Step 1. Build your portfolio.
In order to start selling your art online, you should have a decent sized portfolio for potential customers to choose from. Aim for 10-25 artworks.
You can either make a bunch of new artwork, or dig up some old pieces that could work digitally or physically to sell.
Step 2: Decide where to sell your art.
Next, you’ll have to decide where to sell your art and that will depend on your medium, style, and goals as an artist.
Identify your audience and how you want to sell your art.
- Are you going to sell primarily prints? (many avenues)
- Are you going to sell physical work, such as paintings? (Etsy, or Fine Art America)
- Do you create sculptures, jewelry or something else tangible? (Etsy)
- Are you interested in designing t-shirts and/or home decor products? (Society6, Zazzle or Redbubble)
Check out my blog post about Where to Sell Your Art Online to help you decide.
For even more help on deciding where to sell your art online check out these posts:
Step 3. Optimize your artwork for sale
You’ll have to optimize your art digitally, or take a nice photo of it in order to sell it online.
- Scan or photograph your artwork
- Make it a large file size
- Try to get sharp lines and true colors
- Post process in a program like Photoshop to fix colors, or clean up scans.
Here is a an explanation of how I clean up my drawings using Photoshop and Illustrator
Step 4: Upload and enable as many products as possible
Upload your art to your chosen platform.
If you are going the Print On Demand route, only add to products that look good and work with the design.
Step 5: Market your products
This is where a lot of artists struggle because, well, we’re artists not business or marketing professionals!
- Share your products and artwork on social media.
- Create an Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook page dedicated to your art.
- Ideally, choose one you use frequently so it’s not a burden to learn or use daily.
- You may consider building a website, which can be a hub if you sell on multiple platforms. It could be a blog or just a portfolio of your work.
- Check out my pages for inspiration:
- To delve more deeply into marketing, watch tutorials on YouTube or try Skillshare to hone your business skills or even artistic skills as your business grows.
There is a lot to learn on the business side, but don’t neglect your art! Consistently create new designs so you can figure out what works and what doesn’t, and go from there.
Consistency is key!
For more tips on selling your art online check out these posts:
As you may know, being an entrepreneur can be challenging at times and especially for us ladies who are often juggling multiple responsibilities like jobs and families.
Sometimes you need a little something to keep you motivated so I’ve created these fun, inspirational quotes for you to enjoy and share as you like.
These are all made using Canva. If you haven’t used Canva before you really should check it out, it makes creating share-able social media posts so quick and simple.
Without further ado, on to the quotes!
Which one of these quotes resonates with you the most? Let me know in the comments below!
Also feel free to share these far and wide as much as you like.
You can also check out more share-able quotes from my blog here:
10 Inspiring Quotes by Famous Artists
10 Inspirational Quotes About Art
Are you just getting started with your own side hustle? Check out some of my articles on selling your art online for extra ca$h!
Where to Sell Your Art Online
Social Media Marketing Tips
I’m excited to announce that I’m finally selling PopSockets on Amazon with my mandala designs on them!
They are currently only available to U.S. residents only, but hopefully will expand to the UK, Germany, and Canada soon.
Please note that if you’re not located in the U.S. nothing will appear when you click on the links in this post. However, if you go to the top left of the screen (on Amazon) where it says “Deliver To” you can click on that and manually type in a U.S. zipcode (ex. 90210) and then you can see the item. Unfortunately you won’t be able to ship to an address outside of the U.S. at this time.
So, what the heck are PopSockets anyway?
They are collapsible grips that stick to the back of your phone (or case) and can be used to hold your phone (great for photos and selfies), or as a stand so you can watch movies or otherwise go hands free!
I love using PopSockets on my phone and can’t live without them now, so be warned!
Here are a few examples of my mandala designs on PopSockets, and you can see all my current designs here. (Again, please note nothing will show up if the deliver to address is outside of the U.S.)
They make great gifts and stocking stuffers too!
Rose Gold Mandala PopSocket
Blue and Gold Mandala PopSocket
Sunset Mandala PopSocket
Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Popsocket
Galaxy Mandala Popsocket
Let me know what you guys think of these!
Have you used PopSockets before? Do you like them?
Thanks for stopping by to check these out, and have a great rest of your day.
Hi guys! Today I am sharing with you 6 different zentangle inspired drawings I have done over the past few years.
Most of these combine elements of drawing and collage, and were all done in my sketchbook using Sharpie markers.
Several of these designs are available as prints and on other products in my Society6 store and other shops.
This one was inspired by Easter and the flowers of Spring.
Here it is also available as a greeting card from my Zazzle store.
This one combines a lot of different Zentangle inspired patterns and does not have any collage elements. This one is not available as a print.
This one which incorporates different lips cut out of a women’s magazine is one of my favourites!
