Yes, that’s right. You can sleep in a detailed replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles, France. Lovingly reproduced details and helpful hosts have made this a highly rated Airbnb destination.
ATC groups and supplies
Are you interested in trading or exchanging your Artist Trading Cards? - Here are 5 Artist Trading Card groups.
Need some supplies to make ATCs? - Scroll down to shop for what you need to make awesome Artist Trading Cards.
Artist Trading Card local meetups
Find Artist Trading Card groups near you through meetup.com.
“Meet other local collectors, creators and traders. Share your favorite collectible art made to trade with other artists!”
“We are a juried trading group for artists who have been creating art for sometime and want to trade for ATCs and mail art that exhibits a more advanced stage of artistic development and skill. If you're still learning to draw or paint, then this probably isn't the place for you.”
- from the Illustrated ATC registration page
ATCs for All
"Our focus is on friendly ATC and mail art trading and swapping in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is welcome here. All mediums are welcome too--stamping, painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, fabric, clay--you name it, we do it! And we don't just trade ATCs; there is a lot going on here."
Art Cards Wanted
"Two months ago, we started up a new website dedicated to art cards (ACEOs), because of the growing interest from artists around the world and our own members. Although the ArtCardsWanted.com site is very new, it's already been a great success."
“If you love ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), then come join us! We have swaps running all the time, each listed in the database. This group is for sharing art work through ATCs.”
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Best Books for Artists
The three most useful books for your development as an Artist.
Advance and develop your technique with daily small paintings, learn how with this popular motivating book, Daily Painting
The classic anatomy reference for artists bound in a beautifully embossed leather edition of Gray's Anatomy
Highly rated - The Artist's Way starter kit - this 2 book set will inspire, motivate and help you to evolve your process and art
Watercolor Travel Style
Watercolors ready to go anytime. Well designed travel kits in pan, cake and tubes.
Handmade Leather Art Sketchbooks
Famous Copic Professional Art Markers
Keep it together
Getting art supplies organized is part of the creative process!
Impressive Boxed Art Supplies
Beautiful presentation style Art Sets - filled with quality Art Supplies from Royal & Langnickel
Beautiful Brush Sets
Handmade artist brushes to last a lifetime and good basic brushes keep you ready to create
Art Studio Furniture
Classic hard working pieces for creating Art
Support for Artists hands and posture
Print Your Own Art
Make prints of your Art, you can do this!
The artist's closet is full of cool, highly rated gift ideas for all your artist friends.
Tees for Artists
Tees for Art Teachers
Some people only dream of meeting their favorite artists. I teach mine.
Art Teacher, the Man, the Myth, the Legend
Art socks, yes...Art socks
Monet inspired Boutique
Frida Kahlo inspired Boutique
Wear you Art on your 3/4 sleeve
Paint and Palette Jewelry
Baby, you're an artist !
When I grow up, I wanna be an Artist like my Mommy.
My Daddy is the world's best artist
Keep it clean
Updated September 18, 2018
Lego of your inner Artist
Lego Parisian Cafe with upstairs Artist Studio
Van Gogh action figure, yes it's a thing.
Meet Barbie, the Artist
Barbie Museum Collection
Colorful and playful Frida Kahlo
Art Puzzle heads - 3D Art Head
It's Fine Art Puzzle Night
Leonardo Da Vinci models you can build
Famous Artists Finger Puppets
Great Artist fingers puppets available individually. Made of soft fabric with embroidered features.
They contain a magnet inside for displaying. About 4 inches tall. Click or tap artist for more info.
Famous Art Go-Fish Card Games
Tattoo You, temporarily
Artists and entrepreneurs have a lot in common.
Both seek to change the world in some small way by using their talents and creative vision. For a long time businesses shunned too much creativity and focused on numbers and dry logic. Luckily however, there is a movement emerging that creativity into building a businesses.
It has become obvious with pioneers like Steve Jobs that being rebel minded, risk taking and wildly creative can lead to incredibly successful and world changing products. Some artists have shunned doing too much business out of the old fear that it would compromise the artistic vision and make the artist a 'sellout'. However more artists are beginning to realize that if they integrate entrepreneurial practice into their artistic vision their artwork can reach farther, be more impactful and sustain the cost of living for the artist.
