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Why you need to create a calendar for 2023

why you need to create a calendar for 2021

With high anticipated 2023 just around the corner, many are anxiously awaiting a new beginning after the whirlwind of a year that was 2022. What better way to carry out a productive year than by structuring and designing your own 2023 calendar!

We’ve put together some of the best websites you can use to create your calendar. Whether you’d like to select the general theme or have full creative control over all the element of your calendar, we’ve got you covered!

First, let us tell you why you should design your own calendar.

Why you should design your own calendar

Although you can create your own calendar for your own personal use, it’s important to remember that calendar design can also be used as a great marketing tool! Whether you’re a painter, photographer, graphic designer, illustrator or creative – you can integrate your artwork into calendar designs as a form of print advertising. In doing so, you can promote yourself or your brand as well as increase sales to generate income.

Create your own calendar
Creating a custom calendar is a perfect way to brand your business

A calendar is the perfect marketing tool

Calendars are an especially good idea if the work you create as a creative is aesthetically pleasing. No one really wants to put up a calendar that promotes their local mattress store, but one filled with creative designs, artwork, photographs is likely to appeal to almost everyone. Remember that you can also add in brand/business-relevant dates to your calendar such as release dates, opening hours, sales, discounts etc.

Instead of advertising your work through flyers, brochures, posters or business cards, why not design a calendar to showcase both your talent and business! Calendars, unlike the other promotional medium mentioned above, can actually be used by people – and on a daily basis. In this way, you’ll be able to build brand awareness and allow potential buyers/clients to become increasingly familiar with your work.

Make sure to grab the opportunity this upcoming year and design a unique, promotional calendar!

Resources to create your own calendar

If you’re looking to select one of many already existing calendar templates to take into 2023, check out these sites! They’re the perfect place to find premium calendar templates, for an easy start.

Envato Elements

Check out Envato Elements for great calendar templates. They are of very high quality and can easily be customised to your taste.

Envato Elements Calendar Templates
You can find hundreds of ready-to-go calendar templates on the marketplace of Envato Elements.

Canva

Canva offers a great variety of ready to go templates for calendars. You can leave them like that or customize them to your own taste.

Canva Calendar Templates
Templates of calendars are super easy to edit in Canva.

Creating your own calendar

If you’re feeling a little more creative, and would like to create a more personalized, unique calendar for the upcoming year, make sure to check out the following resource websites. There you can browse and download a number of images and design elements in the form of vectors. By hand selecting your favourite elements to add to your 2023 calendar, you’re sure to create a unique calendar design perfect for you!

Adobe Stock

Browse one of the largest stock marketplaces on earth and find the perfect images for your custom made calendar. You will always find what you need at Adobe Stock.
Be sure to check our Best Adobe Deals page to save some money!

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Envato Elements

With over 51 million photo’s, fonts, design elements and templates, you should be able to find the perfect design elements for your calandar at Envato Elements.

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Shutterstock

Make sure not to miss Shutterstock as they have millions of stock photo’s that are perfect for almost any project.

Shutterstock Stock images for Calendars
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Customizing your Calendar

If you’re feeling even more creative and inspired, you can also select individual elements to add to your calendar design. This way, you’ll be able to select the single, specific elements that you like at an affordable price.

Design Bundles

Designbundles is one of the best places to find cheap and high quality design elements and design bundles for you calendar (or any other) project.

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Hiring a Web Designer 101

How To Hire a Web Designer

Creating a website is a big deal – so we want to make sure you do it right. In this blog post we’ll be diving into why you might need a website designer, some tips on picking the right one for you and a number of other informative points! Launching a website for any venture is something to be excited about, as you put yourself and your brand out there onto the internet for public consumption. Research found that 75% of your online presence credibility is based on your website – making it that much more important to make sure it’s done right.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, designer, businessman or restaurant owner, having an outstanding website is almost crucial to the success of your venture. With the boom in technology and virtually everything now being digitized – your website is the likely base point for most of your prospective and current clients. Designing and running a website is no simple task, and it requires a highly skilled professional to produce one that is both appealing and user friendly.

Websites are usually designed by graphic designers, website developers or coders. And although there are a number of handy websites available that will allow you to customize your website in a relatively simple way, these websites are usually not up to standard of current day competition. In the case that you yourself don’t know how to code, you might want to consider hiring some professional help to get your website into tip top shape!

Finding the right designer for you

You might think that it is not particularly important which website designer you pick, but rather that they possess the necessary skills. However, this is not the case. Essentially, your website designer will be responsible for bringing your brand to life – digitally. They’ll be responsible for setting the atmosphere and tone of the site, as well as the overall customer experience.

With this in mind, it is important that your website designer is increasingly familiar with your brand, your vision, goals and ethics. The right designer creates more than just a website and is now involved in branding more than ever before. They will be responsible for the mood, atmosphere and tone of the primary landing space of your entire brand or business.

With competition heightening each and every day, it’s important to make sure that your brand stands out from the rest. Clients and customers are not only looking for a product or service but an experience. With the right website designer, you can make that happen for yourself and your business.

