15 Affordable Art Pieces for Cat Lovers – A Cat Lovers’ Gift Guide

Whether you’re looking to beautify your home, buy gifts for friends and family, or simply window shop, these 15 affordable art pieces are beyond satisfying to behold for the cat lover. Purchasing any of these pieces also supports small business artists! (Please note prices and stock are accurate at time of article publication.)

Get a custom cat portrait from the Mimandarina Etsy shop for less than $45!

Cat Cuddles” Art Print – $33 – by artist Miranda Sofroniou

Because Feed Me” Art Print – $30 – this hilarious print was created by Jamie Shelman

 

Black Cat Illustration Art Print – $25 – by artist Verónica de Arriba

Sleeping Cat” Art Print – $32 – by artist Hattie Buckwell

Cats Are” Art Print – $18 – by Matou En Peluche (she also has a whole section in her shop just for cat art!!)

Stretching Kitten” Linocut Art Print – $35 – from the Wandering Paper Co. Etsy shop

Hipster Cat” Art Print – $25 -from the Pink Armadillo Prints Etsy shop

Cat Library” Framed Art Print – $30 – by Helen Zwerdling for the book/cat lover or the cat loving librarian

Cat Lady Art Print – $33 – by artist Essi Kimpimäki – see an interview with her here on this blog!

Cat with Houseplants Art Print – $40 – by The Black Bug Press Etsy shop for the cat and plant lover!

Unamused Birthday Cat Art Print – $29 – by the Frankie Print Co Etsy shop

Yoga Cat” Art Print – $25 – by Jacque Oman Clinton for the yoga/cat lover

Cats Sleeping” Art Print – $33 – by artist Sian Summerhayes

Purrball Cat Print – $20 – from the House of Wonderland Etsy shop

 

 

 

 

How To Promote Your Art on Pinterest | Rich Pins, Tailwind, Group Boards & More

How To Promote Your Art on Pinterest | Rich Pins, Tailwind, Group Boards & More #artmarketing #marketyourart #artbusinessideas #promoteyourart #promoteyourartonpinterest #artblog

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The most difficult part about selling art online or otherwise is that there are so many strategies out there that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. I’ve found that learning how to promote my art on Pinterest specifically is one of those strategies that shouldn’t be ignored. The reason I’m so excited about Pinterest is because I know it’s a gold mind – over the past few years, nearly all of my art sales have been the result of viral pins on Pinterest. I’ve found that sticking to the following rules and using Tailwind have improved my Pinterest views, engagement, and sales with my artwork on Etsy and my artist website.

Set Up a Business Account

Setting up a Pinterest for Business account is going to be key to tracking your analytics. Here are some pros of having a Business account:

  • If you already have a Pinterest account, you can also convert it to a Business account.

  • When you confirm your art website with Pinterest, it allows you to see what people pin from your website, and adds your logo to any pins made from your site.

Rich Pins

Once you have your Pinterest for Business account, you can start posting “Rich Pins“. Rich Pins are pins that contain important information, such as price, where to buy, and more. To learn more about how to set up Rich Pins for your business, click here.

Group Boards

Group boards have been integral to my success on Pinterest! When you post to a group board, your pin will be seen by a much wider audience, and possibly re-pinned more readily by others.

To find group boards, you can search Pinterest boards for a topic you’re interested in, with the word “group” as part of the search. To join, most group boards will have instructions for you to follow.  You can also create your own group boards by inviting others to pin to a group you create.

Here are a few helpful art group boards that I’m a part of:

Artwork

Contemporary Art

Framed Art & Framed Prints

Art & Decor

 

Tailwind

Tailwind is a magical app that lets you schedule your pins on a virtual calendar, and these pins are posted automatically and on schedule. So, why is Tailwind so great?

  • Tailwind is easy to use, as you can download a button to your browser and easily schedule pins directly from your blog posts, website, shop, and Pinterest itself.

  • You can create lists of boards for certain types of pins. For instance, I have a list called “Artwork” that contains 14 boards, and one called “Artwork and Etsy” which contains 28 boards, for those pins that fall in both categories. If I choose one of those lists and schedule my pins, that’s 28 pins scheduled to be pinned over about a week or two of time! This helps you schedule way in advance and not seem spammy.

