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Imagine designing your own home décor collection! Meet Margo. Success stories.


Today I’ve got three awesome things that I want to tell you about:

  • Now is a fantastic time to snap up the Make Art That Sells (MATS) courses you love and grow your art business because our giant 30% sale is on (but it ends tomorrow night)!
  • Join me today as I chat with Beth Kempton, my powerhouse e-course producer, wise woman, author and friend at 3PM EST on Periscope. We’re hanging out in my Studio where we will be chatting about Beth’s fabulous new book, Freedom Seeker. We’ll touch on hot topics from Beth’s book like making changes, getting unstuck, being free, magic powers, and more in a lively conversation. Go to Periscope and follow Lilla Rogers here.  Beth and I will pop up at 3PM EST!
  • Today I’m going to focus on our Creating Collections for Home Décor course because I’m pretty much in love with this course and my co-teacher, the very cool, kind, and savvy Margo Tantau, highly respected creative director who has licensed a ton of art for all kinds of home décor products.

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Here’s Margo Tantau, my co-teacher. Wouldn’t you love to learn how to make your own home décor collection from her?

Let me introduce you to one of the artists I represent, Carolyn Gavin, and tell you about one of her (many) success stories. Here she is…

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…and this is one of the assignments she did in the MATS Creating Collections for Home Décor course

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…and this is the incredible and beautiful home décor collection she got from her classwork:

Seriously, the course totally works. Remember, tomorrow is the very last day to sign up and get 30% off the class!

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Want to see another class success story? My lovely artist Katie Vernon…

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…did this magical and charming piece for MATS Creating Collections for HomeDécor…

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…and she got an entire children’s bedding collection for Anthropologie! Yes, you read that right! Anthro.

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I’m totally serious when I tell you that there is work out there for artists, and Margo and I teach you how to get it. But more importantly we guide you over five (intense) weeks and encourage you to bust your ass to make an amazing collection to pitch to home décor clients. You learn absolutely everything you need to show in a collection. Read more about what you get here.

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If you’re secretly (or not-so-secretly) wanting to get your own home décor collection, I truly hope you’ll join us in this wonderful course. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded artists of all levels that are there to support one another, and Margo and I will be there to guide you every step of the way.

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See you in class!

Xo

Lilla

All images copyright and may not be used without permission of artist.

 

See a variety of gorgeous work by my students and six tips for you.


I love nothing more than seeing an artist take one of my courses and watching their work bust out all over in fabulousness. You may think I’m just saying that to be braggy, but the proof is in the pudding. I expect the very best of my students and push them because I want them to make a living with their art.

Today I’m going to show you student work from our Creating Collections in Home Décor course that I co-teach with the lovely and savvy Margo Tantau, top creative director who delivers a ton of inside information to help students make outstanding pitches.

Check out the range of styles on these pitches for home décor collections done in class. I love that everyone can be themselves.

TIP 1: Show a product range in various substrates such as wood, glass, fabric, metal and ceramic, as Portia has done here:

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Portia Monberg

TIP 2: The purpose of a home décor pitch is to communicate to the art director in a way they understand. Here, Carolyn shows how her gorgeous art would look on products. That’s why she gets fantastic work in this market.

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Carolyn Gavin (One of the artists that I represent)

TIP 3: You want to deliver a gorgeous and on-trend color palette that holds together among your entire product range.

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Casey Krimmel

TIP 4: Be sure your subject matter matches the market. Here, Anette is pitching to the children’s market using age-appropriate imagery.

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Anette Heiberg

 

TIP 5: Vary the scale of your art. Corinna has blown up the butterflies on the cups for impact.

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Corinna Buchholz

 

TIP 6: Katie doesn’t underestimate the client. That’s why she gets work from companies like Anthropologie.

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Katie Vernon (One of the artists that I represent)

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Want to see more? Check out the Student Showcase on our blog all this week. I think you’ll enjoy reading about our students’ experiences in classes and their successes.

Sign up and start making your very best art to get the very best jobs. See you in class!

Xo
Lilla

P.S. Look out for our Spring Sale coming week of April 10th!

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 4 {May 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our May session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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SARA FRANKLIN | SARA FRANKLIN DESIGN LLC

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Sara_Franklin_BioPic_webI designed this bedroom set to be relaxing and calming, mixing colors and textures to create a happy, warm feeling. I would love to have a bedroom with this duvet cover and colors!

