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 | Crafter Interview with Weaver Rebecca Riel from Riel Finishings

Artist | Crafter Interview with Weaver Rebecca Riel from Riel Finishings #weaving #wallhanging #moderndecor #homedecor #apartmenttherapy #wovenwallhangings #etsy #etsyfinds

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It’s my pleasure to introduce Rebecca Riel from Riel Finishings! You can follow her on Instagram, as well as check out her Etsy shop and website. 

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Can you tell me about yourself, your journey with weaving, and the story behind your shop? What’s life like in Manitoba, Canada and the balance between being an artist/crafter and a mother?  

My name is Rebecca Riel, but most people call me Becca. I have degrees in Political Science and Social Work, but after having my son two years ago, I decided not to go back to work. At the time we were living in a very small town in rural Manitoba and childcare was limited. While on my extended mat leave, I became a little stir crazy and got really into DIY projects. I actually started with woodworking and re-finishing furniture. Until that time (like many other people I’m sure!), I had always said “I’m not the creative type.” I now realize it’s not that I wasn’t creative – it’s that I had never given myself the opportunity to BE creative.

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I had always excelled in academia, but never explored my artistic side. As I got further down the DIY rabbit hole, I started signing up for some workshops – one of which was weaving. I have to tell you that I was a disaster at my first workshop! I tangled my warp thread so bad, even the teacher was surprised (haha)! In any event, I fell in love that day – despite the fact that it didn’t come naturally to me at first. So I took my loom home and slowly traded my woodworking projects for fiber projects. I had the idea to try to weave a map in the shape of my home province of Manitoba and suddenly people were asking to buy them. It started with friends and family but sort of organically grew into something else. Last fall, after much encouragement from loved ones, I gathered up the courage to open up an Etsy shop and haven’t looked back. That’s how Riel Finishings was born. It’s pretty much the ideal job for me! I’m someone who has struggled a lot with anxiety in my life, and I find weaving so therapeutic. The fact that I get to do it as my job now is just unreal to me!

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How do I balance being a mother and an artist? In short, not very well! I am so grateful for how busy I have been since my shop opened. That said, sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. We have had to seek some childcare for my son, just so I can keep up – and most of the time I still feel way behind. My house is usually messy and I don’t cook as often as I’d like. That said, I wake up every day being so grateful for this opportunity and the growth I’ve experienced!

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Can you tell me a little bit about your ‘mapestries’? How did you term that awesome phrase?! 

The most popular items I sell at the moment are “mapestries” (map + tapestry). While I began weaving maps of my own province of Manitoba, gradually I started getting requests for other states and provinces. The term “mapestry” came to me one night at 3am when I was up with my son. It literally just popped into my head, in a rare moment of genius!

Fresh week, fresh warp. Get it, hustle, go 👊🏻! 📷: @jfphotoanddesign

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What kinds of yarn and looms do you use and recommend?

Yarns: I love using a variety of textures in my tapestries. My favourite yarns to work with are hand spun and hand dyed, which I source from other small shops around the world. I’m also passionate about using recycled and reclaimed fiber in my work. You can frequently find denim, mudcloth, and recycled wool in my tapestries. They look unreal, and are also better for the environment. In terms of yarn I would recommend, it really depends on your textural preferences. I would caution against using anything acrylic, because it totally messes with your tension. Some of my favourite yarns to weave with are from: Knit Collage, Fly Yarns, Love Fest Fibers, Divinity Fibers, and Silk Divine.

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Looms: I have a LOT of looms! Some of them are handmade, but my favourites are from Lost Pond Looms and Funem Studio. Both companies make excellent looms in a variety of sizes – really perfect if you’re just starting out.

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 What have been some of your favorite projects and commissions?  

I was recently commissioned by a resort in Manitoba to weave some tapestries for their suites. This commission was the first larger-scale order I’ve ever received, which was a huge milestone for my business. The catch is that they wanted me to weave a buffalo. Yes, I said buffalo and I’m not talking about the place, I’m talking about the animal! When I read the request, I instantly panicked! If you have some familiarity with weaving, you know that some shapes are more difficult than others. I figured there was no way I could do this tastefully, but I challenged myself to give it a try. To my complete surprise, it turned out really well and I’m proud I was able to push through that challenge. I’m somebody who has always been a little insecure. I worry about failure and about what others think of me, and the thing about art is that there’s no room for those fears. You have to push through them. I try a lot of different things and they don’t always work out, but that’s okay, because sometimes they do and it’s magic!

