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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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44. 12 Household Items You Can Paint With
Did you know there are tons of household items you can use to paint? One of my secrets to getting interesting mixed media artwork is to not use my paintbrush all the time! Found objects provide added visual interest to my painting and they’re a ton of fun to experiment with. I love to use them in underlayers or to get unexpected effects in my art. Today, I’m sharing how I use household items to make my artwork, and sharing a list of 12 to try that are probably found in your house right now. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Email: laurenkristineart@gmail.com Artists - Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5 stars wherever you are listening! It helps me to keep the podcast going and reach more artists.
33:32
September 24, 2022
43. Color Mixing and Color Theory Workshop for Artists: Part 4 (Split Primary Palette)
FREE Worksheet Download: https://www.laurenkristineart.com/43 For a long time I struggled to mix really vibrant colors. I was buying lots of different colors of paint from the art store as I didn’t know how to mix the colors I wanted. I believed that the more colors of paint I owned, the more vivid my paintings would be. Despite owning a ton of different paint colors, I still found myself mixing mud sometimes and not understanding why certain colors didn’t “play nice” together. I had a major lightbulb moment when I discovered the Split Primary Palette. Once I understood the split primary palette, I knew how to avoid mixing mud. It was the missing puzzle piece in my understanding of mixing color. I’m excited to tell you all about it today. FREE Worksheet Download: https://www.laurenkristineart.com/43 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Email: laurenkristineart@gmail.com Artists - Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5 stars wherever you are listening! It helps me to keep the podcast going and reach more artists.
18:50
September 17, 2022
42. Color Mixing and Color Theory Workshop for Artists: Part 3 (The Color Wheel)
FREE Worksheet Download: https://www.laurenkristineart.com/42 We’re back this week with our Color Mixing and Color Theory Workshop for Artists: Part 3. Today is all about color mixing and the color wheel. Color wheels are not just for beginners. They’re for anyone looking to take their understanding of color to the next level. This episode will be an explanation of the artist's color wheel to help you understand what it is and how you can make use of it. As a part of this episode, I actually created a free downloadable template to help you create color wheels. The workbook has instructions for the three exercises I recommend in this episode and next week’s episode. These useful exercises can help you make three different varieties of your own color wheels. Ultimately, learning more about color and our paints. Worksheet Download: https://www.laurenkristineart.com/42 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Email: laurenkristineart@gmail.com Artists - Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5 stars wherever you are listening! It helps me to keep the podcast going (and it makes me smile!).
22:47
September 10, 2022
41. Painting With a White Border! Tape Recommendations for Watercolor Painting and How to Remove Tape Without Ripping Watercolor Paper
Artists, behold the power of a white border around your artwork! When I work on paper in any medium, whether it’s acrylic paints, watercolors or gouache, I love to include a crisp white border around my art sometimes (using tape.) A white border around artwork acts like a mat in a picture frame. It sets off the painting, provides a bit of contrast and intentionality to the piece. I share my best tips for how to remove tape from paper without ripping it.  Our agenda for today is to first talk about why you might tape off your artwork in the first place. Second, we’ll discuss the seven advantages of leaving a white border around your artwork. Third, I’ll share what masking tape I use. Fourth, I’ll share my secrets on how to remove tape from a painting without tearing the paper.  Fifth, I’ll wrap up with some thoughts about why I tape my art and why I think it’s important for the composition of art on paper. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Email: laurenkristineart@gmail.com Artists - Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5 stars wherever you are listening! It helps me to keep the podcast going (and it makes me smile!).
