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EBSQ Friday Five

First Frost by Louise Mead

1. First Frost by Louise Mead caught my eye this morning for those brilliant blues, but also because we had our first frost of the year just this week.

2. Self-publishing is all the craze right now, so here’s some tips on creating your own art book via Blurb.

3. Blogging isn’t for everyone. I personally believe blogging, when done right, can be a invaluable resource and a way to attract visitors and new fans to your art. But you must be doing it right to see any of the positive effects. Here’s a good list of the do’s and don’t’s.

4. Speaking of blogs, MuddyColors is one of my favorites. It is a treasure trove of both entertaining posts and informative ones. Check out Greg Manchess’ latest post, 10 Things about Value.

5. From Business Insider: 23 Recent Works Of Art That Shook History

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Taking a Second Look at Tumblr

Tumblr is not a new site, but it has grown by leaps and bounds over the last three years. More often than not I see things posted on Pinterest which came directly from someone’s Tumblr site. In simple terms, Tumblr is three things:

A. A community

B. A blogging site

C. The father of Pinterest

Tumblr tends to be image heavy, attracting new artists and photographers to the site daily. Members follow blogs and reblog what they love (the pin and repin model). Some Tumblr sites consist of only reblogs. This is supported and encourage. If you run a creative business, Tumblr can be a great way to introduce your art to its members. Tumblr is also a perfect site for those artists who find the writing side of blogging a challenge. They have themes set up to look like galleries. All you have to do is post your picture, add a caption and you’re done! My personal Tumblr site is a combination of my art, things I love, and reblogs from other Tumblr sites.

If you’re a resistant blogger, Tumblr might be worth your time. I treat Tumblr as an additional creative outlet. It does not replace my blog, it is something entirely new. It also does not eat into my busy schedule. I spend about 15-20 minutes on the site every other day, posting something and checking out the other sites I follow. If you decide to take the plunge and need a little help EBSQ artists can contact me through my profile page.

Tumblr FAQs

  • As of June 8, 2012, Tumblr has over 58.9 million blogs.
  • Half of Tumblr’s visitor base is under the age of 25.
  • The slogan, We are the 99%, originated from a Tumblr blog.
  • Tumblr has an Superb App for blogging on the go.

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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs

Have you run out of ideas for your next blog post? EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs will feature some of the more creative posts our artists are taking advantage of to spice up their blogs.

Letraset Markers Review by Mark SatchwillToday’s Tip: Product Reviews

Product reviews are another great way to spice up your blog and offer something informative to your readers. Believe it or not there are thousands of people searching the web this very instant for a product review. They want to know if those paints are worth buying or if the latest image editing software is worth the high price tag. Writing the occasional product review can bring in new visitors to your blog and in turn introduce them to your art.

What does it take?

You can review anything. Maybe a new type of watercolor paper you are experimenting with or you could explore outside your profession. Reviewing something you are genuinely interested in also gives readers a glimpse of the real you, which is after all what they are looking for when they seek out your blog.

Rules of Thumb

  1. Always try to be objective in your review.
  2. Provide your own personal images of the product (and the results if it’s art related).
  3. Provide links so readers know where to purchase the product.

A few EBSQ artists who have taken advantage of the “product review” post include Melanie Pruitt (Blog), Sara Burrier (Blog), Amanda Makepeace (Blog), Jennifer Lommers (Blog), Kathleen Ralph (Blog), and Mark Satchwill (Blog).

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EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs

Have you run out of ideas for your next blog post? EBSQ Tips for Awesome Art Blogs will feature some of the more creative posts our artists are taking advantage of to spice up their blogs.

Feature an Artist on your BlogToday’s Tip: The Featured Artist

Featuring another artist on your blog is an excellent change of pace to the day in, day out posts about your own art. It’s also a great way to show your admiration for a fellow artist. But did you know it’s a way to drive more traffic to your blog too? When you feature an artist that artist naturally tells their fans, friends and family they’ve been featured. It’s a win for both the blogger and the artist.

What does it take?

