My fiance chuckled when he read that title...it doesn't though. I promise.
Who are you? A recent art graduate? A stay at home mom/dad looking to make some money on your art? Want to pursue art as just a hobby? A full-time employee in the business world looking to make a change? Maybe you are happy with the title of part-time artist (like me). I love my job…I’m an art teacher (obvi right?) and don’t plan on changing that anytime soon.
Simple question…Do you want to be an artist? Of course you do. I’m assuming that’s why you’re here.
If you are anything like me you’re probably a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out how to get started. How do I pay for all these supplies? How do I use social media to showcase my work? How do I create a website? Do I need to pay for professional designers? I’m not tech saavy. These types of questions and struggles keep most people from even starting.
In this post, I am going to tell you how I got started and how it does NOT have to cost an arm and a leg. First of all, I’m a teacher. I don’t have a huge budget to buy the best quality paints, papers, and canvases. So…I didn’t…and honestly, I still don’t unless it’s a commissioned piece, showpiece, or other circumstances that warrant high quality supplies.
Think about it…your first clients or buyers are probably not going to be fine art collectors. They may not even be strangers. They will most likely be friends or family. I am willing to bet that most of your friends and family members don’t know the difference between high quality, expensive art supplies and the less expensive stuff. Use that piece of information to your advantage. Get your work out there, get your name out there, and get referrals. Once you’ve made a little bit of money you can then purchase more (and possibly better) supplies. With that said, don’t expect to make a ton of extra money for the first few months…even years depending on how motivated and productive you are. Your priority for a little while is to collect supplies, use social media to grow your following, and PAINT…or draw, or make jewelry, or sculpt, whatever your craft is…DO IT!…and do it as much as you can!
First…you need supplies.
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