Resources for Artists

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Resources for your website


WPX Hosting

I host my website on WPX because I love how fast and reliable their servers are. They moved my website over from my former host for free, and having 24/7 support gives me a lot of peace of mind. I also love the built-in content delivery network (CDN) this host provides. It helps my website and images load faster!

WordPress

WordPress is free, easy to set up, and offers many features and plugins that keep your content in your hands and allows your website to grow with you.

GeneratePress Theme

I like the ease of use, features, load time, and rock solid support of the GeneratePress theme. They push out updates with new features all the time, and you can find all the answers you need in their user forums.


Resources for Working Remotely


Blue Yeti Snowball Microphone

This is a great microphone for clear audio with minimal background noise. I use it for conference calls and for recording voiceovers for our YouTube videos.

Brain.fm

This is a service that provides science-backed music that helps your brain sleep, focus, or work. I turn it on in the background frequently when I’m writing and painting.

Doxie Go Portable Document Scanner

I’m hell-bent on having a paperless office, and this small scanner is nice to have on hand for quickly digitizing documents.


Resources for Writing & Blogging


Skillshare

I love learning new things about writing and blogging on Skillshare. They offer classes in a variety of lengths, from 15 minutes all the way up to several hours.

I like the project-based format, so you can apply what you learn immediately. And there’s one flat yearly or monthly fee for access to the entire library of courses. (Psstt…they have art classes, too!)

The Charmed Studio

Thea Fiore-Bloom is a journalist and artist, and through her website The Charmed Studio, she provides writing coaching for artists. I had a coaching session with her, and not only did she help me get clear on the purpose of my site, but she was easy to talk to as well. She also has a wonderful podcast, and ever since I found it, I never miss an episode.

Languagetool

I’m a fan of this free grammar and spelling checker, and I’ve found it so helpful I canceled my Grammarly premium account. I like the simplicity of this tool and the fact that it’s available in a wide range of languages.

Meat & Hair Creative Writing Newsletter

I’ve been following Ash Ambirge of The Middle Finger Project for years, and she never fails to teach me something or make me think in different ways. Her latest project is Meat & Hair, a creative writing company with a daily newsletter packed with witty writing examples to help you write more creatively.

Hemingway App

This free app analyzes your writing for hard-to-read sentences, passive voice, and more. I run everything through it before sending or publishing, from blog posts to emails to website copy. I have a tendency to write long sentences, and I so appreciate having this editor in my corner to keep me in check!


Art Supplies I Love


Strathmore Visual Journal

These journals come in a variety of sizes, paper weights, and paper types, but I’ve found the 140lb. watercolor journals to be great for both watercolor and mixed media applications. The paper has a nice texture and enough weight to it to handle lots of paint, ink, and water.

They’re spiral bound, so you can flip to the page you want and start drawing or painting, and then close up the book when you’re finished.

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

These odorless, waterproof pens are my go-to tools for pen and ink drawings and adding additional details to paintings. I love this essential set, as it comes with many different sizes.

Caran D’ache Water Soluble Crayons

These pastels are water-soluble. You can draw with them and leave them dry or activate the pigment with water, which makes the result look a lot like watercolor paint.

They come in a nice flat tin, so you can keep them in a drawer or throw them in a bag. They last a long time because you don’t need to use much to put down a lot of pigment.

Sakura Sumo Grip Mechanical Pencil

This chunky Sakura mechanical pencil is large enough to be ergonomic, but small enough to store in a bag, pencil case, or drawer.

The rubber grip keeps it steady in your hand without impeding your ability to make marks, and the twisting eraser core at the top gives you a lot of room to play and make mistakes. The refillable graphite sticks make marks that are easy to see and erase.

Rolling Canvas Paintbrush Organizer

I used to have the worst time organizing my paintbrushes and keeping them from being damaged. This rolling organizer changed that for me. Not only do my brushes stay nice, they’re now portable as well. LIFESAVER.

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Concentrated Watercolors

If you’ve ever seen my artwork, you know I LOVE COLOR. Due to the transparent nature of watercolor, sometimes bright colors can be difficult to achieve. These concentrated watercolor paints are a blast to paint with, and I love the vivid colors I get out of them.

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