A featured artist post doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as introducing the artist, telling your readers why you admire their work, and sharing some of their art. Or you could turn the post into an interview, like our own EBSQ Blogger of the Week features. Prepare a set of questions and approach one of your favorite artists today!

Rules of Thumb

  1. Always ask the artist’s permission before posting their artwork to your blog.
  2. Invite your featured artist to respond to questions and comments on their post.
  3. Have a plan for sharing your blog post across various social networks so you gain the most exposure possible!

A few EBSQ artists who have taken advantage of the “featured artist” post include Miriam Schulman (Blog), Sherry Key (Blog), and Melanie Pruitt (Blog).

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Peaceful Twilight by Michael Glover

1. Peaceful Twilight – Stunning. Need I say more about Michael Glover’s new photograph?

2. Edith and Promarker Ultra-fine Nibs – Mark Satchwill discusses is latest portrait and includes an incredible time-lapse video of its creation.

3. Review of the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener – Kari Tirrell offers up a product review on a very retro pencil sharpener.

4. Post your Etsy Treasury on Facebook – Miriam Schulman has an in-depth post on sharing Etsy treasuries on Facebook

5. Increasing Traffic to your Blog – Natasha Wescoat’s simple and to the point tips will help you draw more visitors to your blog.


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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Bali Hai by Melanie Pruitt

1. EBSQ and New Kauai Painting – One of our newest members gave a shout out on her blog. I couldn’t resist returning the goodwill. Welcome to EBSQ Melanie!

2. The Vault – Sara Burrier has opened it. What is it? Only she can tell you.

3. Art Organizations – Art organizations can be in invaluable tool. What organizations do you belong to?

4. Entry in the Enigma Show – Sherry Key has an interesting post up on not just her entry but the story and ideas behind its creation.

5. 12 Blogging Tips for Crafters and Artists – This is an older post, but the information is still relevant. If you are struggling with your blog check this post out for some great ideas.

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EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.

Dusk by Cynthia k. Agathocleous

1. Dusk – Have you checked out Cindy Agathocleous’ blog lately? She’s been working on a new series of paintings. Dusk is my favorite so far.

2. New Art Contest – Victoria at Painter’s Showcase will be hosting an upcoming art contest!

3. Keeping it Simple – Kimberly VanLandingham shares some sound advice for every artist–don’t forget to stop and enjoy life. We can get so caught up in creating, creating, creating that we forget to enjoy the beauty all around us.

4. Happy Birthday to Us – A post in which my cat and I share a birthday (and also a special coupon code to save 35% off on my art). There’s also going to be a huge giveaway later today!

5. Blogging for Artists Part 1 – Why it’s Important Hint, hint.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Get published–here’s how!

Art: Three Muses by DeAnna Gladys Conn

Art: Three Muses by DeAnna Gladys Conn

Do you have a great idea for an art-related article and want to share with a larger audience than your personal blog*? Here’s your chance! We’ve just published our submission guidelines. Take a look!

*Psst! If you’re published, you can link to your personal blog :-)

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EBSQ Live Studio – Social Media for Artists

This demonstration was originally presented by Amanda Makpeace on 17 May 2010.

Good evening everyone. Thank you so much for attending Social Media, the Artist and Marketing. I’m going to start things off by defining the term social media. Most often when we hear the word social media the first sites that come to mind are Facebook and Twitter, but social media is any site that allows you to share information and interact with other people via the internet. Sharing and interacting—these are the two main aspects. Yes Facebook and Twitter apply, but so too do Blogs, YouTube, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Flickr, Digg and many more.

One of the best things you can do is explore social media sites. Chances are not all of them will work for you, nor do you have the time to utilize each and every one. The following link is a listing of the top 25 social media sites, along with marketing tips for each.

Top 25 Social Media Sites

When I began using social media sites several years ago I tried dozens of different platforms, but now I only use a handful. Here are my tops sites for interaction:



My Blog




Here are some of my recent experiences on Twitter:

Example 1: I love sci-fi/horror movies and books. I began reading Stephen King when I was 13 years old. This isn’t just something I’m interested in, it’s something I know. I follow many aspiring writers and published authors on twitter, and in turn quite a few follow me and they’ve also made purchases from my Etsy shop.

