Mostly Free Resources for Artists & Writers
Here’s a list of my go-to people.
Folks who aren’t “big hat – no cattle.”
Most of the sites and services are free.
Those that cost anything here are ones that I’ve bought myself and think are worth the money.
This list does include the rare affiliate link.
Let me know if you have any favorite websites to add.
Top-Notch Free Resource: 250 Places To Sell Art Online
Free Resource For Artists Who Are Sick of People Stealing Their Images
Drew Kimble, the blogger behind Skinnyartist.Com feels your pain and has some great hacks to handle the problem.
Check out his article: Stop Stealing My Sh*T!
Need free, gorgeous, legal, museum-quality images?
Check out Apollo Magazine‘s free list of museums, libraries, and archives that have released high-resolution images into the public domain.
Free, Top Drawer, Marketing Podcast
If mythologist Joseph Campbell and legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a baby…it would sound like this podcast.
Most artists never listen to business podcasts like this. But they should.
Because Miller will help you see that it’s not you, but your potential client, who needs to be the hero of the story of your small business.
Want Free Light Bulb Moments While Folding Your Laundry?
The Charmed Studio has a shiny new podcast designed to help you write better, sell better, and feel better — by being yourself.
There’s no “How to Create an Especially Slippery Sales Funnel” here, just fresh information, humor, and inspiration for heart-centered artists; with me, Thea Fiore-Bloom.
Press play if you want a ten-minute fix that could increase your chances of selling your art by … 10,000 percent.
Check out Moritz’s blog if you feel you are putting a lot of effort into social media but getting few results.
Moritz is a spitfire of a marketer from Australia who does not come off like a used car salesman. She actually has a soul.
Are You A Bookworm Like Me? How I Said Adiós to Audible.
Free Unlimited Audio and Kindle Books for Artists With the Libby App, Free is Way More Fun.
There’s only one thing easier than visiting the library: bringing it to you. Meet Libby, an app that lets you log in to your local library to access ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines, all for the reasonable price of FREE. Sign in, link your library card, and go—it’s that simple. Great for creatives, this keeps me company in the studio.
Great Free Resource For Artists: Alicia-Joy Blog
By author and powerfully unconventional copywriter Alicia-Joy.
This woman can help you break the code.
Check out her article:
Canva: Free, Graphic Design Platform
Canva allows you to use templates to make your Newsletters, Pinterest Pins, Facebook graphics, E-Books covers, Class Announcements, Coupons, Show Announcements and Instagram Story covers look uniform, unique, and professional.
There is a small learning curve for those not born in the 1990s or later— but it’s worth the temporary frustration.
This controversial yet convincing article is a must-read for artists by Jon Morrow.
While you’re at it check out Morrow’s free resource on how to come up with great titles for blog posts.
But social media and newsletter writing can stress you out so maybe try this:
Excellent, Free Meditation App
Check out 3 powerful meditations – just for artists here on the Charmed Studio Blog.
I also use this new, free app called InsightTimer. They have a library of 19000 free guided meditations at the moment. This app may be the technological ticket to help us jumpstart and keep up a self-loving, daily meditation practice. 🙂
Want to learn S.E.O. This Year? Really Good, Free Resource For Artists
Isn’t it time to learn what the heck SEO is?
Try it. I bet you’ll see your numbers jump up.
One of my favorite articles by my colleague and friend Luann Udell.
This post is from her “Ten Myths About Artists” Series:
Run out of Ideas on What to Blog About?
What Is Your Favorite Podcast For Artists?
Here’s one of mine.
Painter Antrese Wood hosts an excellent podcast to have on in the background to keep you company in your studio.
When I listen to The Savvy Painter I feel as if I’m getting an MFA by osmosis.
Especially wonderful for painters.
Great show notes for art geeks like me.
Free Resource for Artists Who Want to Build a Meaningful Brand
Here’s another podcast favorite of mine, but this is another one most artists never listen to. And that’s too bad.
Because Mike Kim’s Brand You Podcast can humorously teach you how the big boys and girls in marketing-land build influential and profitable brand businesses and how you can too.
