Meet Anna, the owner of Blua Pencil Jewels, who creates incredibly unique jewelry made from Colored Pencils…yes you read that right, colored pencils! This is something I’ve never seen done before so I had to know more about it and share it with everyone else!
Check out her interview below to find out more about Anna, her shop and the process for creating her handmade treasures.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you came to start your shop.
How did you decide what to sell in your shop?
How did you come up with the name for your shop?
The result is BLU+A , BLU+ANNA : that’s me ; that’s me,with all of my character you can see in blue meanings, in my creations .
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My inspiration came from Art,Nature and Fashion . Art because i like what shades of colors artist choose,fashion because i cut pages from fashion magazine when i see something i like,and Nature because she gives to us flowers and creatures that have wonderful colors in them.
When you aren’t creating, what do you like to do?
When I’m not creating I love gardening and taking care of the flowers. I love to go out with our dog and photograph landscape and animals. When I have some time I like to read (I’m a LOTR fan) and I love drawing. When I’m not creating, I still notice and take notes about colors I see everyday to inspire my creations.
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created?
Any tips or advice for those looking to start their handmade business?
If you decide to start a shop, look into your heart and yourself for what you’d like to create. It can be hard to price your treasures when you put a piece of your heart and soul into it, but don’t undervalue what you have to offer. I would recommend not opening a shop based on fashion or Instagram trends, start it based on your passion and what speaks to you. Try to specialize in something unique that nobody else offers.
A shop creator like me, and most Etsy owners are not only artisans but we’re photographers, marketers, customer service, designers and more. I have personally studied and learned a lot of Art (like the art of selling , art of photograph and all the techniques that you need to create) so arm yourself with knowledge and patience. With so much competition you need to be unique.