  • Joining Tribes means that you’ll be part of Tailwind communities of people who will potentially re-pin your pins, and you theirs. Here is an overview of the stats from one of the tribes I’m in for creatives (most of the re-shares haven’t been re-shared since I’m still new, but they’ve been scheduled!):

    • You can also create Tribes. I ended up creating one for Small Business Artists!

    • Tailwind now has a new feature for scheduling on Instagram and Instagram Stories! I haven’t tried this one yet, but looking forward to it.

  • Tailwind also has a hashtag finder!

When I first started with Tailwind, my average monthly viewers were hovering around 42,000 – my profile had been around for awhile, and it hadn’t gone up or down for months. Within one week of using rich pins and scheduling my pins in Tailwind, and using Tailwind Tribes, my Pinterest average monthly viewers increased by 16,000, and by the end of August it skyrocketed another 22,000, with a total of 38,000 average monthly viewer increase! My average daily viewers and people engaged with my pins increased dramatically and I made some sales on Etsy.

Beginning of August, 2018

End of August, 2018

 

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Interview with Fiber Artist Mandi Smethells | Maker of Imaginative Fiber Wall Hangings

I’m so excited to introduce everyone to fiber artist Mandi Smethells! Her imaginative fiber wall hangings are just the thing to brighten a room. You can find Mandi’s work in her Etsy shop, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Mandi’s work was also recently featured in the Mollie Makes magazine!

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with sculptural fiber arts?

I am a full time fiber artist living in St Paul MN. This “job” is a dream come true and something I have been working towards since the moment I decided as a child I wanted to be an artist. I only discovered fiber art a little over four years ago, and I have been obsessed ever since. I spent several years working in weaving techniques, and felt driven to discover new ways of working with the fibers and colors I loved so much. Eventually the sculptural elements I was adding to my weavings started to stand alone and are now the wall hangings I create.

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What is like as an artist/creator in Saint Paul?

I feel so fortunate to be a fiber artist in this vibrant community. Neighboring Minneapolis has a wonderful Center for Textiles (I teach a few classes there), and there are so many incredible artists working in the area. The seasons of Minnesota impact my work as I “feel” different colors and shapes associated with the weather. It’s inspiring!

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Where do you draw your inspiration?

I definitely have developed a collaborative relationship with my older daughter who is nearly seven. We have brainstorm sessions to discuss colors and shapes, and she will even sketch ideas to work off of! She will tell everyone she meets that she suggested I make a sun. Being a mom, and observing daily the wonder and imagination of my children, is my biggest inspiration.

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Do you ever receive custom requests?

I frequently have the opportunity to create pieces based on beautiful spaces, often nurseries or children’s rooms. I truly enjoy imagining the families spending time in these spaces with my work, and it brings me joy.

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What has business been like on Etsy?

I am so very busy with orders and all the other facets that are a part of being a “one woman show,” and Etsy has made it so simple for me to manage listings, shipping, sales data and marketing. I value anything that makes my life easier, and I do find a lot of new customers through the Etsy marketplace.

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10 DIY Hand Lettering & Calligraphy Kits!

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I’m so excited to share these 10 beautiful DIY hand lettering and calligraphy kits with you! These kits will have you hand lettering like a pro in no time!

Brush Lettering Kit from Wildflower Art Studio 

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This Brush Lettering Kit from Wildflower Art Studio on Etsy is the perfect kit for beginners. The kit includes the following:

 Step-by-Step Instructions

Brush Lettering Guide with Illustrations

2 Fine-tip Brush Pens (black ink)

2 Wide-tip Brush Pens (black ink)

1 Gold + 1 Silver Brush Pen

4 Practice Alphabets

Sketchbook with 16 pages of tracing paper

Project Guide (including ideas for creating your own brush-lettered Greeting Card & Coffee Mug)

1 Blank Greeting Card and Envelope

3 Blank Tags

1 Sheet of Blank Cardstock

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Modern Calligraphy Kit from Amber Wilson Designs

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This modern calligraphy kit was designed to take the anxiety out of learning modern calligraphy. This kit can be purchased three different ways – as an e-book, an e-book with pens, a physical book, or the physical book with the pens – you choose! The full kit contains:

 90-page spiral bound workbook *including THREE fonts*

9 different lettering tools:

2 Tombow Dual Brush Pens

1 Tombow Fudenosuke

1 Artline Stix Ombre Brush Pen (color varies)

1 Pilot G2 Pen

1 Tombow MonoTwin

1 PaperMate Flair Pen

1 Pencil

1 Eraser

LIFETIME ACCESS to extra copies of the worksheets.