(Both Mike Kim and Donald Miller (above) self-promote like crazy on their podcasts, but you’ll get so much out of their material – I bet you won’t care.)
Resource For Artists Feeling Lethargic and Discouraged
I love this post on Medium written by Charmed Studio subscriber and creative coach Chey Rasmussen:
Quit trying so hard to make perfect art and just make art. Lots of it.
The Charmed Studio offers dirt cheap, inspiration-packed, down to earth writing coaching just for artists with award-winning magazine journalist and artist Thea Fiore-Bloom, Ph.D.
I help artists create sparkly new About pages, successful press releases, meaningful blogs, and entire books.
Or you can keep it simple. Just pick my brain for an hour.
Ask me any questions you have about your art writing, art practice, or art business. Sixty minutes for only 60 bucks via Paypal. Get in Touch with me here. Make my day by just leaving me a note to say you want to “pick my brain.” 🙂
Free Resource For Artists Who Want To Blog
I don’t miss a week of Darren Rowse’s weekly podcast. He’s been my smart, ethical guide through blog-land.
Check out his free “31 Days To Build A Better Blog” podcast course. It gave me the push I needed to launch my blog.
The Charmed Studio now offers a coaching session to help you deal with the fear and doubt surrounding the writing or editing of your first blog post.
My free Blog Tool Kit for Artists may help too.
Free, Fresh, Inspiring Videos on Raising Your Consciousness, and Your Prices
Check out Maria Brophy’s prosperity mindset video series on YouTube.
Brophy also has some of the best, real-deal art licensing info on her blog.
Free Resources for Jewelers & Metalsmiths
Several of my jeweler and metalsmith subscribers suggest:
Free Resource For Artists Who Ask:
“How Can I Increase My Art Sales Without Selling Feeling Like I Just Auctioned Off My Grandmother?”:
Resource for Writers Who Want to Get Paid for Their Writing
Founder/Writer Carol Tice offers the best writing classes and business of writing classes I have ever taken, period. I owe much of my success in magazine writing to The Den. Stay one month or one year. I pop in and out irregularly for short spurts of inspiration and information.
The Den helped me improve my writing, learn how to make grown-up money writing, and find a positive, informed community. Great for fiction and non-fiction writers of all levels. Super for learning to promote yourself or your work without being or feeling “sale-sy” or inauthentic.
Free Resource For Artists on New, Upcoming Art Competitions
Want a weekly list of legit, grown-up opportunities?
Submishmash Weekly is a free, weekly, curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers.
Free Resource For Artists Who Want Info On Legal Stuff
Visit “Ask Harriete’s” Professional Guidelines Page for a jaw-dropping amount of detailed, free, info for artists on competitions, contracts, taxes, and other vital biz topics.
Resource for Artists Who Need Excellent Help Creating a New Website
Your website is the number one marketing tool you’ve got as an artist, period.
You need to have a hassle-free, mobile-friendly website that welcomes your ideal readers and buyers.
If you want the quality, reliability, flexibility of WordPress without the tech freakouts — I would try Outstanding Setup.
I would say the money I’ve spent on Outstanding Setup is the best money I’ve spent on my business so far.
Finally, an Art Marketing Book for Non-Robots
Finally, an art marketing book for non-robots written by Charmed Studio subscriber Laura den Hertog.
I can’t remember the last time I read a book on art marketing that wasn’t as serious as a heart attack.
This book is written with humor, wisdom, meaning, and creativity. The author is even a fan of whimsy.
I mean, how many writers get it that whimsy is the perfect thing for whimsy-filled, creative people to add to our marketing posts and pages?
You too may appreciate Den Hertog’s non-robotic, soul-centered approach to getting eyeballs on your art in the new, post-gallery world of the 2020s.
I was sad when I turned the last page and it was over.
The Only Branding Book I’ve Ever Understood:
by a brilliant Brit, Fiona Humberstone.
Definitely not free, but worth every penny. Thoroughly enjoyable, mind-expanding, and result-producing. Written for creatives by a creative. Game changer.