Get a dose of Pinspiration and go check out my new boards!

I really hope you’re on Pinterest!
Pinterest is (if you don’t know already) “a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting  images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.” I highly suggest everyone to make one in order to see what kind of things other designers and creative people are doing so you can grab inspiration.
Go check out these special boards for ideas!
Go check out these special boards for ideas!

I am bringing this to your attention because Kari Caldwell Studios is bringing a “where to use” series to my Pinterest page. I know so many of you admire my work and purchase my videos on how to create finishes, but some of you all fall flat on inspiration. Some of you look at my finishes and think you can’t put it into your home. Some of you admire and like a finish but when looking around your home you don’t think you can integrate it into your space. You may think some of it might go with your surroundings but maybe all you are lacking is inspiration on how to do it!

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I encourage all of you to join Pinterest, it’s a great tool to use when planning out goals and design for your own home. I have went ahead and put together a board for each of my tutorials on where I can see the finish in other peoples space in order to help you all out more. This can show you where exactly to put a finish or give you more than one place to do a finish in your own home.

Happy Pinning and painting everyone,
P.S: Join my Harvest of Finishes Program!

Is your Fear of the Internet Holding You Back?

I was remembering long ago when everyone was hesitant to get on the computer. We all didn’t want to get on social media out of fear. That was a very scary time where you would hear of scams, kidnapping, and other monstrosities happening to people online when you turned on the news. We were in a panic that someone is going to harm us, our family, our money, our homes. I think from being a mom myself I totally can understand how that put fear in a lot of people and can make you want to distrust everyone you see on the world wide web.
I travel the world. I don’t distrust humanity that much to never leave my home. I get on social media and as soon as I get a bad vibe from my intuition about someone, they are gone and blocked. I never hear or see from then again. Do not let these fears, irrational fears stop you from connecting with inspirational people that can teach you a lot.
I am bringing this to your attention because I wanted to make it clear that everything I am showing you, giving you, and telling you on social media or in your inbox is genuine from me, personally. You can trust me. I want to build a relationship with you all for following me, reading my posts, watching my videos. I want to build a better sense of community with you all. You can’t have a friendship, mentorship, or even a relationship without trust. It’s a dead energy both ways and to be honest I need to get rid of it!
I think that I have lots to give you all if you are willing to receive. I feel in the dark at times and I need your help to guide me. Sometimes I think maybe my video tutorials weren’t appealing and I wasn’t giving enough of my teaching so I created my summer of finishes. Yet, that weird dead energy is still lingering. I need you to guide me more and show up online so you all can get more out of me.
I love my little summer of finishes group so much and they are already doing amazing work in there. I am thankful I attracted so many exciting and artistic people. They trust me and follow my teachings and it is rolling out beautifully. They are logging into their computers and come from many different backgrounds, cities, states, far away from me down here in southern California. I am so blessed that they don’t let this weird distrust people can have when it comes to the internet stop them from creating so much greatness.
Now, I want your trust. Reply and talk to me. Let’s start building a community. If you are on social media please go check out my Facebook page. If you are not a social media person but love seeing everything I do, then my Youtube or instagram is for you to check out. If you are more low key and not into hanging out on the internet but you’re getting this via email then just reply! I read every single email.
I need to cater and be a better “friend.” I’d like to think of you to think of me as your friend who can also teach you to get the most out of painting or designing your home. What do you want in your home that I can give you? Tips? videos? A personal live call? Let’s start making these connections.
If you are shy and reluctant to make these connections with me, I get it, and maybe you need to just read and watch to get inspired. If you are not getting inspired, if you are not learning anything, if you are not trusting me, then you need to ask yourself why you are even reading this very message. Declutter your world a little. Find someone that does inspire you and you can vibe with a little better. Don’t be afraid to explore more inspiring people. Creative people learn from other creative people everyday.
For everyone who has been making these connections and commenting on posts, watching videos, applying my teachings to their homes and lives. I cannot thank you enough for being my strength and foundation of this small community I am trying to build. You are my people, my group, my tribe. I will do right by you and give you the most I can if your point me to what you need.
The summer of finishes is still going on and it is NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN. Yes, you read that right. You can join whenever you want before September 20th.
If this summer is a bad time for you to take time and learn thorough my program, it’s okay. Just stay connected and you will have other opportunities to gain the same knowledge or even more.
Thank you all for trusting me,

I never gave up, I logged on instead

You’ve probably seen me all over social media. I try my best to update often and be myself. When I first started out with my business, people would totally question why I use it or scoff  “that’s so stupid.” It’s not stupid at all! When I was in a hard place and had only $2,400 to my name I logged on to the computer and grew my business! I had no other way to make money. I wasn’t about to give up my artist lifestyle for another job. I made social media accounts and hustled to get where I am today and still hustle!

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Social media is a perfect medium for me. I am a shy “standoffish” person but with social media I can post for thousands of people to see because I can communicate comfortably. It’s a tool where I can teach people all over the world to paint. I treat my social media presence as a business and conduct business accordingly because that is where I get some business to paint, and can get others excited to want to paint. So obviously, I wish to be treated like a business on social media.

​I try to give as much of myself and time that I can balance my life without being a workaholic. If you want to watch me paint, watch a quick tutorial, see what I work with and how I work it. I have an excellent YouTube Channel with almost 100,000 views that I am sure you can step away with some knowledge or inspiration from. I also of course have Sellfy videos for purchase where I can teach you step by step to paint.
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Kari Caldwell Studios is a business that works in Southern California homes and also creates videos to help others paint in order to change what they have in their home or to become professional painters so they can hustle and make a better life for themselves. When I get messages with people asking me to tell them what products I use, how to use it, where I buy things, etc. It feels a bit invasive of my intellectual property and icky. I’ve spent 20 years building up my business and I am continuing to build and grow. I am not obligated to tell anyone anything.  I always want the best for my viewers and want you to be happy with your furniture, home, or business. I would love to chat all day about what products I use and how to use it over social media to you, but I can’t. I am a girl boss! I have a business to run, employees to pay, and a family to support!
You wouldn’t walk into a store, see a dress, then ask the associates how they made the dress and to tell you what fabrics and dyes they used. It’s the same thing. My social media is a business. So thank you so much for those of you that treat it like so, you’re my tribe. I wish you the best.

Don’t get shut down…your itches will be scratched and your questions will be answered! I am rebooting my website super soon where I have a new service to offer! Virtual consultations! We can set up a meeting where I can walk you through the steps or answer your paint color questions, clear coat questions, and other questions without any distractions. Stay tuned for that option! We can chat about whatever you want. It’s coming soon. So save a date for me if  you got questions 😉

If you are trying to grow a business yourself, do not take social media as a joke! Do not give up on your artistic passions! Make that money. I suggest you log on to sites like Facebook, Youtube, and Pinterest and grow! If you are not a business person and more of a hobby painter, support other painters starting up a business and get inspired.
Have a creative day and never stop the hustle,