21:43
September 03, 2022
40. How to Make a Home Art Studio (even if you have no space!)
I believe you can find room for creativity and art if you really want to include them in your life. On today's episode of the Self Taught Artist, we're talking about how to make the most of a small art studio at home, or, what to do if you have no dedicated art space at home. Lots of great tips are coming your way on how to store your art supplies, maximize vertical space, and even use some creativity to create an art studio out of a closet! One of the roadblocks I hear aspiring artists talk about is not having an art space and how that gets in the way of making art. I know it is a bit of a hassle to always be rummaging around for supplies and not know where things are or constantly pack and unpack them. So that’s why today we’re talking about how to get creative with designing your home art studio – no matter how much space you have or don’t have! If art is important to you, let’s find a way to make it happen. Here are some links to items I mention on the show: My favorite rolling carts for artist supplies:  Elfa at the Container Store (there are lots of other sizes and styles available that you can add wheels to.) Option 1 - Elfa Link Option 2: Elfa Link Ikea Drop-Leaf Furniture: Kallhaell Table Bjursta wall mounted drop-leaf table
26:47
August 27, 2022
39. Cheap Art Supplies from the Dollar Store
Have you ever gone art supply shopping at the Dollar Store? I found so many great art supplies on my latest trip to the Dollar Store I knew I had to make a podcast about it. Despite passing this store 2 or 3 times a week for many years, I had completely overlooked Dollar Tree as a great source for art supplies. Today on the Self Taught Artist podcast I'm talking about what art supplies I bought at the Dollar Store, and what art supplies I recommend you avoid buying at the Dollar Store. You know I love talking about art supplies, and good value art supplies are my favorite! Artist friends, tune in to find out more.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Email: laurenkristineart@gmail.com Artists - Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5 stars wherever you are listening! It helps me to keep the podcast going (and it makes me smile!). 
24:44
August 20, 2022
38. Color Mixing and Color Theory Workshop for Artists: Part 2
This week on the Self Taught Artist podcast we are continuing our Color Mixing and Color Theory Workshop. This is the continuation of a multi-week deep dive into all things color, color theory, and color mixing. Last week we talked about the three dimensions of color: hue, value, and chroma. Today we learn how to use these three dimensions of color to mix any color of paint (using three easy questions). FREE PAINT CHIPS LINK: Sherwin Williams will actually mail you 10 paint color chips for free! You get to pick the colors. Free delivery. (US + Canada) https://samples.sherwin-williams.com/?_gl=1*3u200b*_ga*MTQ5Mjc1NTY4OS4xNjU4NjE2MzEy*_ga_BFTFS1H2E0*MTY1ODYxNjMxMS4xLjAuMTY1ODYxNjMxMS4w&_ga=2.220749214.701229359.1658616312-1492755689.1658616312 For our Color Challenge this week I recommend using paint color chips to practice your color mixing skills. The Three Paint Mixing Questions Are: 1. Is my color too red, blue, or yellow? OR Does my color need to be warmer or cooler? (Hue) 2. Does my color need to be lighter or darker? (Value) 3. Does my color need to be dulled down or is it intense enough? (Chroma) Artists, I think you'll love this color mixing and color theory series because it will help you to go a level deeper with your understanding of art and your artist materials. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Email: laurenkristineart@gmail.com Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5 stars wherever you are listening! It helps me to keep the podcast going.
28:03
August 13, 2022
37. Color Mixing and Color Theory Workshop for Artists: Part 1
This week on the Self Taught Artist podcast we are starting our Color Mixing and Color Theory Workshop. This is the beginning of a multi-week deep dive into all things color, color theory, and color mixing. First, let's take a few minutes this week to talk about the three dimensions of color: hue, value, and chroma. What do these artist terms mean? How do they connect to your artwork? How can mastering these three dimensions of color help you to improve your art? Tune in to find out! Next week, we're going to use these three dimensions of color to talk about how to mix any color of the rainbow with your paint (using three easy questions).  Artists, I think you'll love this color mixing and color theory series because it will help you to go a level deeper with your understanding of art and your artist materials.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Email: laurenkristineart@gmail.com Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5 stars wherever you are listening! It helps me to keep the podcast going.
