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The MATS GIANT CYBER SALE is HERE! 30-50% off everything!!


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the holidays are coming, but we’re also really excited because today we’re kicking off our GIANT CYBER SALE, which is the biggest MATS sale of the year!

Lilla writes: “I was so energized by today’s Facebook Live with my fabulous students, that I decided we should launch the GIANT CYBER SALE early!” Due to popular demand, we’re launching the GIANT CYBER SALE now! Head over to our site for huge savings NOW!

All your old favorites and some exciting new classes for next year are heavily discounted, but for this week only! All the new courses will be relaunching next year at full price. Sign up now to save big!

Let me teach you how to get beautiful projects like this.

How do you get your art on products like these? Let me teach you!

Now is the time to sign up during the BIGGEST sale of the year!

What’s on offer this year?  

  • Brand New courses for next year! 
  • Heavily discounted bundles (up to 50% off!) with early bird access to purchase new courses for 2018 at an amazing price! 
  • All individual courses are 30% off! 

To help you choose which is right for you, here’s a helpful guide 

Lilla’s checklist for you! Download your copy here. 

Details on this year’s offers:

Make art you love with Lilla’s brilliant assignments and build your portfolio! More great pieces = More $$.

You get:

  • MATS Assignment Bootcamp 2018 (5 months Jan-May 2018)
  • *NEW!* Lilla’s Art Recipes: Drawing People (self-paced, start anytime, to be released on March 1, 2018)
  • MATS A (self-paced, start anytime, learn all about the Bolt Fabric, Home Décor, Children’s Books, Wall Art and Gift markets)
  • MATS B (self-paced, start anytime, learn all about the Stationery, Baby & Children’s Apparel & Décor, Scrapbooking, Editorial (magazines) and Party Paper markets)

Save 50%! Find out more here. 


Having an agent can change everything. Give yourself the best chance of getting agent representation with this special bundle. 

You get: 

  •   Everything in the Art Juice PackPLUS: 
  •   *NEW!* LIVE Portfolio Review class with Lilla Rogers (Weekly LIVE portfolio reviews in June 2018)
  •   Entry into the 2018 Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search with the chance to win representation from the studio plus a host of licensing deals and career development opportunities

Save 50%! Find out more here. 


Are you ready to take your art business seriously? Want to learn how to make and manage more money, and stay sane and happy running a business you love? This is for you. 

You get: 

  •   Everything in the Rep Prep bundlePLUS: 
  •   *NEW!* MATS MBA (3 week crash course in business + money, co-taught by Lilla Rogers + Beth Kempton)

Save 50%! Find out more here. 


Want to transform your art career in the next 12 months? Want 2018 mapped out for you, with an incredible learning opportunity every single month? Then this is the one for you.    

You get: 

  •   Everything in the Art Biz Blast bundlePLUS: 
  •   MATS Creating Collections for Home Décor (self paced, start anytime)
  •   MATS Illustrating Children’s Books (5 weeks from October 2018*)
  •   12 days of affirmations illustrated by Lilla Rogers (delivered in December 2018)

(*If you register for this bundle you will be automatically registered for the October 2018 class, but can request to move to the February 2018 class if you prefer) 

Save 50%! Find out more here. 

And that’s not all! Save 30% off all individual courses in the GIANT CYBER SALE!

Find out more about what’s on offer here 

*Note: Lilla’s Art Recipes: Drawing FacesMATS MBAGlobal Talent Search, and Illustrating Children’s Books (Oct 2018) are not available for individual purchase at this time 

How do I sign up?  

Just visit https://makeartthatsells.com/giant-cyber-sale-2017/ between November 21st & 27th to sign up and save big! These deals won’t last long!   

Lilla says: “I want gifted people to make money with their art. They deserve it. I want them to make art that sells, while being their own cool selves. That’s my deal. Sign up now to make better art and make more $. Make 2018 be the year your art shines! 

If you need any help figuring out what is the best fit for you, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at [email protected]. Make 2018 the year your art shines! 

See you in class! 

The MATS Team xo 

 

Lilla’s vintage bingo board!


I thought it would be fun to make you a key vintage bingo board so you could analyze your portfolio of work. I’ve listed the kinds of subject matter that attract top jobs. How many squares of the bingo board can you check off? (Post on Instagram using hashtag #MATSbingo. I’d love to see!)

