How to be as Confident as an Artisan

I get a lot of questions from artists and artisans wondering if they’re doing everything they should to take care of their art materials. I also hear from a lot of people who have been told–usually by someone who sells art materials–that they’re doing everything wrong.

Treating your materials well is hard work, especially if you’re trying to be green. But it’s worth it. Not only will your creations last longer, but you’ll have less anxiety about whether what you’re making is any good: you’ll know that it’s at least as good as the conditions in which you made it allowed.

My name is Alex, and I’m an artist. I’ve been making art for most of my life, and studying or working with artists of one sort or another for much longer than that. In 2012, after five years of teaching studio art at the university level and working with professional artists in my spare time, I had an idea for a blog about healing art materials — how to help them stay healthy and make them last longer. That blog, called Boho Art Salon , is here; this one is the companion blog for Boho Art Salon, where I talk about all things related to being an artist but without the focus on healing art materials.

I make hand-blended paint colors and custom mineral makeup. It’s a passion of mine and I love what I do. I always dreamed of being a professional artist but never had the courage to pursue it. I’ve been playing with colors since I was a child and now that I’m an adult, it’s become my livelihood.

I also like teaching others about my craft. The best way for me to learn is to teach and now it’s become my mission to share the techniques with you!

If you’re tired of the same old face powder or if you want to create your own unique colors, you’ve come to the right place!

Here at Artist’s Dream we’ll explore ways to use natural minerals, clays, botanicals, oxides, pigments and oils to create your own custom colors in powdered mineral makeup or even homemade cake paints!

I’m also going to share tips on how to heal your art materials so you can use them longer and save money in the process!

If you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s something here for everyone! Classes will be scheduled for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.”

Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare provider. I am a quirky art materials and the person who makes them.

My name is Artisan Boho. I have been in business since August, 2007. As an artisan, my goal is to make unique products that help you express your creativity; and to make them sustainable, so you can use them again, and again, without wasting resources or hurting anyone else. To learn more about me, visit my site at

Have you ever wondered how artisans in medieval cities were able to produce quality works of art like stained glass windows, and elaborate metal work on gates and doors? What was their secret?

There is no doubt that the finest materials were imported from abroad, but the quality and precision of artisans’ work was not all due to the use of expensive materials. It was also a product of the confidence they felt in their ability.

We know that medieval artisans had different levels of skill. We can see this when we compare a simple window designed by an apprentice, with a more elaborate one designed by a master craftsman. But what is most fascinating about these artisans is that they could create detailed and very fine work even though they lacked today’s modern knowledge of physics and geometry. For example, medieval stained glass designers created windows that are perfectly proportioned, with lines that are perfectly straight. They did this despite the fact that they neither knew what the mathematical theory of perspective was nor had any way to make measurements using scientific instruments.

What gives those medieval artisans such confidence? How were they able to achieve such high levels of quality and precision without measuring tools or advanced maths?**

Being a Boho artist is not easy. You have to be creative, innovative and make the right choices when it comes to the materials you work with. While many artists make their own paint, others will use store-bought paints. They are just as good or better than ones that you make at home but they do come with a price tag. If you’re just starting out, it can be hard to justify the cost of professional paints.

You may also be concerned about using store-bought paints because you are worried about quality control issues. Are these paints going to dry correctly? Will they adhere properly to your canvas or paper? Are they toxic?

There are many beautiful brand name products on the market today and it is possible to purchase high quality paints at a reasonable cost if you know where to look.

The first step in finding great art supplies is knowing what you are looking for; knowing your preferences, budget, and needs. You don’t have to buy the most expensive product on the market. There are plenty of excellent brands that are reasonably priced and produce a smooth application every time. Once you know what kind of qualities your art materials need, it will be easier for you to narrow down your options.

Taste is subjective so we won

Boho Art is one of the best online sources for artists’ materials, and supplies for staining glass. They also offer workshops on how to stain glass, as well as other art projects such as painting, mosaics, and photography.

Listen to the real opinions of your clients and don’t ever sell out. Just keep those loyal clients happy and they’ll keep coming back.

I’ve been making and selling art materials, particularly artist’s brushes, for over thirty years. I have a lot of experience with artists who have worked in several different media and find that each artist has to make their own path as to how best to use an artist’s brush or even if they want to use one at all. My first advice is to listen to the real opinions of your own clients, because they are your best source of information. They will tell you honestly about their experience using your materials, what works for them and what doesn’t. You can then decide for yourself if you want to modify the product or improve how you present it. You can’t be all things to all people, so know yourself and be realistic about how you are perceived by your target clientele and what they would like from you as a supplier of art materials.

“The way in which we acquire our beliefs constitutes an important part of the factual context in which our thoughts occur.” 

– Gerald M. Edelman

It may not seem like it when you are first starting out, but having a unique product line is actually more valuable

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