21:37
August 06, 2022
36. Gifting Art and Selling Art During the Holidays! (Artists, your holiday preparation starts now!)
Artists - it's time to start preparing for the Holidays! This episode is for everyone, not just those who sell their art. You can use art as a wonderful gift for loved ones. Let’s talk about gifting, artsy gift ideas, what holiday items to make if you are selling your art, how to add some pizazz to your presents with artistic gift wrapping, and other art ideas for the holidays. Fellow self taught artists I want to get you excited now so you can get prepared for the holidays! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ If you are new to Etsy, click this link for 40 FREE LISTINGS: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL  My email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com
25:29
July 30, 2022
35. How to Paint More Often!
If you’re looking for an excuse not to paint, you’ll find it. Perhaps you know the feeling... you're tired after a long day at work and you just want to sit on the couch and turn your brain off, even though you know that painting would help you feel better than the TV would! Sometimes it takes a lot of activation energy to get us into art making mode, so we make up excuses to put it off for another day. Today, I'm giving you some tips that I use to paint more often. The more I'm painting, the more skilled of an artist I become, and the more I love painting.  The tricky part is getting me off the couch and into my art studio sometimes! This episode is for any artist that can relate. Together, let's get rid of excuses and paint more often! Practice really does make progress! Please take a minute to rate the Self Taught Artist podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com
26:10
July 23, 2022
34. The Joy of Painting Small
Today I’m making the case for painting small. It doesn’t matter what kind of painting you like to do – acrylic painting, watercolor painting, gouache painting, or oil painting – this episode applies to all kinds of artists! For a long time, I thought “bigger is better” when it comes to art. I wrongly equated size to quality and impact. This week, I’m telling you all about my experiments with painting small studies and small paintings. I’m convinced, especially for learning, small substrates can’t be beat! Small paintings can be great for studies, trying new compositions, experimenting with your artistic style and finding your artistic style, getting lots of practice, and even for selling your art!  Small paintings can be a great entry point for a wider pool of potential art buyers. Listen to this episode of the Self Taught Artist podcast to learn more about why I’m loving painting small. Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com
19:51
July 16, 2022
33. Art Sales: Bouncing Back from a Bad Review or Unhappy Customer
This is the podcast episode I wish I had during a really tough time in my art journey. I'm peeling back the curtain on today's episode and sharing the low moments I've had dealing with a bad review on Etsy and trying to appease unhappy customers. Thankfully, it is rare that I have to deal with an unhappy customer. Unfortunately, they happen from time to time, even if you're doing your best to make everyone happy. I thought I was doing all the right things, and I still got a bad review when I was new to selling my art. It almost tanked my Etsy store and I felt like quitting art all together. Thankfully, I bounced back from it and learned a lot in the process. Today's episode is for anyone who has ever dealt with a bad review or may deal with one in the future. If you're putting yourself out there, these things happen from time to time. It's how you respond to them that matter!  Whether you're selling your art on Etsy or anywhere else online, I think this is a good episode to listen to. We talk about a few things you can do to prevent bad reviews in the first place and you can learn what to do if you ever are dealing with a bad review yourself. 
39:46
July 09, 2022
32. Art Staycation
Let's make it a summer to remember. Today's episode is about how to have an Art STAYcation. Even if you're not traveling somewhere this summer for vacation, you can make awesome art memories at home. Today I'm talking about how to plan a memorable staycation, what kinds of projects are perfect for an artist staycation, and the benefits of doing an art staycation in the first place! For me, summer is all about creating fun memories and an art staycation is a way to bust out of your normal routine and dive more deeply into your art. Depending on how much time you have, you can scale up or scale down your art staycation -- it could last just an afternoon, a whole day, or a whole weekend!! Self taught artists, I hope you use this summer to express yourself creatively no matter where you are in the world! Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com
35:22
July 02, 2022
31. Art On Vacation
It's summer time and I know a lot of people go traveling this time of year. On today's podcast, we're talking about how to bring your art supplies with you on vacation! I'm going to share my favorite way to paint on vacation and share my art with others (hint: postcards!!), my favorite vacation painting medium, and the supplies I'd pack if I had a trip coming up.  Don't leave your creativity at home...Vacation is the perfect time to make some art! Vacation provides a new perspective and a new set of surroundings. How better to capture the feeling of being on vacation and capture the memories than through art!? Self taught artists, I hope you use this summer to express yourself creatively no matter where you are in the world! Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com I'll be back next week with another new episode of the Self Taught Artist podcast. This season you can expect more art tips and painting tricks, breakdowns of useful painting techniques, and, of course, lots of information on selling your art and starting an art business out of your creative hobby.
