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...

My Monthly Work Mash-ups:

This blog post will be updated every month with what I've been listening to in my studio. The only consistent theme with this music is that I listen to it while I work. Don't forget to start your timer! June 2020 27 songs, 1 h 35 m Shuffle That Shit (June 2020: PRIDE 🏳️‍🌈 Edition) Click to view this playlist on Apple Music! Click to view this playlist on Apple Music! May 2020 19 songs,...

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...

How You’re Using Your Day-Planner Wrong: Get Better At Working From Home (Part 2)

Do you struggle with time management? If you often find yourself scrambling to get out the door in the morning, arriving late for almost everything, missing meals, forgetting important dates; you most likely are bad at time management. Being bad at managing our time can not only hurt our productivity, but also our relationships and quality of life— it can even lead to us disappointing the...

Why Artists Need To Be Tracking Their Time To Work More Effectively

Read how to Make More Time For What You Love Most by reading TheArtistJounral.ca and sharing this on Pinterest! What does an Artist actually do? You might think that being an artist means sleeping in every day, sketching strangers in Starbucks while sipping over-priced lattes, leisuring around local galleries, and shopping in boutique art-supply stores. You would be right!  There’s a lot...

How Artists Can Use Their Art To Improve Their Self-Care Routine

I have trouble making time for my art these days — I bet you can relate.  Something about having to find the right lighting and drag out all my supplies has me constantly putting off my painting. The thought of sitting down for 3 hours to illustrate sometimes has me hiding my pens away. We make excuses, sometimes without noticing they’re excuses at all. An uninspired mind creates a lack...

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...

Journalling Ideas To Guide You Through 2020 + A Free Journal Prompt List

One of my favourite things to do at the end of each year is to reflect on the previous 12 months and make “goals that build” for the next year — relevant goals that align to an overall vision. This time of year really forces me to reflect on the past year and determine how close I am to my future vision as the previous one. Here's a bit more on developing your future vision. Download your...