Are you missing some categories? Are you loving a particular one and want to get more work in that category? Want to broaden your portfolio to attract more work? Or maybe you want to freshen up your style in your favorite category with inspiring assignments that I’ve written to help you do just that!

Now’s a great time, because our BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR starts TOMORROW! Up to 50% off! Keep an eye on your inbox and our website for details on the sale.

Make more art, make better art, get more work.

xo

Lilla

Competition Alert: Guess the name of the new MATS course!


We’re holding an exciting competition to celebrate a BRAND NEW COURSE launching in spring 2018! You’ll have your chance to sign up for this new course & several others during the MATS GIANT CYBER SALE which will be on from November 21st-27th!

TO ENTER: 
– GUESS THE NAME OF THE NEW MATS COURSE!
– Add your guess(es) in the comments of the pinned Facebook post (see link below)
– You can guess as many times as you like!
– The deadline to submit your guess is November 19th at 11:59pm PST
– The winner will be announced on November 20th!

ENTER HERE: www.facebook.com/makeartthatsells (see pinned post)

Keep an eye on @MakeArtThatSells on Instagram for hints! The first hint will be shared tomorrow but feel free to start guessing anytime!

The winner will get all this goodness, worth over $200 in a cool Lilla Rogers Studio tote bag!

The prize includes:
2 Candles
3 Children’s books
A fabric ornament
Magnets
A melamine plate
A cookbook
Several journals
An adult coloring book
A day planner
A charcoal set
An LRS tote bag featuring gorgeous artwork by Tara Lilly Illustration & Sarah Walsh Makes Things

ENTER HERE: www.facebook.com/makeartthatsells (see pinned post)

 

COMPETITION RULES: The winner is the first person to post a comment on the pinned Facebook post (link above) with the exact name of the new COURSE we are cooking up, which is part of a new series by Lilla which will be launching early next year. In the case that more than one person guesses the correct answer, the person whose comment has the earlier time stamp will win. In the case that no-one guesses the correct answer, the winner will be the person whose guess, in the sole opinion of Lilla Rogers, is closest to the actual course title. Please ensure you post your guesses on this pinned post on the MATS Facebook Page. All guesses posted elsewhere will not be considered as entries to the competition. Any comments posted after the closing time of 11.59PM PST on November 19th, 2017 will not be eligible.This competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 from any country. There is no cash alternative.

Three things NEVER to do for a brilliant art career


There are three things NEVER to do for a brilliant art career:

1.) Stop learning new things. Keep drawing the same things over and over.

2.) Don’t make a lot of art. Stay uninspired and don’t make time for new work.

3.) Don’t keep up with what art directors & successful artists have to say.

 

But if you DO want a brilliant art career, take MATS and supercharge your art!

Perhaps you want to increase your sales on Etsy with new and better work. Or maybe you want to learn about new markets. Perhaps your career has stalled and you want to get reinvigorated. Maybe you want to try something new. Or maybe you just plain love being surrounded by all that great support and inspiration.

Lilla doing one of the things she does best!

Why should you take one of our popular self-paced MATS A / MATS B courses?

If you are ready for it, this course could change the trajectory of your entire creative career. To make the most of it you will need to commit time and energy, and be sure it is for you.

MATS A/B is for you if…

  • You want to be in demand and have your work sell like hot cakes
  • You want to make some killer portfolio pieces in a structured program
  • You are already a working artist and you are looking to break into other markets
  • You would describe yourself as an illustrator, painter, mixed media artist, graphic designer, surface pattern designer, fabric designer or just someone who loves to draw
  • You are ready to learn about real business, and making real money
  • You have some experience of creating art in at least one medium (this course aims to take you from good to great). You do not need to have sold work before, but if you have, awesome!
  • You have some idea of your personal style but want to hone it
  • You have some idea of your preferred medium but are willing to experiment
  • You want to know where your art will sell
  • You are willing to listen to advice and act on it
  • You want ideas for fabric designs you can print through a site like Spoonflower and sell
  • You want to make better work to sell in your Etsy shop
  • You have a basic knowledge of Photoshop and/or Illustrator (if you want to work digitally)
  • You are straight out of art school and want real business advice (NB: formal art education is not a prerequisite, and the course is open to all ages)
  • You are an art director secretly wanting to try your hand at illustration (and wouldn’t mind spotting some great art at the same time!)
  • You are ready to invest time and energy into your creative career
  • You are prepared to push yourself outside of your creative comfort zone
  • You want to be part of a supportive creative community of fellow artists and designers

