The gift-giving season is upon us! Now is the time to get framing orders in to make sure they’re ready for Christmas or Hanukkah. Frames make amazing gifts all year round, and with a little forethought, they can be an absolute showstopper gift for the holidays. If you’re looking for gift-giving inspiration, here are a … More How to Ace Gifting Frames This Holiday Season
I love cradled wood panels, and I think you should too. Cradled wood panels, usually made of birch plywood affixed to a pinewood frame (called a cradle), are a durable, frugal and versatile alternative to canvases and paper. Wood panels have a rich and exciting history (for instance, the Mona Lisa was painted on a wood … More Wood Panels: I Love Them, & You Should Too!
Our last two posts have been about Charging for Creative work, and this weeks post is a collection of lessons, tips, and final thoughts about making money from art. From our conversations with artists, here are some of the best lessons we’ve learned. If you want to make some money from your art, these are … More Making Money Artistically: Lessons Learned
This is a question that all artists and designers have to address at some point, and it’s a question that sends us, grimacing, to hide behind easels and under desks. We worry about charging too much, about not charging enough, about how to explain fair pay to customers and patrons, and not least of all, we worry about doing the math (artists, by-and-large, are not naturally mathy people). When we at Merion Art started this blog, this was the first topic we thought of, and we’re finally about to delve in! In this two-part post we’ll be asking several of our on-staff artists and designers, with a variety of different business models, pricing structures, and target markets, how they make money from their artwork. … More How to Charge For Creative Work (Part 1)
Gesso, GAC 100, rabbit skin glue, priming, sanding, absorbent grounds! Some kind of primer will be the first layer of product on practically any painting and several kinds of drawings, but for something so basic it can become a complicated subject! Additionally, because it is so fundamental, it can often be overlooked. We often talk … More Priming: A Primer
These days most people know it’s good to “Shop Small” or “Think Globally, Shop Locally,” but they don’t always know why. You may buy all organic local vegetables, but don’t know why you’d be better off buying your paints or canvas from a small local store like Merion Art, rather than at a big-box store or online. Here are some reasons why shopping for your art supplies in person, at small, local stores can be good for you, your community, and your wallet, all at the same time. … More Why You Should Shop Small, Local, & In Person For Art Supplies
“From pet stores, to beauty salons, to lawyers, to doctors, many businesses have official documents which are required by law to be posted in public view. Diplomas, certificates, licenses, awards…there’s a plethora of important paperwork that should be visible to clients and customers. While business people are required to “post” these documents, there is nothing that requires them to be posted nicely. All too often, I see them taped to walls, crooked inside plastic frames, fading in direct sunlight, and crinkling in humidity. Here are 3 reasons I believe you and your business can benefit from custom framing these documents instead.” … More 3 Reasons to Custom Frame Your License or Diploma
“At Merion Art, we are constantly bringing in new products throughout the year to make sure we’re carrying the most interesting, useful, and up-to-date art supplies. Along with all the logistical changes going on at Merion Art right now, (like the store remodel and a planned outer-facade facelift) we’re also getting in a larger-than-usual surge of exciting new items in the near future, and we want to give our customers a heads up!” … More Exciting New Products, and Why We Chose Them!
A Quick Personal Story and A Challenge: In a college studio art class, my professor did an experiment. As a quiz, without Googling, he asked the class to name 50 artists in 10 minutes. “Piece of cake!” we thought, and started listing. He continued, “-who are ALIVE TODAY,” and we froze, crossing Michelangelo, Picasso, Pollack, … More Know Your (Living) Artists
“For the savvy artist, shopping for art supplies can be a delicate balancing act. You try to walk the fine line between buying the highest quality materials and going broke. The trick is knowing which items you can save on, and which items to splurge on. We often trade tips about where we can cut corners and how to save money, but what about the other side of the equation? We asked our staff of experienced artists: when buying art supplies, which things do you always recommend spending a little extra money on?” … More “WORTH IT!” What To Prioritize When Buying Art Supplies