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The world of clip art has endless possibilities for creativity. Invitations, greeting cards, wall art, transfers, it’s limitless. Some of the best works come from the 1800’s public domain. I have been collecting some damaged pieces, actually I am like a chipmunk collecting a feast for winter. Anyone who lives in a snowbelt area can understand why :)It’s always incredibly rewarding to make something old and unusable into something new again.

I hope to be changing up my shop to include some of these pieces. I am adding commercial clipart so that others can use these in their own art. If you are a crafter or artist looking for unique clipart please feel free to message me. Or need a blog logo, I’d love to help you create something you are looking for.

Be on the look out for freebies here. Please feel free to click on the image above…

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Wrapping Up Two Strathmore Aquarious II Sketchbooks

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Toward the end of April, 2018, I gave myself the challenge of filling a 4.5″x5.5″ sketchbook filled with Strathmore Aquarious II watercolor paper that I had made quite a while before. After I made the sketchbook I discovered I was not happy with the paper when using my old method of working, which included pencil drawing before inking and finally adding watercolor. The paper’s surface is soft, and I found it impossible to use a pencil without making grooves in the surface, and that also made it impossible to erase pencil lines completely. So the sketchbook sat unused for quite a while.

Later I began using fountain pens, which transformed my drawing process. I was using less pencil predrawing and focusing more on ink drawing. Finally I decided to take the plunge and fill the little sketchbook with ink-only sketches. If they all flopped, it would be no great loss…

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Playing with Acrylics

I haven’t painted with acrylics in about 20 years.  So, I have to learn all over again how to manipulate the paints. Bumble, my partner’s favorite African Cichlid, passed away, so natural Bumble became my first choice.

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The Finish Bumble is below.

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I love to skip around in different mediums, because my mind gets bored and doesn’t fill challenged.  I guess if I had been born into some of the newer generations, I’d been medicated. Thank goodness, my family just handed me a paint brush and crayons!

The Nuts and Bolts of a Paint and Sip

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Paint and Sip

(originally posted January, 2018)
Ever thought, that you’re about to be in over your head?  Yet,  you take the dive anyway?  That’s how I felt with my first paint and sip.  Leaning on good old Google to get me through.There are tons and I do me tons of articles available.  I found that they can only suggest certain things, such as ” how to throw a canvas paint party ” or ” supplies need for paint and sip “.  Which helps propel you in the right direction.

For your first paint and sip to be truly successful, you need to plan couple months a head.  Better to over estimate with everything, than under estimate your event.

I normally shop locally, but out in rural country,  you naturally have to drive at least 30 minutes to get to most places.  This go around, I turned to Amazon, because there are no locally own art supply stores.  Below are a list of products I decided on:

 

Easels: US Art Supply 18″ Large Tabletop Display A-Frame Artist Easel (12-Pack).  Main website: http://www.usartsupply.com/

I found this company has the best price for bulk easels on their amazon account. They arrived in a timely fashion, no assembly required.  I purchased the larger easels so that I could use a variety of canvas sizes (between 8″x 10″ / 20×25 cm up to “18 / 45 cm )

Paints:  Castle Art Supplies LARGE Acrylic Paint Set – 12 BIG 75ml Tubes for Beginners, Artists or Students – For Canvas, Wood, Ceramic, Fabric and Nail Art (12 75ml tubes)

Great company for paint and sip projects.  The price was great for the amount of paints you received.  Didn’t dry out during the class.  My biggest fear was the product being to watery.  Didn’t happen.  They are non toxic and no running down the canvas.  Very pleased with the product and price.  A little bit of paint went a long way.

Canvas:  Arteza 11×14 Stretched Canvas, 100%-Cotton (Pack of 8)

I was very pleased with the deliver from this company.  As an artist the last thing you need is for your canvases to show up damaged.  It just causes more delays.  99% of the time, I load up and purchase my canvases from a chain supple store about two hours away.  They arrived undamaged and as advertised.  Found them to have the best price for this project.

Palettes: 10-Well Round Plastic Palette W/Cover

Good buy for the money.  All arrived on time and undamaged.  Liked the lid idea because, if I have another event that day.  Just cover, pack and reuse.  On another note: I’ve read that some use paper plates, a good, frugal idea, as well.  There are many way to present your event.

Paint Brushes: Variety Size Packs

As you know paint brushes come in varies sizes, so I went with several different types of bulk variety packs. Giving each painter six sizes to chose from. My best deals were found at my local dollar store or chain store.

