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Should Artists Use Patreon?

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There are increasing ways to connect with fans of your artwork and create a potentially regular income. One such way is Patreon, which offers visual artists a chance to earn money from followers through patronage. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the…

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How to Find and Win Art Commissions

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One of the signs that you have truly made it as an artist is when people commission your artwork—but how do you get there? The first thing is to let people know you accept commissions. Shout it loud on social…

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How to Increase Your Christmas Art Sales

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Cartoon Christmas art featuring sheep with Santa hats singing carols in the snow

The run-up to Christmas is the busiest time for artists and makers, with some estimating Christmas art sales are worth more than the rest of the year put together. Small businesses typically bring in at least 20% of total yearly…

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How Artists Use Palette Knives

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A palette knife have become a vital part of the painter’s arsenal. Promoted from life as a lowly paint mixer, it has become more commonly associated with oil painters looking to increase the texture and marks of paintings. Types of…

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How Professional Artists Use Watercolors

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Watercolor painting has a reputation as being for hobby painters only, while artists pat themselves on the back using “proper” paints like acrylic and oils. But this medium has a long and proud history in art going back centuries. What…

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The Art of Creating Color Washes

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J.M.W. Turner, Wreckers – Coast of Northumberland, oil on canvas

A color wash is as important to painters as a paintbrush. A blank white canvas can be unnerving for artists. Any mark can feel indelible—what if you get it wrong? What’s more, an unprepped canvas can affect your work by…

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Which Paintbrushes Should Artists Use?

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Paintbrushes date back to the Paleolithic era around 2.5 million years. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilizations were among the first to develop painting with brushes for fine art and decoration. In terms of design, very little has changed since then. Brushes…

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10 Must-have Art Supplies for Painters

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As artists, it’s easy to get carried away and buy hundreds— even thousands—of dollars’ worth of art supplies. And the reality is you probably won’t even use half of it. The good news is that the equipment you need to…

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How to Sell Artwork Through Online Shops and Galleries

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Continuing our series on ways to make a living as an artist, we look at the options for making money through third-party seller websites, like Etsy or Amazon, or online galleries.  What is an online art shop or gallery? There’s…

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How Do Artists Use Egg Tempera

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Did you know egg tempera is more durable than oil and with a luminosity similar to watercolour?

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