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Self Taught Artist

Self Taught Artist

By Lauren Kristine Art
What do Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and I have in common? We're all self taught artists. I stumbled around in the dark as I started my artistic journey... I didn't know what paints to buy, how to varnish my work, or the differences between painting mediums. The mission of the Self Taught Artist podcast is to help artists (and aspiring artists) learn and fully discover the joy of making art. We will cover everything from the basics of painting, to how to sell your work, and beyond.
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20. Creative Coaching: How to Start Selling Your Art with Debbie Igram (@DebbieIgram)
Thank you to our guest artist Debbie Igram (@DebbieIgram) for participating in this episode! Go check out her gorgeous art on Instagram and hit the follow button so you can follow along with her journey. Today we have an extra special episode. You may remember a few weeks ago I threw out an idea to all of you listeners out there - I was looking for a volunteer for a new type of episode I'm calling creative coaching. I wanted to get one of you on the show with me to work through a challenge you're facing with your art. Debbie (@DebbieIgram) answered the call and volunteered. She is a watercolor and acrylic artist who wants to take a brave step forward and start selling her art.  This is a different kind of episode and we work out issues and brainstorm ideas in real-time. I loved chatting with Debbie and I am so grateful for all she shared with the Self Taught Artist Podcast community in this episode. You're going to love it, so let's get on with the show! We talk about so many things related to selling your artwork - payment, shipping, pricing, marketing, and more. I mentioned my postage scale on the episode. Check it out here on Amazon ($10.99 in the USA):  I also mentioned for shipping discounts at USPS. You can find out more at If you want to sell on Etsy, don't forget I have a code for 40 FREE Listings to get you started: 
May 24, 2021
19. 3 Apps I Can't Live Without (for Photographing My Art and Sharing it on Instagram)
Today on the Self Taught Artist podcast I share three apps I cannot live without! These have helped me so much as an artist to share my work and do a better job of marketing my work. If you want to share your work on social media or sell your work online, you have to get good photos of your work. It's a necessity. If you want to build up an audience for your artwork - how else will you get people's interest if you don't have good photos? As a result, I've spent a lot of time figuring out how to take good photos of my work, how to edit them, and how to share on social media to achieve my goals for my art.  3 Apps on my phone get used all the time to help me share my artwork with the world. Listen today and I'll tell you all about them and how I use them.  Instagram:  Website:  Etsy: 3 APPS - LINKS TO APPLE AND ANDROID APP STORES: 1. TouchRetouch 2. Instfit 3. PLANN
May 12, 2021
18. Etsy SEO - How to Sell More Art on Etsy
If you are new to Etsy, click this link for 40 FREE LISTINGS:  This week we're talking about how to sell more art on Etsy. The secret is to invest some time improving your Etsy SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. There are millions of listings on Etsy, so the question is how can you stand out? I'm sharing my practical tips for improving the reach of your Etsy shop. This episode applies to all artists, painters, and creatives who want to be selling their art on Etsy (or who want to sell more art on Etsy).  Email: laurenkristineart [at] Get 40 FREE ETSY LISTINGS: Instagram:  Etsy: Website: 
April 25, 2021
17. Finding Your Artistic Style
I think finding your own artistic style the topic I see talked about the MOST among Self Taught Artists. I have been collecting my thoughts for a while and thinking about three big questions: Do you need to have a distinct artistic style? If so, how do you find your artistic style? Does it make you a better artist if you have your own style? Let's discuss… Here's what we cover in today's episode: 1. We talk about where this expectation of having your own unique artistic style comes from. 2. We talk about what happened when I tried to force my style and how I've started thinking about this concept of artistic style ever since. 3. How did famous painters of the past approach style? What about current contemporary artists? 4. Next, we take a ride in the social media time machine. My favorite part of this episode. 5. I give you my formula for finding your own unique artistic style. It's not a shortcut, but it's the one I use and 100% believe in.  6. I talk about how painting in collections can be a great "hack" to making it look like you have a style or common thread in all your work.  Instagram:  Website:  Etsy: I hope you enjoyed this episode - please share it with a friend who needs to hear this message, too.
