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  • Artist share their tips and struggles with commissioned art

    by Taylor Pendleton on 31 March 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Making a custom piece of art for someone’s home is a special thing. If your thinking about starting to offer commissioned art it will definitely increase your sales and push you to grow as an artist! Sometimes knowing how to start or build your business can seem hard. I had some talented artists share their tips and struggles with commissioned art. Erin Laughlin creates dreamy abstract pieces. Here’s what she shared: Commission Tips: Offer an in-home consult, including size and design recommendations, as well as local delivery and installation – go the extra mile to provide value for to your client to make it a 5-star experience.  You get to build a real relationship as well which makes it more meaningful for you and them!  Commission work is a big decision, and they’ll love your expertise and input! Make sure your commission price covers your time for the consult and install!  Keep a gallery of all your current AND sold works that you could feel comfortable repainting or painting in a like style.  Both you and the client will feel more confident if they simply want something similar to an old piece with size or a few color changes!  Make sure

  • Artists Share Their Tips for Working on Large paintings

    by Taylor Pendleton on 31 March 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Taking on larger paintings can be intimidating and hard to figure out where to begin. Completing a large scale painting is so rewarding and can teach you so much! If your thinking about making a large painting I highly encourage you to try! I had some incredibly talented artists share their tips on painting large paintings to help you on your journey! Rachelle Kearns creates elegant art. Here’s what she shared: “Artist tips for working large“Painting large can be a little intimidating at first, but adopting even one of these tips may help you overcome the fear. 1.  You need to start somewhere, so a technique I once used was to first draw out your painting in small. Plan out the painting, figure out colors and then enlarge it. Use a grid if needed!  Using a grid is the best way to ensure the proper proportions of your piece. Split your sketch into grid squares in proportion to the canvas. Then you should replicate the squares from your drawing into corresponding squares on the canvas. After your drawing is set you can erase the lines.2.  When painting large, you will need a lot of space in your room or studio to

  • Artists Share Their Craft Fair Tips!

    by Taylor Pendleton on 28 March 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Craft fairs are great for getting your art out there locally! They can also be amazing for your business. The potential for sales is high. If you make handmade items I encourage you to at least try a craft fair once in your life! They can be a lot of fun and a great way to meet like-minded people. If your interested/ going to participate in a craft fair your going to love these tips from experienced craft fair go-ers! Heres my tips for selling at craft fairs: Host a fun giveaway at your booth! When I do a craft fair I like to create some kind of game or contest I can use to get people into my stand. For example, I’ve put a ton of pompoms into a jar made a big sign saying “guess how many pompoms are in a jar for a chance to win a piece of art” Not only does this bring traffic to your booth but it could also bring potential customers. You could even make people enter by them giving you their email to add to your email list! Making your craft right in front of your booth is a great way

  • DIY Valentine Trees

    by Taylor Pendleton on 7 February 2019 at 4:24 pm

    This project is great for all ages! Its super simple and so cute. Supplies: Darn Good Yarn in pink and red scissors glue markers (Karin markers are my favorite!!) tape styrofoam cone paper bobbypins Step one: wrap trees Begin Wrapping your trees with the yarn from the bottom to the top. once you wrap it all the way to the top take your string and tape it to the tip of the cone. Step two: make pom poms Wrap the yarn around your fingers. I positioned my middle finger a tiny bit behind my other fingers so I could easily pull another string from the bottom and out the top to tie in a knot around my yarn. Once it’s tied cut the excess string from the knot you tied around your yarn. If you like the way the topper looked on the pink tree then stop here. If you like the topper on the red tree, then you will need to cut the yarn on the edges and fluff out your pom pom ball. Step Three: Attach Tree Topper Shove a bobby pin through the center of the pom pom. Then push it into the top of your tree

  • Artists Share Their Tips On Varnishing Art

    by Taylor Pendleton on 15 January 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Varnishing your art is important for a number of reasons. It protects your art from dust and dirt, prevents your colors from fading over time, deepens the appearance of your colors, and creates an overall beautiful finish. I had some artists share their tips and process to help you figure out what varnish and application method is best for you. Monica Janes creates stunning abstract art. Here’s what she shared: One of the questions I am asked most often when discussing varnishing an acrylic painting on canvas, which includes an isolation coat first, is “What is an isolation coat?” Let me back up for a minute and let you know that I don’t use any products that are formulated as sprays because I find that I’m very sensitive to chemicals. That being said, my process of finishing an acrylic painting involves two steps. The first step is the isolation coat followed by the second step which is the actual varnish layer. The Isolation Coat- The first step is an “isolation coat”. This step involves brushing a clear, permanent, non-removable coating onto the canvas which serves two purposes. First, it protects the painting, if or when the actual varnish layer might need