How to Keep Your Paint Brushes as Good as New!

Are you new to painting and not sure how to keep your paint brushes clean? Maybe you are an art teacher and frustrated  with always finding dry and dirty brushes that need to be thrown out. Read below to see my tips in keeping your paint brushes as good as new!

Are you new to painting and not sure how to keep your paint brushes clean? Maybe you are an art teacher and frustrated always finding dry and dirty brushes that need to be thrown out. Read below to see my tips in keeping your paint brushes as good as new! 

 

Tip #1 – Use Dish Soap

When you are working with Acrylics, ink or water colour I like to squirt a drop of dish soap in the palm of my hand and swirl the bristles around in the palm of my hand until that soap starts turning the colour of the pigment you were working with. After you have added dish soap you can rinse with water. Next tap the end of the brush with bristles facing down on the edge of the sink (this helps loosen up dried pigment that is further up in the bristles and is lodged). You could repeat this process twice if the brush is really dirty.

 

Tip #2 – Store Upright

The best way to store your brushes is standing upright (bristles at the top) sticking up in a jar. If the bristles are facing down this will cause the bristles to get squished and bent and they can stay that way permanently!

 

Tip #3 – Educate

You can’t assume everyone knows how to clean a brush or even clean up in general. You need to show people how to do it and explain why it is important -especially with kids/teens!

 

Do you have any tips for keeping your brushes clean- Let me know in the comments!

Precariously Perched Installation- Jackie Partridge

Precariously Perched is an art installation that was exhibited as part of graduating show for MFA at Concordia University.

In this installation I balance twisted strips of maps on tiny pins that stick out from the wall.

This installation is about balance and being delicate and fragile.

During the installation maps would fall to the ground. Viewers had to be cautious around the installation or more maps would fall.

The maps were installed to represent a horizon line or a long line of a meandering trail. I wanted viewers to walk by the piece and see that their movement would cause the strands of twisted maps to also move.

 

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I would love to install this work on a larger scale with even more maps in the future!

To see more of this installation or my other artwork head to my website: www.jackiepartridge.com

3 Tips to Save Money by Self-Publishing

In 2018, I published my first book Patched. Publishing books have costs associated with them and I want to break down how I saved money publishing and some other ideas as well.

 

Tip #1 -Grant Funding

First of allI want to start by saying that I was very fortunate to get this book self-published by receiving a grant from the Waterloo Arts Fund -that supports projects from local artist through a two phase application process. With that being said, I think it is worthwhile to search into local/regional grants in the area you live that might provide all or partial funding for a project like this. For this particular grant I applied to there was a requirement that the grant had to give back to the community in some way. So part of my proposal included that I would donate 10% of  printed copies to local libraries.

In 2018, I published my first book Patched. Publishing books have costs associated with them and I want to break down how I saved money publishing and some other ideas as well.

Tip # 2- Pre-sale/Self-fundraise

Selling copies of a your book with a pre-sale can be highly effective especially if you have an e-mail list that you can reach out to. You can offer a special incentive for people buying the pre-sale like save a certain percentage off, receiving early access to a chapter, receiving a free gift like a printed artwork or photograph. These incentives make it more worthwhile for someone to pay for something ahead of time.

In addition to pre-selling your book you could consider self-fundraising which might include a sale in your online shop or using something like a crowdfunding website where you offer something small or some kind of a gift to those who invest in your publishing project.

 

Tip # 3- Consider an online publisher- look for deals!

I used Blurb to print my book. You can look into other online publishing companies there are a lot. I wanted something Canadian since I am from Canada and I wanted more of a photo book with high quality printed photos since that is what the majority of my book contains.

A lot of these online publishing companies including Blurb has a ton of deals and discounts. I got my book printed on a Black Friday Sale and saved 50%. You can follow one of these companies in Instagram to see the types of discounts they have done in the past.

 

Factors to consider when printing a book:

Hard cover versus soft – I chose hard – I wanted a nice coffee table style book

Type of paper- I chose something with a bit of shine and a high quality photo paper

Removing the Logo of the Printing company – I chose to remove the logo as I found it distracting however this costed more

Consider Shipping – Shipping alone for me was close to $110

Consider a PDF Ebook that you can use to sell in addition to your hard cover book as a source of passive income or on your own to save even more money.

With all of my add ons and discounts I paid- (with the support of my grant) -approx. $55 per book + Shipping

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Let me know what your book will be about in the comments!

Trapped- Art installation by Jackie Partridge

“Trapped” is an art installation from 2016 that I completed during my MFA. In this installation I hand dyed and hand embroidered dishcloths and sewed together as a large quilt. I want the quilt to be seen as an aerial view of farmlands.

Above the quilt drapes a large sewn thread installation -made from white thread. The sewn piece is stitched on a dissolvable surface -that dissolves in water. The sewn structure mimics that shape of my hometown as viewed from a map and inside the shape are rows and rows of a basic symbol of a house shape.

To see more of my artwork- head over to my website http://www.jackiepartridge.com

Check out my Art Shop! NEW Spring Collection is Here!

I have updated my art shop. New work has been added in time for Spring. The NEW Spring Collection is here! Beautiful vintage doilies with handmade abaca pulp embedded in them.

All artwork is sold unframed. Free shipping during my Spring Launch until the end of May 2020 in Canada and the U.S. no code needed!www.jackiepartridge.com/shop

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New Floral Collection

Check out my online art shop now to see the new floral collection. Vintage floral designed doilies embedded in abaca paper pulp creating gorgeous textured paper. Artwork is inspired by spring flowers and vintage found doilies.