31:11
June 25, 2022
30. How to Sign Your Art!
The artist's signature is such a small part of a painting, but it carries huge weight! Today we're talking about why you should sign your art, how to sign your art, and why I think signing your art is an important part of the process of really owning the title of "artist." You (yes, you!) are an artist!! So you should be signing your art. I had some hangups that led me on a journey from not signing my art, to signing it with an illegible scribble, to now proudly signing my artwork whether I sell it or not! On today's episode, I talk about my journey as well as discuss some different ways to sign your art. Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ I'll be back next week with another new episode. This season you can expect more art tips and painting tricks, breakdowns of useful painting techniques, and, of course, lots of information on selling your art and starting an art business out of your creative hobby.
25:14
June 18, 2022
29. Easy Hack for Brighter Colors and Improved Paint Mixing
This week's episode is a quick and easy hack to improve your color mixing. When I say it's an easy artist hack, I mean it! It's a shame that I didn't do it for YEARS! I had no idea I was holding myself back and mixing muddy colors for this reason. Any painter needs to listen to this episode to make sure you're not making the same mistake I was. I think this podcast applies to acrylic painters, watercolor painters, gouache painters, and oil painters alike. If you're a painter, you should listen! Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ I'll be back next week with another new episode. This season you can expect more art tips and tricks, breakdowns of useful painting techniques, and, of course, lots of information on selling your art and starting an art business out of your creative hobby.
08:52
June 11, 2022
28. Loosen Up Your Painting Part 2: My Favorite Method!
I saved the best tip for last. I think this method is a *game changer* for Self Taught Artists because it helps to train your eye with what is important! If you want to loosen up your painting, or just become better at painting from a reference photo, this episode is for you. I'll walk you through my favorite method for loosening up my painting step by step.  It takes just a little bit of technology magic to make it happen.  Download the PRISMA app here: Apple App Store:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/prisma-photo-editor-filters/id1122649984 Android App Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neuralprisma&hl=en_US&gl=US You can contact me at @laurenkristineart on Instagram or email laurenkristineart@gmail.com
13:36
June 04, 2022
27. Loosen Up Your Painting! 11 Tips for Loose Art and Expressive Painting!
This episode was a listener suggestion! You can contact me at @laurenkristineart on Instagram or email laurenkristineart@gmail.com How to loosen up your painting! I’ve heard from many of you artists that you would love to learn to paint in a looser style but you don’t know how! It's a very common artistic goal to loosen up your painting. Loose paintings are expressive, masterful, and confident – and who doesn’t want to be all three of those things!?! The hard thing is that while loose painting looks effortless, I’m sure you all know by now that it’s actually really hard. The tendency to overwork your art is strong! It’s easy to do too much, add more details, and keep going – and it's hard to know when to stop. Today, I'm sharing 11 tips for loosening up as an artist and how to paint loose and expressive brushstrokes.  Also, once you finish this episode, go check out Part 2! I've recorded a bonus episode this week with one of my best tips for loose painting and how to loosen up your artwork. I'm going to walk you through it step by step!