Things to consider before hiring a web designer

Taking the first step of hiring a web designer can be daunting, so we’ve put together a list of things to consider before starting the process.

  • Ensure you have an adequate budget to spend on your website (to pay your web designer)
  • You have a considerable amount of time before you need your website launched. This will allow for your web designer to efficiently create a site that suits your needs and expectations, without any time restraints.
  • You have ruled out creating the site yourself due to a lack of skills or time
  • You’re prepared to spend a sizable amount of money to revamp your website 
  • You are prepared to maintain consistent communication with your designer and work in collaboration
  • Ensure that your web designer possesses the skills to create a website that works on both desktop and mobile

When you shouldn’t hire a web designer:

  • You’re on a budget and would rather opt for a more affordable option
  • You aren’t available to be directly involved in the process
  • You are on a time constraint

In the case that you would like to have a new website but for some reason cannot invest in a full time web designer at this time, there are a number of handy sites that you can use without having to pay a premium. These sites work as great starting points for any and all website types, and don’t require any prior training or experience with website building. Some examples include SquareSpace, Weebly and Wix to name a few.

What to look out for when choosing a designer

Although the internet is an exceptionally resourceful place, you can encounter offers that are not up to standard. To ensure that you find a skilled designer that is suited to you, make sure to write down a list of predetermined criteria you’re looking for before hiring. 

As a starting point, we recommend you require:

A decent sized portfolio of previous work

One of the easiest ways to survey the qualities of a designer is by taking a look at their portfolio. Designers that are professional should have a portfolio of their past work to present to potential clients. By taking a look at their portfolio you should be able to determine whether they possess the skills or aesthetic you would like your website to have. Try and look for designers with portfolios on websites like Behance or Dribbble.

4/5 star reviews from past clients

Asking for references is a great way to judge the technicalities and experience of working with a given designer. Past clients should be able to comment on the overall disposition of the client throughout a prior collaboration, whether they were able to deliver according to budget and deadlines, and how they interacted with others. Try talking to at least 2-3 different references to get a broad scope and not just one opinion.

Adequate qualifications or experience

Perhaps you are interested in a specific feature on your site that requires a particular skill set to create. Prior to hiring a designer, make sure you lay out all your expectations in order to see whether they are capable of bringing it to fruition. Universal skills that most designers possess include the ability to communicate ideas via reports, prototypes and wireframes. However, JavaScript and other coding languages are a unique skillset that is not familiar to all web designers.

Extensive experience with SEO

SEO or search engine optimization is one of the most crucial components of a website and ensures that your site is marketable and has a boosted visibility amongst the competition. Having a website designer that knows and understands SEO will have a significant impact on the amount of organic traffic you are able to drive to your website.

Where to hire a web designer?

A few places that are definitely worth checking out when you’re searching for a web designer are Fiverr and Upwork. We cover both marketplaces more in depth in this article about hiring a graphic designer.

April Art Challenges

APRIL ART CHALLENGES

Art challenges work to inspire creativity and allow creatives to create art in a fun and stress-free way. Why not put some time aside this upcoming April to create a unique piece of art every day, exercise your imagination and develop your art skills! We’ve put together a list of some April art challenges taking place this month that you can take part in.

April Art Challenge: Spring Things

What is the April Art Challenge: Spring Things?

Run by Doodlewash, this April art challenge is all about Spring things! This challenge encourages participants to step out of their comfort zones, try new techniques and have fun by taking part in this challenge running through the month of April.

Put time aside every day during the month to be creative! The theme itself symbolizes new beginnings, growth and rejuvenation. By following the official April Art Challenge: Prompt List April Art Challenge, you’ll be given daily prompts to draw inspiration from!

Are there any rules?

There are no rules for this challenge other than to keep the daily painting habit alive by creating something new every day during the month of April. Another rule is to take part in the challenge in a way that you enjoy most.

What Materials Do I Need?

For this challenge you’ll need some paper or a sketchbook and maybe some watercolours.  Because this challenge is affiliated with the World Watercolour Group, you’re encouraged to use watercolours in your daily pieces. You might want to mix mediums with pens, pencils or markers but that’s completely up to you.

Join the community!

If you decide to take part in the challenge and use watercolours, why not share your work online to share with fellow creatives? Make sure to use the hashtag #worldwatercolorgroup. By doing so, other creatives who have taken part in the challenge can see what you’ve created, and you can see theirs too!

Prompt List April Art Challenge

For more info visit their website.

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Tinkersketch April Art Challenge

What is the Tinkersketch April Art Challenge?

This challenge invites creatives to come together and take part in this daily art challenge running through the month of April. You’ll be given 30 prompts for each day during the month that you can use as a source of inspiration for this daily sketchbook practice. You only really need to set aside a minimum of 5 minutes a day for this challenge. Tinkersketch stresses that you don’t need to have any creative experience to take part , the idea is to play with both materials and ideas in a stress free, fun way!

Are there any rules?

The only rule is to create a new artwork every day throughout the month. This challenge welcomes any and all ages and experience levels!

What Materials Do I Need?

