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As mentioned at the top of the page, some of the links below are affiliate links. That means we'll receive a small commission if you purchase something after clicking – but I'd never recommend something I don't love or use.

And since 2020, I no longer affiliate for Amazon. My decision is based on their history of racist practices and dangerous warehouse conditions. For art supplies, we now proudly affiliate with Dick Blick and for books, we support Bookshop.org.

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product suppliers

Although not the cheapest show in town, the quality of their product totally makes up for it! We get all my printed marketing (business cards, postcards, you name it) printed here.

Promotional Marketing: Moo

There is truly NO better place to get your trade show banners! Not only are their products beautifully printed, but they provide top-notch customer service.

Banner Printing: Smartpress

Great when you need a single book, but especially handy if you like to get new portfolio books printed each year. They even have a preview option you can share with clients…oooh!

Portfolio Printing: Blurb

Want to dip your toe into selling physical paper products? They offer fantastic printing and wholesale price points.

Gift Wrap: StationeryHQ

If you need invoices for trade shows or a multi-layer receipt book for in-person craft shows, they are an affordable option.

Carbon Copies: Lighthouse

You can get t-shirts, leggings, and more printed here and the quality is actually great (unlike many POD sites we’ve tried).

Garment Printing: Printful

Our go-to vendor for trade show giveaway items. You can get 100 buttons for less than $25 – oh yeah!

Buttons: Pure Buttons

A sister vendor of Pure Buttons, so you know they’ll have the same high quality products at a super awesome price.

Stickers: Stand Out Stickers

print on demand

Spoonflower    |    Roostery    |    RedBubble    |    Society 6    |    Threadless    |    Zazzle

productivity tools

Besides your portfolio, the other must-have in my book is a nice website. And although there are lots of free options, nothing matches the beauty and functionality of Squarespace for us.

Website: Squarespace

We truly believe that every artist needs a newsletter. But you don’t need a bunch of bells & whistles and that’s why we love Mailchimp – it’s simple to set up and easy to use.

Email Marketing: Mailchimp

With this one app, you can organize & keep track of your portfolio, contracts, clients, calendar, and more. It’s a TOTAL game changer – we even have a class on how to use it!

Organization: Airtable

Jumping directly onto the ‘gram to post is fun, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break. And that’s when setting up your posts in advance really comes in handy!

Instagram Scheduler: Later

This free service not only lets you send invoices directly to your clients & allow for online payments, it sends reminders for you too – no more tracking down payments, yay! 

Invoices: Wave

If you’re typeface hoarders like we are, you know how much they can slow down your computer. This software organizes and streamlines them so it’s a win-win.

Fonts: Suitcase Fusion

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