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

I learned how to let go and follow my instinct. I felt the most happy when I was enjoying the process, instead of worrying about the outcome each week. I really loved creating a cohesive collection. Going more in depth into a theme helped me to discover something new each week. Lilla and Margo gave me permission to be free!

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered a way that I love working, and to follow my joy! I learned that sometimes getting started is the best thing to do to get unstuck because the process will lead you to where you want to go.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is fun, exciting and extremely informative! The Facebook group is also very valuable with so many talented artists that support each other. Lilla and Margo will guide you through all the nuts and bolts that you need to create your own unique collection. They will give you excellent guidance to move forward in this industry with confidence!

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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LALA BOWER DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION

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Short Description of Image: Dollhouse Flowers Collection – Love blooms here! Designs hand painted in watercolor made for ceramic kitchenware and dinnerware.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The MATS Home Décor class helped me grow as a designer by introducing us to different finishing techniques used on different materials used in home decor that I wasn’t familiar with. I don’t think there is any other course like it that shows you different finishing techniques. It opened my eyes to a new market for my designs and illustrations.

What did you discover about yourself?

Oftentimes as a designer and illustrator we strive to create graphics that follow trends and tailor our graphics to what is already out there. Or to make our illustrations look “perfect”. I learned in this course that what is most important is to tap into your own uniqueness or quirkiness rather than just being a follower of trends. This is brought out through the process of doing her “minis” before the actual assignment. The minis allow you to draw and play without the pressure of having it look a certain way or to fit an end product. So by the time you get the actual assignment, you have explored much of your uniqueness and that it becomes a big part of your overall design. This is especially important when you are in the process of looking for your own signature illustration style.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe the Home Décor class to a friend as a fun way to rediscover your unique style as an illustrator and Lilla Rogers shows how you can capitalize on that and help you turn it into a business.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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LEAH MALMOS

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This is my favorite image because I can imagine this room in real life. I really wish I could buy my pom-pom floral rug!

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor class helped me grow by having access to industry trend boards and amazing product mockups. Having an inside edge to the current trends in the home decor market is essential in a “trend-driven” market.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered about myself that if I am given a direction and color palette it is much easier for me to get into the act of art-making instead of market research. The trend boards give me the confidence to go “all in” in my style.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If I were to describe this course to a friend I would say it is a high intensity 5 week course where you will explore and design for 5 substrates inside of the Home Decor market with industry pick of the hottest trends. Also with a amazing, supportive online community and live reviews!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts will take place in August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 3 {May 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our May session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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KATE BILLINGSLEY

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This is my collection of teacups, saucers and plates for ceramics week. It combines detailed gold linework with flashes of watercolour against rich jewel tones. This was the week I had a few revelations, and I finally figured out my art style. I tend to go for darker, richer colours as a rule, but this was also the week I finally understood why contrast is so important – hence the paler parchment background to make everything pop.

How did the home decor class help you grow?

I was an artist unsure of my style – I liked to do so many different things, and didn’t understand how to bring it all together. But just as Lilla advises, I kept at it – kept making art, and finally it all fell into place. Because the course is so intense it really pushes you to make so much, to explore so much – and (importantly for me) teaches you that you CAN be disciplined! It’s really amazing what you discover you are capable of, when you see the quantity and quality of the work you have at the end.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The course is so valuable even just for the amazing and supportive facebook community – it is such a lovely, safe and supportive place to ask each other questions, share knowledge, and just be generally supportive and uplifting. The ability to ask Lilla and Margo questions during the course was fantastic as well, to get a more in-depth idea of how the industry works, what to do, how to pitch. I left the course so much more confident, and with a direction and a plan.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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ASPA GIKA | ASPA GIKA STUDIO

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aspagika_portrait_325This is my favorite board because adding the notes, patterns and PMS swatches makes the board ready for any presentation.

How did the home decor class help you grow?