All you’ll really need is something to draw or paint on and something to draw or paint with. There are no restrictions on what mediums you can use, so feel free to use whatever you like!

Join the community!

If you decide to take part in Tinkerlab’s April Art Challenge, make sure to share your work across social media using the hashtag #tinkersketch. By doing so, you’ll be able to share your work with other creatives, or view the work of others, as well as get involved in the Tinkerlab’s community.

Prompt List Tinkersketch April Art Challenge

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For more info visit their website.

Inky April Drawing Challenge

Inky April Drawing Challenge
Inky April 2022 Art Prompts

What is Inky April?

Run by Kick in the Creatives, this art challenge is centred around inky art! This challenge encourages creatives to not use a pencil and eraser in the month of April. This unique challenge challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and look at things a little differently.

Are there any rules?

The only real rule of this challenge is to push yourself to step out of your usual comfort zone and only use ink.

InkyApril prompt list

Inky April 2022 Art Prompts
Inky April 2022 Art Prompts

What Materials Do I Need?

You are encouraged to experiment with different tools, such as dip-pens, fountain pens, biro pens, a brush pen, even a twig! So remember, it must be INK alone!

Join the community!

If you decide to take part in the Inky April challenge, why not share your work with other creatives?

Kick in the Creatives encourages you to post and share your work online across any and all social media platforms. If you decide to do so, make sure to use the hashtags #kickinthecreatives and #AbstractArtApril, as well as tag @kickinthecreatives. You could be featured on their blog!

For more info visit their website.

You can also checkout the other 2 art challenges Kick in the Creatives host:

Adventure April

What is Adventure April?

This unique challenge was created by @mattydraws prompts creatives to create fantasy character designs every day during the month of April.

The goal is to expand and push your creativity throughout the month. Whether you decide to take on large canvases or doodle on an old receipt, all that matters is you create something new every day!

Something that is emphasized in this challenge is its stress free nature. If you happen to miss a day or start late, it’s no problem at all – post when you can.

Are there any rules?

Other than using the prompt list as inspiration and trying to complete a new, unique piece every day, there are no rules!

What Materials Do I Need?

For this challenge you can use any medium you’d like, so have fun! You can use pencils, pens, markers, paint or even resin – it’s completely up to you!

Join the community!

If you decide to take part in Adventure April, make sure to share your work across social media using the hashtag #AdventureApril. By doing so, you’ll be able to share your work with other creatives or view the work of others!

Prompt List AdventureApril

Let us know in the comments what your favourite art-challenge of this month is! Which one are you participating in or did we miss one?

Do you want to improve your drawing skills? Make sure to read our article where we take a look at the Best Art Classes you can follow online. Combining an art class with an art challenge is a great way to get started! You could also take a look at our curated top 10 of drawing books to help you improve your drawing or for extra inspiration or new techniques.

If you’re curious about other art challenges coming up this year, make sure to check out our overview of yearly art challenges or our art challenge calendar. If you are looking for drawing inspiration, make sure you check out our drawing ideas generator.

Courses & Tutorials

Why not improve your skills or learn some new incredible techniques by taking a course? See all our courses or check out one of these selected courses here:

Resources

Interested in taking part in any of these challenges this month? We’ve got some resources just for you to give you a kick start!

Traditional Drawing equipment

Check out the sketchbooks, pencils and other tools below that will help you build a daily routine in practicing your creative skills.

Digital Brushes

If you’re a digital artist, make sure to check out these great Photoshop and Procreate ink brushes from Grutbrushes. These realistic, responsive and natural brushes will inspire you without a doubt. Grutbrushes offers a lot of free samples, so you can try anything without risk. Check out our Grutbrushes review if you’d like to know more and see more (free) samples.

Reatlist Watercolour Brush for Photoshop from Grutbrushes
Demo of the Grutbrushes Watercolour Brush which is perfect to use for Huevember

Digital Hardware

A drawing tablet could definitely help you in your creative flow too. Most drawing tablets are touch sensitive and are highly accurate. The main advantage of a drawing tablet is the natural feeling when drawing. They are perfect for creating detailed illustrations, drawings or digital paintings.

Simple Tricks and Tips for Selecting and Using the Right Color Themes for Canvas

Simple Tricks and Tips for Selecting and Using the Right Color Themes for Canvas 

Several challenges are associated with coloring canvas, and selecting the best color theme is one of the most notable challenges. Although the significant color selection process comes from graphics, images, and pictures, you can still dictate the color flow. Other aspects of a canvas, including the background, play a vital role in determining the color flow. 

Having an affinity for colorful displays is not enough to guide you to the perfect coloring of your canvas. In fact, understanding the basics of the color wheel might not provide enough guidance, and specific considerations would help you come up with perfect canvas coloring. Do you want to improve canvas coloring by making a better choice of colors? 

This guide contains simple tricks and tips to help you select and make better colors for coloring canvas arts. Let’s explore! 

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Tip 1: Stick To 1-3 Colors 

You don’t have to splash colors all over your canvas before you have a perfect painting. Sticking to 1-3 complementing colors makes it a whole lot easier. Although several ways of mixing multiple colors, monocratic might be the best in most situations. 

