21 episodes

We help people get their home-based art businesses off the ground, with marketing tips and cake.



We chat about all aspects of building an art business and being an artist, from learning the craft, building confidence, tackling hurdles, pricing your work to self promotion and website basics.



We're both artists with marketing backgrounds, so we know what it's like from the inside. We work with various mediums from coloured pencils, to acrylics and pastels.



In addition to our experience, we'll also be interviewing some successful artists to see what advice they can offer.



All accompanied by slurps of tea and munching of cake. What are you waiting for? Put the kettle on and join us.

Life and Pencils Nikki Ruocco and Jill Aspin

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.4, 15 Ratings

We help people get their home-based art businesses off the ground, with marketing tips and cake.



We chat about all aspects of building an art business and being an artist, from learning the craft, building confidence, tackling hurdles, pricing your work to self promotion and website basics.



We're both artists with marketing backgrounds, so we know what it's like from the inside. We work with various mediums from coloured pencils, to acrylics and pastels.



In addition to our experience, we'll also be interviewing some successful artists to see what advice they can offer.



All accompanied by slurps of tea and munching of cake. What are you waiting for? Put the kettle on and join us.

    Let’s Talk About Affiliate Marketing…and Cricket Bats

    Let’s Talk About Affiliate Marketing…and Cricket Bats

    We do manage to finally have that chat about affiliate marketing today, where we explain what it is and how you can use it to earn anything from a few extra pounds each month, to a substantial amount if you give it some welly.







    But we obviously never keep on the straight and narrow, so you'll be delighted to know that Jill shares another of her 'stories' and this week it features that traditional English game...Cricket!







    We'd also like to start featuring some of your news each week, so if you have anything going on that you would like to share with the art community, then do drop us a message over on Facebook and we'll give you a mention. As ever, make sure you've joined our Facebook group over at facebook.com/groups/lifeandpencils and if you have any excess art supplies to sell or are looking for a bargain, do swing by the art for sale and swap group at facebook.com/groups/newandusedartsupplies.







    If you're reading this over on iTunes, then we'd appreciate it if you could drop us a review or share the podcast with your arty friends.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 20: A Mindless Hour of Banter and Art (ish) Chat

    Episode 20: A Mindless Hour of Banter and Art (ish) Chat

    You know what it's like when you meet a friend for coffee and before long an hour has gone by and you've barely scratched the surface of what you supposed to be talking about? Welcome to episode 20!







    Yep, bit a of catch up episode where we still talk about lockdown, painting. exercising, baking, drugs, entertaining - oh and some stuff about reality shows. Also, we hear about that drug fuelled area of town Jill lives in...







    So join us for some mindless banter for an hour and take your mind of whatever you don't want it to be on!







    Oh, and don't forget to check out our new art supplies sell n' swap group on Facebook - www.facebook.com/groups/newandusedartsupplies







    Next week, we will actually be discussing affiliate marketing.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 19: Sleepless Nights, Lockdown Fights and Frights in Tights

    Episode 19: Sleepless Nights, Lockdown Fights and Frights in Tights

    Episode 19 and we mention art a bit as we have a catch up and hear about Jills latest liaison with a 'Ballet Dancer'. There's a moral in there somewhere, but it will certainly bring a smile to your face whilst you figure it out! We also talk about the fear of being as good as your last piece of work and how it can impact your mood and play havoc with your sleep.







    We also talk about a group challenge we are creating for everyone on our Facebook group and next time we will be talking about affiliate marketing. We never got around to that in the end today!







    Our Instagram heroes this week are Richard Blunt and Nadine Duke, both very different artists (oils and watercolours) but exceptional in their own rights. So do go and check those guys out!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 18: Your Favourite Art (ish) Podcast is Back!

    Episode 18: Your Favourite Art (ish) Podcast is Back!

    Yeah we know, it's been a while, but it's unprecedented times and flailing about looking startled for a while has been the norm, but time to get some sort of normality back. Plus, some of you actually noticed we'd buggered off - so how can we possibly deprive you!!







    We don't cover much in this episode specifically - we chat about the current covid sitch and how we and others have been coping, we have a bit of a catch up and a bit of a laugh about DIY haircuts.







    We do give out some arty recommendations as normal, but more than anything we just wanted to give you a bit of company and a smile.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 17: Interview with Becky Gouverneur Pt 2

    Episode 17: Interview with Becky Gouverneur Pt 2

    Sorry for the delay folks - but finally, here is part 2 of the interview with Becky. There are some quality issues with this and Jill has done a tremendous job of cleaning it up, but do bear in mind that is has the odd wobble.







    You can find downloadable info sheets for this on the episode 16 show notes

    • 59 min
    Episode 16: Interview with Becky Gouverneur Pt 1

    Episode 16: Interview with Becky Gouverneur Pt 1

    We're delighted to be able to bring you this interview with Becky from Bex Arts where she gives a rake of information about photography, prints and copyright, that you can utilise in your art business today.







    Becky has also kindly given us some information for you to download here below, which includes a guide to taking great pictures (especially pet portraits) whether you're taking them for yourself or wanting to advise your client.







    You will also find pictures within this of her studio set up, so that you can fashion something similar to take your own great pictures.







    Part two will be winging it's way to you shortly, please don't forget to give us a like or review, tag or share with your fellow artists and follow us on our social media channels. Just search for 'Life and Pencils'







    Take-Great-Ref-Pics-with-Becky-GouverneurDownload

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Amber2208 ,

I love this podcast!

Such a great podcast for any artist. I love listening to it while I’m drawing as I find much inspiration from it. I also love listening to the funny ramblings of Nikki and Jill. I always finish an episode with a smile, feeling inspired and fancying cake! 🍰😋

Jo McKinney ,

Very relatable and often snort your tea funny!

So glad I found this podcast! Great to listen to in the studio, so relatable and makes me relieved to know other people think like me and I’m not a weirdo 😂, it’s like having a group of friends sat in the studio with you. Keep up the good work ladies, love listening to you.

catsphotos ,

My Favourite Art Podcast

Brilliant Podcast, like having two friends in my art studio with me. Useful information and cake recommendations. Thank you ladies.
Carly Amanda Art xx

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