May Art Tips Contest Winner

Art Tips

We often get questions and comments related to "How To's" from our customers. We decided to present them in this new area called "Art Tips".

We have received so many fantastic Art Tips from many of our loyal custmers and we put them online for others to try and enjoy.


Sent in by Renee - North Canton OH
While painting a area of the painting that is to be heavily textured, use salt. After the first application of paint, add a thick amount of salt to the area. Let it partially dry, then use your brush to add different colors to the area. Dab with your brush the areas you want to add colored texture. The dried salt absorbs the color and doesn't spread it out. This is especially nice when painting bricks, trees, and other heavily textured areas. When I paint bricks, I leave the salt on the paper. It add a little sparkle and makes it come alive. - Renee, North Canton, OH

To make it fun and to say thank you for submitting your Art Tips we decided to run a contest and award the winner with a $250 Gift Card to shop at Jerry's Artarama online. The "Art Tip" with the most votes will be awarded the $250 gift card to spend on their favorite Art Supplies on Jerry's Artarama website. We randomly chose 8 art tips and put them up for community vote for all to try and vote on. Well.... we had over 720 votes and close race to finish:

The 8 Finalists in our first Art Tips Contest were:  Jillian From NC, Lorrie from Kalamazoo MI, Hilda from Provincetown MA, Kali From Reynoldsburg OH, Linda from Houston TX, Renee from Canton OH,  Robin from Pal Harbor FL, Jan from Indianapolis IN,

Jillian - Cary NC (34): 5%
Lorrie - Kalamazoo MI (104): 14%
Hilda - Provincetown Ma (21): 3%
Kali - Reynoldsburg Ohio (6): 1%
Linda - Houston TX (60): 8%
Renee - N. Canton, OH (208): 29%
Robin - Palm Harbor FL (220): 31%
Jan - Indianapolis IN (67): 9%

The winner of the $250 Gift Card was Robin - Palm Harbor FL and here is here is where the story gets interesting, please read on...


The Winning Art Tip:

Sent in by Robin of Palm Harbor FL
If you are having a hard time with your foreshortening or perspective, Turn your canvas and the photo you are working from upside down! You will see the correction right away! (this works for drawing as well) -
Robin, Palm Harbor FL

Robin is a professional artist but she volunteers at a neighborhood Adult Day Care Center whose needs range from dimentia to physical issues making it difficult for their families to take care of them during the day. She was excited to win the $250 Gift Card to help buy art supplies and art materials , particularly easels to help make painitng easier for them. We are delighted to provide a way for our customers and friends to help make a difference through art in the lives of the many that they encounter every day. Our many thanks to Robin for being apart of Jerry's Artarama and affording us the opportunity to participate and be apart of her life in some way. We are anxiously waiting those pictures she promised :-)

We recieve many submissions and will posting them online shortly so keep sending them in. Click here to read all the Art Tips and stay tuned for our next contest.

Thank You

Michael Marchetta
VP of Internet Marketing




A Message from Tom Jones

After several weeks on the road teaching workshops I am back in the studio at home.
I apologize for the delay in the newsletter and updates to my web site, but I have rebuilt 
my web site for the second time in two years.  My goal is to make it as easy as possible 
for artist around the world to maneuver through the web site with the greatest of ease 
and with the new system artist will be able to make purchases easier and we will 
also be able to make changes and updates faster.  

In this newsletter I want to pass on a couple tips.  One is you can now purchase Arches watercolor paper on board. This is the same surfaces you like in the sheets. 
Check with you art stores for this new product. 

In working with tonal values light, mid and dark you may notice that mid tones 
happen automatically even without a conscience effort.  It is the light and darks 
that you must pay close attention too.  First it is important to note that each 
separate area of the painting would have a value change, trees, grass, building, 
mountains and streams etc.  The center of interest would get the strongest lights 
and darkest darks. 

I have found that when something is missing in a painting, that special wow factor 
it is because the painting is mostly mid tones.  It is those intense darks that make 
the difference.  It is important to note as a watercolorist that in a technical sense 
you are not a painter of light because you did not create the white.  It was already 
there in the paper so you must be a painter of darks.  Remember a traffic light is 
as bright at noon as it is a midnight.  The difference in appearance is the dark 
around the traffic light a midnight.  To mix strong darks I start with Rembrandt Extra-Fine Artists' WatercolorsPrussian Blue 
or Indigo using it straight and then to get a variety of color add a touch of Hooker 
Green Deep for a dark rich blue green and/or add a deep rose color such as 
Permanent Magenta for warm reddish blue or add a touch of Brunt Sienna for 
a deep brownish blue.  Practice mixing these colors then apply them to your 
painting process and see how you can take that painting to a new level.