31:50
June 04, 2022
26. Sell More Art Through Market Research
Today's episode has some "tough love" for people who want to sell their artwork. Selling artwork is hard and it takes a lot of time to build up an audience and collector base. In the early stages of selling your art, or if you aspire to sell your artwork I have a big tip for you: conduct market research. What do I mean by this? Listen to the podcast to find out! Today's episode is for people who are new to selling their artwork, people who want to sell more artwork, and people who are frustrated they're not selling more artwork. In short, it's all about art business sales! Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ I'll be back next week with another new episode. This season you can expect more art tips and tricks, breakdowns of useful painting techniques, and, of course, lots of information on selling your art and starting an art business out of your creative hobby. If you are new to Etsy, click this link for 40 FREE LISTINGS: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL 
23:35
May 28, 2022
25. Can't Draw? No Problem! 3 Methods to Bypass Drawing
Can’t draw? No problem! Today on the podcast I'm sharing 3 methods to bypass drawing altogether and just get painting. A perceived lack of drawing skills stops a lot of people from getting into painting. They think they can't paint if they can't draw well. Guess what!? That's 100% not true. You don’t have to draw to be a good artist. If you are good at drawing, you may also be interested in today's episode because these methods can speed up your artistic process by using some of the tools I talk about. The star of today's show is my Light Box / Light Pad! Here's the Amazon link to the one I purchased and love using in my art studio: Amazon Light Box This nifty device gives me a shortcut to skip drawing and get painting faster. Plus, I feel more confident exploring new subjectmatter in my artwork and painting when I start with a sketch from a reference photo and my Light Box.  Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ I'll be back next week with another new episode. This season you can expect more art tips and tricks, breakdowns of useful painting techniques, and, of course, lots of information on selling your art and starting an art business out of your creative hobby. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0755C2CBF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
17:17
May 21, 2022
24. Use the good stuff! Stop hoarding your art supplies or saving them for the perfect occasion!
Do you hoard your art supplies? Do you buy the "good stuff" and then find yourself waiting for the "perfect" time to use it? I do!! I'm going out on a limb here and guessing that I'm not the only person who does this. I've been working on it and have 5 ideas to share with you. I think it's usually my inner perfectionist that emerges and stops me from using my favorite art supplies. I will perpetually wait for the right time, wait the best idea to emerge, or delay until my skill level increases a bit more... you name it, I've used all the excuses in the book. I've been working on this and trying to use some strategies in my art practice to get myself using my favorite art supplies again. Today on this episode, I'm first going to do a deep dive into understanding why I hoard my art supplies and find myself instinctually holding back from using them. Next, I'll share 5 different ways I've addressed this myself and how I made a change. I took off the pressure of perfection and started using the art supplies that bring me joy.  Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/
20:06
May 14, 2022
23. Impostor Syndrome as a Self Taught Artist
Let’s talk about impostor syndrome as an artist! The #1 way that I see Impostor Syndrome come up for artists is a belief that they're not a "Real Artist" if they didn’t go to art school. Guess what, even if you have ZERO formal training, you are still an ARTIST. If you enjoy making any kind of artwork for fun or as a business, you are an ARTIST.  We’re talking all about Impostor Syndrome today, breaking it down, and banishing it for good! On this podcast you'll get a motivational pep talk with a lot of different ways to blast impostor syndrome thoughts out of your brain. Bookmark this one for any day you need a creative pep talk to get you painting again! Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, hit the "subscribe" button so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ I'll be back next week with another new episode. This season you can expect more art tips and tricks, breakdowns of useful painting techniques, and, of course, lots of information on selling your art and starting an art business out of your creative hobby.
17:03
May 07, 2022
22. Why Work on Multiple Paintings at a Time? Better Art!
So much of painting, art, creativity is mental! The easiest way to feel more free, expressive, and painterly is to reduce the pressure from yourself when you're painting or making art. My secret to better painting is to work on multiple pieces of art at one time. Sometimes I am painting 3 or 4 canvases at a time in my art studio! Painting Multiples is such a great method of painting and on today's podcast I'm telling you all the advantages. I hope you try this in your art practice and enjoy the painting process. Please take a minute to rate the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/
