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Happy Thursday, artists!

I thought I'd finish off the week with my second sketchbook tour! I am slowly trying to rekindle the fire of my art Youtube channel. I had almost forgotten how much I enjoyed filming and editing my art process! Check out my latest upload at MaraMedium, Sketchbook Tour (July 2016 - March 2017). Today I wanted to talk about an art supply item that I am drooling over and is definitely on my Wishlist. Keep reading for more!

How I price my artwork

My most recent commission, ready for it's new home!

I've had the blessing of receiving a few interested customers in commissioned artwork. I thought it'd be nice to share how I price my artwork as well as custom pieces. With any hand crafted work of art, it takes time, talent and materials to complete. Keep reading for more details if you're interested!

Art trade with my favorite artist?!

Recently I had the pleasure to do a trade of sorts with one of my favorite artists, Kiara Moore! You may know her as KiarasStudio on YouTube and Instagram. I discovered Kiara's work via YouTube one day when I was researching which alcohol based markers to purchase. I instantly fell in love with her artwork style as well as her personality! She is so funny and creative; always keeps her viewers thinking and wanting to create. Since then, I have strived to be the best artist I can be and taken many new turns in discovering my art style.

I purchased a RENDR sketchbook in October/September of last year and only recently cracked it open to start on it. The paper quality lived up to it's name but ultimately it was just not for me. I did not enjoy the dulled/greyed white of the paper and how it dulled down my alcohol based colors. It is an expensive sketchbook for any artist who loves to try different things. At $17-18 USD I didn't want it to go to waste! I knew that Kiara enjoyed this type of paper and often used it in her videos, so I contacted her in regards that she may like to do a trade/swap with me. I was willing to trade the sketchbook with her for any one of her available postcard sized works of art. She contacted me back and said yes! I was so happy and excited! I really do admire her, and this was such a sweet thing for her to do. She is a very busy person between managing her YouTube channel, art commissions and daily life. I packaged up the sketchbook with some extra art goodies I think she may like, and mailed it out as soon as I could. In fact, I received her part of the trade before I even mailed her package. One more reason to art-crush on her!

The beautiful artwork I received is this image below. Check out her awesome video on the creation of this piece. (I love when there is a video of an art piece that I purchased from the artist!!)