Tom Jones


Art Business Marketing - 6 Steps to Re-Energize Slumping Art Sales by M Theresa Brown

Artist Blogging M.Therasa Brown

Follow this six step plan to get your art business back on track and re-energized!

There is nothing harder to do than to walk into your studio and start (or finish) a piece of art when you already have a number of unsold pieces sitting around. The energy is suddenly not there. The phone is not ringing. And every time you turn on the news, the top story is the downturn of the economy. If you need to sell what you create in order to make ends meet, then motivation becomes critical. You may be in enough of a panic to be unorganized and not thinking clearly. There is a direct correlation between need and motivation and the key is to organize that motivation! Slumps ARE a normal part of any business. But to successfully pull your Art business out of the slump and make it through these economically challenging times, you need a plan.

Step 1. Re-think your Business Plan. No matter where you are financially, if you want to sell your art, you need a thought out marketing plan. If you are not selling your work, or your work has stopped selling, then you either don't have a plan or you need to rework the plan you have. Who was your target market and why are they not buying? Be prepared to re-invent yourself and your art product. That can be a tough concept for artists to deal with, but an objective look at the facts can make the difference between success and struggle. If your large paintings are not selling, create smaller ones. If your gold jewelry is suddenly not selling, create sterling pieces. If your abstracts are not selling, try realism. Do you need to broaden your target market or find a new one altogether? These are tough questions and demand some tough decisions by artists who are in a slump mentally and financially. Need creates nerve. Think outside the box.

Step 2. Make a financial plan. Your art product may have brought in 15% or 100% of your income before the slump. Regardless, the only way to replace, earn or create that needed income is by knowing exactly where you are financially. Only then can your new business plan be effective. The income from your art product may be worse than you thought or it may be better. But knowing brings a certain mental relief because now you know exactly where you are financially and what you need to do!

Step 3. Make a plan of action.  You have examined your art products, re-written your business plan and know how much additional income you need to earn to get through or banish this slump. So how are you going to do that? Make an action plan. A How Do I Make the Money? plan! The goals in a business plan are worthless if you have no plan on how to achieve those goals. With any art product, look at what and where you have been selling. Examine what art product you create has sold the most, where it has sold and what else you could be creating. What can art product can you tweak? Look at every possible marketing tool that is available and economical. Social networks, free classified, blogs ,websites, forums, friends, organizations, galleries, art shows, sidewalk, flea markets, etc. In tough economic times, every marketing opportunity need to be implemented and worked.

Step 4. Create deadlines for your new business plan. It is a fact repeated over and over by the greatest marketing minds of our times that if you write down your business goals as well as expected financial goals, and give yourself a deadline, you will achieve it. An example: Artist #1 says "I need to sell my art and make lots of money." Artist #2 says: "I need to sell 10 paintings for $200.00 each by the end of each month. I will sell them at the local art festival, on my website and send out postcards to my past clients" Which artist do you think has a better chance of attaining that goal? By giving yourself a deadline to achieve your marketing and financial goals, you have subconsciously engaged your brain. Your brain will keep nudging you about the deadline. And as the deadline approaches the urgency increases. By setting a deadline for your financial goals, you will find it much easier to ask for the payment or ask for the sale because you know what bills are coming up. It works.

Step 5. Limit the negative influences in your life. Re-working your old business plan can be re-energizing simply because you know what you need to do and how you're going to get there! But all of your new found enthusiasm can be negated by surrounding yourself with too much negativity. Take steps to distance yourself from negative people and places. There is always someone within a family, neighborhood or organization whose job in life appears to be complaining or making other people miserable. Don't give them that power. Don't let negative media distractions have a daily place in your life either. All can zap your energy level and motivation. Right now, you need positive energy. Make a point each morning to make some quiet time before starting your work day. All batteries need to be charged.

Step 6. Work the plan. No plan will work if you don't work the plan! Every evening you need to make out your list of things to accomplish the next day in order to reach the goals that you have outlined. Your new business plan should be hanging in plain sight in your studio. Your To Do list needs be taken with you everywhere. Each new marketing method or art product that you create needs to be given an opportunity to be successful.

These 6 steps are designed to help you focus your attention, resources and energy on your art business and give you a jump start out of that slump! You may not be able to change the economy but you can change and adapt to whatever current trends there may be I that economy. Due diligence, persistence and perseverance will be the factors that will see you through your art slump and on the road to success!


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