Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How To Self Publish a Coloring Book

Do you love to learn new skills? I love to learn new skills and I love to share what I know. I decided to take my sharing to a new level with classes on SkillShare. I am teaching classes to share what I do and why I do it. I love to be able to share things that I have learned and this platform lets me share with more than just my circle of friends.

My first class is:

In this class I will be sharing how I have been able to self publish my coloring book series to Amazon. You will learn how to take it from Art to Finish. If you sign up through my link you will receive a free month of Premium Membership and be able to take my class for free as well as any other class on the site. .

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Glimpses of My Life Week 6

This week has been super busy. I am working on publishing my third coloring book for adults. It is called For The Love Of Food.

I have started a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds needed to take the coloring books to the Wholesale Market in Atlanta at the July 2016 show. For a donation of as little as $1 you will a PDF printable from one of the books in the series. The rewards go up from there. I would love it if you could help me spread the word about this campaign and if you could donate just a dollar it would be a big help. Sites like Kickstarter promote campaigns based on a lot of different things, the amount of backers, the amount of money and a mix of other data. I need to have a few more people backing me to bring my project up in the ratings so if you could that would be great.

I am still working on filming the class for Skillshare all about How To Self Publish A Coloring Book. This has been a fun project. I having been learning as I go about filming a class and how to edit a class. 

These are some of the other books that I have in progress. The Floral Abundance Coloring Book and the Jewels and Mandalas Coloring Book are both available on Amazon
 I am excited and nervious at the same time about taking my work to the next level. and I will be sharing a few new sheets that you can purchase as downloads soon. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Let's Talk Business: Teaching an Online Class

Today to continue the Levering your Art to Work for You, series I want to tell you about what I am working on this week. 
After I published my coloring book and started talking it up in the Art Business Groups on Facebook, I started having people ask me how I did it and what steps I took to make it happen. So I decided that I should teach a class on How to Self Publish a Coloring Book. I will be teaching this call over on Skillshare. I really like this platform for teaching a class because I am able to share a project based class with more people than just you my readers. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Glimpses of my life week 5

I pulled out my Windsor Newton watercolor box and thought about painting. I really want to get back to painting but I have been only working in the studio for a couple of hours this week because it has been so cold out there. I really love this watercolor set because it is so portable. it also has a very tight seal so I can put it in my bag and not worry if I left a little bit of wet paint. 

I am trying to get some more painted papers made so that I can get the mixed media kits back into the shop. I really enjoy making these kits and have some new items that will be included in the revamped kits. I am creating stack of papers in each set of colors that I am working with. The ones above were created with DecoArt American Multi Surface Acrylic Paints in reds, yellows and browns. I added some random lines and marks with a large Sharpie Magnum

My second adult coloring book Floral Abundance was published earlier than I was expecting so it is now live on Amazon and I could not be more excited. This on is all about flowers and i have been coloring some of the sample pages out of the book and I will be posting them soon. If you read the post on Monday all about Leveraging Your Art to Work for You, then you will know that I am working on creating diverse product lines with my art and the coloring books are just one way that I am working with these images. In the next few months I will be creating a book full of designs to stitch. 

This is one of the more simple designs that are in the book and it was colored with some on the Fine Tip Sharpies that I have in my collection. 

Here are the link to the supplies that I have mentioned in the post if you would like to try any one them out. 

Disclosure: I will receive a percentage of any purchase that you make using the links in this post. You dont not have to use these links to make a purchase and they will cost you any extra to use them.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Leveraging Your Art to Work for You

Today on Let's Talk Business, it is all about Leveraging your art to work for you. I love making art and I could stay in the studio all day and be happy, but I know that I have to take care of the business side of what I do in order to make money with all the art that I create. I want to share the ways that I have been able to monetize my art through different income streams. Today I want to talk about Printables. 

Creating printable items that for sale on Craftsy have been a great way for me to add a passive income stream. These items are created once and I can sell them over and over. once they have been uploaded to either of my shops there really is not much that I have to do keep them selling. I scan all of my art and so this is an easy way to make my art into items that can be used for printables. These are planner items and items for ATCs and project life cards. The items that I have shown here were created with some of my art that I have created with vector art. 

When you create products with your art it really helps to make sure that your information is on the printable. This way they will not forget where they made the purchase once the item is printed out. I like to make sure that I print them out to make sure the color looks correct. This is a way to make sure the quality is what you really want to put out into the world. I really have a high quality and don't want to put out something that I would not want to buy. 
I hope that I have shared some information that you have found helpful. Next Monday I will continue this series about Leveraging Your Art so that it Works for You. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Glimpses of my life

 This week has been up and down. It has been slow in my graphic design business but I am getting a lot of  other projects completed. I have highlighted a few today.

I have bee working on revamping my YouTube channel and so I will be posting new items each week. This is now where The Art Party will be happening, I posted a new video on Wednesday. I will be filming them on the weekends and then working on them throughout the week so that I can hopefully have them post on Wednesdays. 

My coloring book has been published. I am so excited to be able to show it off. You can purchase it on Amazon now and I hope that you will enjoy it. 

The Sunrises have been so pretty on the farm that I just have to share this. My daughter called it cotton candy sky. There is no filter on this photo and I just love the colors that are in this. It would be a beautiful color palette for a piece of art. 

I was playing with the #mymatsprep looking for things around town. This is a lampshade that is in our local courthouse. It is metal and a textured glass. I love the color that are in it. I could not get a very good picture of it so this doesn't do it justice. 

I have moved my studio back to my farm and it has been way too cold to work out there so I am really itching to get back to it. I hope that this weekend I will be able to get some heat out there and be able to get another video filmed. 

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