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Do you have any advice for artists and crafters just getting into weaving?  

I don’t have much in the way of advice for new artists, because, well, I myself am still so new! I would have to say that it’s really important to find your own voice as an artist/weaver, which sometimes means pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. When I put on my artist hat, I try not to let the rational/analytical side of my brain rule, and instead follow my heart and my gut. Sometimes that is the scariest feeling, it means being totally vulnerable and putting yourself out there, but you will never know what’s possible until you take risks. If you would have told me when I first opened my shop that by April I would have a waiting list of commissions, I would have laughed in your face.  So I suppose at the end of the day, it’s really important to believe in yourself and just keep weaving. Oh, and never take yourself too seriously! Weaving is all about exploring different fibers and textures – it’s as much about the journey as it is about the final tapestry.

*Some photos featured in this post were taken by talented photographer Janique
Fortier, see her website here

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How to Keep Your Books for a Small Business: Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics

How to Keep Your Books for a Small Business: Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics #accounting #smallbusiness #businesstips #freelancing #freelancebusiness #homebusiness #selfemploymenttips #finances

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I remember the day that I started my first Etsy shop to sell my art prints and originals- I had no clue what I was doing! I just jumped right in (which is sometimes the only move many of us make!), and I didn’t know how to run a business or how to keep your books for a small business. Bookkeeping and accounting basics were like a foreign idea to me. Being disorganized, though, can lead to disaster, and it’s so important for small business owners to keep track of the financial goings-on of their business throughout the year. Failing to file your taxes properly is definitely a scary thought, but on top of that not keeping your books can lead to losing your business money and being unable to pay bills or for materials.

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From Accounting All-in-One For Dummies

Here are a few points to remember when keeping your books for your small business:

  • Keep receipts for every payment to and from your business. I would recommend starting a physical file folder of your receipts per year, and if you have a lot of electronic receipts, printing them or start a complementary folder of receipts on your computer. Separate business and personal expenses.

  • Keep a ledger of these receipts to keep track of everything. I keep mine in a Google Docs spreadsheet, but there are accounting platforms out there that you can use as well, such as FreshBooks which I recommend below. This makes it easy for me to access my records from my phone or any computer. In this ledger you will want to record each transaction that passes to and from your business, so that you can balance it like you would a check book.

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From Linda Pinson’s book “Keeping the Books: Basic RecordKeeping and Accounting for Small Business”

  • Balance your ledger on a consistent basis. You may not want to or have time to do this every time there is a business related transaction, but you can schedule when you’ll be balancing your ledger – whether it be weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc. This will give you a sense of your cashflow and perhaps areas that you can cut back on to save money. It will also give you a sense of when your busiest, most successful times of the year are for your business so that you can know what to expect and set some goals. Balancing your books will help you respond in smart ways to unexpected changes as well.

  • Understand that it’s ok to pay a professional! Professional accountants or bookkeepers will know about potential deductions that you might be eligible for, or other loopholes, and they’ll make sure everything is up to date and accurate in case you’ve missed something.

  • Paying taxes for your small business, its revenue and services or products bought from others that support your business, is important. 

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Recommended Accounting Software 

FreshBooks 

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I recommend Freshbooks because they are very small business friendly! FreshBooks was designed specifically for small business owners and the self-employed to save them time and money. They also have a Free 30 Day Trial currently running – click here to try it out!

 

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Recommended Skillshare Classes

Accounting in Only ONE Hour! A Brief Introduction

Bookkeeping Boot Camp: Identifying Business Expenses

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10 Skillshare Classes for Watercolor Artists

10 Skillshare Classes for Watercolor Artists #watercolorclasses #watercolortutorials #watercolourtutorials #watercolorpainting #painting #learntopaint #paintingtutorials

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I’m excited to share these 10 awesome Skillshare classes with you! I have partnered with Skillshare to offer all of my readers a free trial of their Premium account, for an entire month! Imagine how much you can learn in that time! After that, a Premium account is only $10 – that’s cheaper than a Netflix account at this point.

A Guide to Watercolor Paints and Brands 

This class is taught by Ana Victoria Calderon, an American/Mexican artist based in Mexico City. For each brand she goes over the following:

  • Quality

  • Availability

  • Sampling

  • Rarities (Unusual Colors)

  • Moistness

  • Price

  • Pigmentation (actual pigments vs synthetic dyes)

  • Value

  • Vibrance

  • Mixing Space

  • Translucency/Transparency

Class Project Samples:

Click this link to take this class.

