Member Feature: PaintingsGallery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Aska of PaintingsGallery, our featured member!



Tell us about yourself.

Hi, My name is Aska and I come from Poland. I been living in Scotland ten years now in Tobermory on a beautiful Island of Mull. I share my time between being a mum to a 12 year old fantastic boy called Jakub, being a wife, home carer and my love of painting

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I absolutely love painting and creating. I want to try and capture the beauty of ever changing landscape in my canvases and share it with You. Different art techniques and painting effects has plenty challenges and I like to enjoy the end result. After nine years of painting and creating, successfully selling my pieces in the local Gallery I decided to open an online shop on Etsy.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love to paint in acrylic and oil which gives my work vivid colours and depth.  Also experiment with different mixed media techniques. Etsy gives me the opportunity to offer my paintings and and prints online.  I photograph, print, mount and frame it with a great help of my husband who is a computer literate and an artist. I print my images on high quality Canon canvas with 100 year light fast ink- they will last a lifetime and more. Printing on canvas has great deal of rich texture like qualities.loch-na-keal-3-in-1a-for-etsy

What inspires your work?           

Living in such beautiful country us Scotland I am surrounded by inspiration. I just wanted to paint it all or at least to try capture the beauty of it. I am happy to share with You what I love and are inspired by. Sunbeams through the sky, red sky and sun before it goes  behind the horizon, approaching rain and bright sunshine when it shows through the clouds. All brings feeling of warm and happiness. I look for ways how best to capture this beautiful and frail moment I have the honour to witness for that split second.loch-na-keal-3-with-sign

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

 To put some of my creative ideas into reality. Improve my Etsy shop.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My paintings and prints  are unique and colourful. Printing on canvas gives my prints beautiful finish.loch-na-keal-3in1-b

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I have a separate studio.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Make sure You spend plenty time to think What it is that You want to sell, have bright  photos and research SEO for your products.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Make sure you spend plenty time to think What it is that Yyu want to sell, have bright  photos and research SEO for your products.il_570xn-1116364803_nfrw

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I take a great joy in creating and it is very inspirational when people enjoy my art work and buy.

What is your favorite quote?


Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy: PaintingsGallery
Facebook: Aska-Joanna-Marzec
Twitter: ScottsIslandArt
Pinterest: joannamarzec142il_570xn-1045102135_ny66


If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.


Wedding Party Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When you are getting married you have so much to plan and so many people needed to help you get it together. There are caterers,photographers and more, but some of the most special people helping you will be your “wedding party”.

For being right there with you, most couples buy their special people gifts or tokens of remembrance of the day. These could be anything personalized, glassware, candy, apparel, jewelry and more.

Here at CIJ we want to know what “wedding party” gifts do you have and to tell us something about them.

Joanna Marzec from PaintingsGallery says I love the idea of having a painting or a print which feature where the couple was married. It would brings back this special memories from the wedding day every time they look at it.


Scottish Island Art

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint said I’ve made up personalized cuff links for the wedding party before – sometimes just as a special gift to groom from the bride, and sometimes for the whole party – groom, fathers, ushers, as a lovely memento of the day.

They are all individually packaged with labels with the initials of each on.


Personalized wooden letter tile cuff link

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states that this is a pair of vintage earrings that would be great for the Bride if she is going for a Vintage look OR for either of the Mothers in the wedding party. A great gift for a mom to give her daughter that is being married OR for a daughter to give her mom to wear at her wedding.


Vintage gold rhinestone earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we offer a number of gifts and favors for weddings and create personalized toasting and ceremony sets for the bride and groom. Our personalized stemless champagne flutes are one of our most popular items and we are now offering the additional option of having the bottom sand-frosted as well! We are a Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award Winner again in 2017 and have four sections of our shop devoted to Weddings for the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Registry Gifts, & Ceremony Essentials @DesignstheLimit

Frosted stemless champagne glass

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said sweet and whimsical bridal cards to ask those near and dear to be a part of the wedding party. fun interactive mirror cards for bridesmaids, maid and matron of honor, flower girl, and ring bearer.

Will you be my bridesmaid card set

Welcome February New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Joanna Marzec from PaintingsGallery says

 Hi my name is Aska, I work from my airy studio ON Isle of Mull from where I can look outside into the distance and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and sea.I gain inspiration from nature colours & all the beauty in the ever-changing landscape which I want to capture in my canvases and share it with other people.

Three piece wall art

Anne & I would like to introduce you all to Lullaby Quilts & more! We have attached one of our rag quilts & would love for each of you to check out our shop for more treasures. Each project is truly a work of heart . . . and every new quilt becomes a new favourite. Enjoy!


Rag quilt

Please visit our new members and help them feel welcome!