The HOME DÉCOR class has helped me grow in many different ways. It expanded my horizons as an illustrator and designer, and it completely pushed me out of my comfort zone. Lilla and Margo are such an inspiration. Their reviews, feedback and encouragement helped me elevate my art to the next level, and not to be afraid to experiment with new techniques and color pallets. They helped me visualize my artwork on different objects and surfaces, while at the same time the realistic creative briefs and time schedules taught me discipline and efficient time management. I really enjoyed the minis every week, and especially the Facebook feed from my Home Décor class friends, who were all so supportive, creative, and amazing.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I could push myself one step further every week so that my designs would look better than I initially imagined. I learned that I always need to allow myself some extra time at the end of the assignment so that I can take a step back and review and refine my design. The course has changed the way that I see my work and made me realize that the sky is the limit.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would definitely recommend the course to a friend who would like to create a new body of work for the home décor market. The course is intense, but you see your work improve quickly and at the end you have a complete body of work for your portfolio. The fellow artists are also incredibly supportive. Just watching everyone’s growth and unique style is an inspiration itself.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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PORTIA MONBERG

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portia_light_portraitI’m sharing my image from the glass week because it represents the moment everything began to click for me in the class. My graphic whimsical style and the assigned color palette came together in a way that made me very happy. It definitely felt like an aha moment that would not have happened without the discipline and structure of the class combined with the extremely insightful reviews by Lilla and Margo.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The class helped me learn how to use my graphic style in a way that would be appealing on a variety of substrates. I also learned how to create a variety of icons that are different but at the same time related visually.

What did you discover about yourself?

Over the years I’ve really struggled to find my signature style. I tend to work in a number of different mediums and styles. In this class I discovered that I do have at least one style that I can build on in a consistent way.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you are looking for a challenging and fun class in with incredible community support, I highly recommend the Home Decor class.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts will take place in August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 2 {May 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our May session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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JULIET JAMES

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JJprofile2016600pxThis is my presentation sheet for MATS Home Decor, wood/mdf week. The theme was Paris Love Nest and this piece shows my ideas for surface design and finishing techniques for a collection of wood items. It’s my favourite because it was for the final week of the course, at which point I felt my ideas finally clicking into place. It was the turning point in defining what I feel is “my” style.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The course was incredibly intense and a huge learning curve, so I had to really think on my feet and work very quickly, whilst taking on board how to improve my work every week. I could really see my style develop and my confidence grew over the 5 weeks. It was invaluable learning some valuable industry insight from Margo Tantau.

What did you discover about yourself?

I rediscovered how totally in love with drawing I am and how to turn my ideas into 3-d concepts across many substrates.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The most intense 5 weeks of your life, but very rewarding! It’s a fast track way to discovering your true artistic self.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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GRACE TOTTEN

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FullSizeRenderThroughout the MATS classes, ceramics has become such a favourite of mine! This board was a lot of fun to do in the Home Decor series, it was so exciting seeing your illustrations coming to life on ceramic homewares. I also started to feel a lot more comfortable at this stage in the course doing hand lettering which has led me to pursue that more & really push myself in that field.

How did the Home Decor class help you grow?

The Home decor class was truly amazing, a lot of work pushing myself out of my comfort zone but it was so so fun! It opened my eyes even more to where I can gather inspiration. It also gave me a lot more creative areas to go into, i.e hand lettering.

What did you discover about yourself?

I did discover that I need to trust my own instincts a lot more, instead of dwelling on ideas for too long & worrying whether they work or not. If you love it then go for it and really enjoy it!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The Home Decor class is a complete game changer when it comes to your work. It enhances your best talents but pushes you into exciting areas of design which you never envisioned your work. The support of all the other talented designers really helps you creatively. You just have so much fun & learn so much but also come out with some great creative buddies.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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MELISSA MEEKS | MELLMEE COMPANY

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Artist Mellissa Meeks Profile Picture 2I chose the “House of Whimsical Birds” for my theme for the Home Décor assignment with a coastal theme, with the soft muted peach of the shabby chic chair, and all colors of whimsy to me… sea blue and whimsical birds and the little cat that’s almost hidden, allowing the little blue birds to perch perilously upon his furry head…to bring a smile, and make people feel happy and carefree. 

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor course, and Lilla Roger’s advice, and guidance, really encourages us to embrace what we envision, to be confident in our own unique artwork. That our artwork being different is a “good” thing, it’s what people are looking for and therefore, makes an artist memorable and attractive. The course encouraged us to slow down, and study the specific color schemas/palette and making several objects come together.

I was also very excited that our artwork would be reviewed by so many talented and successful creatives in the industry, I both recognized and respect, providing valuable feedback and the “spotlight” of some of our work – really invaluable. I also want to thank Lilla Rogers for making personal appearances on Periscope series, and displaying other artist’s work, and addressing our questions, and encouraging us to all participate…it was just so warm, and resonating – and so connecting with other artists and creators.

