Read The 5 Secrets I Can Share From My First Year Of Blogging To Improve The Way You Approach Obstacles

We’ve turned 1! Another year older, another year wiser... I wanted to celebrate with you by sharing the 5 most important lessons I've learned from my first year of blogging. It’s hard to believe The Artist Journal is already a full year old. I’m so proud of the milestones met through the blog this past year—both personally and professionally. I’m taken aback by the mentors I’ve had...

Slow Growth: Starting Your Craft Business With What You Already Have

Start your shop off right by offering something people actually want to pay for! Read about the best ways to spend your time as a new business owner! If there’s one thing I’ve learned after 4 years on Etsy, it’s that medium matters. I’ve seen so many new online shop owners overlook this first and most important factor. They’re only interested in filling their shop with the art they...

How To Prepare Yourself For Taking On New Design Clients

Taking on new clients can be a dream for fresh freelancers... or a dreaded endeavour for the inexperienced. You don't know your worth, your clients' expectations or even what your edge on the competition is. It's very easy to undervalue yourself when you're first starting out! But what if you knew what to ask these higher-paying clients? Would you still be intimidated by taking on higher-paying...

Questions To Ask Yourself When Trying To Nail Down Your Niche + Why You Need To Envision Your Success

Do you ever feel lost in what you're doing? Do you have trouble remembering the bigger picture? As artists and creative people, it can be easy to forget why we began creating in the first place. It can so easily feel like you're talking into the vacuum of space, posting all your hard work into a black hole. So how you do get noticed? You need "a thing", or a niche. Something important to us as...
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The Best Way To Spend Your Time As A Creative Business Owner

Before I started this project, I really had no clue what I did in a day. If there’s no pictures, it didn’t happen as far as my memory is concerned But when I recently had to write a piece on my experiences as a creative business owner and freelancer, I had to figure out what I actually did before I could start writing. During this project I also came across a big problem... It’s difficult...
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Why Instagram Stats Are Ruining Your Artwork

My best tips for dealing with “posting anxiety” as an artist on Instagram: Creative and emotional people: Don’t look at your statistics! There's a new phrase I've heard recently, as I was speaking with a friend and colleague about social media management — and mainly the stress of constantly creating content. After a while, we arrived at a common major issue: posting anxiety. Posting the...

How To Keep Working On Your Art When You’re Burnt-Out

Let’s face it — we all get burnt out. It can look like working over-time and living off take-out for a week, or for me it looks more like eating pizza in bed with my cats and not contacting another soul for days. Winter is known to worsen our mental health (or “steal your spoons”, as I like to say) — between the pressure of holidays and the physical stress of the cold, it's easy to...
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Why Artists Need To Consider Live-Streaming And Video Content for 2020

After all of the algorithmic changes across social media, content creators have been feeling the impact. With ‘the death of email’ amongst my generation, I needed a space to directly connect with my readers and followers. Somewhere the people who care about my work the most are guaranteed to see it. If you’re feeling ignored, overlooked, or censored (which was my issue) — creating your...

My Top 10 Free Apps I Actually Use For My Online Art Business

These 10 apps will help you nail your next art project, keep on top of your clients, and build your social media presence! I’ve been using an iPad Pro since I began working for myself, back in 2016. It was the first investment I had ever made in my business, ever. It was a big deal! There were a lot of things I needed out out one device and couldn’t spend so much. I had limited experience...
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How To Make People Care About Your Art

Connection = Caring So I was perusing the Internet yesterday thinking up a new side-hustle, when I found someone else had already taken my idea! This happens to me all the time, but this time was different. The blog I came across was featuring an artist — the artist with my idea — and all they talked about was their childhood and how it’s affected their current work. How to make people...