Reviews:

“Thank you Ana for creating such an informative and helpful class. I’ve watched this class several times ….as every time I watch it, I learn a bit more about the brands and types of watercolors (I’m still a newbie to this medium in many ways). You inspired me to purchase Jess Greenleaf’s Explorer Watercolor panset which you designed with her (Greenleaf and Blueberry). I can’t wait to start using them ! Always looking forward to your next classes Ana. A pleasure to watch and learn from you !!!” – Sharon Rego

“I learned so much from this class, mostly intuitive, and hard to find information. Ana is an excellent teacher; watching her and listening to her talk about the different paints was so informative.” – Meg Cupman

Watercolor: Basic Techniques

Sandra Bowers is a Freelance Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer based in BC, Canada. In this class she covers basic techniques to help get you started with watercolor painting. You have the materials down, now to the techniques!

Click here to take this class.

Reviews:

“For someone with little to no experience with art, this was very helpful! It helps with some foundations in watercolors since I am an interested novice.” -Nia S.

“I loved it! It is great for a beginner for me! She explained and demonstrated the techniques really well!” -Taylor R.

Watercolor Textures

Watercolor Textures is also taught by Ana Victoria Calder. Over 5,000 people have taken this course and it comes highly recommended! Some of the student work is really great!

Click this link to take this class.

Reviews:

“Ana Victoria is a super talented artist but she´s also a huge teacher. I´ve watched so many online art classes and she is the only one who made it looks like the easiest thing to do in the world and I really got it. I´m so happy I found her. <3” -Carmen M.

“Fantastic class and teacher, clear and unhurried explanations and a lot of real time examples. You do not feel she is rushing to get the class over with like some teachers. I have learnt so much from this class.” -Caron S.

Painting Skin Tones with Watercolor

This class is taught by Melissa Lee Shaw, an illustrator and watercolor painter from Northern California. It’s the perfect class for beginners who’d like to start painting portraits and need to learn how to mix colors for skin tones. Here is one of her sample projects where she asks students to paint a portrait using the techniques they’ve learned in the class:

Click this link to take this class.

Reviews:

“I think this class does a great job of breaking down how to mix skin-tones with watercolor and how to color skin-tones in general. Before this class, I had no idea how to color skin, despite looking up several sources before this, but now it is starting to make sense to me 🙂 It is not overly complicated at all and I think this class gives you a great tool-set to experiment and play with coloring your own skin-tones in your drawings :)” -Mikayla K.

“Very helpful, I have been trying to master skin tones in watercolor for awhile now. The instructor shares the best colors to use and demonstrates step by step how to get the desired finish. I highly recommend this class.” -Karen E.

 

Sketch Your Life: Create Expressive Sketches in Pen and Watercolor

This class is taught by Elisa Choi Ang, a drawing and painting teacher from Singapore. She enjoys sketching and painting her life, as well as teaching others how to do the same. Her class teaches students to narrate their life through watercolor and ink sketches.

Click this link to take this class. 

Student work:

Reviews:

“Just what you need to start sketching right away! Not too much information for a beginner to get scared to draw, not too much instruments needed to make it harder to get and take everywhere. I’ve dreamt of such a course for ages! Thank you!” -Elena D.

“This is a really great class for anyone who is nervous about starting a habit of sketching from life. I took this class because I want to do this more, and I am going on a vacation this summer that I am really hoping to capture in a trip sketchbook. With the tools that I have learned in this class and the confidence from Elisa’s kind words, I’m sure I’ll have a nice sketchbook from my trip (as well as before and after 🙂 ).” -Sarah D.

Digitising Watercolor Drawings – Step By Step Guide 

This class is taught by Olga Shevyakova, a graphic designer, part-time illustrator, part-time styled photographer. She takes her students step by step through the process of how to scan their watercolor paintings, edit them in Photoshop, and vectorize them in Illustrator. Very helpful for artists who would like to make prints of their work, or sell on  platforms like Redbubble or Zazzle.

Click this link to take this class. 

Reviews:

“This was a very simple and very helpful technique on how to give your own artwork new life in digital format using Photoshop and Illustrator. Great Job. Well worth watching and taking notes.” -Mary T.

“Easy to follow and gives step by step instructions. The transcript is much appreciated. I’ll need to look at it when I actually open Photoshop and give it a try. I learned new techniques although I’ve been digitizing my watercolors for sale on Etsy for months now! Thanks, Olga! I look forward to taking more classes from you.” -Anna K

Confident Watercolors: Brushes

 

This class is taught by commercial illustrator Amarilys Henderson. In the class she goes over the basics of brushes to use in watercolor painting so that her students will be confident in approaching their work.  Amarilys’s cheat sheet for brushes:

Click here to take this class.