Example 2: Many of you know about my One Pebble Project? Well just last week bestselling author, Kat Richardson (who I follow and she follows me) caught wind of my tweet and went crazy sharing it with all of her friends. We bantered back and forth for a good 15 minutes. Okay yes, this was a lot of fun especially since she is one of my favorite authors, but it also spread my name and ultimately my art to the 1,117 people who follow her tweets.

Example 3: I entered a contest on a blog a few weeks ago and the blogger clicked on my profile to see who I was, and ultimately ended up at my Etsy shop. Within a matter of days she commissioned a painting!

Maybe I’m lucky, but I don’t think so. I think if you want to generate sales from social media marketing you have to interact with people and build relationships.

I’ve seen direct sales from Twitter, so I put most of my time and energy into using my tweets as a marketing tool. Twitter may not be that site for you. Maybe instead Facebook is where you generate the most interest or even YouTube. The key is to find which one works and put your energy into it, instead of spreading yourself to thin.

Here are some good and not so good practices. You can use these rules of thumb, in some form or another, on any social media site.

Good Practices

Give to Get – Successful social media marketing programs involve listening and participation. That participation centers around giving value before expecting anything in return.

Putting in the Time – Yes, social media marketing can be time-consuming, but if you choose the best times to participate you can plan and use your time wisely. There are also tools you can use so you aren’t spending all day on the computer.

You want to facilitate sales, not attempt to make sales directly. – This is probably the most important practice of all. People following you naturally become acquainted with what you do, and as you participate in the conversations and build interconnected followers sales can and do happen.

Think outside your product. – If you have interests outside your own art, and most of us do, share them! 1. You will gain new followers/friends who will then discover your art and 2. It makes you a “real” person who is interesting and not one-sided. Also, seek out people with those interests and follow them!

Bad Practices

Being fake, in any way. – This is self-explanatory. Nobody likes a fake.

Not listening.- If you aren’t listening you may miss opportunities to incorporate your product into a conversation, etc.

Being oblivious to formal & unwritten social rules – It’s good to do a certain amount of lurking to see what is socially accepted for a particular social media site.

Being pushy or overtly sales-y in messaging – If all you do is post links to your product people will ignore you.

Cautionary Practices

Be careful sharing your political and religious views. – Unless they pertain directly to your arts theme/subject. We’ve all seen the discussions that can turn ugly, this would be disastrous to your online image.

Be careful expressing anger or upset over an event/person. – This can work for you or against you. Last year I witnessed author, Alice Hoffman have a complete meltdown on twitter over a bad review. The backlash at her behavior forced her to leave Twitter, but not before her account was suspended.

Tools of the Trade for Twitter and Facebook

Twitterfeed – This site allows you to take any RSS feed and share it on Facebook and Twitter. I use it to share the images I “Stumble” but I could also use it to share new items I list on Etsy too.

Feedburner – You can also use Feedburner to share your latest blog posts on twitter, which means less time you spend on twitter! I like Feedburner for my blog because it has more customizable options.

TweetDeck – The newest version of TweetDeck allows you to simultaneously post to both Twitter and Facebook or separately. TweetDeck works on Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as iPhone and iPad and an Android application in the works.

TweetDeck also allows you to schedule tweets. This comes in handy if you have a busy day ahead of you but don’t want to leave your followers in silence.

Also, artist Lori Mcnee has an excellent article on her blog, Lori Mcnee: Fine Art and Tips, about branding yourself as an artist.

Lastly, I want to say just a few things about blogging. You don’t hear much about blogs as a social media tool, but they do fall into this category. Blog posts can be shared across a myriad of social networking sites with the click of a button. But guess what, nobody is reading your blog because of your art. If you want to know why, this recent post on explains it in an easy to understand way.

And I am going to leave it there. I hope you find the information in this presentation useful. – Amanda Makepeace

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