Resist the temptation of using all the colors you can lay your hands on while coloring your canvas. Instead, decide on the 1-3 basic color themes and creatively blend them. 

Tip 2: Try Out Black and White 

Black and white are far from boring when rightly used on canvas. For a clean design, consider going for black texts, graphics, and images on white background. Besides the fact that white and black arts are relatively easy to combine, it is also suitable for almost all design themes, and it is even more appropriate if you are a minimalist with a bit of flair for colors. 

However, you can make the design black, white, and a little more by integrating other complementing colors. For instance, you can add colors to the heading text when presenting information on a white and black canvas. You can also use subheadings to provide contrast color hues while sticking to the basics.

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Tip 3: Keep It Simple  

Contrary to the thoughts of many individuals, there is outstanding beauty in simplicity. Don’t overcomplicate the entire design. Start by understanding the color functionalities of the canvas. The two primary color functionalities on canvas are text colors and background colors. 

Text colors include the painting of any word, number, and symbol, and the background colors include the color on the space behind the text, images, and graphics. For each of the two, ensure that you keep the color and ensure that all the color hues complement. 

Tip 4: Go Harmonic with Color Themes 

If you are interested in having two or more colors on your canvas prints, it is best to look out for harmonic color schemes. Harmonic color schemes involve multiple colors on the color wheel with relationships based on their positions on the color wheel. You can create several color tones, shades, hues, and tints with these harmonic color themes. 

However, it is best to note that creating harmonic color themes does not mean using multiple colors with unrelated characteristics. You can consider exploring the extended range of each color in the harmonic theme, and these colors can be darkened, lightened, or neutralized. 

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Tip 5: Go Bold with Your Colors 

One of the primaries aims of canvas coloring is offering some artistic works that are restful and pleasing to the eyes. Going bold with your colors is one of the easiest ways to achieve this aim without compromising your theme.  

Going bold with colors is more than mixing and blending different primary colors. Going bold with your colors is mainly dependent on how well you understand colors and their relationship. You can boost your color knowledge by studying and understanding the color wheel. 

Conclusion 

The beauty of canvas print is in its creative colors and interpretation. Interestingly, selecting and using the right colors for your canvas painting is not rocket science, and it simply involves a creative understanding of colors and how to use them. The tips below will help you come up with some of the best prints on canvas, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a pro. Feel free to explore and get creative.  

Sell Online Courses

where to sell courses

Make other people grow

We are looking for enthusiastic instructors to join the Xquissive Academy, a new (free) platform for creatives to buy and sell courses from creatives for creatives.

If you are a course creator or if you create tutorials, sign up and sell them on our marketplace!

We grant you access to the tools you need to teach about your favorite subject.

Sell online courses for creatives

Why teach at Xquissive?

Our online learning platform is created for enthusiastic course and tutorial creators that love to inspire other creatives. We are on a mission to share our expertise as active creatives to other creatives that want to learn new skills. What’s more beautiful than to see someone else developing his or her talents and get better with your guidance?

Share your passion and skills, either with advanced tutorials or courses! Our platform is created with you, the creator, in mind. You can sell your courses and tutorials using the platform, or you can sell (market) them yourself. Out platform is 100% free to use and comes with free secure video hosting.

We are on the lookout for courses and tutorials related to Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Creativity, Print on Demand, Design, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and more…

Are you a passionate creative that has already created a course that you would like to roll out on Xquissive? You are welcome! Are you an enthusiastic skilled creative that can create incredible tutorials? Join us! If you think you have an interesting course or tutorial to offer, don’t hesitate and reach out!

Super smart course builder

Our platform is build with an advanced LMS making it super easy to create courses. Our platform is drag and drop, and includes a quiz builder, certificates, content-drip, multi-instructor friendly and much more.

You can share your course videos from your own video host, or you can upload them for free on our secured video hosting platform. You can also upload any additional workbooks or documents for free.

Check out the images below to get an idea about the look and feel of our platform.

Impressive toolkit for you to use

Let’s take a look at some of the great features that our platform bring you. Best thing, they are all free to use for every instructor.

And more..

Other features that will arrive soon:

  • A calendar, to allow your students to see everything in a calendar view
  • A gradebook, shows the student progress from assignment and quizzes.
  • Push Notifications, notify your users with push notifications on specified events.

So why should I join?

Sell you photography courses

You will be able to expand your professional network, build your expertise by creating courses and earn money on each paid enrollment. With our affiliate program you can even earn a higher commission for each course that you help selling.

We are aiming to offer affordable, but high quality courses and tutorials. We don’t want to be the cheapest marketplace, but we do want to be the one with the most added value for creatives.

Unless other marketplaces you decide the value of your course. You have free access to every feature of the platform (including free video hosting) and you will earn 60% commission for each sold course or tutorial. This can be 80% commission if you join our advanced affiliate program and help bring in the traffic yourself.

Need a hand?

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You’ve got a great course or tutorial, but you don’t have the time to put it up onto our platform? No stress! For a limited amount of time we take everything out of your handsfor free -.

If you want us to setup everything (upload the video’s, setup the lessons), then we can take this work out of your hands. Contact us and we’ll make it work for you.

Bonus: Free interview when you join now

We are convinced that our content and the Academy that we are building will complement each other. That means that we will actively look for interesting ways to link articles to courses that you have created.

We look at ways to promote you as a tutor on Xquissive or use your expert advice or tricks in our articles. For example, for a limited time we offer our new instructors the possibility to be interviewed by our team. It’s the perfect way for clients to get to know more about you and your courses.

Yes! I want to join now!

Use the form below and and sell your courses or tutorials on the Xquissive Academy.

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Free Stationery Mockups to Creatively Present your Brand

Free Stationery Mockups to Creatively Present your Brand

We often find ourselves amidst a deluge of competing offerings. No matter what niche or segment your brand may be in, there are multiple labels vying to catch our attention.

Under such circumstances, professional stationery proves to be a key differentiator, letting marquee brands distinctly stand out. Yes, designing them may be a challenge but that is where stationery mockups prove to be a savior.

Using these mockups, you can easily present your brand in the most creative and aesthetically pleasing manner possible. Moreover, given the extent of customization that is available on these mockups, the eventual possibilities are simply limitless.

Against this backdrop, let us look at the value-adds that well-designed stationery brings to brands. Rest assured; such stationery is easy to craft with stationery mockups. Ultimately, the creative presentation of your brand gets a whole new fillip!

Value-Add #1– Recognition

Distinctive branding, especially logos and other forms of insignia, that is intuitively presented on stationery, helps in a big way with brand recognition.

Today, if you think of well-known brands like Apple, Google, Coca-Cola, or McDonald’s to name a few, the mere presence of their basic insignia is adequate. People instantly recognize them and act accordingly.

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Coca-Cola, one of the most well recognized, global brands. Photo by Mae Mu on Unsplash

This is a vital point to remember, anytime you are questioning the effort involved in creating brand stationery. Remember that when it is done right, it will make a significant difference to your brand’s recognition.

Value-Add #2 – Quality

Brand stationery, when done well, literally screams quality. This is especially true where the branding is expected to convey a message. Think of jewelry brands, for instance. Precision, craftsmanship, and attention to detail are hallmarks of businesses in this segment.

Naturally, any stationery coming from such enterprises is expected to reflect these distinctive characteristics. When it does, all prospects perceive products from the brand to be as good in quality as their stationery.

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Brand stationery can be minimalistic yet reminiscent of superior quality. Photo by STIL on Unsplash

Value-Add #3 – Making an Impression

Distinctly designed brand stationery helps in quickly making a solid impression. As a corollary, poorly designed stationery – or the complete absence of any stationery, leaves people wanting.

You do not want to be in such a position, especially given the fierce competition we invariably find ourselves in, irrespective of our niche.

So, go all out towards making an impression with fine brand stationery. Stationery mockups are anyway there to help you in that quest.

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Ideally, this is the kind of impression you want to have on your prospects. Photo by Austin Chan on Unsplash

Ideally, this is the kind of impression you want to have on your prospects.

Photo by Austin Chan on Unsplash

Value-Add #4 – Uniformity, with a Consistent Brand Message

When you have stationery that follows a steady and uniform design pattern, your audience in turn receives a consistent brand message. Over time, every communication they receive with your brand insignia reminds them of the values that your business represents.

This connection is often hard to establish at the outset. But, with the passage of time and a continuous flow of brand messaging on steadfastly designed stationery, it becomes much easier. 

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Brand messages can even be as simple as this, delivered consistently. Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

FREE Professional Stationery Mockups

There is a common misconception that when it comes to professional stationery mockups, they would cost an absolute fortune. In reality, not only can you get them at reasonable costs, but here you can even get supreme quality stationery mockups for free.

This entire set of intuitively designed, editable, stationery mockup PSD templates has been created to give businesses the opportunity to quickly come up with high-grade brand stationery that leaves a lasting impression.

There are a total of 3 PSD files in this bundle. They are easily editable using Smart Objects. Moreover, they are fully layered and also have backgrounds included in them to give a more realistic impression.

There is simply no need for advanced Photoshop skills to use this set. With just a few clicks, you will be good to go, with highly impressionable brand stationery that you can proudly call your own.

Items included in the set include:

  • A4 Letter
  • Invoice
  • Notepad
  • Envelope
  • Tube Roll
  • Business card mockup
Items included in the professional stationery mockup freebie.
Items included in the professional stationery mockup freebie.

Creatively presenting your brand makes a world of difference. Stationery mockups incrementally help in this quest, even more, when they are remarkably well-designed and yet available at no cost.

Remember that superior quality stationery brings enormous value to brands, across the entire spectrum!

March Art Challenges

List of March Art Challenges

Monthly art challenges are a great way to focus creativity, exercise your imagination and relax. With everything going on in the world, why not put some time aside this upcoming march to practice your art skills, relax your mind or simply, have fun! We’ve found 4 March Art Challenges that are fun to do!

1. Tinkerlab’s March Art Challenge

What is the Tinkerlab March Art Challenge?

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Drawing Art Challenge – Photo from Daria Tumanova

This challenge is a daily sketchbook practice that allows you to expand your imagination, be creative and most importantly, have fun! You’ll be given a list of prompts for each day during the month of March that will help inspire some creativity.

Prompts are entirely objective and can be interpreted in any way you’d like. From a single word you can create a subject, scene, colour scheme etc. So have fun, the possibilities are endless! The amount of time you spend on each daily sketch is completely up to you, however, Tinkerlab suggests at least 5-10 minutes every day.

Are there any rules?

With this challenge, there are no rules! Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or professional artist – everyone is welcome and there are no restrictions on what mediums you can use.

What Materials Do I Need?

Tinkerlab is all about creating a stress free, low stakes, fun challenge for creatives. When taking part in this challenge you’re free to use whatever mediums you’d like – paint, watercolour, collage, markers etc.

Some materials you can gather:

  • A sketchbook (or paper)
  • A medium of your choice: pencils, pens, chalk etc.
  • Paint of any kind and a brush
  • Some glue and tape
  • Scrap paper, newspapers or magazines etc.

Join the community!

If you decide to take part in Tinkerlab’s March Art Challenge, make sure to share your work across social media using the hashtag #tinkersketch. By doing so, you’ll be able to share your work with other creatives, or view the work of others, as well as get involved in the Tinkerlab’s community.

Prompt List

Tinkerlab’s March Prompt List:

March Art Challenge Tinkerlab Prompt List
The March Art Challenge Tinkerlab Prompt List

2. March Art Challenge by Doodlewash

What is the Paint What You Love: March Art Challenge?

This challenge is put together by Doodlewash. Always striving for creatives to create what they actually like, The Paint What You Love: March Art Challenge celebrates just that!

During the month of March, creatives are welcomed to join the challenge, a safe space to express yourself within a community of other artists. The Paint What You Love: March Art Challenge encourages participants to practice new skills, explore new themes and have fun in this “anything goes” watercolor art challenge.

Are there any rules?

For this challenge, you can joing if you create your art with watercolor painting, drawing (ink, colored pencils, crayons, etc.!), or a mix of both. Besides that, it’s all up to you – feel free to interpret the prompts in any way you’d like. This month, the Paint What You Love: March Art Challenge is providing creative with 31 different promote ideas that can be used in any way, on any day!

What Materials Do I Need?

For this challenge you’ll need some paper or a sketchbook and some watercolours. You might want to mix mediums with pens, pencils or markers but that’s completely up to you. Make sure to remember that your final piece should be focused on watercolours.

Join the community!

If you decide to share your work online, make sure to use the hashtag #doodlewashMarch2022 and #WorldWatercolorGroup. By doing so, other creatives who have taken part in the challenge can see what you’ve created, and you can see theirs too!

Prompt List

Doodlewash March 2022 Art Challenge
Doodlewash March 2022 Art Challenge

3. March Drawing Challenge for Kids and Adults

What is the March Drawing Challenge for Kids and Adults?

Put together by Natural Beach Living, the March Drawing Challenge for Kids and Adults is a perfect challenge to take on with your family this upcoming March. The theme of this challenge is all things March, including topics of spring, St. Patricks Day, rainbows, Dr Seuss and more!

Are there any rules?

This challenge is all about having fun, being creative, and spending quality time with your loved ones, so there are no rules! Other than taking time to create a piece of art based on the prompts each day – the rest is up to you. Invite your children, spouse, friends and family to join you in this challenge.

What Materials Do I Need?

There are no limitation on what materials you can use. You can use pencils, markers, paint or collage! It’s important that this challenge doesn’t feel like an obstacle, but a way to have fun.

Join the community!

If you decide to post your artwork on Instagram, make sure to tag @naturalbeachliving to get involved in the community, share your work with others, as well as see the work others have created during the month of March.

Prompt List

The March Drawing Challenge Prompt list from Natural Beach Living:

March Drawing Challenge Prompt List
March Drawing Challenge Prompt List

4. March Mixed Media Challenge

What is the March Mixed Media Challenge?

Put together by Kick in the Creative, the March Mixed Media challenge is definitely one to pay attention to! The challenge encourages creatives to take part in the challenge by creating a piece of mixed media art every day during the month of March. The objective of the challenge is to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone, experiment and be creative!

March Mixed Media Challenge
March Mixed Media Challenge

Are there any rules?

Other than creating a piece of art using mixed media every day during the month of March, there are no rules! Make sure to have fun with this one. Kick in the Creatives also encourages participants to post their daily pieces online for others to see and share.

What Materials Do I Need?

You can use pencils, pens, markers, paint or even resin – it’s completely up to you! Make sure to include a minimum in two mediums in each piece you create.

Join the community!

Kick in the Creatives encourages you to post and share your work online across any and all social media platforms. If you decide to do so, make sure to use the hashtags #kickinthecreatives and #MarchMixedMedia, as well as tag @kickinthecreatives.