Support from the artist

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Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit from Angelique Ink 

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This classy modern calligraphy kit from Angelique Ink is perfect for those interested in getting into modern pointed pen calligraphy! The kit contains:

1 Personalized Name Card

1 Oblique Pen Staff (or straight pen staff for left-handed)

2 Pointed Nibs

1 Bottle of Sumi Ink with Dropper

1 Hand-crafted Wooden Inkwell with Standard Dinky Dip Vial

1 Notepad of Calligraphy Practice Paper with Traceable Alphabet

Sheets and Guidelines

1 Beautiful Screen Printed Tote Bag to Hold Your Supplies

1 Beginner Booklet to Guide You Through the Practice, With Full

Alphabet Exemplars, Warm Up Exercises, Tips and Tricks, and

Guidance for Developing Style and Finding Supplies

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Brush Lettering Starter Kit from Aria Paperie

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This starter kit from Aria Paperie is perfect for beginners! The kit contains:

22 pg Intro to Brush Lettering Terms, Basic Strokes, the Alphabet, and More

1 Tombow Dual Brush Pen

1 Pentel Sign Brush Pen

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DIY Water Brush Lettering Kit from Winterbird

 

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This beautifully curated kit from Winterbird is perfect for those interested in hand lettering in watercolor! This kit contains:

4 Royal Talens Ecoline Watercolor Jars (various colors)

1 Pentel Aquash Water Brush (Small)

1 Pentel Aquash Water Brush (Medium)

1 Tombow Fudenosuke Twin Brush Pen

1 Sakura Pigma Micron 03

1 Blending Tray with 10 Wells

2 2ml Droppers

1 Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad

Blank Paper Sample of the Artist’s Favorite Paper for Water Brush Lettering

40 pg Booklet with Instructions, Practice and Some of the Artist’s Best Water Brush Lettering Tips

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Calligraphy Starter Kit from Rachel Carl

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This beautiful calligraphy starter kit from Rachel Carl comes in a gift box and a short instruction page – this kit may be easier for those who have already tried their hand at calligraphy. The kit includes:

1 Oblique Pen Holder

4 of Rachel Carl’s Favorite Nibs

Small or Large, Black or White Ink Bottles

4 Ink Holders

1 Wooden Ink Well Holder

1 Calligraphy Journal for Practicing (you can customize this with a name)

2 Exemplar Alphabets of Rachel Carl’s Signature Modern Calligraphy Font as well as a an additional Calligraphy Style Alphabet

A short instruction page to get started

1 Nice White Storage Gift Box with label

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Modern Brush Calligraphy Kit from Dashing Letters

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This stylish modern brush calligraphy kit from Dashing Letters would make a beautiful gift or starter kit for yourself! The kit contains:

60+ Page Modern Brush Calligraphy Workbook + Guide

12 Digital PDF Files of Brush Guides

1 Tombow Dual Brush of Your Choice, Hot Pink 743, Dark Teal 346, or Black N15

 1 Tombow Fude, Soft Tip

Tracing Paper Pad

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Kids Brush Lettering Calligraphy Kit from Kirsten Burke Designs

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Looking for a kit good for the kids? This brush lettering calligraphy kit from Kirsten Burke Designs is perfect! This kit contains:

Special Calligraphy Carry Case

2 Brush Pens

1 Watercolor Paint Pallette

1 Small Fine Brush for Lettering

1 Large Brush for Mixing

Variety Pack of Folded Cards & Envelopes, Metallic Cards for Lettering, Blank Luggage/Gift Tags

Worksheets Designed for children ages 9+

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Hand Lettering Starter Kit from Cellar Designs

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This clean and simple hand lettering starter kit from Cellar Designs includes the following items:

1 Resource Sheet with the Artist’s Favorite Products

1 Info Sheet with Calligraphy Terms

Worksheets Teaching Basic Strokes, Upper & Lowercase Letters, Traditional & Modern Calligraphy Styles, Etc.