This is not for you if:

  • You are a complete beginner or are looking for an art technique class. There are hundreds of fabulous creative courses out there – please have fun exploring and then come back to us when you are ready!
  • You are looking for technical tutorials in Photoshop and/or Illustrator
  • You are not interested in learning from others or receiving supportive feedback

Take some time for yourself & supercharge your career with MATS A or MATS B! Find out more information about these popular courses here.

A few of the many of downloadable PDFs included in the courses.

You literally get a pound of downloadable PDFs full of Lilla’s wisdom, all beautifully designed. These are wonderful sources of inspiration and information that you’ll refer to again and again.See the lists here and here.

Come for the assignments & amazing content; stay for the support that you love.

The MATS Team xx

P.S. Keep an eye on your inbox for newsletters about our upcoming BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR and new MATS courses launching soon!

 

 

 

How to create a logo with Lilla Rogers Studio Artist Suzy Ultman


Today, we are pleased to share with you a free video tutorial from Suzy Ultman, one of the amazing artists represented by Lilla Rogers Studio. Suzy is kindly going to take you through the process of creating logos (with a bit of background!). Logos are essentially a visual representation of your brand and Suzy will walk you through the all-important qualities of a good logo, and then through the process of creating your own.

Share your logo designs on Instagram! Be sure to tag us @makeartthatsells and use the hashtag #MATSlogo

THE 4 QUALITIES OF A LOGO

(1) SIMPLE: clean, flexible, and easily recognizable
(2) VERSATILE: able to work across different media and within different contexts
(3) DISTINCTIVE/MEMORABLE: quickly recognizable in the crowd
(4) TIMELESS: still hip in 10 – 20 years, depending on the market & size of your company

PROJECT – CREATE YOUR OWN LOGO

First, research the market. Look at other logos in our field and get curious. What catches your eye? Do you see trends? Does the logo fit the above criteria? How are illustrators using type, image, type plus image? Do the logos look professional or hand made? Next, research yourself. Take a look in the mirror. What makes you, well YOU? What’s your personality? What are your quirks? What’s your creative routine? What medium(s) do you work in? What sets you apart from the pack? What colors do you love? What images are you known for? Who are your clients now? Who would you like your clients to be?

Now, it’s time to create the logo. You will begin by sketching. When sketching, try 3 types of logo approaches. You may quickly find that one logo style approach suits your personality best, and follow that route.

Or, you may want to explore all three logo options: (1) FONT BASED – a straight-up typographic solution, i.e. your name. (2) ILLUSTRATION – an image that specifically denotes what you do, like a paintbrush. (3) ABSTRACT – an abstract/geometric form(s) and/or shape(s). You’re almost done! It’s time to choose your logo direction, and execute the final artwork. It is very important that the logo work in full color and one-color. You will use it in one-color/b&w for use on boards and banners, and other advertising and presentation pieces where the logo is a secondary or tertiary image.

Password: logodesign

You can also download a transcript here: Creating_Your_own_Logo_Suzy Ultman

Find out more about Suzy and all the other exciting things you can learn from MATS here.

Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial! 

Share your logo designs on Instagram! Be sure to tag us @makeartthatsells and use the hashtag #MATSlogo

xo

Lilla

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Suzy Ultman

Suzy was raised in central Pennsylvania, playing in the woods and collecting stickers. She finds inspiration in scouring antique shops and flea markets, spending time in nature, walking down quirky city streets, and doodling on sticky notes.

As part of the Lilla Rogers Studio gang, Suzy has worked with Chronicle Books, Land of Nod, Crate & Barrel, Papyrus, Abrams Books, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, K&Company, Madison Park Greetings, Oopsy Daisy, and many more.

Her charming creations grace the shelves of Target, Archiver’s, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Crate & Barrel, and Modcloth. Suzy’s vast variety of products includes holiday ornaments, home decor pieces, journals, craft kits, stationery sets, dolls, and fabric collections. The work is simple and sweet, from an artist who lives in a land of mustached snails and apple houses.

