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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Surrealism in Photography

  1. I love these images that use surrealism in photography by Kyle Thompson. He defined his style as surreal conceptual photography; the creation of a surreal world in order to depict concepts. Surrealism is 
    release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of imagI
     He likes to use props, smoke and lighting effects to add a surreal feeling to photos.

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    You can see more of his photography here.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Become a Freelance Writer



Do you want to become a freelance writer? These are some tips I have to earn money from your writing.

Perfecting Your Skill

uDemy: uDemy has over 40,000 classes and courses. You can find many on freelancing and writing.

ed2go: This site offers classes on a variety of topics that can help you learn nonfiction, creative writing and other skills that can help you in the workplace. I am currently taking a class on becoming a magazine writer.

FreelanceWriting: This site has some good resources on freelance writing.

The Write Life: This site has good tips on freelancing, marketing and more. It also has a job board.

Make a Living Writing -This site has eBooks, courses and some free resources on being a freelance writer.

ProBlogger -  If you want to  make money blogging, ProBlogger has a job board of blogging jobs. It also has tips on blogging.

Creating a Portfolio

Clippings.me - This website allows journalists, bloggers and writers to create online portfolios. The premium version allows you to add unlimited clippings without clippings.me branding.

Pressfolios - This site allows you to add up to 12 stories for free or pay for a plan that can give you 250 or unlimited stories.

Google Drive - Google Drive is a good free option for writing or backing up your writing pieces. It is good to send to people if you just have a sample to send out.

WordPress - Use a hosting platform, such as WordPress, to create your own website or blog. They also have many themes available that could be used to create a portfolio.

Finding Writing Jobs

Ready to get started working? These are some websites to check out.

Content Writers - This site is free to sign up and allows you to write articles for businesses. Writers are paid within 14 days of content acceptance via PayPal.

Online Writing Jobs - You can be a SEO content writer, copywriter, blogger or subject matter expert. You can get paid up to $50 per article.

UVOCORP - UVOCORP is a freelance academic writing agency. You can write essays, reports, literature reviews and speeches. Writers are paid twice monthly.

TextBroker - Textbroker is an article and content writing service.

Upwork - Upwork is a platform for freelancers. You can create a profile and look for writing jobs, such as blogging or writing eBooks, to make money.
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Have you ever tried freelance writing? What ways do you like to make money?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Art Journaling: Creating Abstract Images











Have you ever wanted to create abstract, fantasy or surreal images in your artwork? Here are some tips for unleashing your unconscious mind and creating creative works of art. 

Supplies:


  • Art Journal: You can use an art journal or sketch paper. 
  • Pencil or Marker: You can use professional art marker or just sharpies.
  • Other Art Materials: You can use whatever medium you like to create abstract images. My art journal entries are mostly sketches, but you can add color such as with colored pencils or watercolor paint.


Techniques:


1. Abstract images can be fantasy like or as if they were from a dreaming. Try closing your eyes or meditating and visualize images. When you open your eyes, draw images you saw. You can also try keeping your art journal by your bed and drawing images from your dreams. 

 

 2. Take a physical object or image and draw half of it on one side of an art journal page. You can also draw the whole image and then erase, rip out or cover up the other half. On the other half, draw a fantasy image or half of another object to create a fantasy image. In my picture, I drew an image of a flower on the right side and added an image of fire on the left page.




 3.  A similar idea you can try is taking physical object or image and adding a fantasy image to it. Look to see how real life images can be turned fantasy like by replacing one part of the image with a different image. In my top journal entry, I made the body of the butterflies in to keys. I also added a keyhole to the tree. In my second image, I turned birds in to scissors. 
 

 4. Try writing a line of text and drawing the phrase you wrote. In this image, I wrote the line “harvesting the heart” and added hearts to a bowl. 

Do you like to create abstract or fantasy images? 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Floral Prints in Fashion

Spring is the perfect time to wear floral prints in fashion. Here is some floral inspiration I love.

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Floral print dresses, like this green and white floral dress, are great for spring. 


These four looks are perfect for spring. The second look is from Delightfully Tacky


Try adding a a fun floral skirt to your outfit.


Here are some more spring floral dresses.