Canson Marker Paper

1 Tombow Fudenoske Hard Tip Brush Pen

1 Tombow Dual Brush Pen

1 Tombow Mono Eraser

1 Free 5×7 Cellar Designs Hand Lettering Print

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Beautiful Modern Calligraphy Kit from By Moon and Tide

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This stunning modern calligraphy set from By Moon and Tide comes with a personalized journal and classy elements, and you can choose between a kit for right handers and one for left handers. The kit includes:

A4 presentation box

Personalized Journal

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy Book (32 Pages)

1 Jar of Black Calligraphy Ink

Black Oblique Pen Holder

High quality calligraphy nib

10 Blank Gift Tags

Brush Lettering Pen

Starter Pack of Paper with Printed Gridlines

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If you’re the type of person to learn more easily from video tutorials, check out these awesome hand lettering classes on Skillshare! The Art Spectrum has partnered with Skillshare to give readers 2 free months of Skillshare Premium

Classes: 

Hand Lettering: 4 Easy Steps to Modern Calligraphy

Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners

Hand Lettering for Chalk Murals

What’s in your Lettering Toolbox? Know Your Hand Lettering Tools Like a Pro!

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Interview with Artist Sam Pletcher

It’s my pleasure to introduce everyone to artist Sam Pletcher! You can check out Sam’s Etsy shop and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and check out her website!

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art?

Art is something that I’ve always done, even before I knew what I was doing was considered art. It sort of just pours of my ears, even when I’m not really paying attention, I’ll find myself sketching or creating some random rearrangement of the things around me. I tell people a lot of my practice comes from not being able to sit still, and that is one hundred percent a true fact. My embroidery work began out of a desire to make my mark onto clothing but to also give my hands something to do while relaxing, (which sounds a little backwards) like watching a movie or talking on speakerphone to my mom. And before embroidery, it was doodling, and before doodling it was friendship bracelets and before that, it was making lanyards at camp. (It is no shock that I have given many homemade gifts over the years.) So armed with all of this energy and love for making, I entered college where I studied art, and was taught the importance of segregating art and craft, which just generally confused me. A lot of what I create in my art is based in my knowledge of crafting, as I think is pretty common for most artists, particularly female artists. Craft is an accessible form of art, in my opinion, so it seems pointless to exclude it from the conversation.

What is life like in Portland, Oregon? Any favorite spots that get you inspired?

Portland is an awesome place to live for artists. The rainy times can make for some great introspective creative moments, especially in the winter because the rainy gray season does provide kind of a natural “hibernation” almost, where you can kind of hunker down and get really focused on your art. That may not sound super exciting but the best part about rain is that it literally makes Oregon so green. The trees, the grass, the flowers (the roses in particular) everything grows like crazy thanks to the rain. And once the winter is over, you can really see how beautiful this place is. Being born and raised in the Midwest, the most magical thing about living in Portland is that I can drive to the ocean in less than two hours. It’s magical, it’s healing and it’s very cold.

As far as in town, it’s so hard to pick a favorite place to get inspired because I find new exciting spots all of the time. The City of Portland has an amazing public art program, so there are murals and sculptures and interactive pieces of art all throughout the city, some of which are gigantic and hard to miss and others that are only three inches tall and only available to the most observant. Downtown Portland houses America’s seventh oldest art museum, the Portland Art Museum, which is filled with wonderful works and is always worth spending the afternoon in. I could keep going on about Portland, but I’ll stop myself there. It’s obviously an amazing place to live and I’m glad I’ve found it.


Can you tell me a little bit about your first solo show? What was the venue? How did it go?

My first solo show was super fun and definitely nontraditional as far as most art exhibitions. The venue was at an awesome vintage candy store here in Portland (Candy Babel on NE Alberta St), that features lots of different bright colors of candy in glass jars among cool unique vintage furniture pieces. And somewhat unsurprisingly my artwork fit in really well with the décor, since both are quirky and colorful. There was great feedback from friends and strangers on my art during the opening reception and throughout the entire month my show remained up. I can’t wait for more exhibitions, I definitely have plenty of ideas.

What are some of your go-to art products?

My favorite paint to use on fabric is Jacquard Fabric Paints, specifically:

Textile Color, a nice semi-opaque fabric paint

Lumiere, a pretty metallic sheened fabric paint that covers dark backgrounds

Neopaque, a fabric paint like the Textile Color, but goes on dark backgrounds

What is your like process for creating your hand-painted t-shirts?