It provided me with a new level of confidence, and encouragement to pursue my dream of my own artistic “Artware Bakeware” TM, which influenced my specific patterned artwork, “Tropical Oranges”, and “Margarita Cheesecake” encouraged by the new techniques, and guidance from Lilla Rogers in the Home Décor Class. My vision became my reality, and currently, my innovative Artware Bakeware metal baking pans and Ceramic coated pans manufactured and featured at a with LuLu’s Restaurants featuring Lucy Buffett, celebrity chef, and inspired by her recipes in her new cookbook.

What did you discover about yourself?

Really listening and absorbing Lilla Roger’s journey as an artist and a designer, her message was very clear, direct and resonating. Do not shy away from calling yourself an artist, a creator, a designer, etc. She is also very educated and has great recommendations for you to read, greatly assisted me in finding my distinct purpose, and identifying what is really the center of my art passion.

She repeatedly emphasized the need to continuously build your own unique presence, to hone your particular style, and not shy away from being different, and unique in the artwork you are creating. And as you know, we truly never stop growing, learning and expanding ourselves as creatives. To be unique and while being cognizant of the trends and markets, and studying what is “popular”, don’t let it be your driving force, to work on “honing” your own unique and individual style – which is what really begins to build my “brand” and that resonated with me and was my “take away” from the Home Décor course with Lilla Rogers. Draw and create what YOU like and do this a lot.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I actually have described this course to several of my friends who are creators, artists and designers, and I also brought it to the attention of new business prospects, design companies that are reviewing my art portfolio for potential products, this is a very impressive accomplishment to list on your artist bio/resume.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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SHARON MONTGOMERY

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This image is from Glass week. The trend board was Paris Love Nest which had gorgeous, rich colours and this image is my favourite because I feel like I had an art breakthrough and was finally able let “me” show.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor class helped me grow as an artist because it opened my eyes to all the possible applications of art on products. I felt free to explore my painterly style without fear. I discovered that people respond to the looseness of paint, which was a bit of a relief, to be honest!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would tell a friend that if you have a passion for interiors and home décor and have always imagined your art on products, this is the course for you! Each week, a different substrate is explored, the trend boards are current and fun and Margo Tantau’s and Lilla’s tips and explanations are always fascinating and entertaining. The course is so nice I took it twice!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor will take place in August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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GET READY FOR OUR BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 1 {May 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our May session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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JAMIE KALVESTRAN

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Jamie_Kalvestran_Lowertown_Studio_400pxThis image includes one of my favorite items from each of the five substrates developed in the MATS Home Decor course. Textile Quilt or tablecloth, Ceramic Tea Set, Metal Perforated Candle Holder, Glass Embossed Bottle, Wooden Serving Tray.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

Oh my gosh, I hate to admit it but I was one of those people who slapped the same artwork on everything. I learned bucket loads about presentation, how to make your artwork stand out, what an art director looks for in a collection and how you can make their job easier. (which means they will want to work with you again)

Q2. What did you discover about yourself?

My back ground is in 3-D product design and textile design. But, strangely enough I had very little experience designing artwork for a three dimensional product. I previously had designed either 3-D products or 2-D prints for textiles. In this course I learned to meld the two. I can now offer the whole package to my existing customers. Plus, I can move forward with confidence working with future customers who produce products in any substrate.

Q3. How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is very intensive. When they say, “clear your schedule”, they mean it and so do I. You get out of it what you put into it, so don’t skimp on time and effort. It’s a wonderful wonderful opportunity. Immerse yourself. Margo and Lilla have so much to share. If you do the work, you will walk away with beautiful portfolio pieces to present to your customers.

FYI-I loved the course so much I took it twice!

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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MARGARET MARTINEZ |DESIGN BY MARGARET

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12063868_10207875462829556_6257951586055357146_nKey/Coat/Scarf Rack, Lamp, Breakfast Tray, and Wallpaper. This was my favorite one because as I got closer to the end of class, I started getting a better understanding of what to do artistically. I like the colors of this piece and I like my drawings, especially my birds. They are my little birds, I created them completely from my imagination and I love seeing how what you draw/paint can be used in so many ways.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor class with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau have helped me tremendously as an artist. I have gained so much knowledge on art in the home décor market and creating art for fun. I have grown in how I now approach art now, I’ve learned new ways to create and think when doing art.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I am an artist and that I am unique and special. This class made me feel good about myself as an illustrator and I just loved Lilla and Margo’s positive vibe throughout the entire course. They made you want to keep creating art. I’ve learned how to work hard and how fun that can be and when you push yourself, how you can get new and amazing ideas.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you want to expand your knowledge on the home décor market and get insider tips and secrets on how to make your art sell successfully in this market, then you have to take this course. This course will push you in new creative directions and you will create A LOT of beautiful art and you will walk away with unbelievable knowledge that you can use with your art and it is SO FUN.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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 ANETTE HEIBERG