Reviews:

“Thank you for the short and very informative class. As someone who is starting with watercolor painting, I found the descriptions and practical demonstrations very helpful. Looking forward to watching your other watercolor classes. Cheers!!” -Atul K.

“Super useful class to get acquainted with your material. One size doesn’t fit all! knowing the performance of the brushes make for better choices when painting. Thanks Amarilys!” -Diana S.

Watercolor Lettering 

This class covers watercolor lettering and calligraphy. The class is taught by Peggy Dean, a self-published author of two best-selling books,  The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide and Botanical Line Drawing, and she is prominently known for her hand lettering and unique line illustrations.  Some of her class’s projects:

Click here to take this class. 

Reviews:

“Peggy Dean is a phenomenon! Her skills are awesome, her positive energy is contagious, and her teaching style is fun and practical. I’ve taken every one of her courses, and can’t wait for the next one! I highly recommend following her on Instagram as well, as she post so many inspiring works of art.” -Greer D.

“This was a great class! I’ve taken several of your other classes but this is the first lettering class using an actual brush that I’ve taken. It was very instructive and I like to see your examples in real time. It gives time to actually see the letter formation. Thank you for an eye opening experience!” -Sharon M.

Urban Sketching for Beginners: Watercolour Sketch in 3 Steps

This class is taught by Julia Henze, a freelance illustrator, letterer and urban sketcher living and working in Bergschenhoek, The Netherlands. Her class is for artists who aren’t sure where to start with urban sketching in ink and watercolor, or want to continue to practice. Some of Julia’s work:

Some of her students’ work:

Click here to take this class. 

Reviews:

“Love her breakdown of how to get the proportions right. I always forget to do that or it never really crosses my mind when I’m actually making the attempt to sketch something. It’s easy to follow and very encouraging.” -Grace T.

“I loved that we got to watch you draw/outline/paint along with us. Drawing buildings has always been such an intimidating task for me, but the way this class broke it down made me feel much more comfortable and confident about giving it a shot!” -Katie M.

Watercolor Magic: The Basics of Color Mixing and Color Harmony

This class dives right into color mixing and colors that work well together. Yasmina goes over the following in her class:

  • How to Mix on a Pallet

  • How to Mix Any Color

  • Tone Down Colors

  • Mixing Brown, Gray, and Black 

  • Make a Color Wheel Chart

  • Mixing on the Page 

  • The Basics of Color Theory

  • Collecting Color Inspiration

  • Make Harmonious Color Combinations

  • Make Your Own Inspiring Palettes 

Some of her students’ work:

Click here to take this class. 

Reviews:

“I think this was the most amazing class. It was hugely inspirational and changed the way I thought about mixing colour. It made me far more experimental.” -Lesley G.

“This class was so much fun! It’s really practical and the projects are so colorful and encouraging for beginners and for anyone who might be a little intimidated by watercolors. The Intuitive Mixing Exercise is very practical, fun and yields incredible results. I’m gonna make a habit of doing it whenever I feel stuck or un-creative, it’s sure to get you out of the dumps! Thank you Yasmina! You are a wonderful teacher and I’m looking forward to taking all your other classes.” -Lucia S.

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Yupo Paper for Artists | Yupo Paper Review!

Yupo Paper for Artists

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A few weeks ago a friend was telling me about this crazy new paper called Yupo paper – I know, sounds like a dog-sitting service or something – but really, it’s so fascinating! Yupo paper is actually a 100% synthetic paper that’s waterproof and recyclable!

So, I decided to walk into the local art store this week and grab myself a 5×7 pad of this stuff to try out. The first thing I noticed was how strangely smooth it was – it didn’t quite feel like plastic, but it also didn’t feel like paper either. If you have as much fun touching different materials as I do, you will love this stuff!

I also learned just from my own research that Yupo paper doesn’t tear, which is awesome! It means for the clumsy person like myself, you don’t have to worry as much about your expensive piece of watercolor paper tearing after you do that clumsy thing you’re so good at doing. It’s also supposedly very durable, built to last lifetimes, and you can wipe it clean if you need to during your artistic process.

You can also:

  • Die cut with it.

  • Emboss it.

  • AND it comes in different gradients of translucency, or super hard white.