Each shirt is totally unique, since I hand paint every one. Currently, I’m choosing to paint a one of a kind set of images on each shirt, which is time intensive but very rewarding. The way I approach creating the designs is very similar to doodling out a train of thought. I’ll pick out maybe four or five colors of paint and then I stand over the shirt and think. Starting the piece is always difficult, since you need to come up with that first image to paint. I don’t like to begin with a specific idea or theme or train of thought in my head, because it doesn’t feel as organic as when I let my brain roam freely in my associations of different objects, just thinking about and picking one at a time. It is such a small difference, I know, but I really enjoy stepping back once I finish a shirt and finding the common thread or small narrative I created through my painted doodles. I think someday I may paint shirts that are not all one of a kind, and maybe focus on one image on many shirts, but for now I am enjoying my slow process!

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Interview with Australian Painter Jaqueline Burgess

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It is my pleasure to welcome to the blog Australian painter Jaqueline Burgess! Originally born in South Africa and now living in Australia, Jaqueline’s paintings are inspired by a strong sense of place. You can see and buy Jaqueline’s work in her Etsy shop or on her website. You can also follower her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art? 

I was born in South Africa, and at 19 decided to travel and see a bit of the world. For 9 years my love of drawing and painting led me to a variety of part-time work – I painted murals, decorated restaurant and bar menu boards, illustrated, painted commission pieces for private homes and ended up teaching art in a London school. I communicate through my art, It brings balance and grounding to my life and it encourages my children to always create.

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What was life like living in South Africa? Can you talk about how living there has inspired your work? 

South Africa is so unique and diverse in its culture that naturally a sense of creativity and adventure became an inherent part of my personality. Surrounded by the Zulu and Indian cultures brought about a colourful and somewhat decorative approach to my art. Through most of my works, reference to pattern and subtle ornamentation is present in the compositions.

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What is the process like creating one of your wildlife portraits? 

Painting something from nature is always a special process. I begin with sourcing photos online for inspiration, a couple of sketches later I sit down with paint and brush to bring the drawing to life – finishing with the animals eyes is the most exciting part.

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What are some favorite materials you use in your work?  

I love painting with Derivan Matisse Ink and Liquitex Acrylic paints.

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy

What have been some of your favorite exhibitions and projects over the years? Are there currently any upcoming or in-the works projects or exhibitions?

Each year I set myself the goal of painting a portrait for the Archibald Prize. In 2016 I submitted my entry of a portrait of my eldest daughter and her friend to the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and was selected as a semi finalist. Last year I was asked by a gallery in Melbourne called Otomys to create a group of seascape paintings for their sister gallery in Sorentto.

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy Last year was also a huge step in opening a joint family business which comprises a coffee shop and art gallery /gift store called Sketch Coffee & Art in Towradgi NSW (follow us on Instagram and Facebook!). The concept of the store is to serve local and fresh produce, with local roasted coffee. Customers enjoy the gallery space and peruse the gift store whilst enjoying breakfast and lunch.

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy
Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wildlifeportraits #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy Sketch Coffee & Art houses only Australian and locally made artworks, textiles, ceramics, stationary, jewellery, photography,  and homewares, to name a few, alongside a rotation of my own large artworks on canvas. Its a very special corner of Wollongong that encourages the locals to get creative with monthly sketch competitions. Sip coffee whilst you sketch- people love it.  I have also just recently released a textile range of beach Sarongs and scarves called WEAR THE ART as well as soft furnishings for the home.

Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wearableart #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy #scarves #fashionscarves
Interview with Australian Painter Jacqueline Burgess #australianart #australianartist #wearableart #artists #art #painting #smallbusiness #etsy #scarves #fashionscarves
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Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

It is my pleasure to feature artist and graphic designer Rachel Roe on the blog! Rachel is a St. Louis based artist and you can check out her Etsy shop, her website, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art?

My name is Rachel Roe. I am an artist and graphic designer based in St. Louis, MO. I work from my backyard art studio — a space my husband built for me to encourage my career as a full-time artist.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design. So out of college, and for 4 years after, I was a full-time graphic designer (doing art on the side) working for a company that wasn’t fulfilling or pushing my creative limits.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

I’ve always had an interest in art but I never thought I could do it as a career — partly because of the sheer logistics of it but also partly because it was a scary transition from my comfortable job as a designer. But after a few encouraging voices and a leap of faith, I quit my 9-5, and started my career as a full-time artist.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

What is life like in Missouri? Any places in the area that inspire you or that you generally like to hang out?