Let us know in the comments what your favourite art-challenge of this month is! Which one are you participating in or did we miss one?

Do you want to improve your drawing skills? Make sure to read our article where we take a look at the Best Art Classes you can follow online. Combining an art class with an art challenge is a great way to get started! You could also take a look at our curated top 10 of drawing books to help you improve your drawing or for extra inspiration or new techniques.

If you’re curious about other art challenges coming up this year, make sure to check out our overview of yearly art challenges or our art challenge calendar. If you are looking for drawing inspiration, make sure you check out our drawing ideas generator.

Courses & Tutorials

Why not improve your skills or learn some new incredible techniques by taking a course? See all our courses or check out one of these selected courses here:

Resources

Interested in taking part in any of these challenges this month? We’ve got some resources just for you to give you a kick start!

Traditional Drawing equipment

Check out the sketchbooks, pencils and other tools below that will help you build a daily routine in practicing your creative skills.

Digital Brushes

If you’re a digital artist, make sure to check out these great Photoshop and Procreate ink brushes from Grutbrushes. These realistic, responsive and natural brushes will inspire you without a doubt. Grutbrushes offers a lot of free samples, so you can try anything without risk. Check out our Grutbrushes review if you’d like to know more and see more (free) samples.

Reatlist Watercolour Brush for Photoshop from Grutbrushes
Demo of the Grutbrushes Watercolour Brush which is perfect to use for Huevember

Digital Hardware

A drawing tablet could definitely help you in your creative flow too. Most drawing tablets are touch sensitive and are highly accurate. The main advantage of a drawing tablet is the natural feeling when drawing. They are perfect for creating detailed illustrations, drawings or digital paintings.

Featured Artist – Ashu Pine

Featured Artist - Ashu Pine

Ashu Pine to exhibit at World Art Dubai

Meet our featured contemporary artist Ashu Pine from Tokyo, Japan.

Contemporary Works By Tokyo-Based Artist Ashu Pine
Contemporary Works By Tokyo-Based Artist Ashu Pine

At an early age Ashu had a connection to art and with the support of her parents she could begin her journey as an artist.

She is known for her abstract artworks that are unique and mind blowing. She manages to reflect the darkness from experiences from the past in her art. By doing this, she adds an extra dimension to her art which makes onlookers think deeper about the meaning of the art. As a special touch she also incorporates gold and platinum foils together with oil colors, making the artworks look magical.

A spokesmen of Ashu Pine was said “Every stroke seems to be a masterpiece and she is glad at the kind of fan following she has and the amount of love she has managed to get.”

Besides creating abstract paintings Ashu thinks that “the beautiful body itself is the best campus. I model and paint my own body. I want many people in the world to see myself as a work of art.”. We couldn’t agree more, especially if you take a closer look at the beautiful execution of these artworks.

I want many people in the world to see myself as a work of art. “

From March 16th until March 19th in 2022 she will take part of the world art Dubai exhibition. If you are visiting Dubai you can visit her beautiful work which will be showcased there.

If you would like to know more about Ashu Pine, make sure to visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

Featured artist – Maurizio D’Andrea

Featured Artist MAURIZIO D'ANDREA

This space is dedicated to featuring some of our favourite up and coming creatives. If you’d like to take part in something similar, make sure to reach out to us via our Featured Artist page.

The landscapes of the unconscious in the painting of artist Maurizio D’Andrea

Maurizio D’Andrea, born in Italy at the foot of the volcano Vesuvius, is an international artist and author of refined, cultured and introspective painting. He loves to represent the most hidden meanderings of our soul and does so with courage and strong impact. One cannot remain indifferent in front of his works, which strike for the depth of their message and the energy they leave with the visitor. D’Andrea does not like shapes and is in love with bright and energetic colours that convey movement and drive to inner rebellion. His bond with the canvas is visceral, indissoluble and neurotic and leads him to a continuous, even destructive, ‘dialogue’.

His works can be framed in the field of lyrical-informal abstraction. Nor do they exclude a symbolic perception of reality. Gestures, nervous jerks, impulses, oscillations of the body make his painting very expressive and strong.

His art is based on a continuously evolving of the modern perceptive abstractionism that also takes into account geometries that are never trivial in their extrapolation. Each work is a scream of the psyche, of his restless unconscious. The colours are very strong, vivid, brilliant, demonstrating his great inner strength.

“Each work is a scream of the psyche, of his restless unconscious.”

IN VIAGGIO 50X50 painting by Maurizio D'Andrea
In Viaggio – by Maurizio D’Andrea

The whole is in a continuous movement that shakes the soul and converges towards the deepest intimacy.

He has exhibited in the most important Italian cities in group and private exhibitions. His works have been admired all over the world, arousing considerable interest. He has won numerous prizes and awards.

What video hosting platform should you choose for your course?

What video hosting platform should you choose for your courses

You did it! After dozens of hours of preparing, filming and editing you have finally finished the course you always wanted to create. Now it’s time to upload the course along with these great videos you have created. But then you realize, where should you upload them too? Not all platforms support uploading videos to them and secondly, maybe you feel better if you are in full control of your content.

