How to Sell Your Art Online in 5 Steps

5 steps to sell your art online

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.

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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.

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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:

 

 

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Selling your Art on POD Websites: TeePublic Edition

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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!

First Impressions

  • 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.

Storefront

  • 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:

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T-shirt product page display:

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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.

Shipping

  • Starts at $5.99 to the U.S. and Canada.

Payment

  • 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.

Community

  • 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.

Promotional Tools

  • 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!

Summary

  • 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!

 

Cheers,

 

Julie

My Best Polyvore Sets

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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.

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Paris is Always a Good Idea Throw Pillow

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Mermaid Pattern Tank Top

Rainbow Palm Tree Sunset Flip Flops

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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.

 

Cheers,

Julie

New Mandala Patterns

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Here are 2 new mandala patterns I created by re-using and re-mixing my best selling Rose Gold Mandala design!

These designs were also inspired by some of my other best selling designs, including my Blue and Gold Mandala Pattern and my Rose Gold Mandala on a White Marble background.

I think these 2 mandala designs turned out pretty nicely and I have uploaded them to my Redbubble and Society6 stores!  Check out a few samples of the products available below.  They make a beautiful tapestry or throw pillow.
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Blue and Gold Mandala Wall Tapestry

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Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Throw Pillow or Floor Pillow

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Blue and Gold Mandala Laptop Sleeve

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Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Contrast Tank Top

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Blue and Gold Mandala Greeting Card

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Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Tapestry

Let me know which design or product is your favourite by leaving me a comment below!

 

Have a great day.

 

Cheers!

 

Julie

“Love Life” Mandala feat. Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultraviolet

Inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Ultraviolet, I made this new floral mandala design with the words “Love Life” in the center!

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I haven’t shared any of my latest designs in quite awhile so there are several new pieces in my catalog.  If you would like to see them all check out my Society6 page!

Not only was this design inspired by the Pantone color of the year for 2018, but also the quote “Love Life” was inspired by a song by one of my favourite musical artists called Atmosphere.

If you’ve never heard of them and want to have a listen to the song, here it is on Youtube.

My Love Life mandala design has been uploaded to my Society6 and Redbubble stores.

Here are a few of my favourite products:

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Love Life Mandala Lightweight Hoody from Rebubble

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Love Life Mandala iPhone X Tough Case from Society6

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Love Life Mandala Throw Blanket from Society6

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Love Life Mandala Throw Pillow or Floor Pillow from Redbubble

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Love Life Mandala Sticker from Redbubble

Well that’s all I have for now folks, I hope you are having a great start to 2018.

Let me know what you think of my latest design(s) by leaving a comment below!

P.S. – I have a little Valentine’s Day surprise for you all in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that and make sure you follow my blog so won’t miss my next post!

 

Cheers,

 

Julie

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

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The Holidays are coming up fast and I wanted to share a few of my designs that could make really great and unique gifts for your friends and family this season!

Stocking Stuffers

  • Socks make excellent stocking stuffers since they’re small and nice to wear on Christmas morning.  These Wine, Coffee, Cats themed socks are funny and cute!

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Wine Coffee Cats Socks from Zazzle

Find more sock designs in my Zazzle store.

  • Stickers are a super fun gift because they can be stuck on just about anything!  They also fit nicely into a stocking.  This Rose Gold Mandala sticker is one of my best sellers.  Redbubble often runs promotions on stickers so f you buy more than 1 you will get a discount. They usually throw a free one in to your package as well!

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Rose Gold Mandala Sticker

Find more stickers in my Redbubble store!

  • Getting them a new phone for Christmas?  Stuff their stocking with a brand new  case to match!

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Blue and Gold Flower Mandala iPhone X Case

Find more cell phone cases in my Society6 store!

Under the Tree

  • Tapestries from Society6 or Rebubble are very versatile gifts.  They can be used as wall art, a light bed sheet, a beach blanket, a youtube video backdrop, and more!

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Dream Wall Tapestry

Find more Tapestries in my Society6 store!

  • Tops.  Everyone can use a beautiful new blouse for Christmas!

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Blue and Gold Mandala Pattern Contrast Tank Top

Find more Contrast Tank Tops in my Redbubble store!

  • Leggings are another awesome gift. They are fun to lounge around in on Christmas Day but can also be worn while working off all those excess calories!

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Doughnut Pattern Leggings

Find more leggings in my Zazzle store!

  • Throw blankets to keep your friends and family cozy and warm all winter long.

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Galaxy Cat Throw Blanket

Find more throw blankets in my Society6 store!

  • Pillows add a pop of colour to any space and make the room instantly cozier.

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Flip Flop Pop Art Throw Pillow

Find more throw pillows in my Redbubble store!

  • Mugs are another great gift that can be used on Christmas morning and will remind the receiver of you every time they use it!

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Be Still and Just Breathe Coffee Mug

Find more coffee mugs in my Zazzle store!

That’s all the gift ideas I have for you today!

Be sure to keep an eye on the sales and promo codes on Redbubble, Society6 and Zazzle because they are all having some really great deals in the next few weeks.

I hope you’ll find something here to inspire your gift giving this season, and enjoy the Holidays!

Cheers,

 

Julie