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5 Things Every Small Business Should Do Before the Holidays

5 Things Every Small Business Should Do Before the Holidays

Between school vacations, travel plans, holiday parties, and gift shopping, there's no doubt the holidays are stressful. When you add running your own small business to the mix, that stress is sure to double...trust me! With your time already limited, you'll want to be as prepared as possible for the holidays. That's why I've put together a helpful list of things you should do before the holiday season really kicks in! 

4 Reasons Every Creative Entrepreneur Needs a Brand

4 Reasons Every Creative Entrepreneur Needs a Brand

When most small businesses think about "branding," they tend to shy away. I've heard people say, "it's not worth the time and effort; I'm just a small business." I've also heard, "I already have a logo; that's my brand." Believe me, both of these views couldn't be further from the truth! Whether you consider yourself an artist, an entrepreneur, or a small business, creating a brand should be at the top of your to-do list.

Product Review: GOLDEN OPEN Acrylic Colors

Product Review: GOLDEN OPEN Acrylic Colors

I recently received GOLDEN's OPEN Acrylic Colors, a new line of paint formulated to extend working time, which allows artists to practice techniques typically only accomplished with oils. 

As a portrait artist, this new line was especially exciting for me. Here are some things I learned during my first painting session. 

How to Store and Organize Your Alcohol Inks

How to Store and Organize Your Alcohol Inks

With a handful of brands and hundreds of colors to choose from, an alcohol ink ­­­­­collection can grow in size quite fast. I myself have more than 150 bottles of ink in my studio, and even though each bottle is typically less than an ounce, they still take up a ton of space! Luckily, I figured out a great system and now all of my inks fit within just one draw.
These 9 Mobile Apps Are Essential to My Small Business

These 9 Mobile Apps Are Essential to My Small Business

Over the last few months, I’ve found myself becoming increasingly reliant on my phone and iPad to manage my business, as they allow me to work wherever and whenever, which is a huge plus when time is of the essence. These are the 9 mobile apps that have become essential to my business. 

How the Instagram Algorithm Actually Works in 2019

How the Instagram Algorithm Actually Works in 2019

Learn how the Instagram algorithm actually works in 2019, plus 6 ways to improve your ranking!
What's the Best Pouring Medium for Acrylic Pouring?

What's the Best Pouring Medium for Acrylic Pouring?

With so many pouring mediums on the market, it can be hard to decide which product is right for you. After receiving questions about this topic daily, I figured it would be helpful (and fun!) to conduct a little experiment. So, I bought one bottle of each of the most commonly used pouring mediums and spent the afternoon comparing each one. 
How to Prime a Canvas for Alcohol Inks

How to Prime a Canvas for Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks are best used on non-porous surfaces like glass, plastics, metals, and varnished wood. Porous materials like paper, untreated wood, ...
Acrylic Paint Pouring on a Budget

Acrylic Paint Pouring on a Budget

If there's one thing all artists can agree on, it's that art supplies are expensive. Sure, $8 for a tube of paint here, $10 for a canvas there, doe...
Getting Started With Alcohol Inks

Getting Started With Alcohol Inks

Here's a list of things you'll need to know before getting started with alcohol inks. You'll also learn what I wish I knew before I began this tricky art form. 
Tips for Artists: Showcasing Your Work for the First Time

Tips for Artists: Showcasing Your Work for the First Time

Thanks to RAW Artists Boston, I was able to take part in my first artist showcase back in January 2018. Here are some of my recommendations for anyone taking part in a RAW Artist showcase or who might just be exhibiting their work for the first time. 
Acrylic Paint Pouring for Beginners

Acrylic Paint Pouring for Beginners

Acrylic paint pouring is a fun and easy way to express your creativity! While you don't need technical art skills, you will need to learn a few basic terms and techniques before getting started.