20:00
April 30, 2022
21. Etsy Fee Increase: Should I sell art on Etsy or start my own online store?
If you are new to Etsy, click this link for 40 FREE LISTINGS: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL  The Self Taught Artist Podcast is BACK! Painters, Creatives, Artists, and Aspiring Artists -- It's time for Season 2 of the Self Taught Artist podcast and I'm so glad you're here with me. On today's podcast episode we are talking all about the Etsy fee increase that just went into effect this month. It has been all over the news lately, and it has a lot of artists wondering: Should I sell on Etsy or start my own online store? There are lots of considerations when deciding what you want to do and it has a lot to do with the maturity of your art business and the size of your audience.  If you decide you are ready to create your own online store to sell your art, I suggest www.bigcartel.com on the podcast as a great online store option for artists and creators. If you need a way to get discounted shipping labels for your art business, I suggest www.pirateship.com. These are two great sites that help you to replace Etsy if you so choose.  Please take a minute to rate the podcast 5-stars on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Plus, don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode. If you want to reach out, my email is laurenkristineart@gmail.com  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ I'll be back next week with another new episode. My plan is to release a new podcast weekly until I run out of ideas for Season 2 :-) This season you can expect more art tips and tricks, breakdowns of useful painting techniques, and, of course, lots of information on selling your art and starting an art business out of your creative hobby. 
28:12
April 24, 2022
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. https://www.instagram.com/debbieigram/ 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): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X9NQ8GX/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_DD88V8NYWVG0HYVE4BYX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1  I also mentioned PirateShip.com for shipping discounts at USPS. You can find out more at https://www.pirateship.com/ If you want to sell on Etsy, don't forget I have a code for 40 FREE Listings to get you started: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL 
52:16
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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/  Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com  Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart 3 APPS - LINKS TO APPLE AND ANDROID APP STORES: 1. TouchRetouch https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchretouch/id373311252 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.advasoft.touchretouch&hl=en_US&gl=US 2. Instfit https://apps.apple.com/us/app/instfit-post-without-croppin/id591706840 3. PLANN https://apps.apple.com/us/app/plann-preview-for-instagram/id1106201141 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.webhaus.planyourgramScheduler&hl=en_US&gl=US
17:25
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: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL  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] gmail.com Get 40 FREE ETSY LISTINGS: https://etsy.me/2QuEqrL Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/  Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com 
25:04
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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/  Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com  Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart I hope you enjoyed this episode - please share it with a friend who needs to hear this message, too.
22:32
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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/  Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart
20:03
April 08, 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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/  Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com  Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart Thanks for listening to the Self Taught Artist podcast! Happy creating my friends!
11:01
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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/  Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com  Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart
21:30
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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/  Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com  Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart
17:58
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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart
19:56
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: https://selftaughtartist.vipmembervault.com My website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart Self Taught Artist Podcast
15:31
March 07, 2021
10. The *Best Value* Art Supplies
Get the free MEGA LIST of value art supplies here: https://selftaughtartist.vipmembervault.com/  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 https://selftaughtartist.vipmembervault.com/ Find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart  My website is https://www.laurenkristineart.com
25:43
March 01, 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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com/ Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart
18:01
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: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ My Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com/ Spoiler alert! Here's a link to my favorite varnish: https://www.dickblick.com/items/liquitex-acrylic-polymer-varnish-gloss-8-oz-bottle/    *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.
18:36
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. https://etsy.me/3pUpqQo  What's right for you -- Selling on Instagram, Etsy, or Building Your Own Website? Listen to today's episode to find out!  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart My Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/laurenkristineart My Website: https://www.laurenkristineart.com/ Get 40 FREE listings on Etsy: https://etsy.me/3pUpqQo
20:46
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... https://www.laurenkristineart.com https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart Another resource I discuss on the show: https://artsandculture.google.com/explore
12:13
February 01, 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 www.laurenkristineart.com or @laurenkristineart on Instagram. Until the next episode, happy creating my artist friends!
20:15
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 https://www.laurenkristineart.com Stay tuned in 2021 for more art and painting tips!
18:53
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!
https://www.instagram.com/laurenkristineart/ https://www.laurenkristineart.com 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!
27:35
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 https://www.laurenkristineart.com/ Please rate, review, and subscribe. Happy creating, my friends!
18:56
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.
11:36
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!
02:13
December 16, 2020