In todays digital age anyone can start a business. Services like Society 6 and Zazzle has made it easy for artists to make their artwork available for purchase to people around the world. Social networks like Pintrest, Tumblr, Instagram and facebook has made it possible for artists to reach a global audience of like-minded people. Making a business out of your artwork does take time, dedication and a structured approach and if you're not into business it can be difficult to know where to start.
The following selection of books are ment to help artists expand their horizons to see new ways of making their artwork a sustainable way of life.
The Lean Startup
The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
Business Model Generation
A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Based on the wildly popular creative tool Business Model Canvas. It offers a creative way to sketch out a business idea and see how the pieces fit together. It makes you consider all aspects of your venture and see it clearly from the top. The Book is very nicely designed and uses a lot of creative techniques to simply some complex ideas and presents them in a practical way for you to use in developing your business venture. Read the first 72 pages for free at http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/downloads/business_model_canvas_poster.pdf:
The Startup Owner's Manual
The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
This book really is handy to have when you need direction on how to maintain and run your business. Each chapters pertains to a certain challenge or process in a startups life. Being an artist professionally really is like managing a business and Startup the Owners Manual provides concrete steps and checklists of how you progress through common stages.
Steve Blank the Author of the The Startup Owner's Manual is connected to both Alex Osterwalder and Eric Reiss, the authors of the two previous books. Their theories meld together and Steve Blank in particular does a great job of connecting the ideas of all three books through presentations available free on Youtube!
The War of Art
Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.
Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work
The follow-up to his bestseller The War of Art, Turning Pro navigates the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice. "You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind." --Steven Pressfield When we turn pro, we give up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own. . The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It's messy and it's scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro.. What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and live out.
by Johannes Madsen
It is not enough to be good at Illustrator or Photoshop to be able to make an effective poster or flyer. Something that looks good might not brings people to an event, a website or whatever the reason for the poster is.
1. Consider the purpose of the poster
"Why?" is the big question. Why does your poster exist and why should people look at it? These are important questions to consider before working on your vision for poster. Focus the way you design your layout and communicate your message to fall in line with what the poster is trying to do.
2. Know your placement and audience
Where is your poster going to be looked at and who will look at it? A poster for an event might be set up around town. In that case you might want to make the fonts big enough to see from across the street. If the poster is at a bar, school or hospital I would consider that in the tone of the poster. Thinking about the people who will be viewing it and putting yourself in their shoes and seeing their needs can change the way you design the poster
2. Prioritize information
A poster can have lots of information. Names, dates, places and descriptions that are all important. Make sure you have an overview of what is most important before as you set up your text. Make an order of information that makes sense and tells a narrative.
You can use font size, color and other elements to highlight the important bits. Is bits of information go together you can code them the same color or wrap them in a box together.
3. Simplify your fonts and colors
Avoid cluttering the mood and tone of your poster by using too many fonts or a color scheme that isn't balanced. Pick a few elements and make them more present.
4. Clear call to action
What is it the poster is trying to get people to do? It might be to go to an event or visit a website. Use QR codes to make it easier to visit a website.
Making sure your poster is clear about what 'the next step' is can make is much more effective.
5. Capture the event
Set the mood and tone of your poster to match the event it is promoting. It is easier said than done but also where you can challenge your creative abilities. If you can create an imediate sense of what the poster is about it will be much more effective.
Too much on a poster can take away from what is important. It is tempting to want to add more effects and colorful features on your poster but it might just take you longer to do and make the whole thing more confusing and less effective.
Developing your own style Fan art is a great way to get more practice. Do all your favorite characters in their original style or do them in YOUR style. Are you thinking you don’t have a style ? Try this: Collect a group of 20 images of artwork that you admire. When you look at the pictures do they have things in common? That can help direct your to your style.
Your Manga Gallery
Start an Instagram or Tumblr account and post your finished artwork and your work in progress. Here’s why you want to do this. It becomes an gallery for your work. A place to show your art. Its good to see your work ‘published’. Another reason to start your online gallery this way is to see your development. If you practice your Manga or Anime Art you will get better. When you look back at your work on your Instagram or Tumblr account, you will notice the progress. Search hashtags or tags #manga, #anime and character or title of your fan art and like and follow other artists that inspire or interest you.
Try new things
Experiment with taking photos of your art in different kinds of light to see what works best for your art. Try scanning or copying your work and printing it out multiple copies and coloring it directly.
