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
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 finally bought myself an A-Line dress from Redbubble.
I’ve been curious since day one about how these dresses look, fit, and feel, and had a hard time finding any detailed reviews of them online.
So when I published my new Tropical Monstera Pattern and saw how nice it looked, I had to order one.
I must say I am pleased with the dress. I ordered an XS after reviewing the size chart, and it fits quite nicely. (I’m 5’0″ by the way and usually wear size S)
It took a few weeks to arrive, because I’m in Canada and it got stuck at the border for about a week (darn customs).
Aside from this photoshoot at English Bay beach, where these pictures were taken, I wore this dress for whole day at work with a belt and black cardigan. I even received some compliments from my co-workers!
Here are my impressions of the dress so far:
- It is loose and flowy, non clingy, silky feeling, and doesn’t wrinkle easily.
- It is comfortable to wear.
- The print is vibrant and shows off my artwork nicely.
- The light and thin fabric is not see through at all.
- It would be a great garment for hot summer days or a tropical vacation.
I quite like the dress with a belt for my figure, as seen in the pictures above. But, I think this dress is probably flattering for most body-types, especially with the option of a belt or no belt.
More details about this dress from the Redbubble website:
- 97% Polyester / 3% Elastane woven dress fabric
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Print covers entire front and back panel
- Loose swing shape for an easy, flowy fit.
Let me know what you think about this dress or other Redbubble products you’ve purchased by leaving a comment below!
I plan on doing some more product reviews in the future so make sure to follow my blog and stay tuned.
Have a great day!
I’ve recently started selling my designs on a new Print On Demand website, called TeePublic. So far I have made a couple of sales and so I wanted to share with you all my experiences. Read on to find out more about selling art on TeePublic and see if it might work for you!
Open a free TeePublic store and start selling your artwork and making $ today!
- This POD is very T-shirt focused (it is TeePublic after all).
- Prices are comparatively very reasonable. Maybe your friends/family won’t pay $30 for your t-shirt but they might be willing to pay $14!
- Caters to branded and/or fan art. (Personally I avoid this because I’m not willing to have my stuff taken down due to copyright infringement)
- Punny and funny designs also seem to do well.
Ease of Upload
- Very quick and simple uploading process. Few steps.
- Intuitive tagging (suggestions come up even before you start typing)!
- Must use a .png image for the t-shirts (ie. no background).
- You can upload patterns for some products like pillows or totes, but you can only use one version of the image, you can’t upload a different file for the t-shirt (so in that case there would be no t-shirt for that design).
- As mentioned above, there is no ability to upload multiple versions of the same design to suit a different product type, so keep this in mind.
- You can resize and centre your design easily.
- Pretty basic. Focus is on the design and T-shirts.
- No models, just images of the products by themselves.
Here is a screenshot of my store front:
T-shirt product page display:
Products and Pricing
- A fairly small range of products but they are quite affordable.
- Basic t-shirts are $14 for the first 3 days after upload, then they go up to $20.
- T-shirts go on sale for $14 at least 1x per month. (Other products go on sale too)
- A wide variety of shirt styles including hoodies and kids’ clothing are available.
- They also have stickers, totes, tapestries, phone cases, mugs, pillows, notebooks and prints.
- Prices in USD.
- Starts at $5.99 to the U.S. and Canada.
- Paypal or Payoneer payment options.
- Paid monthly on the 15th for previous month’s earnings.
- Affiliate program available, but you have to apply.
- They also have a “refer an artist” program, where you can potentially get paid if you refer someone to open a store and they make sales.
- There is a Facebook group but it isn’t very active.
- No obvious forum.
- Ability to follow other designers but not to like their individual works. Less sense of community than other platforms such as Zazzle or Redbubble.
- You will get an e-mail once a month or so letting you know about upcoming sales.
- In this email are links to download various advertisement templates catered to different social media platforms, which can be used and edited in Photoshop.
- Teepublic advertises their top design picks on the homepage and through e-mail campaigns so if you can get noticed by them, they’ll do the work for you!
- If your work is very graphic, and especially if you do fan art, TeePublic could be a great option for you.
- Their website and uploading process is simple and easy to use.
- Their affordable prices, especially $14 T-shirts, is an excellent way to entice buyers.
So, what are you waiting for?
Check out TeePublic today and let me know what your thoughts and experiences are in the comments below!
You may have heard that the popular fashion website Polyvore was sold off and the website has been shut down.
If you didn’t know about Polyvore, it was a fashion website where you could pin and collect fashion, home decor, and images from around the web and create sets with them, enter them into contests and share them with friends. It was pretty fun, especially for fashion lovers.
I used Polyvore to make sets and sometimes included my own designs from Zazzle and Society6 in them.
I was able to download all of my sets before they were gone forever, and since they are no longer online I thought I’d share a few of my best sets here!
Where I’ve included my own designs in the set I will list the products below the image in case you’re interested.
Paris is Always a Good Idea Throw Pillow
Mermaid Pattern Tank Top
Rainbow Palm Tree Sunset Flip Flops
Black and White Lace Yin Yang Hoody
Ok But First Coffee T-shirt
I actually have a ton more sets that I will save for a later date.
I am pretty sad that Polyvore is gone since it was a fun and unique website! Does anyone know of any similar alternatives? If you used Polyvore, what are your thoughts on the change?
Have a great day everyone.