Artists Add Your Studio to New Small Shop Directory



Just launched– a brand new directory at Small Shop Co.

Small Shop Co is an Online Directory for anyone who loves to support makers and shop small.

Let’s make shopping small easy!

We know how hard it is for small businesses to stand out in the crowd. You have access to limited resources and you work very hard for every customer that comes through the door.

On the other hand, its really hard for customers to find great small shops, and many are out there searching for new products. We want to introduce shoppers to new small businesses and help makers grow their business.

Do you run a Small Shop?

Apply here to be featured in the directory.  (It’s free!)

How to Add and Sell a Pattern on Craftsy To Earn Extra Income


In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee!

How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy!

1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.
2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.
3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!
4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.

For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today!

Shop Indie Patterns
Shop Indie Patterns

Artist Statement Generator Sites

It’s summer and we don’t have to be serious all the time. So, just for fun–visit the Arty Bollocks site

generate arty bollocks tweets, or a new artist statement! Arty Bollocks

-or- option 2:

Complete the simple form on this site to generate your new artist statement.

The Many Worlds of Spontaneous Artist Gabriella Cleuren

Gabriella Cleuren, Mother comfort, 2011, acrylic on prepared Steinbach 250g-mg paper 54 x 73cm/ 21 x 28 inches

Gabriella Cleuren, Mother comfort, 2011, acrylic on prepared Steinbach 250g-mg paper 54 x 73cm/ 21 x 28 inches

“In art, the first step is interpretation, or a total transformation, meaning an indoctrination or transformation by the mind. During this process, unconscious elements creep into the work that give it its appeal and inner layeredness, ” says prolific painter Gabriella Cleuren.

Examples of her paintings, in this blog post, show just a tiny part of her extensive subject matter or “worlds” of stunning color and textural brushwork. You may view many more paintings in the art worlds of Gabriella Cleuren on the artist’s website —

Gabriella Cleuren, Arab Woman, 2011, Acrylic on prepared Steinbach 250g-mg paper, 110 x 73cm (43 x 28 in)

Gabriella Cleuren, Arab Woman, 2011, Acrylic on prepared Steinbach 250g-mg paper, 110 x 73cm /43 x 28 inches


Gabriella Cleuren, at the other side 4, 2007, acrylic on prepared Steinbach 250g-mg paper, 54 x 73 cm/21 x 28 inches


Gabriella Cleuren, Silent Companion, 2009, Acrylic on prepared Steinbach 250g-mg Paper, 54 x 73cm/21 x 28 inches


Cover of Brave New Old Worlds, Gabriella Cleuren

Preview and buy Gabriella Cleuren’s book Brave New Old Worlds here.

Jester Jacques Gallery Accepting Submissions From Artists

BlogJJ-logo-FINAL-web-large-RGB-300x140In the past, I’ve  posted news from Jester Jacques Gallery on this blog. Yet, the gallery is so active online, with great information shared in ongoing newsletter announcements that I felt their activity warranted a 2nd post.If you are an  illustrator, tattoo artist, graphic designer, print maker or street artist, Jester Jacques Gallery WANTS TO SEE YOUR ART! Jester Jacques Gallery predominantly sell prints (screen prints, lino cuts and digital prints), but they are also open to selling drawings, any mixed media on paper and photographs. Email with a few examples of your work, as well as links to your website/portfolio for consideration.If you are a writer, Jester Jacques is constantly in need of contributors to their blog. if you enjoy reviewing exhibitions, have some interesting ideas to share about any genre of creative work – fashion, design, branding, illustration, etc. – they welcome your posts. Email to suggests topics.Jester Jacques also offers free event listings for your upcoming art exhibitions, as well as running short features for new, small, emerging creative businesses. Email with your events or background to your business.To get an idea of the art they like,  view some recent submissions they loved enough to post to their website — here. For a list of thousands more gallery links + opportunities click here.


Skeletubes Niche Market


Last year I posted a video showing items from some interesting niche markets created by artists. Yesterday I happened to find an unusual niche art market on Pinterest. 

Skeletubes are one-of-a-kind paintings on vintage television tubes produced by artist Noah Scalin. Each hand-painted Skeletubes artwork sells from $45-$200.

The artist’s Skull-A-Day blog features skull art submissions from readers, and a weekly giveaway. There’s even been a book published about the Skull-A-Day project.

If you’d like to submit your own skull art, read the submission guidelines here: