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Reflections on 2017 AKA An Essay on Burnout

Reflections on 2017 AKA An Essay on Burnout

As I look to the new year, I don’t know what’s next for Wandering. As much as I love having a creative outlet, I wonder if the time I spend on this little project is worth it. Yet, I can’t imagine not having a project to work on. I love seeing my business grow; I love having a reason to keep making creative work.

Creative Resources

Creative Business Resources

Here are a few of my favorite blogs, podcasts, books, and other resources that helped me start a creative business and stay inspired. Hope they help you too!

Creative Small Business Goals for 2017

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My small business goals for this year include rebranding, SEO, new products, and more. Please help me accomplish my goals by filling out my branding survey!

An Update On My 2016 Small Creative Business Goals

booth display for craft show or farmers market

Here's how I made my small business more efficient, minimized costs, maintained organized financial records, and made time to grow creatively.

How to Start (and Not Quit!) a Creative Business: Lessons Learned in My First Year

How to Start (and Not Quit!)  a Creative Business: Lessons Learned in My First Year

My first twelve months in business have taught me these tips on thinking strategically, planning ahead, and avoiding burnout with your creative business.

How to Make a Block Print Using a Potato

How to Make a Block Print Using a Potato

Potato printing is a great affordable craft, and you can do so many things with it! You can print on notecards like I did, or make your own fabric, tote bags, journals, wrapping paper, or anything else you can think of. 

Read on for instructions on how to make your very own potato print!

Our Stay in Florence and the Florence Print

Jogging along the Arno

I visited Florence five years ago, and fell in love with the city. It is the capital of the region of Tuscany and his home to beautiful Renaissance art and architecture, as well as various parks and gardens. It's golden-colored buildings inspired the Florence print, with light reflecting off of the Arno River below.

What to Do in Cinque Terre

Alexandra George & Philip Hughes in Cinque Terre

Our visit to the beautiful coastal town of Cinque Terre inspired a series of prints in a brand-new style!

The Canals of Burano, Italy Linocut Print

Burano, Italy

Burano is an island off the coast of Italy that is best known for two things: its colorful homes and intricate handmade lace work. The brightly colored buildings were the perfect inspiration for a print!

Introducing a Brand-New Venice Print

Doge's Palace Venetian Architecture

The beautiful city of Venice inspired the second new print in the City Streets series. The city was built on a lagoon, and consequently there are no streets or cars...people either walk or travel by boat.

Antoni Gaudí: The Inspiration for the Barcelona Print

 

Block of Discord in Barcelona

 

As those of you following me on Instagram know, I recently took a trip to Spain and Italy with my family, so I decided to make a print for the places we visited. Here's the inspiration behind the first addition to the City Streets series: the Barcelona print!

Writing a Business Plan for a Creative Shop

how to make a block print

I reworked my business plan to allow for more creative time spent making new prints! I can't tell you how excited I am about this. Read on for more details—if you have a creative business it might help you, too!