  • Use virtually any medium on it.

Some things I learned from trying it out myself:

  • Ink sticks REALLY well to it.

  • Watercolor takes awhile to dry (I mean, it takes awhile to dry on regular watercolor paper too, so that’s nothing new), but when it does dry, the colors are insanely vibrant.

  • Watercolor looks a little different then it does on regular watercolor paper – it’s got inky, cloudy quality that I’m finding hard to explain.

  • It doesn’t buckle at all, like watercolor paper does.

So, without further terrible explanation of what the stuff is and how much I loved it, here were my results!

I was also able to find a few other really great examples on Instagram of artists using Yupo paper for their paintings:

Yupo paper can be purchased in most art stores, and I would definitely recommend buying some if only just to test it out for yourself! Because I love Amazon Prime, and I know there are a lot of people out there that love it as well, that’s probably the top pick I would go with if you’re just wanting to test the waters. You can buy a pad of Yupo 5×7 paper for only $6.79 on Amazon! Here are some other options you can find on Amazon – these are all Legion brand (that’s the one I tested) but there are other brands out there:

If you’re a fan of Blick you can also find Yupo paper through them online and in the store – they currently carry the Legion brand as well as one for watercolor that you can buy per sheet.

If you’ve ever used Yupo paper please leave a comment about it! What mediums do you use on it? Do you ever use the translucent one, and why? Is it better to get a pad or one of the large rolls? If you have pictures or a shop, please leave your link with your comment!

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10 Creative Subscription Boxes for Artists

These 10 creative subscription boxes are great for artists who want to get some practice using new materials and techniques! From themed boxes to boxes that include snacks with your art supplies, these will not disappoint! #art #subscriptionboxes #artsupplies

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I’ve always been interested in trying subscription boxes for makeup or handmade goods, but I recently tried looking into art subscription boxes to see if there were options out there, and there are! Here are a few – this is mostly a list for myself but if there are others out there that are interested, maybe this will be helpful. If you’ve ever tried any of these please let us know in the comments!

Lettering Box from Cratejoy

 #MyLettering Box from Cratejoy! Check out the other great Cratejoy boxes available.

This Lettering Box from Cratejoy looks enticing for me particularly because it looks like it would have items in it that I could experiment with for my watercolor paintings. I especially have been wanting to test a metallic Prima Watercolor set!

SketchBox

SketchBox has been featured in Nylon Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and Buzzfeed! The last box had the “Ink” theme and featured a set of Copic Markers, Tombow Calligraphy Pens, a Princeton Mini Detailer Brush,  and the Zebra Double Ended Brush Pen which hasn’t hit stores yet.  This subscription is fun because SketchBox puts DIY videos on their blog for techniques using all of the products you receive in your box.

ArtSnacks

ArtSnacks was created by the EatSleepDraw team to bring you art supplies, candy, and artist made goodies!

ArtSnacks was created by the same lovely folks that created the Eat Sleep Draw Tumblr blog, where you can submit your art to be featured on the blog. This seems to be the most creative subscription art box that I’ve found – they like to partner with artists, authors, and non-profit organizations to bring you extra goodies like pins, notebooks, and more – and some kind of snack or candy is always included! October’s box includes Marabu Fineliner Graphix PensWinsor & Newton Drawing Ink, a Speedball Calligraphy Nib Holder and Nib, a Connoisseur Protégé Short Handle White Nylon Brush, and a ZIG Fudebiyori Brush Pen. It also contains a Things Are What You Make of Them Pencil Pin and Mini Zine by Adam J.K. – a collaborative addition – as well as candy!




Creative Art Box

This awesome art box chooses to send a box to their subscribers monthly based on a medium and and tools for achieving creative work in that medium. This one looks like it’s best for beginners, but there have been some really great unboxings and tutorials on Youtube that prove even the professionals will enjoy this fun box. This box definitely includes the most products as well – you can see the list from last month’s box here.

Palletteful Packs

Paletteful Packs was designed to send you the latest art supplies in a different box each month!

Each month, Palletteful Packs curates an art box for their subscribers based on a theme. Like other boxes, they also like to send their subscribers new and exciting products. They offer three different types of boxes, the Petite Pack, the Palletteful Pack, and the Young Artist Pack.

Smile Create Repeat

Smile Create Repeat sends both art supplies and lessons for how to use the supplies in the box. The October box included the Versachalk chalk marker, colored pencils, a colorless blender, and other goodies not listed.

