Monday, December 8, 2014

Do You Need a Bargain Website, Shopping Cart, Blog?

As an artist, crafter, author, photographer, or anyone who needs to promote their work, wouldn't it be great to have a low cost website with the ability to offer a shopping cart for services, digital downloads, and physical products? Wouldn't it be even better to have a blog with it and only have to sign in once to work on your website, add new products, post to your blog? Well, I have found a way to do all that and more. Click on the link to see the website I am building for myself. It's a work in progress as I will be adding more products and services soon.

121hub is a personal branding and web design site. We help YOU build AWESOME websites.

Each new member gets 2 awesome websites they can design themselves with our easy kind of- plug and play- type design system.  Once you input your information and images you can select a website “theme” from our theme shop and with a few clicks you will see your site LIVE within minutes.  Don’t like it?  NO PROBLEM! Change your whole site look with just a few more clicks.

Our Theme store has great themes to choose from, and we are adding 2 new themes you can select from EACH WEEK!  And the best thing. You can change as many times as you’d like.. No extra charge!

ALSO:  our storefronts…. We don’t take any listing or sales fees! Unlike some other guys who are always reaching in your pocket… WE LOVE ARTISTS AND ARTISANS... CREATIVE TYPES and ANYONE who is trying to earn their living from the sweat of their own brow…. Earn your money… We only want to make it easier for you to do so, and Easier for people to FIND YOU!

We have only one priority.  It is now what it was at the beginning, and it will always remain the same - serving the members and making them MORE SUCCESSFUL… and, OUR FOUNDERS are smart enough to do it.  (FUN FACT: they already know how!)

Here are some more facts to think about.

       Founding Members
       1 – 5,000
       Original Hand Stamped Founding Member Coin
       Two Awesome Websites
       Two online stores
       Online Resume
       Designer printed resume (constantly updated as the site is managed) Q1 2015
       Search Engine Optimization
       Your Own Permanent Address on the web

Finally: If you aren’t computer savvy, we have THE BEST customer service around.  We have web design concierges who can help you with anything from getting your web design complete to custom logo and banner design to social media marketing. 

If you want to check out some videos: See them here at:

If at any time you want to cancel your membership, you can and get a refund for unused membership fees.

To sign up and log in, please go to
Once you log in you’ll see our dashboard
Click on the Hammer to get to your Work Website side and the Heart to get to the Play Website side. 

Here's a short to do list:
Tanya Provines
121hub Concierge
See you at the hub!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

High Resolution Digital Art on a Tablet

I've just discovered the coolest thing ever. Splashtop lets me access and control my computer on my tablet. What does this mean? It means I can access and run all the drawing programs on my PC; Photoshop, DrawPlus, etc. on the touch screen of the tablet and draw directly on the screen of the tablet with it all actually being on my computer. You put a streaming software on the computer and an app on your tablet. The personal use account is free. This is probably common knowledge to many folks but it just turned my artist world right side up!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Free Sketchbook Pro manual

I recently purchased a 10" tablet and was looking for a sketching and painting program for it. After doing some research and trying out several free versions of different programs, I decided to get the paid version of Sketchbook Pro made by Autodesk, Inc. It has more features than the others and the ability to change canvas size.

Finding a copy of the manual for it required quite a bit of research as well. If you are looking for one, here is a link to the English version. Be advised that this manual covers the full blown version on Windows/Mac. If using the program on an Android tablet, like I am, you can still find information on the tools available in the limited version.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Free Healthy Hot Dog Recipe

As an artist and a diabetic, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen almost as much as I enjoy experimenting with graphic design. I was able to combine the two with this piece. Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Overcome Evil With Good Prints, Totes, Pillows

Sometimes I choose to jump in and start drawing with no particular subject or theme in mind. This allows my subconscious to express whatever it feels a need to. "Overcome evil with good" is a bible passage that is near and dear to my heart. This drawing expresses it in a way far more powerful that I would have created had I started with that theme in mind.
This method of drawing is art therapy for the artist. Elements of art and principles of design that are embedded in us become the tools that allow us to turn subconscious thoughts into visual reality. 

You can see my interpretation of "Overcome Evil With Good" here:

Friday, July 11, 2014

How To Eliminate Paper Texture of a Drawing When Printing

Have you ever done a magnificent drawing and when you try to sell it as a print it looks awful because the paper texture and tiny bits of who knows what show up? An easy way to clean up the drawing is to scan it into your computer, if it fits on your scanner, or take a high resolution photograph of it. Open the jpeg in Photoshop and use the magic eraser tool to eliminate the paper background. Be sure to also click the magic eraser tool on any small areas withing the drawing itself that you want to be a smooth white.

