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

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!

Tips for Pricing Your Art

There are a lot of factors for pricing your art to consider. But at the end of the day the best advice I received from an old painting professor in university was “you need to price your art at a price you are happy to let it go with”

This statement from my professor completely changed how I see pricing my art.

I think in the age of the internet it is so easy for artists or any entrepreneurs to look and compare other people’s prices – but it shouldn’t and doesn’t matter!

Although it is easy to compare it shouldn’t be justified.

You need to think about your factors:

  • What is the cost for materials to make the art?
  • Do you include shipping, taxes, a free gift, custom wrapping, tracking id (all of these extras cost more $$$)
  • How much time did you spend on making the art?
  • Is it framed or not?
  • Do you have a history of sales- if you have a proven record of sales, a large fan base or are known in your region -you might be in demand and are able to charge more

Other things to consider 

  • Additional fees -like website fees, studio rental, equipment fees like a camera, Photoshop, Lightroom etc.
  • Is this your full time job or a side hustle (if it is your full time job you consider paying yourself an hourly wage – not minimum- don’t short change your experience, skills, education and value you bring!)

 

At the end of the day it is your art you need to price it with what you are comfortable with. If you think it is priced too low then raise it! You have the ability to change your prices at any time!

Remember people don’t need to buy art so the price of it varies hugely – do not compare your prices to the prices of others. Remember what makes your art different is you, your style, your effort, your decisions, your story and the experience that you serve your customers.

You don’t want to undersell yourself – you can always lower your prices and discount or provide a sale but it is harder to drastically raise prices when you started to low in the first place.

In this post I share my tips/considerations for pricing my artwork

 

 

Let me know how you price your art or what changes you want to make to your pricing?

 

 

Kids 4-Week Drawing Course (facial features) in Wellesley

I am running a four week Kids Drawing Class for kids in grade 3 and up at Lucy Pearlle's in Wellesley ON- starting May 1, 2020

I am running a four week Kids Drawing Class for kids in grade 3 and up at Lucy Pearlle’s in Wellesley ON- starting May 1, 2020

The Course will start on May 1 and go for four weeks with no class on Friday May 15 due to the Victoria Day weekend.

In these four weeks we will explore realistic drawing with pencil, fine tip marker and charcoal where students will learn and develop their skills to be able to draw realistic facial features and improve their portrait drawings.

Students will learn:
-shading and sketching techniques
-tips for drawing difficult features
-how to use materials like drawing pencils, charcoal and fine tip markers
-facial proportions to make drawings realistic .. and more

Students will learn techniques and complete small drawing projects to improve how they draw facial features.

Click the link to find more about the workshop and to get registration info:https://www.facebook.com/events/509225779665276/

Follow my Facebook Page -Jackie Partridge-Art to stay up to date on workshops I am running!

Interested in Having a Piece of Art Commissioned? Check These Tips!

As an artist I have been doing art commissions for friends, family and even people I don’t know that well for several years.

 

Creating a successful art commission can be a lengthy process but I have come up with a list of tips to create a faster and more positive process for both the artist and the client.

 

As a client  getting a piece of art commissioned you need to:

  • communicate what you want – be clear and specific if you have a vision in mind
  • trust your gut-if you don’t feel comfortable with anything -then don’t go ahead with it
  • ask for a price estimate if it is not provided to you
  • figure out the size of the work you want
  • figure out where you will put that piece of art -this can help determine the dimensions and also the style or colours you like – It is helpful for the artist to see a photograph of your space and know what you like (everyone has their own unique design style)
  • send inspiration  -whether it’s a photograph, colour swatches or a sample of fabric for the curtains that will hang next to the artwork – anything is helpful
  • make sure you have done your research- Do you like the artist’s work?

 

As an artist commissioning a piece of art you should:

  • Give a price estimate that is a range from low-high end (this estimate should include your price of materials and YOUR TIME based off the size of the work)
  • Give an estimated deadline of when the piece will be finished-make sure this is manageable
  •  Update the client if you expect to be late, more money etc.
  • communicate clearly and ask questions if unsure
  • create a sketch or mock up during the consultation process
  • ask for photos of the work hanging in the client’s space for your portfolio

 

I am an artist based out of Waterloo Region, ON Canada- if you are interested in getting a piece of original art made and you are from the area feel free to reach out to me jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com and I will forward you a survey to fill out your thoughts on your artwork that you would like commissioned. I can work with you and your budget!

 

Interested in Getting Artwork Commissioned? Try Artist’s Jackie Partridge’s Tips!

Again if you would like an artwork commissioned by me and you are from the  Waterloo Region, ON Canada- feel free to reach out to me jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com

I hope to create a piece of art for you one day!

 

Goal Setting and Staying Focused as an Artist

How are you doing sticking to your goals you made this January?

I love planning, making lists and achieving my goals. It does take work though..

Here is a list of my personal tips!

 

# 1 Sticking to Your Goals – check on them

In order to keep my goals I need to review them and to check in on them.

I plan my goals near the end of December a year in advance and I review my goals every four months to adjust them accordingly.

Each month I check on my monthly goals and put a check mark beside the completed ones. I have a new agenda this year that has a section for goals at the start of each month which really helps! If you don’t have this  you can always set up reminders on your phone, write on a calendar or create to-do/goals lists.

It’s important to check on a goal’s progress because if you have  many goals they can be easy to forget.

 

#2 Your Goals Aren’t Permanent!

Life happens… Before you know it you meet your goal or you decide the timing isn’t right. You are allowed to change your mind – because they are your goals! I like to give myself some grace and I’m not hard on myself when I am no longer aiming for a goal -I’m still figuring out what kind of artist I want to become and I want my life to look like into the future.

 

#3 You Need to be Invested and Know Why

You have to want your goals- and not believe you should make them because what society is telling you. Part of sticking to goals is figuring out why you want them in the first place. This drive keeps you motivated. So, if you don’t know why you want something think deeper or even try journalling.

A goal needs intention behind it and clarity.

 

#4 Does Your Goal Inspire You and Excite You?

Like Marie Kondo says “does it spark joy” if it does it’s something you will treasure something you will continue to work on. If it doesn’t you won’t – it’s that simple! The more excited you are the more urgency there is to finish it.

A goal should be exciting but still believable to you.

How are you doing sticking to your goals you made this January? I love planning, making lists and achieving my goals. It does take work though.. Here is a list of my personal tips!

#5 Give Yourself Deadlines

I was always an achiever in school and I’ve found to still be successful out of school it helps to have deadlines. Give yourself a realistic time frame while keeping yourself challenged and accountable! Sometimes I will make a firm deadline with myself like “If you don’t finish this by the end of the day then you can’t …”

 

#6 Reward Yourself for Meeting Your Goals – Make the Process Fun!

Some goals are going to take longer to complete because they require more work and they are bigger goals. I find it helpful to remember to enjoy the journey (although I struggle with this). Don’t be afraid to celebrate milestones or to reward yourself with something you want. If the process of goal setting isn’t enjoyable you aren’t going to be excited about it and it will be harder to stick to your goals.

 

What are some of your goals you made this year?