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AnetteHeiberg_profileimageThis is from the second week of class, where we worked with fabric. I chose this because I remember how proud I felt presenting it. I felt that I already had learned and grown so much from the first week. I was really excited to keep working on my collection, and I think it shows in my work how much fun I had creating these products.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

I learned a lot about how my art can be used on different products, how to put together a good collection and how to present my work.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I really enjoy putting together a collection of different kinds of materials and shapes – and that my work is a great fit for products!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you’re interested in learning how your art can be used on different kind of products, and learning about different materials, this course is a must!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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LAURA FISK

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laura fisk-webThe image above was for ceramic week. I feel the products and designs are most “me” in terms of the fun and style I want to embody going forward in art licensing and surface pattern design. my work tends to be pretty goofy and silly and I feel I was really able to express that in these products.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

It helped me grow in many ways. I love deadlines – they’re so important to get anything done! It was great to have the assignments week by week and that they were focused by substrate. Focusing on a different element every week really helped me focus on what could I do with products I never had really thought about before and how they can be used in so many ways. I could feel myself being pushed every week, and definitely out of my comfort zone as well, which is always a good thing.

What did you discover about yourself?

Most importantly, it confirmed that this is the work that I want to be doing. It also really helped to focus and understand what I enjoy working on (character based illustration) and just importantly what I don’t (pretty dainty florals). It made me think about the types of companies I should pursue and the type of work that I know that really doesn’t fit for me.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An intensive focused class on surface pattern design for the home decor market. If you’re interested in getting into licensing and surface pattern design this is an excellent class to help you understand the market and how to stand out to art directors, and really get an idea of what they’re looking for and why. I would most definitely recommend this class. It’s worth the cost, especially if you invest your time into it.

See more work here: Website

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor will take place in August 2017  and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 5 {January 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous work that was produced in our January session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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Kay Wolfersperger
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kay_wolfersperger_profile_imageThis image is a collection of glassware. It is my favorite because the assignment inspired me to explore an unfamiliar substrate. Hearing the inside scoop on manufacturing and learning about surface techniques for glass opened my eyes to all it’s possibilities I had not considered before.
How did the Home Décor class help you grow?
The home decor class helped me by introducing this question into my approach – how do I take my work from satisfactory to exceptional? Once I was encouraged by Lila to ask myself this question it helped push my work to a more compelling level.
What did you discover about yourself? 
I discovered that creating collections does not have to be scary or overwhelming, but fun! Breaking it down in the mini and then creating my final pieces for the assignment really helped and gave me the freedom to explore the topics in an engaging and pressure free way.
How would you describe the course to a friend?
I would describe this course to a friend like this: This class is a great way to learn about the industry and how you can contribute with your voice and in your style by being you. You’ll have the freedom to explore and then the support and focus to create high quality work you have confidence in sharing.
See more work here: Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Tina Löffler
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This image shows my whole farm inspired collection. I’ve chosen this as my favourite because it’s like a summary of all 5 weeks and it shows how art can be placed on different substrates.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Decor class helped me to grow because it has opened my mind for so many different techniques how art can be placed onto home decor products.

What did you discover about yourself? 

I discovered about myself that experimenting and trying out new things is very important for my growth as an artist. I’ve learned to give up control and just having fun.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This class is an awesome opportunity to going one step further and it will give you and awesome insight in the home decor market. Lilla and Margo are the most lovable teachers I could imagine and I think you will love your classmates too.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram
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Sarah Papworth
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This page is the one I created at the end of the course, with a design and different substrate from each week added.  It’s my favourite because I picked all my best pieces and I enjoyed seeing how they came together as a range that I would happily buy for myself!

How did the home decor class help you grow?
I’m a homeware surface pattern designer, I took the course to push myself further and to create more portfolio work.  It helped me grow massively in confidence, I found more joy in my work, and I re-learnt some forgotten Photoshop skills when mocking up images.
What did you discover about yourself?
I discovered that I really love having a little community (in the Facebook group), to go to with creative queries and just sharing work and helping others.  And that if I spend more time on the ‘mini’ task, just playing around with techniques, I can create something different from what I usually do and have fun in the process.
How would you describe the course to a friend?
I would say its a way to leap forward in your design thinking and to grow so much as a designer.  Lilla really helps you to think about things you might not consider naturally, giving you guidance to create great pieces.
See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Jennifer Kiamzon Illustration

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I recently completed the Home Decor e-course back in February 2016. Attached is my favorite collection from the series. Below are my answers to the questions re. the Home Decor e-course and my profile info. Thank you for considering my work!

