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The Studio is Giving Back!

I am beyond thrilled to be able to finally tell you about a secret project I’ve been working on!  The success of The Studio this year has been truly humbling and inspiring, and now that it’s generating the income needed to sustain itself, I want to start giving back to

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Selling Stickers Class

Selling Stickers Learn everything you need to know about designing and selling stickers from idea to successful shops on Etsy, print-on-demand sites, or your own website. What You’ll Learn Learn everything you need to know about designing and selling stickers from idea to successful shops on Etsy, print-on-demand sites, or

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Artist Spotlight: Tara Reed’s Bold Style

I’m so excited to introduce a new series to the blog: Artist Spotlights!  In this series I’ll introduce you to an artist who is killing it in surface design, illustration, or lettering so you can get inspired by their journey and story.  Each of the artists are featured in Studio Chats in

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Do You Need Affinity Version 2?

Since the new Affinity Designer Version 2 came out a lot of artists and designers have asked me: Should I upgrade now? Will it be hard to follow older tutorials with the new version? Are there a lot of new features? I dove into the app to find the answers

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Is Etsy a Good Place for Artists and Illustrators?

I have been doing a deep dive into Etsy this year and wanted to share some of my findings with you all.  Spoiler: I am having so much fun sending my art to buyers around the world and getting to see what designs speak to them! https://youtu.be/Q82TZWC6LJw More of a

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Texture and Depth in Pattern Class

Take a deep dive into the world of texture and layering in pattern design.  Learn how to create your own textures and apply them to patterns in both raster and vector format. What You’ll Learn In this class, you’ll learn how to create seamless textures that you can use for your patterns,

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Day in the Life of a Greeting Card Designer

I hear from a lot of artists and designers who love the idea of being a greeting card designer, but aren’t sure if they want to do a deep dive into filling their portfolio with greeting card designs.  Is it even worth it?  Will it suit your creative style?  I

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How I Licensed a Fabric Collection

Getting your pattern collections licensed to fabric companies is a huge goal that I know many surface designers are working towards, so I wanted to share my experience with you all and give you some tips for getting your first collection licensed! Check out the video below or keep reading

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Design a Greeting Card Collection Class

Learn the whole process of designing a greeting card collection from original concept to finished card collection and product photos. What You’ll Learn In this class, you’ll learn how to design greeting card collections around a theme from sketch to finished card.  We’ll talk about how to print, photograph, and present

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Behind the Scenes of Opening an Etsy Shop

If you create artwork on your iPad and have been looking for a way to sell your designs on products, you may already know that Etsy is a great option that makes selling easy and gives you higher profit percentage than print-on-demand.  You can even connect your Etsy shop to

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Beyond Basic Patterns Class

Learn how to go beyond making basic repeat patterns with unique pattern assets, complex layouts, and innovative building methods. What You’ll Learn In this class, we’ll go far beyond the world of simple repeat patterns to create complex layouts that are eye-catching and marketable for print-on-demand, art licensing, and beyond.

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