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How to Care For Your Sumi-e Paint Brush

How to Care For Your Sumi-e Paint Brush

In this post I am sharing the most important aspects of cleaning and caring for my handcrafted sumi-e paint brushes.

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How to Market Your Brand on Pinterest in 2 Easy Steps

How to Market Your Brand on Pinterest in 2 Easy Steps

I know what a struggle it can be to operate a successful online business. It takes a lot of time and energy to build brand awareness and drive traffic to a specific site. That is why I wanted to share one of the best resources I know of to do this, Pinterest. I have been using Pinterest for a few years now, but really focused on building my audience on this platform over the last 7 months. Within that time, I have gone from 18K monthly viewers to over 315K! Pinterest also went from being my third best social media...

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A Creative Who Loves Problem Solving - Yep That Is Me :)

A Creative Who Loves Problem Solving - Yep That Is Me :)

You may or may not know this about me, but I spent many years working for large companies in the brand, product development/sourcing and marketing space. Although I liked what I did, it always felt like work. I worked a lot too, usually 10 to 12 hours a day and even though there was creativity involved in the work I did, it was not fulfilling, I always felt something was missing in my life.  The funny thing is, I realize that the things that made me successful in the corporate space, are much the same for the work that I...

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How Perspectives Can Change - Commissions

How Perspectives Can Change - Commissions

As artists and makers we are accustom to being asked to do commissioned work. I have mixed feelings about this specifically with regard to creating commissioned artwork. While I enjoy the income and appreciate a clients interest in my work, I tend to feel more pressured and sometimes the work felt/feels somewhat "forced". I suppose that might be related to the specific requests, if they were more open, meaning I could produce artwork more of my choosing, then it is easier and more enjoyable. In cases where clients want a more specific look or feel, then I find it much harder and more stressful,...

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"Old Bones" An Encaustic Monotype

"Old Bones" An Encaustic Monotype

The majority of my art practice of late has been focused on print making, encaustic monotypes to be specific. I really enjoy creating encaustic monotypes in part because it combines 2 of my passions, painting and tool making. I also really enjoy the mark making process when working this way. I have to be loose and relaxed when making marks, otherwise they just don't work. Over the last few months I have made 100's of prints, some of which I like but most don't make the cut.  Old Bones | Encaustic Monotype on Panel   The print I am featuring in...

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