02 October, 2009

FEATURED SHOP: Greeneyedbutterfly Illustrations

The Featured Shop this week is Greeneyedbutterfly Illustrations.  This shop has a wonderful mix of art prints, ACEO's, original paintings, bookplates, totes for children, bibs and more.  Their entire shop can be seen at http://greeneyedbutterfly.etsy.com/ .

First of all...I love the name of your shop.  How did you come up with that name...Green-Eyed Butterfly?

I wanted a name for my business that was different and catchy. Since most of my work is whimsical, I thought that Green-Eyed Butterfly fit.

I see that you have an array of offerings from original artwork to children's bibs. How did this mixture of different mediums come about?

I noticed that there were a lot of people having success selling art prints on Etsy so I decided to give it a try.  I enjoy drawing whimsical art and coloring it on the computer so this was perfect for me.  I had my original art on hand and decided to include them.  As time went on, I was looking for different ways of using my art work to appeal to a larger audience so I started applying my art to children's clothing.  I'm constantly looking for different ways of using my artwork.  Several years ago I was quite successful selling ACEO's on Ebay but I would rather list on a shop because it's less time consuming and probably less expensive.

One of the items in your shop are ACEO's.  Could you explain what an ACEO is?

ACEO's are art card editions (limited prints) and originals.  I only sell originals. They are art trading cards that people collect and are always 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".

Could you tell us about your original artwork?  I see that you have both prints and paintings?  Do you have formal training or are you self taught?

I have been drawing since I was very young.  I did have formal training in drawing, painting, watercolor and digital art.  It is only recently that printers used archival inks that were good enough to sell prints/reproductions.  Before now the only choice I had was to paint and sell originals.  The new technology has made art available to those who might not be able to afford original art.  I want to get back to doing originals but promoting my shops takes a lot of my time.

From where do you draw the inspiration for your original art?

I was always inspired by nature, particularly flowers for my originals.  When I became a grandmother two years ago, I was inspired to do the whimsical prints mostly  for children's rooms.

Pat's shop is a wonderful mix of mediums, color and whimsy. Please be sure to check out her shop at http://greeneyedbutterfly.etsy.com/.


  1. Hello, Jan! I'm JoAnn's sister....love your art and your blog! Very cool.

  2. The bookwork bookplate is too cute!