  • Paper Towels
  • Vinyl Table Covers
  • Masking Tape (Any kind, can be used as masking and adheres table covers)
  • Water containers (I recycled plastic yogurt containers)
  • Water pitcher (to refill containers)
  • Color Wheel (If you don’t own one, get one!)
  • Smocks (I used over sized t-shirts and smocks)

Preparing the canvases

Because this was a family event and we anticipated all ages, “Paint and Sip with Parent”.  I penciled up the subject matter.  Then went over my pencil with black and light blue sharpies.  I prepared twelve canvases and one on the fly, when an extra guest showed up. Keep your design simple.

Venues: Where to have your paint and sip

I was lucky that the venue was provided for me.  Doing this completely on your own requires renting or holding it in your home.  Around here it would have cost me $150.00 for a couple of hours. Which would have been a financial loss.  Check with your local church, fire hall, community clubs or art organizations about renting their space. (The good thing about local venues is they may already have tables and chairs)

Advertising, Advertising, Advertising: 

Design a flyer and post it everywhere! Social Media is a great place to start, Twitter, Facebook, Your website etc.  Reach out to local bulletin boards in your churches, veteran halls, senior centers, grocery stores, gyms, libraries etc.

Set up and Break down:

  • For a 2 Hour event with twelve people: Anticipate that you’ll need at least an hour to set everything up and a hour to clean up.
  • Serving Food or Snacks?: You have to have something. Recommend store bought items.  Saves time. You decide on how lavish you want it.
  • Alcohol or Non Alcohol: Ours was a family event, in a public venue, so easy decision.  You can do both.  Just remember, if alcohol is served or if they bring their own.  You open yourself up to personal liabilities.
  • Clean up is very important.  If you leave a mess, next time they may not rent to you. Even go the extra mile and thank them.  Yes you paid to rent it, but your reputation precedes you.

At last, but not least.  I wanted to thank my Patrons.  Without your, encouragement and financial support this would’ve not been possible.

If I forgot anything leave a comment below.

Conserving the magic of Tribal Art

Conserving, Sharing and Protecting the foundation of the humanity:

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Indian artists are widely recognised and appreciated for their art. Not just the likes of M.F Hussain and Tagore but also the humble tribal artisans that give the western world a peek into the world of outsider art of the east. The tribal art typically carries the cultures, stories and struggles of rural and indigenous tribes many of whom have inspired and greatly influenced the concept of modern art. But even in the tribal art some art forms are more widely known and recognised while few remain largely unnoticed.

ORAON PAINTINGS

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The colours for Oraon paintings are drawn from Charcoal, red clay, green leaves and wildflowers. These vibrant paintings from Chhattisgarh were originally meant to adorn the walls and floors of tribal households and temples during auspicious occasions. This art was later transferred on canvas, pots, jewellery and sarees too to expand its reach.

GODNA PAINTINGS

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The art of Godna…

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10 of The Best Sales Tips For Artists

I always enjoy tips from this leading Artist and Entrepreneur.  Her ideas and experience lend to the old saying truth in marketing.  Thought you’d enjoy the read between your next creation.

 

If you visit the more than 120 articles I’ve written for you on this website you’ll probably find thousands of sales tips for artists. In the interest of saving you time I like to occasionally offer bite-size morsels of information with links to further reading. This article includes 10 of The Best Sales Tips for Artists. You may want to pour yourself a cup of tea and relax as you devour them and their related articles, or save this page to return again.

Please comment below and share this article with fellow artists.

Selling your artHelp Your Customers Visualize A Purchase

If you want to sell art directly to art buyers you must have an in situ page on your website where you post high-quality, accurate images of your art installed in homes, offices, public spaces, hospitals, etc. Potential buyers want to be able to visualize your art in their own interiors relative to scale, balance, color, and other elements.

You’ll find a great article I wrote on the subject here: “Show Images of Installed Artwork on Your Website To Increase Sales”.

Begin Your Holiday Art Marketing in September

Don’t wait until November to scramble for last minute holiday art sales. Start by announcing in your email newsletter and social media campaign how your art makes great holiday gifts. Every week or so send an email showing special holiday pieces that may be ordered in advance, especially if you do commissioned works of art or sell limited edition prints.

You might want to write an art blog post about it or create a separate Holiday Art Ideas page on your website.