Another spring time inspired piece including bright flowers collaged into the design.
This one is also available as products in my Zazzle store, as seen below.
Thanks for checking out these six zentangle inspired designs! I hope you like them and feel free to leave your comments below.
Are you an artist trying to sell your work on Society6, Redbubble, Zazzle, or another POD (print on demand) website?
Well I’ve been doing it for a few years now and have some tips to help you get more sales!
If you’re just getting started or haven’t set up your store(s) yet, you may want to check out these posts first:
Where to Sell Your Art Online
Selling your Art on POD Websites: Zazzle vs Society6
Selling your Art on POD Websites: Society6 vs Redbubble
Selling your Art on POD Websites: TeePublic edition
Read on to find out how to increase your sales on Society6 and Redbubble specifically, but many of these tips can be used across other POD platforms such as Zazzle, TeePublic, CafePress, Fine Art America and many others.
- Try to complete at least one business or social media related task per day. For example: one tweet, one Instagram post, one new design, one update to your website etc. If you can do more than one task that’s great, but just that one thing will help your business without being too overwhelming.
- Comment and like other artists’ work. This does not apply to all PODs but can be especially helpful on Society6 and Redbubble to get more eyes on your designs.
- Connect with other artists on social media (Facebook groups for example) or forums where available (Zazzle). Ask for feedback from them if you feel comfortable doing so!
- Upload as much high quality work as possible. The more designs you have, the more chances you have of making a sale.
- Research the latest trends and use them as inspiration to create new designs in your own style. You can use Pinterest or check the top selling designs on your chosen POD platform.
- Have social media pages, even just one or two and focus on them. Instagram and Twitter great for artists. On Facebook it’s challenging to get likes on your page, but it could get your real life friends interested. Try using new tools like Facebook or Instagram stories, or even Snapchat if you are adventurous.
- Don’t forget about your stores or leave them alone for long periods of time. Try to stay somewhat active and consistent on all of them (uploading new work, commenting/following etc.) I’ve definitely noticed an increase in sales/activity when I’m active. If you have too many stores to stay active, maybe pare it down to the few that you have been most successful on.
- Don’t stretch yourself too thin. Going off the point above, if you have too many stores you might feel overwhelmed or too lazy to upload work to all of them, so I suggest deleting those ones you don’t like or don’t have much success with.
- Read up on other sellers tips especially top sellers if they have shared these tips online. CatCoq, for example, has shared some great information on her website. See what these top sellers are doing and figure out how you can get where they are. Use them as inspiration for your brand.
- Make different versions of the same designs that are well received. Different colour variations of a popular design or rework an element of that piece so it can have more mass appeal.
- Have a website or blog external to your social media, like this one! It helps with your visibility and to show up in Google searches.
- Tell your family, friends and coworkers about your stores and they might support you! You could even gift them stuff from your own stores for Christmas and birthdays etc. to get them excited about your work.
- Something I’m currently working on – Go back through your old designs and either delete ones that aren’t working for your brand or update titles, keywords etc.
- Always keep learning. There are lots of great sources online for marketing your brand or honing and learning new skills. Check out Skillshare for some free or paid courses in marketing, design and many other skills.
- Subscribe to my blog! I’m always posting new content on selling your art on POD websites so make sure you don’t miss out.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful. Let me know if you have any other tips to add in the comments below!
Check out these other posts for more information on selling your art on POD websites:
Social Media Marketing Tips for Artists
Blogging for your Art Business
10 Ways to Get over Artist’s Block
I purchased this pair of leggings from Society6 a little while ago and after wearing them several times and washing them I thought I’d write up a little review for those of you who are wondering what they’re like.
I have to say I absolutely LOVE these leggings.
They are stretchy and comfortable and the fabric is really soft and silky to the touch. The thick band around the top is sturdy and helps prevent muffin top.
Also the print, my White and Navy Blue Elephant Pattern, looks GORGEOUS, and much better and much brighter in person than the preview images on their website.
See the contrast between the preview photos and the one of me wearing them? They look so different! The brighter colour is actually much closer to my original image.
These leggings are great for working out and doing yoga but also just for lounging around the house and being comfortable.
Here is the product description from Society6’s website:
Nobody will judge you for wearing them all day, every day – they’re that comfy. That’s because these tights are constructed with breathable, antimicrobial polyester spandex that keeps you dry while staying cool.
- Constructed with antimicrobial polyester spandex
- Breathable, moisture-wicking qualities
- Six panel cut and sew construction
- Adjustable waistline
Check out all of the other styles of leggings from my Society6 store!
So in summary, if you’re on the fence about picking up some leggings from Society6 I say GO FOR IT! You won’t regret it.
Have you ever bought leggings from Society6 or another POD website? Let me know your experience in the comments below!