10 Indispensable Art Tools-You Won’t Find at the Art Supply store
Here is a list of art tools I find essential and none of them come from the art supply store. I love visiting an art store, however, much like Target, I spend way more money than I anticipated and buy way more than I need! This list will save you money and make life a little simpler.
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Knowing where to shop for Art Supplies
Experiencing the Five Senses while Shopping Art Supply Stores
- Smelling the reams of paper, the mineral spirits, and painting mediums
- Touching the hairs of the brushes and the texture of the paper, or testing the flow of a new fountain pen
- Hearing other artists exclaim their joy, feeling like kids in a candy shop
- Seeing the array of colors, comparing one brand’s Indian Yellow to another’s and eyeing the size of a canvas for the painting in my head
- Tasting might not be such a wise idea, but sipping a glass of wine while I shopped would be in the shop owner’s best interest!
Ordering Online Tips and Hints: Coupons, Sales, Bulk, Clubs, and Co-ordering.
Knowing the basic supplies and the better brands is the first step to saving by ordering online.
- Once you know the brands you prefer and the amount you need, waiting for annual sales and monthly coupons is a great way to save
- Many online retailers offer a value discount with larger purchases. If you need less than the minimum order, my guess is that you know someone else that would love to share shipping costs for a larger discount.
- If you plan on attending any art conventions or large workshops, visit the vendor tables. Many vendors offer special discounts at events. Once you are producing enough art to merit it, use this time to order bulk consumables and equipment.
Another great alternative to craft stores are shopping clubs, such as http://www.aswexpress.com. If you can afford to order ahead, this is a great resource.
Quality over Quantity
- Buy the best quality you can afford and start with the basics. As I mentioned, there was a fantastic art supply, called Rechenbach’s, in my hometown. Starting out, that didn’t seem like a good choice to start my stock of supplies because I perceived it to be quite expensive. What I didn’t know was that the big box craft supply stores carry mediocre brands. The mediocre brands cost less on your receipt at checkout but don’t last as long, perform as well, or inspire a fervor to create just by their texture.
- The better the quality materials, the better the painting.
- Sure, just buying high-priced supplies will not make you a phenomenal painter, but it sure will make the road that much smoother getting there.
- When you are struggling to learn all the principles of art and design and the techniques to achieve the painting you imagine in your mind’s eye, why add to the struggle? (Maybe have something like – When learning to julienne a carrot, you don’t use a dull knife, sort of thing)
- Take oil paints, for example. Paints that have more filler and less pigment don’t flow very easily, and they are hard to control.
- The color from tube to tube isn’t always consistent, and learning to mix colors can be more than daunting.
- Having to stop and sop up excess oil every time you squeeze out paint will derail the flow of that white-hot moment of pure creativity.
- Keep your inventory list up to date
- Wait for sales
- Buy ahead
- Pool-Shop with fellow artists to save on shipping
Download this free Art Supply Inventory-Artrepreneur Outliner Evernote template and start getting organized so you can focus on your artwork.
My gift to #30in30paintingchallenge! Participants
Heads up #30in30paintingchallenge! Participants I have a gift to give. With January around the corner I have somtheing for #30in30paintingchallenge!Participants, I think you’ll truly love! I’ve put together a free mini Artrepreneur Outliner kit especially for participants of #30in30paintingchallenge! Leslie Saetas’s challenge.
Personalizing the theme “Oh the Things I’ve Seen” to be about a walking trip through Wales, I reached out to an audience in Wales. Contacting the innkeepers, the official trail organization and hiking groups about the challenge. The result? A spike in the traffic to my site.Readership doubled that of the previous months.
The AO#30in30paintingchallenge!Mini Kit Contains
Inspiration for the #30in30paintingchallenge! Mini Kit
Features of #30in30paintingchallenge! Mini Kit
#30in30paintingchallenge! Participants-How to use these worksheets:
- Take inventory of your art materials with Supply List Template
- make a copy ,
- date it,
- personalize it
- Then order everything you’ll need to complete the challenge.
- Choose a theme from the Theme Starter Blocks
- Save theme Block to Theme Planning Worksheet
- the ease of drag and drop functionality in Evernote make this a breeze.
- Refine your theme and make a plan
- fill out the questions on the Theme Planning Worksheet
- Add specific plans or even reference photos to the #30in30 Calendar
- Refer to the calendar each day for you plan you POD(painting of the day).
- Once your painting is finished
- make a copy of the template #30 in 30 Daily Checklist for Posting Progress
- Fill in this template before you begin posting your progress.
- You’ll really thank me for this! Because all the information you need will be in one place!
- Get some extra exposure! Make a copy of the Press Release Template
- Craft your press release
- send it to local newspapers, associations related to your theme,artists blogs and websites, etc.
12 Must-have Notebooks for Artists using Evernote
How this Artist uses Evernote
My day starts with opening the Inbox inside the Leslie Miller Fine Art notebook stack, where I keep a running to-do list and a note for completed tasks. The Inbox contains all of my yearly goals and my YTD (year to date) accomplishments, which I have moved over from my yearly goal sheet. This gives me a great overview of what I need to do, next.
Blog, Newsletter, and Social Media Notebooks
- and Social Media Notebooks
Expenses, supplies and receipts, prices, sales.
Other great reasons I love Evernote
12 Must Have Notebooks for Artists Using Evernote
How I Name Notebooks in Evernote
What are Artrepreneur Outliner Evernote Templates
Today I’m so excited to finally share with your an organization structure for Artists. It’s a project I’ve been working on for over a year and something that I’ve been bursting at the seams to share with you. Today I’m introducing Artrepreneur Outliner Kits, building blocks for your own personal Artists’ Knowledge Base. Artrepreneur Outliner Kits take the guesswork out of how to organize your art biz. Each kit is designed around a certain aspect of being an Artrepreneur a virtual Artists Knowledge Base. Like printable worksheets and outlines, Artrepreneur Outliner Kits only digital. That doesn’t mean you can’t print out anything you like if you plan better with pen and paper but it will always be easily located and searchable.An Artrepreneur Outliner Kit is essentially a digitized personal workbook, reference library and organizational tool. So instead of getting a bunch of PDF’s that are designed to be printed — you’ll receive Evernote templates designed especially for Enterprising and Emerging Artists. Instead of printing, everything will be kept digitally for your convenience.
Why I created Artrepreneur Outliner Evernote Templates
Well, for Artrepreneurs of course!
Have you ever felt like this?
When I first began painting and being approached about whether my art was for sale, I began researching selling art, promoting my art to collectors and galleries and entering competitions and shows. I was overwhelmed by all the tasks recommended to be successful. I felt like someone must have a guidebook for those of us who didn’t attend art school. Those of us who by nature aren’t particularly organized. I found it difficult to set up a blog or a website, I didn’t grow up with computers.I felt like someone must have a guidebook for those of us who didn’t attend art school. Those of us who by nature aren’t particularly organized.
- I have no formal art education!
- No marketing course!
- How will I keep up with it all?
- How do I even begin?
You’ll love having an-Artists Knowledge Base! I do!
Open a Free Evernote Account
Setting up your new Evernote account
The Benefits of Multiple Platforms
Open email from me for link to templates notebook
Copy Artrepreneur Outliner Templates Notebook to your Evernote account
Start filling in the information to customize it for your own use
Artrepreneur Outliner-Artists Knowledge Base
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