Artists Storage Boxes
Be ready when you feel inspired. Beautiful wood boxes are surprisingly inexpensive but last a lifetime.. and more. Check out our Pinterest board of Vintage Art Supplies to see examples of just how long these Artists Storage Boxes can last.
Artist's Manikins and Models on Pinterest
Artists at their easels on Pinterest
Golden wood studio easels are great motivation. Having stable support can improve your painting in the same way you notice how a great brush makes your paint strokes smoother. There is a type of easel for every purpose. If you need help selecting your easel, ask us
Manikins are icons of the classic artist. Studio anatomy models are available in natural or stained expresso finishes. Perfect for decorating with many sizes available. Great gift idea!
Art Kits in beautiful wood storage boxes
What's so surprising about these beautiful art kits are the low prices. They each contain quality art supplies and useful and nicely made wood storage boxes. Make it easy to create with all your supplies so beautifully displayed and ready for you to express yourself.
Top 8 Art Sets for Gifts on Pinterest
Wood Painting Palettes
Mix your paints on these easy to hold wood artist palettes. Improve your painting posture and workflow by using palettes with the classic comfort thumbhole.
Inspiration from the start of Art
Recent discoveries of Cave Art will inspire you with the surprising skill and imagination of the world's earliest artists.
Picasso was so impressed after viewing the Cave Art in Lascaux that he said, "We have learned nothing."
5 Things you didn't know about Cave Art
*click on each statement to find out more
Banksy and Cave Art
Cave Art for Kids
*Updated for 2015
Remember the joy of playing with these creative toys ?
You can share and relive those warm feelings because they still make Etch A Sketch, Spirograph and Spin Art !
- See if you remember the retro commercials we found
- Shop the boutiques for toys, tees and art
- Take your playing skills to next level with advanced techniques
- Share the fun and give a kid toys you know are fun
Etch A Sketch
SPIN ART BOUTIQUE
- My Art Spinner Studio
- Spin Craft Art Revolution
- Crayola Glow Explosion Spin Magic
- Spin Art Inspired iPhone 6 Case
- Large warm colors Spin Art for your wall
- Large cool colors Spin Art for your wall
- Fractal Spin Explosion Poster
- Fractal Spin Illusion Poster
- Spin Art Tote Bag
- Village Spin Art Master by Dept.56
- Spin Art Nail Salon Toy
- Lite-Brite Neon Paint Spinner
- Spin Art Studio Table for toddlers
- Mini Spin Art Toy
Make this holiday special.
Share your skills by making Christmas Greeting cards.
Showcase your talents for family and friends and try out some new techniques you've wanted to test by making Christmas greeting cards
.Get inspiration from Handmade Christmas cards sent by famous artists to their friends and Artists Homemade Christmas Cards.
Need more ideas ?
Wondering what type of greeting to write?
No time to make cards this year?
We hand selected some cool Holiday cards to make your make your life easier.
Learn more about the first christmas card
Ideas for Artists Holiday Cards
- Have a Card making Party
- Try out new techniques
- Give a set of all occasion cards as a gift
- Showcase your skills for friends and family
- Start a new tradition
Get motivated by these creative ornaments by Voyages of the Creative Variety
Artist Themed Ornaments
Give your artist friends these unique Artist inspired Christmas tree ornaments.
Check out our Pinterest board ‘Artistic Christmas Ornament Ideas’
for inspiration and great examples of Art themed christmas ornaments.
Start a new tradition this year by making Christmas ornaments.
Memories are made with cherished Christmas ornaments that are passed to generations and gifted among dear friends.
Share your unique gifts with those you love and make them something special this year.
- Start a new tradition, make a ornament every year
- Have an ornament making party
- Make ornaments as gifts
.....The Artist's Palate contains an unprecedented collection of favorite recipes from some of the most famous international artists throughout history -- from Michelangelo, Henri Matisse, and Mary Cassatt to Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons. Featuring over 125 recipes from 89 great artists, and accompanied by more than 150 photographs of the artists and their work, family snapshots, artworks, documents, and memorabilia, this book offers a unique look at the private lives and appetites of some of the world's most creative personalities. (from the Publisher)
.......One of the most influential painters of modern times, Claude Monet lived for half his life in the famous house at Giverny. It was after moving here in 1883 with his future second wife, Alice Hoschedé, and their eight children that Monet's work finally achieved recognition. His growing success meant that he was able to indulge his passion for comfort and good living.
