resources :: track this!

track this goal trackeri have piles upon piles of notebooks, journals, scrap pieces of paper all over every surface of my studio space. i'm constantly writing down logo ideas, product ideas, sketches, lists of things to do to get my business off the ground. then i lose my lists and start new ones and i get overwhelmed with the number of lists i have going on. i bought brittni's track this!* the other night and sat down and thought really hard about my business goals and how to track them. it was so helpful to put it all down in one place, and it really helped me flush out a lot of ideas. it totally made these things seem doable. i'm so excited to start working on them, one task at a time.

if you are in need of a little help organizing your business goals and finding a way to track them, i highly recommend track this!

*this is an affiliate link, meaning if you purchase track this i get a little kickback, which i will then use to buy art supplies. but i can promise you i wouldn't recommend this goal tracker if i hadn't used it myself and found it very helpful.

resources :: i'm an e-course junkie

i'm an ecourse junkie since i never went to school for art or design, i've had to teach myself or take online classes.  i am so thankful for the internet and being able to take classes in my pajamas after my kids go to bed!  there are so many AMAZING classes out there and i tend to sign up for way too many.  but i have found that they all tend to help and influence each other in my brain. all of the classes  i'm taking this summer have helped push me to add depth and layers and texture to my work.

the classes i'm taking this summer are ::

  • pages and paint :: a mixed media and sketchbook class offered by squam online workshops and taught by sarah ahearn bellemare : ♥ love ♥ this class. it has opened me up so much as an artist. i never really layer things, but this is teaching me so much about layers and just letting go.
  • speaking of letting go, flora bowley's bloom true e-course has been so freeing. i've never painted this freely before and i am happy with the outcome. (pictures on the blog soon!)
  • jo's your darling blog design workshop :  she teaches you tips and tricks to have a beautiful blog that's consistent with your brand.  her examples are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.  i'm learning SO many photoshop tricks.  it's made me realize that although i am an artist, i am going to need help with my web design. but it's so cool to see what goes on behind the scenes - placement of objects, branding, textures + layers, pleasing to the eye, simple navigation....  i'm loving this class.
  • kelly rae roberts' flying lessons :: tips and tricks to make your creative business soar.  i read her e-books and loved them. i think being in the class and being surrounded by others who are doing the same things will be really helpful and i can't wait for it to begin.

if you want more links to check out, i have lots of other super, awesome things to check out on my resources page.

licensing your art :: resources

bitty rows repeat pattern at alt summit, i was fortunate enough to sit in on a roundtable discussion called "licensing your art", taught by marisa of creative thursday. since then, i've spent enormous amounts of time online researching art licensing and i know it's for me! one of my goals is to license my art. meaning i make art, and manufacturers pay me to use it to decorate products such as wallpaper, fabric, stationery, home decor, etc.

in case you are interested in learning more about art licensing, here are some awesome resources ::

i'm sure i'm missing a couple resources, so if you know of any please let me know.

happy weekend!