You can view this new collection on my website Click here!

Free shipping in Canada and the U.S.

Let me know what you think below!

Check out my new collection here!

How I Over Quadrupled my Monthly Views on Pinterest as an Artist

See my top three tips on Pinterest below!

I quadrupled my Pinterest views doing a few quick changes – here are my tips below! They are all very simple changes to make!

First of all it is important to think of Pinterest as a search engine not social media – people go on Pinterest to get inspired and look for particular things. What people are looking for a very specific items that pop up in their search based on key words used.

Tip 1 – Use Key words

You need to use key words everywhere in titles, descriptions, board descriptions. The more key words the more chances of people finding your pin. You can also use hashtags on Pinterest that people search for. Do your research to plan what key words people might be searching for and that best describe your pin.

Tip 2- create high quality content

The first 5 pins you pin should be your own content and you should try to pin every day to attract more viewers and followers. You can pin from your website, blog, instagram and you can repurpose old content that was popular in the past. You can create new content using canva.com or choosing beautiful high quality images. Content that does well on Pinterest is DIYs, how to articles and tips and tricks.

Tip 3- pin to reflect your target audience

If you are an artist you should definitely have a board dedicated to your own artwork. You should also be thinking of what your ideal customer might be interested in and create boards to reflect that. For example does your ideal client have kids? Do they like home decor or cooking? You need to delete or hide pins that are irrelevant and delete pins where the link is broken. Keep your personal pins private as secret boards.

You can see my Pinterest profile here! to get more ideas! Follow me on Pinterest to see more helpful resources.

A Nook For a Nest – art installation by Jackie Partridge

A NOOK FOR A NEST

I started this series of art installations in 2018. This project is something I would love to revisit.

As part of my graduating MFA show Trace and Retrace I printed and framed two photographs from this series.

 

photographs, 23”x 28”, 2018

A Nook For A Nest is a series of photographs that includes twisted maps in environmental installations that depicts the transitory and temporary homes. 

To see more of my artwork head over to my website! http://www.jackiepartridge.com

Here’s How to Add Freshness to a Stale Art Practice!

This quarantine for many, myself included has been difficult. It’s hard to lose income and not being able to see loved ones.

It’s so easy to realize all the things you took for granted before.

As an artist, this has been a good chance for me to reconnect with my creativity. I have been busy lately planning an online art class that I am currently teaching for a private school. I have used my spare time to take on creative projects which has helped me to take care of my mental health.

Here are some fun ways to get back to a creative process that might have been previously on hold:

  • Get involved in a creative challenge or start your own— searching on Pinterest for creative art challenges is a good way to get inspiration. You can start your own based on your art practice. For example, if you are a quilter you could plan on making a certain number of quilts in a timeframe or if you’re a painter- plan on painting a small 8″x10″ painting everyday. Challenges work as fun goals to complete but they also act as a piece of accountability. Creative challenges can also be a good way to create social media content by updating your audience on what you are working on. As a creative it can be good to work on a series and challenges can help you to develop your own artistic style. 
  • Look at application deadlines as motivation— I love looking on websites like Akimbo  -websites like this provide artists with deadlines of submission calls for exhibitions and awards. These deadlines, I find hold me accountable and I write them down in my agenda and apply when I have time. You can read more on my goal setting process in this post   you can read the goals I made this year here 
  • Reach out if someone wants a commission or make artwork for a friend or family member’s gift—This can be a good idea to make a little extra money or to have a project to work on. Sometimes, I find I just need a project to keep me busy. Making a gift for someone or a commission  gives me a due date to stick to. You can read more about my commission process here!
  • Make a board on Pinterest for art inspiration or future project ideas— Pinterest is an amazing resource and I love pinning an idea that inspires me to try something similar with my own flair later on.  Check out my Pinterest boards here! 

 

Do you have any other ways to reconnect with your art practice? Let me know in the comments!

Kids Art Classes-at Lucy Pearlle in Wellesley

Due to COVID-19 it is unknown if this course will run at this start time. However I will run it in the future and encourage you to follow my Facebook page linked below to stay up to date.

These classes are for ages 8-14 to promote creativity, problem solving, planning and the development of art techniques in painting, drawing and sculpting. May 5- May 26, 2020

Classes will begin at around 3:15pm (after school)

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

3:15-3:45pm-arrive, eat a packed snack, sketch and plan with assistance from instructor what they wish to make for the day

3:45-4:15pm- group will choose 2 techniques taught by the instructor and have time to practice techniques creating a small instructor led project

4:15-4:45- with assistance from the instructor -they will access a variety of materials laid out to problem solve, create and invent what they have planned

This is an interest-based program in which art instruction and learning techniques will be based off what the group wants to do.

Each week kids will learn new art techniques and have the opportunity to explore painting, drawing and sculpting! Possible techniques could include- colour mixing with paint, how to paint/draw a portrait, how to paint/draw a landscape, how to sew or embroider, how to create texture with materials, how to sculpt with wire etc.

Every class there will be 3 stations (painting, drawing and sculpture) with new materials to explore each time. Kids will receive guidance from the instructor and plan and create what they wish and improve and develop their skills.

COST: $100+ HST (all materials are included)

Click on the link to access the Facebook event and register! https://www.facebook.com/events/3173235462758767/