La Vie Vintage Mixed Media Collage

Watch this YouTube art tutorial as I create “La Vie”, a vintage-styled mixed media collage on cardboard.

The Creative Hustler: Increasing income streams through your art


A Painting Workshop

Recently, I was interviewed on the BiggerPockets Money podcast with Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench (check out episode 190).

I had heard they were looking to interview more women for their podcast to review their finances. I figured, sure…I could use some help.

I’ve been trying to get my financial house in order for quite sometime. As an early middle-aged single mother of two sons (ages preteen and teen), I realize I have a long way to go.

But, there’s hope.

Mindy and Scott gave me a lot of great advice. Regarding my multiple side hustle ideas, Scott in particular suggested that I focus on one at a time for 90 days at a time to really give one a chance to grow. Mindy suggested that I continue to submit my artwork to Redbubble on the side because it’s so automated after that I don’t need to really do anything except wait for the money to come in.

You see…side hustles have always been my “thing”.

I started making handmade greeting cards and papercrafts to sell at local craft and vendor shows. Then, I branched out to selling wedding invitations as a dealer for the Birchcraft brand. During those times, I attended a wedding vendor show in the Pittsburgh area as a wedding invitations vendor. And, I even attended the National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in New York City. I have friends who live in Brooklyn who allowed me to stay with them while attended the show.

So, what have I done so far since the interview?

I’ve painted two new paintings and posted both designs onto products in my Redbubble shop. You can check it out here:

Redbubble Shop

As for my “main” side hustle, I’m focusing on teaching step-by-step painting workshops. My first step was researching how to market. I went to YouTube to see how other people are doing it. Now, I’m ready to move onto the next step, which is outreach to local organizations. I’m keeping my outreach short and sweet. Telling them what I do, giving an example of one I’ve done before and seeing how I can help them. Below are some photos from my last painting party. It was for a college friend’s daughter’s 11th birthday. I taught the daughter and her friend how to paint the axolotl, the daughter’s favorite amphibian.

The birthday girl painting her favorite amphibian, the axolotl

I’ll keep you updated on my side hustle progress.

Happy Hustling!

~ Rachael Caskey

The Creative Hustler

Print on Demand Resources for Artists and Designers

If you’re anything like me, you’re looking for ways to monetize your art and designs. But, you don’t have the money to manufacture products.

Lucky for us, there are print on demand companies willing and able to do that for you. These online companies include Redbubble, Teespring, Spreadshirt, Printful, Printify, Zazzle and many more.

If you have an Etsy shop, some of these sites integrate with Etsy so that you can post your art and designs on various products that are printed and shipped directly to your customers. The beauty is that You don’t even have to pay for these services up front. They take their money after you get a sale. Check out my Etsy shop Papercraftersnook to view the print on demand products I have there.

One of my print on demand products featuring one of my paintings

In these print on demand sites you can set your profit percentage to control how much you get paid from the sale. If you have any questions about print on demand or would like me to go in depth on each one please feel free to contact me. Have you used print on demand with your art or designs? I would love to hear from your experience. Until next time!

Happy creating!


Cat Portrait Art Commission

A coworker recently commissioned me to paint a portrait of her cat, Myrtle. It’s the first painting I worked on since I moved into my new house. It was so satisfying. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated to take on this type of commission because my style is not anywhere near “realistic”. However, my coworker already knows my style and was aware that this pet portrait would be in my particular style.

Myrtle the cat

For some reason, I cannot resist painting with a broad range of colors (basically the rainbow). So, I did not restrain myself to the colors present in the photo provided. My client had very specific requests. She wanted me to capture Myrtle’s likeness in the face, especially that white strip of hair above her nose. And, she wanted me to incorporate her favorite color blue in the painting much like I use in my other paintings.

You see, she had seen my previous “Cat King” painting and that’s what inspired her to ask me for this commission. I painted “Cat King” in 2019. It was a mixed media piece incorporating fine art papers with acrylics. This painting hung in my apartment prior to my move into my new house. Just before I was about to move my next door apartment neighbor and I had a conversation about my art. I let him look at the pieces in my apartment. He immediately wanted to purchase “Cat King” for his friend who loves cats and my type of art style. So, that’s the story of how “Cat King” found a new home.

Cat King

As for Myrtle’s commission, I used acrylics, fine art papers with cats and acrylic paste over a stencil. The result came out with a multi-color mixed media piece which my coworker absolutely loves. She has it perched on one of her wooden shelves in her office at work. She’s already gotten numerous compliments on it which makes me smile. And, she plans to commission me for at least another piece. This was my first real commission piece. And, I’m so pleased with how it turned out not only with the piece itself, but also the overall communication with the client. I definitely plan on taking on more commissions in the future. But, I will make sure to provide them with the disclaimer that they are getting the commission in my art style. If someone is expecting a photorealistic painting, I’m not your gal. But, if you want multi-colored, dynamic mixed media you’re in the right place! Take a look at the completed commission below!

If you want to follow my art on social media, check out my Instagram page Rachael Caskey Art or my Facebook business page Rachael Caskey Studio.