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Learn how to develop your artistic voice so you can start an art practice and gain the confidence to begin showing and selling your work.  

I'm JJ

Here you'll find tips about artist life. Below are places where you can find my art.

25 Best Gift Ideas for Art Students and Your Favorite Budding Artist

If you need gift ideas for art students or novice artists, you’ve come to the right place! This list was made by an artist who knows about creative and affordable gift ideas for art students (moi!). And I made it with your budget and an art student’s needs in mind. Sometimes it’s difficult to select […]

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sheets of colorful paper being stored on thin shelves in artist studio

Art storage is a must for any artist. First of all, there is just never enough room or places to store all of the supplies. Secondly, we artists need areas to safely store our work as we let it dry, cure, etc. And lastly, we need plenty of art storage for all of the creations […]

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artist gifts ideas under $12

12 Artist Gift Ideas Under $12

….12 artist gift set ideas for under $12

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20 artsy gifts under $20 for 2021 icon

….here is my list of must-have 20 gifts under $20 for 2021

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showing art in an art gallery

Overcoming Artist Reception Anxiety

…..I bolted from the gallery in a full-blown panic attack!

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Welcome! I'm JJ, and I write a creative lifestyle blog about making delicious plant-forward recipes for 1-2 people, and growing herbs for the home, kitchen and  gifts.

I also share DIY projects, eclectic decor, and tips about running an art business, which is my side hustle. I do all this and more from my  small 849 square foot house!