ScrawlrBox

ScrawlrBox is great for the beginner artist - find some new art materials and tutorials!

ScrawlrBox is similar to ArtSnacks in that they include candy in their subscription boxes. September’s box included Royal Talens Van Gogh Watercolour Paint, a Pentel Correct Express Pen, a Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz Water Colour Pencil, a Seawhite White Synthetic Round Brush, and Bockingford Watercolour Paper.

Smart Art Box

Having artists' block? Smart Art Box brings you new activities along with art supplies every month to get you doing something different!

Smart Art Box is another great beginner art subscription box. Each box’s theme is a different project. August’s featured Sennelier Full Sticks Soft Pastels, a Koh-I-Noor Black Drawing Paper Pad, a Crescent 300 Cold Press Illustration Board, a General Pencil Magic Black Artist Eraser, and a Stumps And Tortillions Set.

InspireME Crate

InspireME Crate is great for beginner artists and comes with lesson plans and art prompts for those who might struggle with a creative block or do better with instructions

InspireME Crate looks amazing – it comes with lesson plans and art prompts for those who might struggle with a creative block or do better with instructions. There are also warm ups, drawing challenges, tutorials, and more. Besides all of these great things, the box also comes with 4-6 quality art supplies.

Art Bento Box

Art Bento Box is an Etsy subscription box that is geared towards artists who like to work with collage, texture, composition, handmade paper, ATC's, art journals, and more

Art Bento Box is an Etsy subscription box that is geared towards artists who like to work with collage, texture, composition, handmade paper, ATC’s, art journals, and more. You can get the Winter 2017 subscription box here!

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Papermaking Kit Giveaway with Wooden Deckle!

Papermaking Kit Giveaway with Wooden Deckle!

Message from Wooden Deckle Shop Owner Elizabeth W.

Wooden Deckle papermaking kits were a natural progression from my love of making botanical art, and wanting to equip others to do the same, right along with me.

Enter to win your own papermaking kit from Wooden Deckle!

At Wooden Deckle our mission is to get you up and running at making paper, so that you can make great things. Our kits enable you to recycle paper to make handmade paper in a variety of sizes, for a variety of purposes.

We specialize in small and sturdy mold and deckles for practical everyday paper making. By shredding used printer paper, wrapping paper, sheet music, greeting cards, etc., and processing them in a kitchen blender, new life is given to what was once destined to be thrown away.

Finding a second use for something instead of throwing it away is good for our earth, and honors the One who made it.

Enter to win your own papermaking kit from Wooden Deckle!

-Wooden Deckle LLC is located in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

-The frames for our mold and deckles are handcrafted in the U.S.A.

-We get a little help from our friends… our boxes are folded and the labels for our paper making kits are applied by hardworking individuals at VIP Services.

-We assist educators/teachers interested in papermaking in the classroom.

Enter to win your own papermaking kit from Wooden Deckle!

Wooden Deckle Paprika Paper - Enter to win your own papermaking kit!

You can follow Wooden Deckle on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

We are offering a papermaking kit of your choice – whichever one you could best use, to make great things!

Please explore all of our papermaking kits woodendeckle.com or at etsy.com/shop/WoodenDeckle.

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How to Successfully Sell Art on Redbubble

How to successfully sell art on Redbubble #redbubble #sellyourartonline #printondemand

This post contains links that I receive a small commission from at no cost to you if you purchase something

Many of us artists who are new to selling on Redbubble, or have tried to sell on Redbubble and have tried to figure out their niche and what sells best, and how and what to promote, often give up after a year or two, or even less. These 10 artists give their advice on how to successfully sell art on Redbubble and what has worked best for them.

Redbubble Artist @artiisan

“My most selling products are definitely phone cases, but also notebooks and t-shirts are very popular! My top selling design is Floral Dance. I have only had good experiences on Redbubble. The RB team is so helpful and really interested in promoting their artists! I’ve been featured on the RB front page three times in three months and they’ve also re-posted my work two times on their 160k Instagram account. When RB featured my work Floral Dance on their front page, my sales went crazy and now Floral Dance is one of the top selling floral designs on the site. I also do some marketing on my own Instagram account @art.iisan where I mention when there’s a sale on or just post pictures of my products. I also have other sites that I sell my designs on, but Redbubble definitely makes the best sales. But I should also say that I’ve been very active myself; I add new works almost weekly, post eye-catching product pictures on my Instagram and tag Redbubble in the pics. I also take part if Redbubble arranges competitions, such as last spring’s #Staycay design challenge. Try to build good visibility! :)”

Redbubble Artist @ednama

“I sell stickers the most on my Redbubble shop, especially the ones that have been featured on Redbubble’s homepage, such as this one. I promote my artwork mainly on my Instagram account, I share my drawing progress and interact with people in the comments. Redbubble is a really great platform that you can sell your artwork instantly, so your followers can buy your latest work! Besides Redbubble, I also sell self-printed products on Etsy, where I pack and ship the products directly to the buyers – I love to include a small thank you card within the orders, so to show how much I appreciate every single one of them!”