April 20, 2021
16. Odds & Ends - Art Shows, Artistic Style and Consistency (or lack thereof), and More
Today the agenda is pretty relaxed… we'll talk about art shows, markets, and fairs and I'll give you the update from my art show last week. Second, we'll talk about trying new things and branching out to painting new subject matter. Do you have to be consistent as an artist? Finally, I finish up the episode talking about my favorite paint colors right now and an encouraging note to keep your eyes on the long game as a Self Taught Artist. This is a great episode to paint along with - so get out your paint brushes, squeeze out some fresh paint, and let's get going! This odds & ends episode format is new - it's where I talk about what's going on in my art studio and whatever artsy topics have been on my mind lately. I hope you enjoy this week's episode of the Self Taught Artist podcast! Instagram:  Website: Etsy:
April 8, 2021
15. What To Do If You Don't Love Your Own Artwork
I'm sharing why you need to LOVE your artwork and 3 secrets to creating art you love. It's an artistic pep talk to get you falling in love with your art all over again.  This episode is great for all kinds of artists, painters, and creatives of any kind.  Instagram:  Website:  Etsy: Thanks for listening to the Self Taught Artist podcast! Happy creating my friends!
March 28, 2021
14. Special Effects Using Acrylic Mediums and Additives
How to Achieve Special Effects with Acrylic Mediums and Additives An acrylic medium is a substance that is added to paint to change one or more of its properties. Essentially, Acrylic mediums and additives are liquids or gels that you mix into your acrylic paint. They can help you create different effects, textures, and finishes by making the paint thinner, thicker, glossy, matte, slow-drying, textured, and more. Just another tool you can consider adding to your painting and art supply toolbox! I'll talk about the most common acrylic mediums one by one. I'll quickly note that Mediums are incredibly versatile, and a lot of them can serve multiple purposes and you'll notice that really quickly as I talk about them. The acrylic mediums and additives we talk about today are the following: Gloss Medium Matte Medium Glazing Medium (also called Acrylic Glazing Fluid) Gel Medium Modeling Paste (also called Molding Paste) Texture Gels  Retarder Flow Improver (also called Flow Aid) Mediums are fun to experiment with as a painter and they can help you get unique effects in your artwork. These are optional, but I share them with you in case you've been scratching your head wondering how to get a certain effect in your art! Instagram:  Website:  Etsy:
March 22, 2021
13. Packaging and Shipping Art
So you've made a sale... now what? You have to manage all the logistics to get your masterpiece safely delivered to your art buyer. This episode talks all about packaging and shipping art. I'm diving into all the details on how I ship stretched canvas, paintings on paper, and more like where to buy discount shipping supplies. Shipping art isn't my favorite part of being a Self Taught Artist, but it is a necessity whether you're selling art or just gifting your art to friends or family.  This episode is the second part of this week's discussion on what to do after you sell a piece of art. For part one of this conversation, please listen to Episode 12: How to Turn a One-Time Buyer into a Repeat Art Collector (Elevate the Buyer Experience) Instagram:  Website:  Etsy:
March 16, 2021
12. Finishing Touches When You Sell Art & How to Elevate The Buyer Experience
This week you get not one, but TWO new episodes. This episode is part one: How to Elevate Your Buyer Experience and Turn a One-Time Buyer into a Repeat Collector. We're talking about artist branding, including little extras in your packages, and finishing touches that can WOW your buyers. When I sell a piece of art, I look at it as the beginning of a special relationship between me and the collector - so I want them to be impressed when they receive the art and unbox it. Here's the catch: you have to be really strategic about your little extras because if you're not careful they will eat into your profits big time. I'm giving away all my tips and tricks for wowing your art collectors without spending too much money.  I provide different levels of branding and special touches you can include in your art business, whether you're completely new to selling art or if you're an art selling pro. If you have more tips for artist branding and elevating your buyer's experience, let me know on Instagram. Instagram: Website: Etsy:
March 16, 2021
11. How to Evaluate Your Art and Diagnose Issues