Save the image as a jpeg and voila, your drawing is magnificent once again. You can see an example of one of my sketches I used this technique on HERE.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Discover the Best Place for Self-Publishing eBooks

I am one of the thousands of authors who distribute their eBooks through Smashwords. Mark Coker, the owner, works tirelessly to promote independent authors. Easy to use publication process and a free step-by-step style guide are available at Smashwords. Follow this link to find your next favorite book or set up your own self-publishing account.
Go to Smashwords

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Discover Diamond Hunting in Arkansas

My boyfriend, Jack, and I enjoy taking off on the weekends to explore new places and take a break from our work. Our most recent trip was to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. It occurred to me that our trips would make great eBook material. I published the first volume of Jack & Tanya's Weekend Adventures today. You can see it here...CLICK

Friday, May 2, 2014

Do You Love Iron on T-Shirt Transfers?

Iron-on T-Shirt transfers, featuring my original designs, are now available in my Etsy store. Just click on the link to pick your favorite design and get started creating T-Shirts, tote bags, apron, etc. The instant downloads are for use with any inkjet printer and transfer paper. I will be adding new designs on a regular basis so check back often. Let the creativity begin!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Listings on Etsy

Get 40 free listings when you open a new store on Etsy. Just follow this link to get started. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Etsy Store

After much shopping around and comparing sites to sell original artwork and my upcoming t-shirt line, I have opened a store at Their fees are very affordable and the shopping cart functionality is built in. To build a new website with the features they offer would be cost prohibitive. If you are looking to sell handmade items; artwork, clothing, jewelry, etc. check them out. In the meantime you can visit my store:
Tanya Provines on Etsy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How To Handle Negative Comments About Your Work

With more than 100 eBooks on the market I have read my fair share of comments on my work, both good and bad. As artists and authors we have to have thick skins and take it all in stride. When I first started self-publishing, negative comments were very upsetting. Now, they are only slightly annoying and sometimes even comical. One guy commented, after purchasing one of my eBooks, that he would have felt better had he been scammed by Nigerians. That one made me laugh and also made me feel sorry for anyone from Nigeria.

Negative comments outweigh the positive ones, probably 4 to 1. Although I haven't done the math, that is my estimate. As Dr. Phil said on his show today, when people have a good experience with a product they say, "OK, that's what I expected," and move one. When they have a negative experience they want to shout it to the world. I'm paraphrasing so don't get bent out of shape if I didn't quote him word for word. Rest assured that for every negative comment that is voiced regarding your work there are many more who loved your work and just didn't bother to say so.

Positive comments bring me joy and far outweigh the negative ones in my quest for artistic bliss. As long as I am certain that I have put forth my best effort and believe that my work is beneficial to some people, I will continue to draw, paint, and write. I suggest you do the same.

If you have a special way of dealing with negative comments and reviews, please feel free to share it with us.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Do You Enjoy a Good Mystery Novel?

Here's a sneak peak at my latest commission. It's a paperback cover design for Bill Howard's second book in the Rick Wade mystery series. I designed a logo for it too to act as a brand that we can use on all the books in the series and other promotions. Bill was a joy to work with. I would love to have more client's like him. I will post a link to it when it is published. Contact me if you need a paperback book cover designed at an affordable price.

Update: The Case for Sarah is available on Amazon. Click HERE.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Announcing New Fine Art Originals and Prints

I am happy to announce that my original artwork and prints are now available on this blog. Simply look to the right or left. Scroll down to the bottom and you will find the complete selection of my best work with the ability to place your order from a secure shopping cart. You can even choose from a wide selection of prints, canvas prints, tote bags, throw pillows, custom frames, and iPhone covers. Your patronage is greatly appreciated. As always, custom orders for original paintings are also welcome.

Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Draw In Six Easy Steps Collection 2

Step-by-step instructions for drawing a girl, woman, vampiress, robot, car, dragon, pirate, puppy Clydesdale horse, and a rose. More value for your money. Ten titles in one with two bonus titles; How To Draw An Orchid and How To Draw An Arabian Horse. "How To Draw" titles sell for $0.99. You can save $1.98 by purchasing this collection.  Intended for children and adults who are able to draw lines and shapes and read at a fourth grade level or higher. This can be used for classroom instruction or independent drawing. Drawing can be done using pencil, or any computer drawing software.

$9.99 (PDF format)

Friday, February 28, 2014

How To Draw In Six Easy Steps Collection

Step-by-step instructions for drawing a cat, horse, horse head, bat, bulldog, fish, pumpkin, tree frog, angel, and Santa. More value for your money. Ten titles in one with two bonus titles; How To Draw A Turkey and How To Draw A Unicorn. Intended for children and adults who are able to draw basic shapes and read at a third grade level or higher. This can be used for classroom instruction or independent drawing. Drawing can be done using pencil, or any computer drawing software.

$5.99 (PDF format)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rays of Sunshine: Women During the Holocaust

This is my daughter's first eBook. I'm so proud of her. She is an Elementary education major. Check it out but heed the warning. It contains graphic descriptions. We should never forget what happened and do all we can to make sure it never happens again.

Friday, January 24, 2014

eBook Cover and Formatting

This is one of the twelve acrylic paintings and eBooks I did for my client in Michigan. If you have a manuscript you would like to have formatted for epub/mobi please contact me and I will help you get it ready for publication.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Children Are My Greatest Blessing

I have created hundreds of pieces of artwork, books, and eBooks in my life but my greatest creations walk and breathe and bless all they meet.