How to Succeed in the Restoration Market

Decorative artist Natalie E. Tackett has found success in the restoration market. In this Artist Q&A, she tells us how she became involved in restoration, how she markets her services and some of the keys to her success.

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The Business Side of Your Art

You may be a talented artist, but don't underestimate the importance of being a good businessperson.

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New Study Predicts Growth of Faux Finishes

Faux finishes are a growing market, but the market is growing much faster than you might have expected. In fact, the market in less than 10 years is expected to grow by nearly 75 percent.

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Salon NYC 2017 Shows Art Deco Flair 

Decorative artists embrace the Art Deco theme at Salon NYC 2017, which took place April 13 through 16 in midtown Manhattan.

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Soft Metallics Are Among Trends for 2017

In 2017, expect continued use of soft metallics and Venetian plaster as well as use of feature walls and techniques rendered in horizontal bands.

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Worried About "the Other Guy"?

Mike and Mickie talk about what to do if another muralist comes in and undercuts your price.

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Fair Compensation

Mike & Mickie discuss how much work you should do before you actually get compensated.

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Morally and Ethically Speaking

Mike & Mickie describe what to do if a client wants you to do something that is unprofessional and/or against your morals and ethics?

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I'm Tellin' Ya, We Get No Respect

Here is a question that has bugged Mike & Mickie for decades: Why is mural work so undervalued?

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IDAL: 2016 Was Educational Highlight

The 2016 convention of the International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL), Sept. 25 through 29 in San Diego, was an educational highlight for the group, which continues to draw raves on social media.

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What Kind of Paint Do You Use on a Mural?

There are so many variables when it comes to painting murals. Mike & Mickie describe which variables you should look at when deciding what type of paint to use.

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How Long Does It Take to Design and Paint a Mural?

Believe it or not, some clients do ask the above question. "Seriously?" Mike and Mickie ask. You might as well ask, "How long does it take to design and build a house?"

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Salon 2017 Goes Art Deco in NYC

For the first time in its more than 20-year history, the International Decorative Arts Show known as Salon is making its way to the Big Apple.

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Five Things to Do When Business is Slow

We've all had those days—and sometimes those weeks!—when a lull in the action leaves us a little bit bereft of something to do. Here are some ways to fill the time.

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Five Reasons to Take an In-Person Class

The best education doesn’t come from a computer or TV screen. It comes from taking an in-person class.

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How Important Is a Vacation to Your Creativity?

If summer is slipping away from you without an opportunity to enjoy some time off, Mike and Mickie Cooper have some advice for you: Take a break! It can be good for your creativity...and your business.

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ArtFusion Looks to Build on Success of Inaugural Event

ArtFusion's 2015 debut in Santa Fe, N.M., was a great success. Now event organizers look to build on this initial success with a bigger and better event in Estes Park, Colo., scheduled for Oct. 26-Oct. 29.

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Procrastinate? Who, Me?

Mike describes a common shortcoming that many creative people share: lack of attention to business matters. It can lead to procrastination in such areas as business management and...ahem...article deadlines, but fortunately Mike has his Mickie to help keep him organized! His advice? Make sure you find yourself a Mickie as well.

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