Connect with Suzy here: Website | Artist page

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Get instant access to our new MATS A & MATS B classrooms, now available until the end of 2019!

Make killer portfolio pieces while staying true to your style and taste in our self-paced MATS A and MATS B classes (join anytime).

The new MATS A and MATS B classrooms are available until the end of 2019, so grab your spot and create amazing portfolio pieces for the top ten lucrative markets. Taking these classes is also essential to prepare for the Global Talent Search in 2018!

An inside look into Lilla’s Art Retreat 2017!


What do you get when you mix up some of the top illustrators working today with a bunch of the most exciting VIPs in the industry? You get my 3rd Annual Artists’ Retreat that was held last month at my studio/home/nearby lake, that’s what!

Our annual artists’ retreat is how we work with our Lilla Rogers Studio Artists on their career development, keep them inspired, and basically energize all of us. My artists fly in from all over the world for this fun packed event.

Here we are in Lilla Rogers Studio enjoying conversation with Janine Vangool taking photos (far right).

My artists stitching and painting on tote bags for their afternoon craft.

I was so honored that Janine Vangool, publisher of the beloved UPPERCASE Magazine, attended my artists’ retreat too!

Lilla Rogers Studio Artist Sarah Walsh with Janine Vangool at the retreat.

Janine was one of the many art directors talking about what they do and how they work with artists and commission work. We were lucky to have representatives from teNeues, Hallmark, Candlewick Press, BlueQ and other publishing companies.

Check out the wonderful video below that she made of the craft day.

See more of the excitement here on Instagram #lillasretreat.

Hope you enjoyed the show. And keep your eyes peeled for announcements about next year’s Global Talent Search soon (the winner will win a ton of wonderful prizes, and will be given an all expenses paid trip to Lilla’s retreat in 2018!)

Maybe next year you’ll join us!

XO

Lilla

Our new classrooms for MATS A and MATS B are now available!

In addition to all huge amount of content from all previous MATS A and B classes, each class will also have one new assignment for one of the lucrative markets each year, a new assignment for the live reviews which will be hosted by Lilla in 2018 and 2019 AND more additional fresh content trickled in over the two years. The new classes include access until end December 2019!

 

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


showcase-collections

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?

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 will take place in August 2017 and teaches you everything you need to know to create killer presentations with your art.

Save

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MATS Home Decor Student Showcase part 1 {2016 class}


showcase-collections

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 previous 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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Want to learn some Home Décor secrets? Plus join our fun free creative challenge


In our upcoming course ‘MATS: Creating Collections for Home Décor’, top art director Margo Tantau shares finishing techniques for metal, fabric, glass, ceramic, and wood used for products in this market. These are very cool techniques that you can play with on your product to make your presentation to the client even more exciting and marketable, and include such things as:

  • Placing pom pom trims or embroidery on a pillow
  • Embossing, shaping, or silkscreening on metal
  • Painting or decoupaging on metal

 

Example of the wide array of  finishing techniques used on ceramics at Anthropologie. Learn about these techniques and how they can really make your great art look even greater on products in our class. Photo by Lilla Rogers.

Finishing techniques are all the cool treatments you can put into your pitch to make your product even more exciting.

These awesome products are all created by Lilla Rogers Studio artists for various home decor companies.  Imagine seeing your art on these cool products in the stores!  Learn more in our class. Photo taken by Lilla Rogers.

Understanding and knowing about different techniques is a great way to stand out, to be creative, and to show that you know how to add value to a design.

 

Every day next week, we are going to share a few of our Home Décor Secrets on the MATS blog, along with a fun creative prompt. You don’t have to be signed up for the class to get involved. Anyone can join in and start to explore the fascinating (and lucrative) world of home décor! We hope you’ll find them inspiring, and feel confident to try new and varied looks in your product pitches. That, in turn, will make your pitch more desirable and unique.Be sure to follow us on @makeartthatsells on Instagram and tag your work #matshomedecor so we can see it.

In class, we share a ton of insider secrets, to give you loads of design ideas for your arsenal. As a result, your art will flourish, you’ll sell more, and you’ll be having more fun!

If you want to thrive in this market, be sure to sign up for Creating Collections for Home Décor which starts on Monday, August 7th. By the end of class, you’ll be ready to pitch your creative ideas to dream clients in home décor.

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.