Redbubble Artist @vonplatypus

“My Redbubble bestseller is a design called Missing, which imagines the Loch Ness Monster being searched for through the milk carton ads that look for missing people. Being featured a few times in Redbubble’s Found section definitely helped make this design popular, because although I have the same design available on other sites like TeePublic and Society6, none of those have come even close to the numbers Missing has done on Redbubble. To be honest, I don’t do a lot of marketing of my designs – I usually find it more fun to promote the artwork of others at my websites TeeMagnet.com and Compete-tee-tion.com. This is probably partially because my focus with my artwork tends to be sites like Shirt.Woot.com, where you sell the rights to the artwork and it becomes their exclusive property. Although many find the rights issue to be a drawback, I find that it can be a real plus for people like me who are less active in marketing their own work – in a way, the site does it for you! It gives me more time to make new designs, rather than dwelling on things I’ve already created.”

Redbubble Artist @obinsun

“The most successful item sold in my Redbubble shop are T-Shirts of my design “Cat Got Your Soul?” As far as marketing goes, I have a neglected Twitter account and that’s about it. I make up for my lack of marketing by being prolific when it comes to producing art. The more I create the more my work gets noticed which equals more sales across all designs. I do sell on a variety of POD sites too, but most of my income comes through Redbubble, Threadless and Design By Humans. For Threadless I submit to contests as much as possible and with DBH I simply upload all my work just like I do with Redbubble. The two things that contribute most to my overall sales would be having a design featured on the Redbubble “found feed” and getting a print on featured on Threadless.”

Redbubble Artist @BeardyGraphics 

 

 

“So, my Redbubble shop bestseller is this guy – “Blue Beard”. I use Instagram  and Facebook to promote my illustrations & stuff. Sometimes Redbubble puts my art on their Facebook cover, or make a post about it. So it works, of course :). Also, I sell my art on Society6 and TeePublic. I think that sometimes sales in my Society6 store are more successful because they offer free shipping from time to time, but sometimes I think all of my shops share somewhat equal success.”

Redbubble Artist @5mmpaper

“The design I sell the most is an 80’s retro Memphis inspired pattern, and mostly on phone cases. The sales increased drastically when RB featured this product on the homepage, and I am still selling it well as it is also featured in pattern design suggestions by RB. To promote my work I mainly post my work on Pinterest, and I also submit my work to groups when I upload new work. I don’t really use teams that much. I also sell on Society6 and find I sell a bit more there, and also a larger variety of designs. I feel that with really good texts and keywords on S6 you can make a bigger difference in terms of showing up in the search results. The kind of products I sell on RB are also different from S6. On RB I sell more lifestyle products such as phone cases and notebooks, and on S6 I sell more home decor products such as pillows.”

Redbubble Artist @EricFan

“My best-selling piece on Redbubble is Space Sloth followed closely by Music Man. At the moment I haven’t been doing a lot to promote my work, since I’ve been busy with a lot of book projects. In the past I mostly used the usual social media platforms for promotion: Facebook and Instagram primarily. The staff at Redbubble have been very helpful as far as gaining more exposure, by featuring my work on the Found page, and in some of their blog postings. I sell my work on a few other sites, namely Society6, DenyDesigns, Displate, Caseable. I’ve had good success on Society6, I think because (again) the staff have been very helpful about featuring my work, and they have a good system for generating traffic with their curator program. The curator program allows other users to “curate” other artist’s work and post it to sites like Pinterest and blogs, for which they receive a royalty from each linked sale.”

Redbubble Artist @aterkaderk

“I sell the most of my coffee cup sticker. It’s a flower pattern and drawing I made for fun one day. I didn’t have to do any outside marketing. I know sharing posts on Instagram and Pinterest can really help people, but I was surprised when I started selling lots of stickers after a few months. I was lucky enough to eventually have my coffee cup sticker reach the trending pages, and eventually it got to the first page. Then, I got featured on the front page of the site and since then I’ve been starting to sell phone cases, shirts, and notebooks here and there.