In this article we cover a few different ways for course creators to host their videos.

If you decide to monetize your courses or tutorials, we always recommend that you use a premium video host. Why? What would you think if Netflix or Prime Video would show advertisements when you’re watching a movie that you are paying for?

YouTube

Yes, YouTube. YouTube can be a perfect solution for storing your course videos. One of the great things of this solution is that you can either choose to make your uploaded videos public or keep them private.

If you want your videos to be available only in an LMS or specific users, then you change the privacy setting to private. You then have to go to the YouTube Studio and when you select the video, you can choose to create a shareable URL. Use that URL for your LMS.

One thing to keep into account is that if someone copies the URL of the video, everyone with that URL can access it. On many premium platforms, like Vimeo or Publitio, you can prevent this. Another downside is that the video can contain ads and overlays, which is something that does not contribute to a professional look of your video. But, it’s free and it can be a stepping stone to a premium platform as soon as you start selling your content.

Vimeo Pro

Vimeo is a secure and reliable partner for video hosting. They offer a free plan which gives you freedom to experiment with the features. But you can not hide your video from the Vimeo search. If you make them private, they stay private. If you make them public, you can share them to the LMS, but then everyone can also find them using the Vimeo search.

The Vimeo Pro plan however gives you all the options you need to setup your videos like a real pro. With their premium plans you decide on which domains the videos can be shown. The privacy control can be edited in many ways and the player can be customized to your taste and demands. Many LMS systems support Vimeo, so you can get the most out of it.

They offer different plans. The cheapest is the Plus plan which is about $6,80 per month. It gives you 5GB storage space each week (up to 250 GB a year) and unlimited bandwidth.

Publitio

Sometimes it takes a good search to find a gem. Publitio is one of those finds in my opinion. Publitio describes itself as a platform as a service that gives you a safe and convenient way to host, upload, convert, and monetize your images and videos.

With Publitio you can upload an store all your (media) assets in a secure cloud. Images can be optimized, resized and converted to any format. If you take the premium account (which is only $9.00 per month) you get 50GB of storage space and 100 GB monthly bandwidth. You can also protect your videos with domain level protection (you decide what domains can play your videos), analytics, watermarks and more.

The free Publitio plan gives you 5 GB of storage space and 10 GB of monthly bandwidth. It’s perfect to start out with and give it a good try.

Streamable

Streamable offers a free and premium plan for individuals and businesses who are seeking to host their videos. The free plan is forever free, but has two downsides:

  • A 90 day video retention
  • Ad-supported playback

This means that if a video is inactive for 90 days, the video will be removed. The other downside is that advertising will be shown on the videos.

The Professional plan costs $12.99 per month, which is double the price of the cheapest Vimeo Pro plan. With 2 TB cloud storage and up to 1 TB bandwidth it could be an interesting choice.

Wistia

Wistia is more comparable to Vimeo, however some might consider them to be a marketing solution instead of being a video hosting solution. They offer interactive features on its videos that will allow tutors to collect e-mails right from the video. Another feature is that you can also include annotated links or chapter navigation in the video itself.

With the free plan you can host 3 videos for free. Their PRO plan starts at $99 per month. You can upload 10 videos and each extra video costs 25¢. Which makes it quite an expensive solution. If you are interested in the extensive marketing integrations, it might be something for you.

Bunny.net

One of the solutions we use ourselves is Bunny.net. They offer CDN, edge storage, and an optimization service. They also have a specialized streaming storage library for fluent video hosting. Their platform has a few advantages:

  • It’s super easy to use and to setup
  • No expensive hosting costs. You pay per GB. Storage is $0.01 / GB and depending on your plan delivery using the standard network is between $0.045 to $0.06 / GB depending on the region.
  • Link a hostname using CNAME to direct to a location (perfect for CDN).
  • Several advanced options to secure your uploads: Block referrers, allow referrers (so only specified hostnames by you have access to the videos), block direct URL file access and more. These things help to protect your videos from simple sharing or downloading.

Conclusion

After comparing many website with different video hosting solutions and visiting many websites comparing video hosting solutions, I come to the conclusion that Bunny.net is the platform to use for hosting your video in relation to courses or other solutions where you want to have control on who gets access to it. Vimeo is a great follow up. You can’t hardly go wrong with their cheap plan, especially if you aim to monetize your videos. Publitio is a close second.

Free Hosting when you sell your courses at Xquissive

Some platforms offer the possibility to host your videos for free. If you create courses for creatives, you could consider selling your courses and / or tutorials at the Xquissive Academy. You can upload your videos there and sell your courses at the Xquissive Academy.

Keep asking yourself: Do you need all the fancy features that some companies offer? If all you want is video storage and the possibility to embed the video on a LMS platform: keep it simple.

If your not convinced, check out this list of article that dive deeper into the subject. If we missed a solution that should definitely be mentioned here, please let us know!

Useful articles about video hosting:

https://kinsta.com/blog/video-hosting/

https://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/video-hosting-sites/

https://www.dacast.com/blog/streaming-video-hosting-services/