Harnessing the Power of Facebook Groups for Artists

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I know, I know: there’s been a lot of news about Facebook lately, and not much (if any) of it has been positive. If you’ve sworn off the social media giant, that’s completely understandable! I don’t use it for personal reasons much at all anymore, especially since the newsfeed has turned into 90% ads. However, Facebook Groups for artists are […]

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Nonno’s Corner: Home of the Needlepoint Pet Portrait

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Hello, all! I had a different blog post planned and researched for today, but I’m more excited about the addition of Nonno’s Corner, your one-stop-shop for a needlepoint pet portrait. So, since I love following inspiration wherever it leads, I’m going to give you the rundown of those details, instead. We’ll return to the regularly scheduled programming next week. 🙂 […]

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Tune Out Unsupportive Voices and Focus on Your Goals

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All right, this week we’re going to focus on a darker side of the artist lifestyle: you have to learn how to tune out unsupportive voices if you want to succeed. Doubt can trickle in from any angle, whether it’s from a co-worker, teacher, or a chatty cashier at the grocery store. Storytime: back when I was in 5th grade, […]

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Draw a Butterfly: A Free Illustration Tutorial

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I’m back with another illustration tutorial! I previously walked you through how to draw a flower with watercolor pencils, but not everyone has those lying around like I do. So today, I’m going to teach you how to draw a butterfly using whatever set of markers you have lying around. If you’ve got fancy artist markers, great! (I’m jealous!) If […]

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How to Choose a Theme for Your Brand

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When you’re a small business owner, one of the most important things you can do is develop a clear brand identity. Of course, that’s much easier said than done! There’s a lot that goes into branding and marketing and all that jazz – whole courses have been developed on this topic alone – but this post will walk you through […]

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Find Creative Inspiration in Out-of-the-Box Places

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If you’re an artist, chances are there are times when you feel too burned out to create new things, or you feel bored by your own ideas. Trust me, I’ve been there! Thankfully, the spark always returns one way or another. As a gesture of solidarity for anyone else who struggles to find creative inspiration from time to time, I’ve […]

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How to Draw a Flower (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

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Hello all! I am back from my New Hampshire vacation with this step-by-step tutorial to guide you through how to draw a flower. This particular tutorial uses watercolor pencils, markers, and a touch of ink, although you could follow the basic instructions with any medium you want. It’d look great with paints, colored pencils, pastels…you name it! You can also […]

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Creative Packaging Ideas: Inspiration Round-up

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Hello, all! I’m back with new content for you today. In a previous post about branding and packaging, I mentioned how important it is as a small business owner to make your products stand out. Today, I’ve got a round-up of several creative packaging ideas you can tweak to fit your brand. A good goal is to make the customer […]

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Branding and Packaging for Your Creative Business

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Please note: this post contains affiliate links. For a full description of how these work, please see the full disclaimer. This post on branding and packaging is part of my business evolution series. For anyone else out there who is wading through the logistics of starting a small business, I’m going to share the lessons I’ve learned. Hopefully, your journey […]

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Do Yourself a Favor! Take This Self-Care Challenge

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Why is self-care important? This past April was one crazy month. There were birthdays. There were two weekend trips. There was a craft show combined with a drop-off for my May art show at Go Java. There was a massive effort on my part to get this blog up and running. I took ZERO time for self-care, and I’m feeling […]

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