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Video: How to paint with kids: Tinkering!

We’re Back!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a video about my art projects with the girls, but we’ve been busy behind the scenes. Take a look at our latest creative obsession: tinkering! And–if you make any tinkering creations with your kids–send me pictures so I can share them with the girls! (more…)

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Video: How To Paint With Kids, Episode 2

Plan vs Free Form

In this week’s video we answer the following question from Clair:

I would just love to know if you guys have a general idea of what you are going to do or whether you just free form it. We tend to do a theme…like a city or mountains, and then we wing it from there but I’m curious to see how others do it!

Pull your kiddo up into your lap, watch the video, and join us as we make art together!

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Maker Mentors Conference

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I’m excited to tell you a bit about the Maker Mentors conference that is launching this week! Maker Mentors is hosting the first live online conference for creative business owners. We have brought together some of the smartest business experts & best creative business owners to create a totally unique experience.

The conference is happening May 14th-May 16th. Everyone who signs up gets access to 20+ live sessions with creative business experts, a one-on-one business counselling session with one of our 50+ mentors, interactive forums and tons of resources to help you grow your business.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it live. All of the content is recorded so you can access it anytime. Register now with discount code IAMAMAKER and get $50 off of your conference fee. (more…)

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How to Make Art Prints from Your Paintings

art printsWhen I started selling my watercolor paintings, I only sold originals. It soon became obvious to me that this was not a sustainable way to make money off my art. The watercolor cards and watercolor paintings I produced were well-loved and well-received, but in order to offer the art at a price that was fair for the time I put into each piece, the end product was too expensive for most people.

That’s when I started looking into printing services.

It is more difficult to create prints from watercolors than from other kinds of paintings because of the translucent nature of the watercolor. You cannot simply scan and print these images at a Kinkos while retaining the true nuanced nature of the original work. I understand that no print will ever be as good as the original, but there is a certain level of quality I expect from anything I sell. I refuse to put my name on a product that is subpar.

I explored dozens of businesses that offered reproduction services. The easiest services to find are professional reproduction services that will professionally reproduce your artwork for a hefty price. Sometimes these companies require that they manage the printing of the reproductions, as well. Oftentimes there are requirements on how many prints you create; a 100 print minimum is not uncommon. As a small-scale artist who was just getting started, these options did not suit my needs. I needed a DIY option.

Here is what I found. (more…)

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How To Start Selling Art Online

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Are you a visual artist who is thinking about selling your art on the internet? Here is my Guide on How to Start Selling Your Art Online!

Etsy is JUST A STOREFRONT

There are many sites where you can sell your art online: etsy, society6, redbubble and café press are all popular. These sites provide a storefront, but they do not promote/market/sell your art for you. Don’t expect them to. Don’t just throw your art up there hoping to get “lucky” and “discovered.” It will never happen.

Ok, sure, maybe as your shop gains momentum, it will seem like more people are finding you through whatever storefront site you use. But that’s not the case. The new customers are finding you because of networking.

YOU have to be very active in promoting and marketing yourself and your work. (more…)

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