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August 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

Happy August! I just got back from the wonderful conference I attended with Minted, one of my most beloved partners. We had an incredible time and I am so thankful for that community! This month is also my birthday month, so there is a lot to celebrate! I'll be 33, and this year already has been very, very good to me. I can't wait to see what else is in store for the rest of the year.For August, I wanted something that captured the late sunny afternoons and waning days of summer, and I thought sunflowers would be perfect. I hope you like them! * Click on the image above to download the Desktop Wallpaper.If you like these, I would love...

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June 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

Happy June, everyone! I'm excited about June because it's finally starting to feel like summer. I'll be doing a bit of traveling and vacationing after a few solid months of being super busy with projects. April through June are always full-up for licensing with Christmas/Holiday needs (I know, confusing!! LOL) so I especially appreciate being able to bring you a Summery Desktop Wallpaper with lots of wildflowers! * Click on the image above to download the Desktop Wallpaper.If you like these, I would love if you'd share a snap of your space with the newest wallpaper with me, and I will be reposting them on my Instagram Stories!* Be sure to check out my "Wallpapers" Instagram Story Highlight to grab some free backgrounds for...

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May 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

Happy May, friends! Thank you so much for hanging with me from month to month :) It means a lot! This month, I was simply inspired by the color green. Everything is green in Atlanta right now, and it's gorgeous. Hopefully you are getting some Spring wherever you are! * Click on the image above to download the Desktop Wallpaper.If you like these, I would love if you'd share a snap of your space with the newest wallpaper with me, and I will be reposting them on my Instagram Stories!* Be sure to check out my "Wallpapers" Instagram Story Highlight to grab some free backgrounds for your phone!Thank you so much for following along - "may" the seeds you've sown all winter start to...

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April 2019 Illustrated Desktop Wallpaper

Happy April! :) I hope it's been feeling like Spring wherever you are! This is the first Spring we are in our house, and we have been discovering all kinds of plants and trees that we didn't realize we had in our yard - like daffodils, a dogwood tree, and a Japanese Maple tree (Dan's favorite). As we've made these discoveries, it's truly felt like a little bit of magic. I also feel a shifting sense of energy: an excitement for things to come and a renewed sense of joy. So with that in mind, I created April's Desktop Wallpaper for you, to share a little magic with you too. I hope you like it! * Click on the image...

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Top Ten Tips for Starting Your Own Illustration-Based Business

     Hey friends, I am writing this guide to answer some of the questions I get asked most frequently on my email/Instagram. I started my own business, Paper Raven Co., full-time in 2015. An illustration-based endeavor, my business is broken down into a) my own line of paper and gift products, b) selling those products to retail stores/boutiques, c) licensing designs to clients/partners, d) writing books about art, and e) teaching workshops and classes. In the last few years have had a wonderful roster of clients that include Minted, Target, Nordstrom, Chasing Paper, Greenvelope, Tombow and International Greetings.      I put together this list because I am often asked about how to get started running your own business...

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