The Home Decor class helped me redirect my focus and approach to handling an assignment. In a way, Lilla gave me “permission” to play while I work, which has reinvigorated my art. If you want to have fun and enjoy your art career while learning a new craft, I would suggest taking this course!

See more here: Website | Blog

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts May 16 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art. Registration is open and we look forward to seeing your gorgeous designs.

 

 

MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 4 {January 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous work that was produced in our January session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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Kym Orr

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Kym_Orr_PhotoThe items shown are from fabric week with a focus on flora and fauna. My chosen mood board was “La Marina,” a seaside/ocean theme. I tried to capture the look of seaweed in a contemporary way, presenting it alongside other ocean elements, which I then applied to pillows, lampshades, tea towels, and ottomans. This image is my favorite from the course because it most closely represents my style, and I would actually love to own all of the items.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

It helped me see the bigger picture, that my artwork could be applied to a whole world of objects. Seeing my artwork mocked-up on products encouraged me to think in 3-dimensional terms and made me realize that my work is salable.

What did you discover about yourself?

While I wasn’t in love with everything I created, the thing I discovered is that I’m actually better than I give myself credit for. The course proved to me that I really CAN deliver a look that represents my style and that I’m proud of…and in a very short period of time.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Fun, fun, fun, but intense deadline-wise. The minis give you permission to just draw, paint, and explore. And the assignments let you give your drawings/paintings new life. I’d say that If you’ve been curious about how your artwork might work on products for the home, take the class. If you do the work, the creations that result will open your eyes to new opportunities.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Misha Zadeh Graham | Misha Zadeh Illustration & Design

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MishasketchingMy LaMarina ceramics collection features watercolor and acrylic ink illustrations in rich blues, pinks, red and ochre. Swaying seaweed, coral and urchins mingle with schools of fish, highlighting the magical world at the bottom of the sea.

This grouping was my favorite, because it was created in the week that I really hit my stride and let the art speak for itself. I was particularly happy with my dessert plates collection. Each plate features a separate illustration in a monochromatic color palette, but they really also hold well together as a set. You see many of the elements combined in a layout, along with a Rumi quote, on the large, oblong platter. I also had a lot of fun with showing additional icons on the final product page.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

I hadn’t worked yet in massive icon creation at the onset of a project. I had previously nailed down a big picture concept or two and then set to creating. In the home decor class, we did lots of loose illustrations first, and somehow, those illustrations spoke to each other and collaborated organically. Additionally, I feel more confident creating lots of new art that works together in a collection, rather than simply repositioning the same art onto different formats.

What did you discover about yourself?

I need deadlines to be held accountable and put forth my best work. I create better art when I have a connection or interest in the theme (and I really connected with LaMarina!) The class confirmed that I do have a style, regardless of the media I’m using, and that the more I create, the more clear and distinct that style becomes.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

MATS Home Decor gives you insight to the home dec market, and you will quickly learn the basics about a variety of substrates and production methods. Once you do, it should also become clear what markets you want to focus your efforts on. Lilla and Margo’s insights and reviews are invaluable, as is the supportive class community. I particularly love how interested the students are in sharing tips and tricks and to giving valuable feedback when requested. The students MATS attracts are incredibly talented and prolific, and they push you to push yourself.
See more work: Website | facebook | Instagram

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Kirsten Katz

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This is my final collection made up of my favourite products that I designed for the Home Décor Course based on the country theme ‘Farm Fresh’. I chose one item from each of the 5 weeks where we designed products made out of different substrates, which included metal, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow?

The Home Décor helped me by challenging me to design artwork and patterns based on subject matter and themes I would not normally do and in doing so it challenged me to find my style and to create work that fitted with the mood and feel of the trend board.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned that I should trust my own intuition and draw from the heart in a way that is me and not to worry or focus on what is right or wrong and just to embrace my own style and way of doing things. When I did not overthink things or try too hard to be perfect I actually found my flow and I loved the artwork and designs I created.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The only course I have ever found that really focuses entirely on designing products for the Home Décor market. You will learn about all the small things that go into making just one product, everything to consider with design, surface art and decoration to manufacturing techniques, industry terminology and expert advice and feedback by industry specialists.

