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What is Minted?
If you're new to Minted, I highly recommend checking them out. Currently it is my go to resource for unique wall art, stationary, invitations, and I even did a digital baby shower invite several months ago with their awesome new digital invitations. But that's not all they offer... they also have a collection of uniquely fresh home decor products, party decor, holiday decor, home accessories, fabric by the yard, wedding and shower invites, party favors, and more. The very best things about what Minted has to offer, is the exceptional quality of their products, the variety of unique designs, the opportunity they give to independent artists/designers to get they're fabulous work out there, and that their products are all exclusively sold on Minted or those they collaborate with (like PBteen, PBkids, West Elm, and others).
Are you a Designer, Artist or Photographer?
Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional, the Minted art challenges may be for you. It's a great way to grow as an artist, get honest feedback on your works, win monetary prizes/awards, get your work out there and licensed, and have fun! I only first entered the Minted challenges about a year or so ago, and I'm so glad I did. One of the most amazing things about getting involved in these challenges are the resources, live speakers, and support you get from the Minted team and the community.
To date I've submitted 20 art prints in Minted challenges, and I've learned so much during that time. Critiquing my own work has always been a thorn in my side, but I'm learning with the help of Minted resources how to go about it in a smarter more objective way. Only 2 out of my 20 art print submissions have ever won in a challenge. But just because they didn't win doesn't mean that they're a total loss. With honest feedback, I can choose to self launch any (or all) of these prints at any time. I am still narrowing it down, but a few will be launched within a month or two (at least that's the plan). If you'd like to see all my art submissions you can check it out here. You will need to scroll down the page and click on "designs submitted" to see them all.
Here's a preview of a few of the submissions I've made in the past. I'd love to know which ones you'd like to see in my Minted shop:
Amazing opportunities await...
If you had told me a year ago that in the near future, one of my Minted art print entries would be in PBteen stores, the PBteen Early Fall 2106 Catalog (in print & the e-catalog), and in PBteen stores across the US, I would have probably said you were just crazy. But when this challenge presented itself in early 2016, the words I depend on as an independent artist, designer, and photographer kicked in... if I have learned anything in my creative journey, it's that "Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try". Yes, it's a risk, it can also be nerve racking and intimidating at times but in order to grow and succeed, this is a very necessary part of the journey of an artist. I only wish I had learned this sooner than later in life.