Michelle Bold is a self-taught artist specializing in acrylic, watercolor, and digital painting. She has operated Paintspiration, a thriving online business for more than 10 years. Her work can be found on many popular websites including Amazon, Etsy, and Uncommon Goods.

Ombre DIY

Michelle started Paintspiration in 2013 when she left her high stress job as a mental health therapist in Washington DC. What started as a way to make extra cash between jobs quickly turned into a full-time pursuit. Michelle discovered a passion for both the creative as well as the commercial side of running an art business. Over the next 10 years Michelle backpacked around the globe, got married and had two kids, and continued to grow Paintspiration while also helping other women to start their own handmade businesses.


Presently, Michelle lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two boys, and her dog. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, yoga, hiking, travel, and of course painting.

You can connect with Michelle through Instagram, Facebook, or Tiktok.

18 thoughts on “About the Artist”

  1. Please revisit your YouTube channel- it is just so much easier to watch your videos on YouTube! If you try and access your website on a mobile device it is slow and hard to search for things. If you are not to busy in your life, the public would love you to make more than two YouTube videos. It would just be much easier! Please consider my opinion!
    Thanks Michelle!

    1. Thanks Abby! I definitely want to make more DIY videos. Now that I’m back from traveling and getting settled in, hopefully I’ll be able to get on that soon. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  2. Hello Michelle,

    I just want to say that i love your work and every art you do. I recently purchase from amazon a Mini-Zen-Garden for my workstation and i love it!!!
    Keep the good vibes and inspiration!!


  3. So I have this 22″ x 28″ canvas and I would really like to paint something on it to put up in my room. (My room is purple and green.) I have been searching for different ideas but I just can’t find one I really like or would be able to do. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. I really admire your work and my favorite would have to be the ombre but I think it might be hard to do on such a bid canvas.


    1. Hi Marin,

      Thank you for your interest in my art! I’ve actually done the ombre design on a canvas as wide as 48 inches… it’s a challenge but can be done! Feel free to contact me at PaintspirationArt@ gmail. com and we can discuss your project! 🙂


  4. Just read your article on how to paint quotes & letters on canvas. Very helpful. I am a a graphic designer and also a new self-taught artist; something I’ve wanted to do since childhood and never thought I could. Now I know I can and it’s wonderfully fulfilling!
    In your list of supplies you listed carbon paper to transfer lettering and I wanted to let you know there is a better product that produces lighter lines and doesn’t smudge as badly. It’s a graphite transfer paper available at most craft or artist supply stores. It can be reused many times. I just tape what I want to trace on the canvas, leaving space to insert the transfer paper and trace away.

  5. I absolutely love how much of an upbeat person you are. It is amazing what you can do. You are such an inspiration. It would be awesome if you could return to your YouTube channel. It’s so much easier to be able to watch someone do something, in order to recreate it. I can’t wait to see more from you!!! 🙂

  6. Hello Michelle,
    You are such an inspiration for people who has doubts in believing their capabilities. I saw in “17 ways to make money while you travel”.
    As i am looking for people who has MVP and wanted to start their startup through Technology such as mobile app here is our website if you have time to look ino it. http://startupoasis.co/ I admire your talent.One way to be successful is really to believe that you can.!


  7. Hi~Michelle:
    This is Alex, webmaster (www.wallpaintingmachine.com). I took a good look at your website and it was amazing.

    I’d like to pay to post an article about our wall art printing machine on your website. I wonder if you have any plans for paying guest blogs?

    If you accept this plan, please let me know the price of the article and other requirements of the article.

    Thank you very much for reading. Have a nice day!

    Alex, Nanjing, China

  8. Thank you for your lovely contribution to the world. I found your site when I was looking for various ways to have letters on canvas and just like that….there you were?. Thank you for your ideas. SOOOO helpful and I am grateful.

  9. My Nephew gave me a coffee mug of your’s, “all you need is Love.” Being a huge Beatles fan for 57 years, I love it!

  10. I bought one of your coffee mugs, a world map with, “Adventure Awaits” on it. I am very pleased with it, but I don’t see whether it is dishwasher or microwave safe.
    Can you respond as it is a gift.

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