Read “Plan For Your Holiday Art Sales Now With Email Marketing – 7 Steps”
Read “Simple Steps to Writing Art Blog Posts”

Add Details of Your Artwork

If you have a lot of detail or interesting texture in your art that isn’t easily interpreted in your full scale images, add details of your artwork in your gallery or portfolio section of your website and also on social media. Otherwise, what might be some of the best features of your art may go unnoticed.

If you’re a 3-D artist, don’t forget to supply various views of your artwork.

Consider adding a short video that includes close-up views of your artwork.

how to sell artKeep Sold Art on Your Website

Don’t remove “sold” work in your online gallery. Identify it as “sold” and mention any other useful information. For example, if you do commissions supply a link to your commissions page or F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) page about how they can order a similar work of art.

Informing visitors that your work is selling is a good thing! In fact, psychologically, when the potential buyer sees your sold works of art they will feel more confident in making a purchase and their interest and respect for you and your art will increase.

Beneath your sold piece, you could add a description, such as “The original painting has been sold. It is in the collection of Advent Corp. Limited edition prints of this painting are available. Please visit my limited edition prints page for details.” Or, you could add, “Although this painting has been sold please inquire about my commissioned paintings.”

Exceed Your Customers’ Expectations

Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principle? It tells us that 20 percent of your clients will bring you 80 percent of your business. So, if you’re smart you’ll pay close attention to that 20 percent. In fact, you’ll be wise to treat them with “white glove service”.

Look for ways to build customer loyalty from the very beginning of your relationship. Offer to hand-deliver the work, give them written instructions on how to care for the art, offer a reduction on their next art purchase, and remember them on their birthdays and anniversaries.

For more ideas, read “How Smart Artists Treat their Art Buyers”.
Also read “Ways to Ensure Ongoing Future Art Sales”.

Keep Your Credentials Up to Date

Few things are worse than having outdated About / Biography / Resume/ CV / Pages. It’s important to show off your most recent career achievements.  It’s also a good idea to add future events such as upcoming scheduled exhibitions. Also provide prominent links to this important page on all other pages and your art blog.

And, if you have an Artist’s Statement page remember to update it to reflect your current creative process.

Read “How to Write Your Artist’s Biography”
Read “How to Write Your Artist’s Statement”

Set Up A F.A.Q. Page on Your Website

Time is a precious and valuable commodity for both you and your potential buyer. Anticipating your customers’ questions will be much appreciated. They’ll know you take the extra effort when you address their inquires on your F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) page.

Answers about shipping procedures and costs, turn around time for commissions, your procedure for working with galleries, agents, and art consultants, are all very helpful. Also invite visitors to send you questions via email that you could add tot he page.

art in healthcareSeek New Venues to Multiply Sales

Don’t get stuck in a rut by only trying to sell in one market niche. Vary your outlets and venues. Many artists have sold their art through a range of different locales such as cafes, doctor’s waiting rooms, furniture stores, hotel lobbies and yoga studios. Or they have connected with interior designers and art consultants for increasing sales. Furthermore, one fast-growing field is the healthcare art market which includes not only hospitals but also medical treatment centers, out patient clinics, rehabilitation centers, and more.
Read “Selling Your Art to Interior Designers and Art Consultants”.
Read “Resources for Artists Interested in Selling to The Healthcare Art Market”.
Find out about my top selling ebook “Sell Your Art in The Healthcare Art Market”.

Learn About Advertising On Social Media

Have you considered advertising on social media but want to be sure you don’t waste time and money? Well, Hootsuite has created a short and informative video that will help you develop a great advertising plan to help you reach your objectives. You’ll learn the best practices for setting up a social ads campaign, from researching your audience and choosing a campaign type, to crafting engaging visuals and copy.

Hootsuite is the world’s leading social media management platform with over 15 million users — including me — and 800+ of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies. Watch their video here “Best Practices for Setting Up Social Ads Campaigns”: https://youtu.be/jpsbCJGGS_U

Update Your “New Work” Page

If you have a “New Work” section on your website, make sure you update this page often. “New Work” should be taken literally and your visitors should expect to see the page revised at least every few months and the “Old Work” moved to another page. It’s good to let potential art buyers know you are continuously producing art. That’s the sign of a true professional artist.

Also, a “New Work” page gives visitors more reason to see what new art they can add to their existing collection and they’ll visit more often. After you update the page post an announcement on social media and in an email newsletter inviting them to visit the page.

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