But be prepared to work extra hard and set aside lots and lots of time because there is so much to learn and you will be rewarded by seeing all the wonderful work that you were able to produce in just 5 weeks not to mention all the wonderful connections and friends you will make with the other artists and designers taking the course. I have done The Creating Collections for Home Décor twice and I have enjoyed it immensely both times. Lilla and Margo are ever so supportive and giving, there is just so much you will learn from them in this course.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Pamela-HoldermanI chose the wood grouping as my favorite because it showcases my fine art in a way that could be produced commercially and still retains what I like best about my paintings.  I think it captures my spirit!
How did the Home Décor class help you grow?
I am a fine artist and this class helped me see the potential of taking what I love to do (making messes with layers of paint and paper and etching through and adding on) and envisioning how this could be translated onto a flat graphic surface and still retain its original quality.  All of my work for the class was drawn on my iPad which is my second love.  I seem to either go big and free spirited or tiny and detailed which this collection captures.  I am new to the idea of licensing (sold two pieces to the City of Issaquah to put on their utility boxes during last year’s GTS) and illustration and I have been learning so much from your classes.  I still need to learn Photoshop, but for now my iPad fills in that gap.
What did you discover about yourself?
I discovered that my art can be translated into home decor and that I am more versatile and hardworking than I give my self credit for.  I persevered and enjoyed most of the process and loved the feeling when the vision all came together towards the end-what a rush!
How would you describe the course to a friend?
MATS Home Decor is awesome!  It allows the best of you to be coaxed out and presented in a format that others will love.  Lilla guides you step by step and gives you the confidence and comes along side you.  It feels like you are meeting her each day for a cup of coffee and an encouraging thought to keep you going.  She shows you how to envision a prettier world filled with your awesomeness.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Twitter

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

mats-collections-home-decor-banner

What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts May 16 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art. Registration is open and we look forward to seeing your gorgeous designs.

 

MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 3 {January 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous work that was produced in our January session of Creating Collections for Home Décor

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Marenthe Otten | MARENTHE

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Marenthe OttenIt was music to my ears when the task was set – being allowed free rein with lettering is always a dream. Also ceramics are absolutely MY THING! I adore cooking and I think I have about 20 smashing serving platters and much much more ceramics at home. Im a crazy collector:-)

How did the Home Décor class help you grow? 
It was fabulous being part of this group. The assignments were FAB, the other students were so kind, open and helpful, I learned so much. It forced me in a gentle way to get out of my comfort zone. It taught me how to build a bridge between designer and buyer.
What did you discover about yourself? 
I designed things I didn’t know I was capable of. And leaving my comfort zone isn’t that bad!!! :-)
How would you describe the course to a friend?
These classes have an enormously good and magical vibe. It helps you to discover your strength and teaches the possibilities. It shows you how to present yourself in a professional way.
See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Colee Wilkinson

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MeAndBrushesSquareThis was my submission for Week 4, ceramics. It is my favorite because it reminds me of a personal turning point in the class when I finally embraced what I really wanted to create instead of what I thought I should create.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow? 

In today’s competitive art-licensing world, it is so valuable to know your audience, the art director. The Home Décor class is brilliantly designed to teach the artist how to think like an art director. I grew tremendously though the process of actually designing products as an art director would. This enabled me to critique my work in a much more productive way, and as a result, my art became that much better. Additionally, now I have a lot more confidence in being able to communicate my ideas to art directors.

What did you discover about yourself? 

Not only did I discover that I love telling a story through home décor design, but within the supportive class environment, I also discovered how important it is to embrace your unique vision, and how that results in success on many levels.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

It is an amazing gift to yourself to be able to experience the magic of MATS, and the Home Décor class is the ultimate MATS experience which pushes you beyond what you may think you are capable of doing. Lilla and Margo know how to bring out your very best!

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Anita Drieseberg | SanFranita

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anitaThis is a sampling of my favorite designs from the class. I like them because they are items I would buy. They are fun, joyful and unusual.