How do you like to wear floral print? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Interview: Dreamcatchers from Tiaralianna


Tiaralianna makes dreamcatchers and string art made of vintage finds and handmade pieces. Legend says that bad dreams get caught in the web of a dreamcatcher, while good dreams pass through to ensure good dreams while you sleep. Dreamcatchers can be used as car accessories, worn as jewelry or can be used as decor.

Why did you decide to sell dreamcatchers in your shop? 
I created my first dream catcher in 2013 as a project but had no intention of selling. Mid 2015 I started creating more dream catchers as a hobby, again I didn't intend on selling any. My boyfriend of 5 years was the one who first saw my potential and decided to create my shop name and Instagram account Late 2015. He even sold a bunch of my first dreamcatchers. From there I got inspired to make it a small business and took over the shop myself. 

How would you describe your style?
I've come to realize I don't really have a set style. Rather, my dreamcatcher style varies from whatever inspires! A lot of my style comes from bohemian, hippie, and cottage chic looks. I love creating both traditional and non traditional styles with each dreamcatcher being unique.

What is your creative process like?
Creating dreamcatchers is very therapeutic for me. Often when I start creating dreamcatchers I envision the end result and run with it. However, sometimes that's not always the case. Times when I feel uninspired I like to hit up a bunch of craft and/or thrift stores and pick up some beautiful pieces such as doilies, yarn, etc. I often get inspired this way.



Describe your studio space. Where do you work?
Everything I do regarding my shop is from my home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Most of the time I find my self working in my home studio or on my balcony ledge where I get a gorgeous view of nature.

What is your favorite feature on Etsy?
My favorite feature on Etsy is the review tool. I love hearing customer feedback. I have yet to receive a negative review, but I'm sure if it's constructive feedback I wouldn't mind either way. Being that my studio space is filled with dreamcatchers, it's hard to let a lot of them go. The review feature allows me to hear from their new owner, it makes my day!

Do you use any other websites?
Instagram and Facebook is my main social media platforms. I sell my dreamcatchers online on Etsy along with in person sales. My hopes are to create a website for my shop separate from Etsy.

Where do you get inspiration?
Working with art has always been a creative outlet for me. I believe that God gives everyone a gift, intended to glorify Him. My gift, however small, is a gift of creativity none the less. What good is a gift if it isn't shared? Knowing that my creative ability was intended for his purpose inspires me to keep creating art. 

What is your favorite way to promote your shop?
Social media has always been my favorite way in promoting what I do. Instagram and Facebook in particular are sites I enjoying using. These sites allows me to interact with users in a way that's more personal along with showing others an inside look of what I do. Through social media I like to post pictures about shop updates along with my creative process.

Do you sell wholesale or consignment?
I do not sell wholesale or consignment at the moment. I'm open to the idea but for now I'm selling direct.

Do you ever do craft shows?
I have yet to do a craft show but I aspire to be a part of one in the future! 



Do you make other types of art? 
Yes! On my Etsy shop I list string art. My first dreamcatcher was a combination of both string art and dreamcatcher. The materials I used for the base were a wooden board, nails, and string. I created this piece by hammering the nails in a circle and weaved the pattern with string. I plan to recreate more of these in the near future. Since it's a stable wall-hanging, I use mine for hanging earrings and necklaces.

What do you hope for the future with your shop? 
In the future I hope to create my own website where I can list my dream catchers along with pictures and videos of my creative process.

Is there anything else you would like to add? 

Thank you so much for taking interest in my shop! If you like what I do, check out my mother on Instagram: @ieggmedia. She is an artist that works with chalk, paint, and digital mediums. She's one of my biggest role models and encourages me to follow my creative passion.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Free Printable: Etsy Shop Critique


Do you want to critique your own or someone else's Etsy shop? You can click the button below to download my free critique worksheet that will help you review your Etsy shop. The free printable has questions about branding, the name of the shop, products, pricing and more. The questions will give you a brief overview of how the Etsy shop is doing.



Download Worksheet

You can also see my listing on Etsy for a full critique or see my Hire Me page for more info on my services.

Do you ever critique your shop?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Scrapbooking Inspiration from A Beautiful Mess

These are a couple scrapbooking photos that inspire me from the blog, A Beautiful Mess.

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They also  have some tips with scrapbook ideas on their blog and a shop with scrapbook supplies.

How do you like to scrapboook?