I live in the outskirts of St. Louis so I get the hustle of the city but also the serenity of hiking trails, rivers and lakes all around me.

I’m lucky to live close to some pretty amazing/inspiring art museums. However, lately I’ve been trying to rely less on inspiration and more on discipline. Inspiration and motivation can be oh so fleeting. I’m learning I may not always be motivated but I can always be disciplined.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Can you tell me a little bit about your vintage uniform series? What was the impetus behind the people being faceless?

The vintage inspired pieces were initially created around my admiration for vintage uniforms. By abstracting the faces and settings, the piece becomes more about the uniform and the type of persona it creates rather than focusing on a specific individual. The fluid/abstracted brushstrokes compliment the piece making it feel like a faded memory.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

What are some of your favorite art products/materials?

I love painting on birch wood panels. Being able to see the grain beneath the paint adds a natural element to the overall composition.

What have been some of your favorite projects and/or commissions? Any exciting paintings, projects or upcoming events in the works?

I’m always honored when people ask me to paint a commissioned piece of their loved one. I’ve done faces, families, dogs and buildings. It’s always crazy for me to be painting, painting, painting and all of a sudden… I stand back and there’s a personality staring back at me. Faces aren’t always the easiest things to paint but they sure are rewarding.

Interview with Rachel Roe | St. Louis Based Artist & Graphic Designer

I’m currently preparing for my first big art show. I’m producing tons of new works so it’s been so exciting watching my studio fill up with art.

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10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

Check out these 10 genius art products on Amazon!

Hang and Level Easy Picture Hanging Tool 

This tool is so genius! This would be so helpful when hanging work at galleries or in your home.

3D Printing Pen from AIO Robotics

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!This pen will let you create in 3D using melted plastic!

Professional Expandable Art Portfolio Case

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

This portfolio case is twice the size of regular portfolio cases and super durable!

Magnetic A4 LED Light Box

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

This genius light box is magnetic and comes with strong magnets to keep your tracing paper on the surface.

Clear Wall Caddy

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

These affordable clear wall caddies would be perfect for mounting on the wall to organize art supplies!




72 Slot Pencil Holder

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

This canvas pencil case has 72 slots for pencils or pens of your choosing!

Adjustable Drafting Table

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

This drafting table is not only stylish, but also adjustable and has extra storage shelves.

Full Spectrum Pro LED Magnifying Lamp

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

This lamp is perfect for work or hobbies. Working on a tiny painting and don’t want to strain your eyes? Give this lamp a try!

Wacom Intuos Art Tablet

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!

The Wacom Intuos is a great entry level art tablet and has a natural feel and is easy to start using!

Flexible Phone Tripod

10 Genius Art Products on Amazon!This tripod is great for those who like to film their works in progress!

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Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

I’m so excited to introduce everyone to painter Elizabeth Boudreau! You can find Elizabeth’s work in her Etsy shop, Whimsical Weasels. You can also follow her on Instagram.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art?

Sure! My name is Elizabeth Boudreau. I’m a working artist in Athens, GA, creating illustrative wildlife paintings. I graduated in 2017 from the University of Georgia with my BFA in Drawing and Painting. Since my childhood growing up on a farm in the state of Washington, I have always held a special relationship with animals. In my adult life, that relationship has turned into one of creativity and compassion.

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

One of my greatest pleasures in life is travel. I love to see the world, visit obscure corners of the globe and experience the wildlife and culture. Many of my travels have resulted in projects during and after the trip. An example that comes to mind is my Costa Rican field guide book, created almost entirely during my stay and displaying the creatures observed in person. This past summer I had the joy of visiting South Africa, where I was spoiled with wildlife! The result: 72 art cards to result in one large composite poster.

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

You see, I love drawing and I love animals. It’s heartwarming to have the chance to pursue my passion.

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

What is life like in Athens, Georgia? Any favorite spots that inspire you?