How did the Home Décor class help you grow? 
I really had to think hard about how to design for specific products and textiles
What did you discover about yourself? 
It showed me that I have a long way to go with patterns and decorative illustration, but I have a knack for product ideas.
How would you describe the course to a friend?
Challenging, but very rewarding.
See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Love Midge

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profile photoThis is my favorite image because I love how the quirky flowers turned out. During this week I decided to create a story for my images and immediately thought of a quirky aunt that owned a farm and loved her garden. But, a quirky aunt doesn’t just grow your typical flowers, she grows things that make her smile and show who she is. She may not win the blue ribbon at the County Fair, but she will turn heads!
How did the Home Décor class help you grow? 
The home decor class really helped me loosen up my illustration skills. During my day job as an electric utility distribution designer, everything has to be straight and exact. I have a hard time loosening up after a long day of doing that work and then be able to just draw.
What did you discover about yourself? 
At first, I discarded a lot of artwork that had uneven lines or didn’t seem “right.” After awhile I began to embrace the imperfect and enjoy drawing again. Even if my lines were shaky or my images were tilted a bit! I still struggle with this transition, but this class helped me discover that I can actually embrace my imperfect.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you are ready to put in some hard work, get encouraged and cheered on from people that you have never met, and fall in love with your art again, then you need to take this course. It’s bootcamp for your artistic soul!

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

mats-collections-home-decor-banner

What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts May 16 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art. Registration is open and we look forward to seeing your gorgeous designs.

 

#homedecsecrets Part 5: WOOD/MDF


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When making art to pitch to an art director to get one’s very own home decor collection, most people think of plopping their art on pillows, lampshades, and something to hang on the wall. Did you know that there are tons of products you can show that will help you stand out? You can take a product like a ceramic plate, for example, and indicate a raised or embossed design? These extras are called ‘finishing techniques’ and all this week we have been sharing a peek at some of the finishing techniques showcased in our upcoming class ‘MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor’ (which starts on Monday 16 May!). We are giving you daily prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Our last material is… WOOD/MDF.

Wood is such a basic part of our every day, it’s something we almost forget about. Take a look around your house… what is made from wood? How much of it actually has art on it, and isn’t just plain, or painted? There are a multitude of ways your art can be relevant with products made from wood. Margo says, “To me, wood always represents nature at its purest. We need it to build things. To feed a fire that warms us. To shelter us. In Home Décor, wood is a firmly-established material. It is strong and long lasting; you can shape it, print on it, and it adds warmth and value.”

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The finishing technique we want to share with you today is… Carved and shaped wood

Think beyond the rectangle. Let’s look at various shapes you can make out of wood.

Teak plates circa 1960:

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These are hand carved birds on unfinished wood that hang from jute twine.

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Rather than using crystal, how about making the chandelier crystals carved out of wood?

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Here we have unfinished wood. These are hand carved-birds that hang from jute twine.

Here are gorgeous, simply-shaped birds.

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The wood products, below, are hand-carved patterned pieces made in India.

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Below, The doors on the front have what’s called a ‘channel carving’. The lighter lines are carved in, the darker lines are raised. So the carving is what creates the graphic pattern.

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Look at this playful piece that mixes wood with various materials. This incorporates some of the substrates you’ve learned about: metal and ceramic.

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Hand-carved wings make a dramatic accessory. Again, we’re showing you various silhouetted shapes you can make.

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Your #homedecsecrets creative exercise today is:

Either:

(1) Go out and about and find examples of this finishing technique all around you

(2) Inspired by one of the photos shown here or work in your own portfolio, sketch some ideas for seeing a single icon turned into a 3-d wooden product for the home décor market. What kind of product would it be?

Share your discoveries on Instagram using #homedecsecrets (and make sure you’re following us @makeartthatsells )

So is your mind officially blown with ideas of how to expand your portfolio and create major product lines in the home décor market? If you want to learn how to communicate those ideas visually to an art director who might actually buy your work, then join us for ‘MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor’. But hurry, class starts on Monday 16 May and it’s the last time it will run this year!

Next week we will be running a fun #mymatsprep series on the blog to get you in the mood, so stay tuned!

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Want a piece of the $60 Billion Home Decor industry?

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What is home décor? It’s all the gorgeous and/or functional items in your house. It’s a booming market that needs tons of art, with over $60 billion in annual sales. Its massive growth is due in part to the popularity of home design TV shows, Pinterest, and Instagram, and stylish online retailers like One Kings Lane and Dot&Bo.

Art directors NEED your great art!

Our next live e-course, Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor starts May 16 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art. Registration is open and we look forward to seeing your gorgeous designs.

26d83ee1-c06a-4c44-9e8e-1b7ba522f78eThis will be the last time we will be offering this course this year! Don’t miss out, sign up here.