A little over six years ago, I was sitting at my desk job as an in-house designer for a local newspaper. I had dreams of painting patterns, seeing my art on products, and running my own creative business full-time. I had been adding to my savings for over year, took a business plan class, and […]

My Top 3 Tips to Getting Your Art Licensed

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What to do when you're asked to work for free

If you’re an artist, you’ve probably been asked for free or discounted art at some point. Whether it was from a friend or family member, a business, or even another artist – it’s likely you’ve heard it one way or another. But what are you supposed to say when someone wants you to work for […]

What to Do When You’re Asked for Free Art

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If you’ve been looking for cruelty-free art supplies – meaning not made from any part of an animal and/or not tested on animals, etc. – today I’m rounding up a list of brushes for you. And regardless of if you’re worried about them being cruelty-free, these brushes are so good! Now if you want to go completely […]

10 Amazing (and Cruelty-Free) Paint Brushes

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If you’re an artist growing your brand or art business today, you’ve probably heard about the importance of finding your own “signature style”. Or you may have heard that you need to carve out your own niche, or become known for one main style of artwork. While I believe that concept truly is important, (read […]

Exploring a New Art Medium (Without Confusing Your Audience)

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Pros and Cons of Being Self-Employed

Are you thinking about becoming self-employed? In recent years, and maybe even since the pandemic, it seems like being self-employed is becoming more and more enticing. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are 9.651 million self-employed people in the U.S. (April 2021). This is about 30% of the total U.S. population. […]

The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Employed

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Designing, or redesigning, your website is no small undertaking. If you run a creative business, chances are your website is one of your most important marketing tools. That’s why I knew I needed a new website – and for a few years now! I used to host my website on Squarespace, but when my online […]

Behind the Scenes of my Website Redesign

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Probably one of the top questions I get asked is: Can I license my art using only Photoshop?! Or should I use Illustrator? Or can I use both?  So let’s clear this up! You can use either Photoshop or Illustrator. Or, you can use both!  Use Illustrator for digital and vector art.  If you’re not sure […]

Adobe Illustrator vs. Photoshop for Pattern Designers

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I’m writing this post for myself, for when I was working at my graphic designer day job and dreaming of being on my own. I’m writing this for myself when I was a couple years into running my business full-time, and feeling overworked and drained. I’m writing this for me, today, who still needs these […]

How to Define Your Own Version of Success

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It’s important to protect your artwork from being copied or stolen, either by other large companies or even unfortunately, other small businesses or artists.  Yes, you automatically own the copyright to your own original work the moment you create it. BUT, it’s still a good idea to register your copyright officially to take that protection […]

How to Copyright Your Artwork

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Over the years my roster of tools may have changed a bit, but there are a few that have stuck with me. I simply can’t do my work without these! Drumroll please… None of the product links below are affiliate links – just stuff I use and love! 1. Adobe Creative Suite Specifically, Photoshop and InDesign. […]

5 Creative Tools I Can’t Work Without

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Artists, Download Your Roadmap Here!

In this free 10 page guide, I’m sharing with you the 7 main milestones you may experience as a licensing artist, along with helpful mindsets for each stage. Download below and get more free tips from me on art business!

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