Life after graduation here is a creative journey! I spend most of my days in my studio, creating personal and custom pieces. The area has many artist-friendly venues that showcase and bolster the careers of young artists. I recently developed a great relationship with Trio Athens, a gallery that shows and prints for local creatives. It’s also fun to see quirky art projects pop up around town, like knitted gnome trees that hide around unknown corners. It’s the spunk like this that keeps my love for Athens burning strong!

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

What is the process like behind creating your animal paintings – do you sketch, then paint? How do you go about finding references?

Typically, I begin by lightly sketching out the basic shapes of my subject, creating a composition that feels right. After the main sketch is laid down, I boldly delineate the subject in preparation for my favorite part…COLOR! My primary medium is gouache, sometimes layered with watercolor or marker.

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

The true delight in painting for me comes from troubleshooting. I adore the feeling of satisfaction when a troublesome area suddenly resolves with a resonating ‘ding’ from the light bulb in my mind. It is a constant process of layer, step back, observe, tweak, move on. It is so satisfying to see a piece come to fruition.

References for me are a staple, helping me create anatomy and structure in my figures. Most of my reference material comes from photos during travel.

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartistArtist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

What are some of your favorite art products/materials?

Oh, there are many great materials floating around! I will list below some staples in my studio, materials I heavily trust:

Artist Interview with Painter Elizabeth Boudreau | Wildlife Artist & Enthusiast #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist #animalart #animalpainting #artblog #etsyartist

Any exciting paintings, projects or upcoming events in the works?

Yes! The studio is in full swing right now preparing for the DragonCon art show! This is my first year participating and I am very excited. A few commissioned pieces are in the works and always ready for more. I love to create and see the joy my art gives others.

Click here to shop Elizabeth’s Etsy shop!

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Spring Art Giveaway | Featuring Project M & Virginia Skinner

The Art Spectrum's Spring Giveaway #giveaway #accessories #spring #mug #pouch #notebook #redbubble #threadless

I’m happy to announce The Art Spectrum’s Spring Giveaway! I’m partnering with artists Virginia Skinner and Project M to giveaway some of their lovely artwork, as well as my own, featured on some fun spring accessories. Here’s what we’re giving away:

Virginia Skinner’s Sunflower Notebook

My own Happy Leaves Mug 

Project M’s Daisy Border Zip Pouch

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The Art Spectrum’s Spring Giveaway

About Project M 

Emeline created the brand Project M in 2010. She is a British Artist and Designer that loves to play with color and shapes.

After attending Art School in England, Emeline earned a degree at fashion college. She then worked in the fashion industry in London. First as a pattern cutter and then as a Technical Designer. Her last job in London was for the creative and fun company Ted Baker. While working in the fashion business she continued to paint in her spare time. After a few fun and successful art shows within her own home she began exhibiting at many other venues across London including trendy bars, restaurants and bookshops.

In 2005 she became a full-time artist and moved to California. She currently is based near San Francisco. Her designs are either inspired by her artwork or by things seen in daily life. Emeline makes stencils by hand or paints in blocks of color. Her drawings or paintings are then developed into print design.

Emeline has been exhibiting for fifteen years in the UK, USA and Canada. She has undertaken a range of commissions for private homes and corporate clients, including a TV production company in Soho, London and for an investment company in Vancouver. Her paintings have been published and sold worldwide. You can find her designs licensed on many products including home wear, tech accessories, fashion and wallpaper.

Her licensed art work has been seen in Nordstrom, Target, Nylon, Dot & Bo, Wayfair, Fab, Joss & Main, WHSmiths and Habitat. Designs and products have been seen in print in Elle Deco Magazine, Real Living Magazine and Design Milk. Hilary Duff picked her iPhone case design for a special iPhone collection for Casetify in 2014. She has won three challenges at Printed Village, including one for the Chicago Black Hawks. In 2017 she went to NYC to film an episode for the CNBC show “The Profit” with Marcus Lemonis – The Profit (TV Show – S4 E12) – “Swim by Chuck Handy”. In January 2018 she won the Accelerator Program at Threadless.

About Virginia Skinner

Virginia Skinner is an artist currently based in GA, with a degree in Graphic Design. Mediums of interest include digital painting, drawing, and watercolor. Virginia enjoys drawing people the most, with a focus on feminine features and general character design. She is inspired by bold colors, floral elements, and organic shapes.  

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