Family meals, special celebrations, luncheons with friends, picnics: all reflected the Monets' love of good food. Just as the inspiration for many of Monet's paintings was drawn from his beloved gardens and the surrounding Normandy landscape, so the meals served at Giverny were based upon superb ingredients from the kitchen-garden (a work of art in itself), the farmyard, and the French countryside. (from the Publisher)
At the Auberge Ravoux, in a tiny artists’ village twenty miles from Paris, Vincent Van Gogh found a measure of peace in his ill-starred life—and experienced an unparalleled burst of creativity, producing seventy masterpieces and studies. The Auberge still operates today as the Maison de Van Gogh. Little has changed since Van Gogh first set down his bags more than a century ago, and visitors are still treated to the comforting, delicious regional cuisine that he would have dined upon.
(from the Publisher)
...In the tradition of the best-selling Monet's Table, Frida's Fiestas is a personal account in words and pictures of many important and happy events in the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and a scrapbook, assembled by her stepdaughter, of recipes for more than 100 dishes that Frida served to family and friends with her characteristic enthusiasm for all the pleasures of life. (from the Publisher)
...Matisse, Picasso, Hockney—they may not have been from the same period, but they all painted still lifes of food. And they are not alone. Andy Warhol painted soup cans, Claes Oldenburg sculpted an ice cream cone on the top of a building in Cologne, Jack Kerouac’s Sal ate apple pie across the country, and Truman Capote served chicken hash at the Black and White Ball. Food has always played a role in art, but how well and what did the artists themselves eat? Exploring a panoply of artworks of food, cooking, and eating from Europe and the Americas, The Modern Art Cookbook opens a window into the lives of artists, writers, and poets in the kitchen and the studio throughout the twentieth century and beyond.(from the Publisher)
Artopia Magazine recommends these as gift ideas because they engage and stimulate your senses in the same way your favorite great artists experienced.
Its not just something to read, these books are full of easy, delicious recipes that will appeal to creative cooks.
The art inspired recipes are memorable, making them perfect for parties or special occasions.
Welcome to the party!
We put together 10 highly rated books about
Artists and Cooking
Artist are well-known for their creative presentation of food and eclectic dinner parties.
These cookbooks will give you insight into the lives of your favorite great artists, ideas for your picnics and themes for memorable parties.
ARTOPIA recommends these books as gift ideas because they engage and stimulate your senses in the same way your favorite great artists experienced
Its not just something to read, these books are full of easy, delicious recipes that will appeal to creative cooks.
The art inspired recipes are memorable, making them perfect for parties or special occasions.
“.....How would you like to dine in Van Gogh's olive orchard or in Bonnard's garden? What would be served at Mary Cassatt's afternoon tea? And a slice of which Thiebaud cake would you choose ... given the chance?
In The Artist's Table, fourteen world-renowned chefs create delectable menus inspired by masterpieces in the National Gallery of Art collections. These contemporary masters of the culinary arts are brought together with the works of great artists, and the result is a joyful celebration of art and food.” (from the Publisher)
....This companion volume to the bestselling Monet's Table is a sumptuous evocation of the life, art, and dining style of one of the world's most celebrated Impressionist painters. It presents more than 60 recipes, accompanied by reproductions of Renoir's paintings and original full-color photos of turn-of-the-century French life. (from the Publisher)
......As beloved as Provence was to Cezanne, so too were his favorite Provencal dishes. Although he once claimed that his favorite meal was "potatoes in oil," he enjoyed a variety of foods prepared by his mother and later by his cook, Madame Bremond. Fifty of these special recipes are included in this book, attesting to the simple and bounteous Provencal cuisine that Cezanne held so dear. (from the Publisher)
......Great artists and great cooks have long been inspired by gardens and the many sensory gifts they provide. Artist Claude Monet took inspiration from his gardens and the lily ponds at Giverny. Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, and Cezanne created still life masterpieces of fruit and flowers. Similarly, cooks from Julia Child and Alice Waters, to Patricia Wells and Jamie Oliver have taken culinary inspiration from homegrown or fresh local produce. Artist Maryjo Koch explores this centuries-old connection in a new cookbook inspired by her studio garden. The garden not only provides the artistic subjects she and her many students paint, but it also serves as the culinary toolbox for the delectable and visual feasts she prepares for her family, guests, and painting classes throughout the year.