This episode is about how to know when a piece of art is finished and also about diagnosing any issues your art might have. Sometimes when you're painting you have a clear finish line -- you put the last color on and you step back and go "WOW" it's complete. Frequently, however, the finish line is less clear when you make artwork. Perhaps you just feel like your art is missing something, but you're not sure what the missing piece is. Let's dive into how to diagnose and fix any issues so you can complete your artwork with confidence. Free Guides & Resources: My website: Instagram: Self Taught Artist Podcast
March 7, 2021
10. The *Best Value* Art Supplies
Get the free MEGA LIST of value art supplies here:  Today we're talking all about what art supplies will give you the best value. We want to make great archival quality work that will have vibrant colors and look really professional… but we don't want to break the bank. Today, I'm sharing how to get the best bang for your buck with acrylic paint, watercolor paint, paint brushes, paper, canvases, gesso, varnish, and more.  PLUS there's an exclusive freebie for all you wonderful listeners. I put all these supplies into a **mega list** with photos, descriptions, and even some prices to help you wade through the overwhelming options of art supplies. It's printable if you want to take it to the art supply store or you can just bookmark it to come back to it as needed. Best of all, it's totally free. So if you want to get the companion guide to this episode, head to Find me on Instagram at  My website is
March 1, 2021
9. How to Push Past Fear and Create Your Best Art Ever
Don't let fear stop you from creating! Fear is a very common emotion, but it can hold you back if you're not intentional about pushing past it. Letting fear stop you from moving forward creatively would be a shame. Today, I'm sharing my 4 step process for pushing past fear and creating your best art yet. I get personal about my 2 biggest fears that I experience sometimes when making art.  What fears do you have regarding your art? Fear of failure Fear of rejection Fear of not being good enough Fear of success I want to encourage all of you out there to push past any fears related to your art - good things will happen. You have something special to share with the world, and you can gain so much personally from expressing yourself creatively. Wouldn't it be a shame if fear held you back from sharing your gifts with the world? This is a different kind of episode than I've made in the past - if you liked it, would you please send me a note on Instagram? If you like it, I'll make some related episodes in the future. Instagram: Website: Etsy:
February 23, 2021
8. Varnish: the final step in making professional quality art
In Episode 5 we talked about priming or preparing your surface for painting. Today I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the opposite -- how to varnish an acrylic painting. Today's podcast applies to acrylic painting only - oil painting has different rules. I've been varnishing a lot of paintings over the last few weeks to mail out to clients - it's not my favorite part of being an artist, but it is a super important part of making art that lasts. There are some common misconceptions about varnishing acrylic paintings and the information that's out there isn't always clear to beginners - so I'm going to clear that up today. Here's our agenda for this episode: The 2 major categories of varnish: removable and permanent The 3 major types of finish: gloss, satin, and matte Spray (aerosol) varnish vs Brush-on varnish The varnish type I recommend (after my own trial and error) How to apply varnish properly Find me on Instagram: My Website: Spoiler alert! Here's a link to my favorite varnish:    *I am not paid to recommend any products. I get no commissions or any benefits. The products I talk about are the actual products I have tested and use in my own art practice.
February 15, 2021
7. How to Start Selling Your Art - Selling Art on Instagram, Start an Etsy Shop, and Building Your Own Website
This long-awaited episode of the Self Taught Artist Podcast is finally here! I've been getting a lot of DMs lately about how to start selling your artwork. Today we're talking all about how to start selling your art. We're getting into the nitty-gritty details: what platform should you start with and why? We talk about selling art directly on Instagram or Facebook, starting your own Etsy store, and when is the right time to invest in building your own online eCommerce store for your paintings or artwork. Learning how to sell your art online doesn't have to be complicated. I introduce my concept of "moving up the sales ladder" to help you grow sustainably.  Here's my code for 40 FREE listings on Etsy so you can try it out risk-free.  What's right for you -- Selling on Instagram, Etsy, or Building Your Own Website? Listen to today's episode to find out!  Instagram: My Etsy: My Website: Get 40 FREE listings on Etsy:
February 11, 2021
6. Beat Creative Block! 10 Ways to Get Un-Stuck When you have Artist's Block.
Today on the Self Taught Artist podcast, we are talking about how to get un-stuck when you have creative block. Slumps in your creativity are completely normal parts of the artistic journey. I'm sharing ten ways to kick start your creative engine again! This episode is great for artists and painters of all skill levels, and other creatives too. Here are ten things you can do when you have artist's block to get creating again... Another resource I discuss on the show:
February 1, 2021
5. How to Prime a Canvas for Acrylic Painting (the gesso episode!)
Today we're talking about priming or preparing your painting canvas for acrylic painting. We'll talk about: What canvas I buy for acrylic art and my all-time favorite canvas for acrylic painting What to do if your canvas is loose What art supplies you need to prime your painting canvas The step by step guide to priming your canvas Some assorted Q&A all about gesso for acrylic painting Let's get started! You can find me online at or @laurenkristineart on Instagram. Until the next episode, happy creating my artist friends!
January 18, 2021
4. All About Commissions - Are you ready to tackle commissions as an artist?
There are a few aspects of commissions we discuss this week on the Self Taught Artist podcast: Why commissions are so hard As an artist or painter, when is the right time to start accepting commissions? How to choose when to say yes or no to a commission opportunity How to reduce pressure when you're doing a commission How to price commissions and how I price my artwork For any artist or painter who is considering taking on commissions, this podcast is for you! I've started taking commissions very recently and this week I'm talking about some of my considerations and the challenges I've gone through. I tell the story of the big commission I'm working on right now, how it came to be, and how it's going. Follow me @laurenkristineart on Instagram and check out my website Stay tuned in 2021 for more art and painting tips!
January 11, 2021
3. Answers to Common Painting Problems: What to do if your color mixing turns to mud, you need to erase a watercolor mistake, your pastels won't stay in place, and more! Today's episode of The Self Taught Artist Podcast answers a number of common questions I get regarding common painting problems. There are quite a few things that can go wrong in the art-making process, and I'm excited to share some of the little tips I have. Save this episode for later - you never know when you'll need these little hints. While you're at it, hit the subscribe button so you never miss an episode of the Self Taught Artist podcast.  Here are some of the questions we'll answer today: 1. What do you do when you're working on a painting on paper - could be watercolors, gouache, or acrylic, and by the time you finish the piece, the paper is curled or buckled? How do you get it back to laying flat? 2. When I varnish my acrylic paintings I have smudging that occurs and blurs my colors together. It also blurs my pastel marks. What do I do? 3. I can't paint consistent lines! When I try, they end up wobbly and uneven! Is there anything I can do? 4. Can I mix different paint brands together? Can I mix oil paint and acrylic paint?  5. Help! I forgot to clean my brush after my last painting session and left my brush out overnight. It's hard as a rock. What should I do now? 6. My acrylic paint dries too fast! What can I do? 7. My watercolor is streaky sometimes- especially when I try to paint a large area, like a big sky. Those are the times I want the smoothest color and yet, I tend to end up with hard lines and streaks. What can I do to avoid this? 8. When I mix colors as I paint, I often get muddy looking colors - or they end up looking dull and flat. What's up with that? Until next time, happy creating my friends!
December 27, 2020
2. All About Acrylic Paint - the best brands, how to save money, and what acrylic paint characteristics matter for your art style.
Today we're diving deeper into the world of acrylic paints. We're going to talk about three things: 1. What makes a good quality acrylic paint  2. The paint brands I love and why  3. How to save money on paints as an artist Connect with me: Instagram: @laurenkristineart Please rate, review, and subscribe. Happy creating, my friends!
December 22, 2020
1. Oil Paint vs. Acrylic Paint vs. Watercolors Vs. Gouache - The Great Paint Showdown
The great painting medium showdown. What type of paint is right for you?  On today's episode of Self Taught Artist, we dive into the specifics of oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolors, and gouache. Each medium has advantages and disadvantages that are worth exploring. As a new painter, it can be hard to understand the difference between these types of paints and what you can do with them. I try to demystify paint types as much as possible with this simple primer.
December 17, 2020
Helping Beginner & Intermediate Artists Thrive
I'm sharing all the tips I wish I knew when I started painting.  Welcome to the Self Taught Artist podcast!
December 16, 2020