otherwise you loose moral and money. Art is subjective, lead with your art. 

Having an Etsy helped my business in the beginning years. Currently I prefer to sell wholesale, direct to shops. I find it easier, less time consuming and much more lucrative. 

I’m pleased, I am in top 10 when you search “Multicultural Card / Greeting Card” “African American Greeting Card” or “mixed race greeting card” and a few of my cards are in Top 100 if you search “illustrated greeting card". 

How long have you had your Etsy? Have you seen a difference in sales over the years, I’d love to hear your views on these findings. 

Remember you creativity makes you special not your sales. 

See you soon, thank you for visiting.
(*if 40 free listings link does not work please let me know, they expire)

2 July 2015

Doll Making

I sometimes find my creative mind to be impulsive and irrational… a need to start projects and not finish them. As a creative business woman it is important to allow my inner child to play, do something new, go crazy and make a mess. 

Then a few weeks later I sit back and see what my business brain thinks – can this idea be developed or should it be done just for fun. 

Last year I found myself in a haberdashery store and obviously I got over excited with the endless possibilities,  so brought a tonn of stuff to make a Olivia doll. A few months later I found the discarded bag of goodies and figured I'd better start. I’ve been showing my progress via my Instagram page

I didn’t plan my first doll very well I just needed to "get making", which means I made a few rookie errors. This was all about the process and judging if I like making dolls. It has been so fun.

The actual final doll will be finished soon and I have come up with some more practical ideas for my dolls, which I will show you very soon.

Other business

The winner of the instagram giveaway was @tregurthabird

Thanks for visiting and see you soon.



18 June 2015

Nyha Cards is Celebrating

Nyha Cards had its first year of business, my solo endeavor to design, publish and (whole)sell colourful greeting cards to a colourful world

My aim is to create art that showcases all shades of the skin tone spectrum, from dark to light. My focus & passion, we all matter & should all be represented. A challenging but rewarding task for many reasons. 

The first year has been an amazing whirlwind, I guess time flies when you're having fun, I have encounted some very brave "feel the fear and do it anyway” moments and have great achievements to remember. Its a great time for me to celebrate, re focus on the great art I made and get excited about the new art I will make.

Moving forward I am using valuable feedback from customers and stockists. Allowing me to design an additional 15-20 new designs with consumer needs in mind. 

My cards are selling in Morleys department store, Brixton

Something totally unique for local gift shops, Streatham

I will push for a few more stores in London and network to have my greeting cards nationally.  I have such appreciation for all the people around the world who support not only Nyha Cards but also my Nyha Graphics creative journey. Showing my art has been great to building confidence and connecting with people near and far. 

As a small thank you I have a giveaway, via my Instagram, where you can have the opportunity to win 10 free greeting cards. 

Thanks very much for visiting and your continued support.
Creative vibes, Ni


11 May 2015

Back to Work

Hello everyone! 

I was on a sabbatical, it's great to be back.
I had a chance to have a nice much need rest and re focus.

Lots creative work and fun planned which I can't wait to share with you all.

I’ll be updating skills, exercising my creative brain and try new things.

Here are a few of my current interests and I intend to explore and refine

Pattern Design • Hand Lettering •  Typography  • Writing •  Bespoke Artwork  • New Products

My main aim is to strip it back to the ART and JOY of creating.

You can find me via my facebook pages
or twitter

Thank you all for the comments, likes, shares and following.

Creative Love,



14 December 2014

illo_advent day 14

Yeah two weeks, only six more from me... then I hibernate LOL
Have you had any favourites? Or would you like to see anything special?

PS I have noticed my blog post colours have been coming up a little saturated, this is a little more pastely, see flickr versions of all post via http://www.flickr.com/photos/hi_ni

13 December 2014

Abominable Snowman

Day thirteen, anyone for Christmas pud?
I hope you're enjoying the my festive illustrations. I have decide to do my last advent calendar illustration on the 20th, my Etsy store will also close for the holidays.

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