(from the Publisher)
...Taking cues from modern art’s most revered artists, these twenty-seven showstopping desserts exhibit the charm and sophistication of works by Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Henri Matisse, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Avedon, Wayne Thiebaud, and more. Featuring an image of the original artwork alongside a museum curator’s perspective on the original piece and detailed, easy-to-follow directions (with step-by-step assembly guides adapted for home bakers), Modern Art Desserts will inspire a kitchen gallery of stunning treats. (from the Publisher)
Are you thinking about having a Art and Artist themed party now?
Check out our Pinterest board ‘Costumes of Art and Artists’ below for great dress up ideas!
Stylish black and white patterns. from Make Room for Design
Patterns carved into eggshells from Lush Home
Some Bunny Loves You
From Ron Beck Designs
Beautiful colors with natural dyes from Just Short of Crazy
How to make vibrant colored eggs from McCormick
Hungry for more about Easter eggs?
Egg Dyeing 101 from Epicurious
Want even more Spring and Easter inspiration?
Check out our 'SOME BUNNY LOVES YOU' board for Bunny and rabbit references and inspiration.
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Grisaille and Underpainting
In this review, we learn about grisaille and underpainting. We look at how these techniques can be used to give amazing depth and color to your paintings.
These books and tutorials shows the results you can achieve with a grisaille and underpainting techniques. Grisaille and Underpainting are tonal painting techniques for creating dimension. Renaissance artists popularized the neutral, often gray (gris is french for gray) or sepia underpainting style that gave the famous dimensional effect to their paintings. Grisaille and underpainting are known as an oil painting method but can be used with acrylics and watercolors.
Learn about Grisaille and Underpainting
Learning how to paint in tones and how to develop an underpainting is part of a classic art education. Many artists find this a faster and effective way to paint because it puts your focus on creating clear tones with better control over your lost and found transitions.
Lost is a term for soft blends
Found is a term for a crisp edge
The additional layers of transparent color are easy to control and quickly build to give you an impressive dimensional painting. This underpainting and grisaille technique is great for artists who desire to paint in smooth detailed realistic style. Rendering skin, fabric and reflective surfaces is much easier with this method of painting.
Check out our Pinterest board ‘Grisaille and Underpainting’ below for inspiration and great examples of grisaille and underpainting techniques used in classic and contemporary art.
In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love. (Marc Chagall)
The things we do in life purely for personal gain or fame often end up not being fulfilling. Being an artist is a job that requires patience, bravery, and openness. When making art comes from a place of love, joy and flows with passion it is possible go anywhere.
Love art, love yourself, do what you have to do and what only you can do. utter honesty is the only path to originality.(Roberta Smith)
Doing creative artwork only to impress others or be ‘liked’ will not make you truly stand out.
We can tell the truth with the art we make if we open our hearts fully and don’t hold back ourselves from fear of criticism.
One of the biggest challenge for artists and creative people is to simply get out of the way of the artwork happening.
Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man's only promise.
Using your artistic skills to tell the truth can transform the world in profound ways. When you choose to be a shining example of honest that inspires others to do the same. As we choose to a portray message of love joy and kindness in our artwork we will uplift ourselves and others around us.
Happy Valentines Day
From Artopia Magazine
The world celebrates the Chinese New Year. 2014 is the Year of the wood Horse. The horse is active, fast and adventurous. This is a change from the previous slower year of the water snake.
The lively spirit of the horse this year is a great opportunity to take the energy and use it to unfold your creative abilities.
Make this the time to really get going. To set a direction for what you're going to accomplish and stay true to the path while embracing the surprises that will occur along the way.
- Create more work than you ever have before
- Publish your work and get it seen by the world
- Create partnerships with other artists, galleries, art shows or businesses
How you use the power of the horse in your creative life is up to you. The power comes from setting a tone and harnessing the energy for the next while in your life.
Use the start of the Chinese New Year for inspiration on setting your intentions and following through on them.
Write a top 5 most important things you want to have happen.
Be conscious every day of your top 5 .
Follow through on it and evaluate your progress
Draw, sketch or write about your feelings for 2014.
What you would like to see happen and how that would feel. Then you have that to remind you of the intentions you set now and it will help you stay on track.