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  • Mentoring

    Awaken your creative potential and be supported to reach your creative business goals with 1:1 mentoring sessions We will discuss challenges and roadblocks to your creativity, gain clarity on your goals and identify short medium and long term action plans to achieve these What you can gain from mentoring: -Insight into your creative motivations and inspiration -Feedback on your artwork -Ideas for dealing with creative blocks -Suggestions on reaching a wider audience -Suggestions for business planning and marketing Mentoring sessions are tailored to your individual needs and goals. Prior to the session you will be asked to provide some information about yourself and your work, that will help guide the session and achieve what you want from the session(s)

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  • Art Supplies I Love

    There's no such thing as too many art supplies, in my humble opinion. I'm always interested what other artists use so this is just for ideas, and I'll add to it as I discover new products that I love. For now these are the go to ones that I use over and over again. What are your go to products? Comment below (not that I need an excuse to go art shopping!) Watercolour & Gouache Jacksons Watercolour Sketchbook Princeton Aqua Elite Brushes Schmincke Horadam Aquarelle Digital Supplies Wacom Tablet iPad Pro Apple pencil Procreate App Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Illustrator Adobe Portfolio Behance Apps Tailwind App Canva

  • Fill up that creative tank: 5 Tips to Staying Motivated

    As a creative small biz owner we wear many hats....many many hats! All this juggling can take a toll on our energy levels, and we run the risk of having nothing left for our creativeness. So here are 5 tips that I use regularly to stay motivated when there are a million and 1 things to do Find your 'Why' Reward Yourself Surround Yourself With Community Take Yourself on an Artist Date Play, Rest & Work Find Your Why We all have a reason for pursuing our creative dreams, the 'why' that makes you get up each day and create, that drives you to be vulnerable and put your work out into the world. Think up (and write out) a clear mission statement for yourself as an creative entrepreneur/small business owner. And SHARE it with your followers. They want to get to know the person behind the creation, and this is a way to AUTHENTICALLY share something about you and your creative goals. Using your mission statement create goals for your business; I've created a yearly planner just for you. Download it here: Having clear objectives and goals can keep us on track, reduce overwhelm, and give a sense of achievement when we complete steps towards our objectives. Which leads nicely onto the next tip: Reward Yourself We're playing the long game here- success can be a while in coming and all that hard work without immediate reward can be disheartening and discouraging. So when you achieve a goal, give yourself a reward. It doesn't have to be big, or cost anything-here's a list of 32 reward ideas by Organize My House to get your started Surround Yourself with Community Now we know our 'why' we may also become aware of a small voice in the back of our minds telling us all the reasons it thinks we shouldn't pursue of creative goals. This might stem from a cruel comment made by a teacher at school, or parents telling us that artists don't make any money. The people that we surround ourselves with affect how we think, act and feel. We can seek out like minded folks who share our passion and enthusiasm for creative pursuits, and can build us up and support us when we need it. The creative community online is the most incredibly welcoming, warm and supportive group of people and there's room for you too. Take Yourself on an Artist Date This one is borrowed from the legendary author of THE ARTIST'S WAY: The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. -Julia Cameron You can find suggestions for artist dates here Play, Rest & Work Prioritising your wellbeing is an investment in you and your business.I've not always been the best at this myself, especially in the early days of my biz. It's definitely a work in progress, and something I have to actively plan into my week. Having clear goals has helped towards this, as I don't feel so overwhelmed by the to-do list. Making time to create for creatings sake has also been really helpful- when you're an artist for a living it's all too easy for work to take over, and we forget to create just for ourselves. I know I did. Working from home was also a huge mindset shift-days could go by before I realised I hadn't left the house! Taking a daily walk or do ing some yoga has given me inspiration, given my mind creative space and helped manage stress. I'd love for you to comment below and share know what works for you, and how you've incorporated it into your creative working week. Sharing might spark ideas for someone else to try. Lots of creative love, Kate x Artist Blog and Article Recommendations The Artists Way- Julia Cameron Artist Date Ideas & Lockdown Artist Date Ideas The Creative Ways Podcast by Emma Isaacs Tips & Tricks for Your Creative Biz Success- Peggy Dean Skillshare Class Don't a Skillshare subscription? No worries-here's a 14 day free trial

  • How To Get Your Artwork Into The World And Land Your Dream Licensing Deal! plus an Exclusive BONUS

    Disclosure: this article contains an affiliate link Do you have a portfolio that you’re ready to pitch to art directors but don’t know where to start? Would you like step-by-step help to find out how to find, connect with, and present your art to companies? Fear not- Pitch Your Portfolio has you covered Last year I was in the same boat as you are now, and struggling to find in depth information about pitching my artwork, until I signed up for the Pitch Your Portfolio Course. Shannon McNab is an amazing teacher who I first discovered on Skillshare. And now she's created the ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO LICENSING course She has packed it full of all the nitty gritty details you could need, amazing live support and information, including 3 bonus veteran artist interviews 4 Live chats over the first 8 weeks Private FB community- Portfolio template suite in PSD, AI, and InDesign formats Airtable templates and bonus “Airtable for Artists” training Full suite of downloadable workbooks and resources It literally is a gamechanger and you won’t find another course like it. I wouldn’t recommend something I hadn’t done myself and absolutely loved. Sneak Peek Here's some of what to expect from the modules: ©Shannon McNab 2021 Live Workshop: Build a Portfolio That Sells Still want to know more? Join Shannon for a live workshop, where she’ll be sharing simple tips to help you strengthen your portfolio and get closer to send your work to companies including: Portfolio advice that industry experts give to new artists (that you've probably heard) and why it’s BAD advice. The elements you need for a strong, market-ready portfolio. How to know when you and your portfolio are ready to reach out to companies. Q&A time – my FAVE part! Join us Tuesday April 20 at 8pm EST (1am GMT) Wednesday April 21 at 1pm EST (6pm GMT) What’s the price for Pitch Your Portfolio? The investment for 2021 enrollment is $497* OR 6 monthly payments of $97. *This is the ONLY time Pitch Your Portfolio will be offered this year and the price will go up in 2022. Don't miss out! Enrollment opens Tuesday, April 20 and ends Saturday, April 24 at 11:59 pm EST Sign up to the waiting list before April 20 for a big perk....no clues will be given ☺️ Get a Bonus Portfolio Review Sign up using my affiliate link and get a free bonus portfolio review with yours truly (RRP £130) Drop me a message if you have any questions at all, we're all in this together hello@katefrancesdesigns.com Lots of creative love Kate x

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  • Portfolio11

    Surface Pattern Designs & Illustrations Portfolio License My Artwork for Products Wonderfully whimsical patterns and illustrations for fabric, apparel, home decor, wall art, stationery and more ​ A number of licensing agreement options are available, including for small and handmade business ​ Can't see what you're looking for? Get in touch and we'll create the perfect artwork for you needs Animals Babies and Kids Everyday Floral Food & Drinks Geometric Seasonal & Celebration 1/1

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