I definitely think selling content that can reach a wide audience is helpful, as well as having lots of different items. Stickers are the easiest to sell because they’re cheap and people buy a few at once. I make a decent amount of money from my other sticker sales combined, but it’s not really one design in particular besides the coffee cup. From my experience, having one product that does really well can make you the most money.”

Redbubble Artist @evasabrekova

“My top selling works include Lighthouse, Redbeard, andMeow Meow Meow. People buy themon stickers very often, but also on t-shirts, pillows and canvas prints. I am not in any groups, because I don’t have much time for being active in social networking 🙂 Somehow two of my works entered into the Found page, and one on the main banner of the site and it increased sales significantly. Maybe it’s because Redbubble follows me on Instagram and sometimes liking my work? In any case, all advertising and promotion of my work I do on Instagram.

You can also find me on the websites Design By Humans (registered a couple days ago, so too early to say about success) and the Russian website maryjane.ru (not bad, but most selling works are differ from RB) and pinkbus.ru (a few sales).”

 

Redbubble Artist @AdamSpringer

“My most popular popular peice is “River.” The items I’ve found sell the most are the more traditional, be it canvas or paper prints. However Redbubble is so interesting because they let you place your artwork on so many different mediums. I love when I sell a throw pillow or clothing apparel because I know that person is going to be interacting with my work more intimately. In this day and age having a social media presence is a key tool to help sell artwork. If a popular Youtube star reposts about your work it helps sell your product tremendously. It all comes down to who you know! Other places I have found helpful to sell art and interact with the community are coffee shops, bars, etc. Its a good place to meet people who are interested in art and have good conversations.”

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General Tips 

Title your work with a descriptive and catchy title.

Tag your work with words that accurately describe the work, and use as many multi-word tags as possible .

Descriptions are picked up by Google and other search engines – be as descriptive as possible.

Join and participate in Redbubble groups and become an integrated part of the community.

Promote your work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, WeHeartIt, etc. Using tools like Boardbooster for Pinterest can be invaluable.

Buy your own work to sell in coffee shops or other local businesses, or to give as gifts and show off.

Journal often to let people know what you’re up to or that there’s a new design in your shop.

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Recommended Skillshare Classes

A Step-by-Step Guide to Art Licensing: Sell Your First Piece of Artwork Online

A Step-by-Step Guide to Art Licensing: Sell Your First Piece of Artwork Online

Intro to Selling Art on Redbubble

Intro to Selling Art on Redbubble

Print On Demand for Artists: Painting to Pattern to Product, The Complete Process

Print On Demand for Artists: Painting to Pattern to Product, The Complete Process

Recommended Blog Posts 

Why You Should Sell Your Art on Redbubble 

How to Make Sales on Redbubble 

A Practical Guide to Promoting and Selling Art on Redbubble

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10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

These 10 beginner DIY art kits are so inspiring, as well as affordable! Start with a kit to learn some basic embroidery, origami, painting, etc, and in the end you’ll also have something fun to display on your wall or shelf.

The first kit comes from The Wild Woods on Etsy – learn how to carve your own stamps with this kit, which contains all the carving tools and blades that you’ll need, as well as carving blocks and ink!

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

This DIY printable bird garland comes as an instant download from the Printspiring Etsy shop. You can see a video of this garland here. After downloading, you can print each bird yourself and follow the instructions to make the garland.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

The Wildflower Art Studio sells beautiful starter kits, including this DIY watercolor kit. This kit includes beginner tutorials on beginner watercolor painting techniques and projects, along with all the brushes, paints, and paper needed.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

This pop-up weaving loom from Hawthorn Handmade comes with everything needed to make your own woven wall hangings. Their shop specializes in craft kits for beginners.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

Learn how to bind your own books with this bookbinding kit from Clever Hands.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

This DIY Leaf and Flower Press Kit is handmade in the US  with cherry and maple wood, and details are included on how to collect your leaves, press and mount them.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

Wooden Deckle sells a beautiful DIY paper making kit to help you make usable artistic paper.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

This DIY string art kit from ARTERNO contains everything needed for making fun string art designs.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

This nature inspired embroidery kit sold by the Jenny Blair Kits shop is perfect for beginner embroiderers.

10 Fun DIY Art Kits

This DIY zentangle painting kit from Mayhem Here comes with a printed giraffe on cotton canvas mounted to a custom piece of wood, resulting in a fished piece of art once painted.


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