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Comment by David Weiss on Sunday

Hi, I just started a group called Creative Ministry and I was wondering if you might be interested in joining. http://www.48days.net/group/creativeministry

Comment by Ken Kopasky on December 13, 2014 at 2:26pm

Hello All,

I am not an artist, however I have been a huge Dan Miller, and Dave Ramsey fan for a few years.  I have a longtime friend that I recently found out quit his job, and is making a go at making an income just from his Art.  I told him about this community, but thought I would share his story here for him.

I am far from an art expert, but I do know that I really like some of his paintings, and think that he has a real shot at realizing his dream.  You can take a look at his work at:

http://michael-heikkinen.artistwebsites.com/

His Facebook art page is:

https://www.facebook.com/michaelheikkinenart

Thank you for looking, and if you like his work, please help share his work.

Sincerely,

Ken Kopasky

Comment by Jeremy Sabacek on November 6, 2014 at 7:24pm

I found an interesting article on critique and criticism:Don't Take It Personally.

Thoughts?

Comment by Jeremy Sabacek on November 5, 2014 at 9:16am

I'm going to be beefing up my portfolio in preparation in hoping to be getting my Masters. Would you guys offer constructive criticism and ideas for projects to use?

Thanks.

Here is the other illustration I did for the church function:

 

Comment by Billie Wells on October 29, 2014 at 8:50am

Anybody trying Patreon.com? Wonder if it is viable?

Comment by Tony Luongo on October 22, 2014 at 8:08am

Thank you Roy. I appreciate you taking the time to comment too. Well the most obvious question I have after reading your post is how can we work together? I will try emailing you privately to discuss.

As for whats in the box, we don't specifically say because each month it changes and we have to get product and test it. Plus part of this entire Smile Create Repeat experience is the anticipation and excitement of receiving a new box each month and the surprises that are included.

However I wouldn't buy anything if i didn't at least know a little bit about it. That's why we describe the contents, in general terms, on the join, gift, FAQs page. We also show what's in a previous months box on the how this works page, our blog and facebook.

When we initially asked others in our network their thoughts, most of the questions were "What's in a box?" The fun thing about this is we say 5+ art supplies but we try to stuff the box so full of value that we hope people will go WOW every time they open one.


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Comment by nathan miller on October 22, 2014 at 7:48am

Of course, I realize you also put "a monthly surprise of great art supplies" on your front page after I post that last message.. arg! Sorry about that. I didn't notice your tagline on the front page (admittedly, I only looked at the pretty pictures of the paint brushes, then jumped down to the text.. leave it to an ADD artist to skip the first text. :)


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Comment by nathan miller on October 22, 2014 at 7:45am

Tony,

I totally forgot to mention an observation I had! I meant to post it a few days ago but somehow got distracted. On your About page you have a graphic (kids, a rainbow and a dragon) with some text that spoke to me more than anything else on your website. It said, "a monthly surprise of great art supplies!" - That one line caught my attention and expressed to me what you're offering more than anything on the front page of the website. Maybe it's because I "feel" the benefit of signing up, instead of logically understanding the features.. 

Just a thought. 

I'd be remiss if I didn't reiterate how much I like the idea! It's very, very creative. :)

Comment by Tony Luongo on October 22, 2014 at 7:37am

Thank you for your feedback Nathan. I appreciate you taking the time to help. I know about the benefits vs. features angle and that is what we tried to accomplish. We constantly need to reiterate the benefits and we're always trying different ways of saying that either on facebook or other avenues. Once we find something that really says what we need... woohooo!

Comment by Roy Simmons on October 20, 2014 at 1:42pm

I agree with Nathan, I too like the idea! I hunted but couldn't find a description of what is actually in the boxes. As it is a product, it should. (at least past boxes and the next in the series). I think focusing on the gift aspect makes BIG sense and I can share why. I run an art site with over 17k members. Many of us are 'senior (ish)' I know many grand parents want to get the grandchildren doing more hands on creative endeavors, often they live too far away to actively do things with them. Being able to give a monthly gift of creative materials could hit the spot. Wishing you success!

 
 
 

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