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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Complex Mandala Drawing Template

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Considering the success of my Mandala Drawing Templates, I decided to create this new, more detailed version of the template so now you can draw even more complex mandala designs!

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Just click on the template image above to open a new tab with the full sized image, then you can right click and choose “save image as” to download it to your computer.

Print the template off on an 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper and then use it as a guide underneath copy paper or even sketchbook paper to draw your mandala!

I find it works best to paperclip it on at least 2 sides to prevent it from moving around under the page while you draw.

Here is a mandala I drew using this template:

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I hope you will find this mandala template useful!

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, and feel free to share your mandalas with me over on Instagram by tagging me @julieerindesigns or post your link below.

If you’re new to drawing mandalas, or want something a little less complex, you might want to check out my other Mandala Drawing Templates here!

Have a great day everyone and have fun drawing those mandalas.

 

Cheers!

 

Julie

Beautiful Butterfly Free Coloring Page

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Hey there coloring enthusiasts!

This is an older piece I drew a few years ago. I hadn’t gotten around to coloring it myself so I’ve decided to offer it up to all of you to have some fun with!

Click here to download the Beautiful Butterfly Coloring Page via Dropbox.

This butterfly design is ready to print out and begin coloring!  It’s great for adults and kids alike.

For best results, I recommend printing it out on cardstock and using good quality pens or coloured pencils to create your masterpiece.

However, you can use any materials you have available!

I’d love to see your results so please feel free to post your finished piece here or send me a photo to any of my social media profiles!

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Let me know what you think of this free coloring page by leaving me a comment below 🙂

Find more of my free coloring pages here.

Cheers!

Julie

New Rose Gold Mandala

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My old Rose Gold Mandala is one of the most popular designs in my shop, so I decided to make a New Rose Gold Mandala for 2017!

This design was originally drawn by hand and then scanned and coloured in digitally.

I have uploaded it to my Society6 and Redbubble stores!

Below is a sample of how it looks on some of the products:

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New Rose Gold Mandala Wall Clock

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New Rose Gold Mandala iPhone Case

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New Rose Gold Mandala Tapestry

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New Rose Gold Mandala Throw Pillow

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New Rose Gold Mandala Sticker

Anyways, let me know what you guys think about this new mandala design by leaving a comment below!  I hope it will wind up being as popular as the old one.

Have a great week everyone!

Cheers,

Julie

Blue and Gold Zen Doodles

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Hey everyone!

Today I am sharing a new version of this Zen Doodle design I drew a while ago.  I decided to see how it would look in this blue and gold colour combination.  I think it turned out pretty nice!  What do you guys think?

Also, I have been working on some new mandala drawings!  Here is a little sneak peek at those:

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Make sure you are following my blog so you can see what I create with the new mandalas!

And now here are some examples of the new Blue and Gold Zen Doodles design on products in my Society6 and Redbubble stores:

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Blue and Gold Zen Doodles Carry-All Pouch (Set of 3 shown)

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Blue and Gold Zen Doodles Contrast Tank Top

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Blue and Gold Zen Doodles Leggings

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Blue and Gold Zen Doodles Tote Bag

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Blue and Gold Zen Doodles Mini Skirt

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Blue and Gold Zen Doodles Tapestry

Well that’s all I have for you guys today, let me know what you think about this design by leaving a comment below!

I hope you all have a great week.

Cheers!

Julie

Shiny Gold Designs

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2 Gold inspired designs are available in my stores now!

Gold Mandala wall clock and Gold Leaf Pattern Throw Pillow are pictured above.

These are recolours of previously made designs.  Both were originally hand drawn and then scanned and digitally coloured and arranged.

Here are a few more samples of these designs on products in my Society6 and Redbubble stores:

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Gold Leaf Pattern Contrast Tank Top

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Gold Mandala Biker Tank

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Gold Mandala Wall Tapestry

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Gold Leaf Pattern Samsung Galaxy Case

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Gold Mandala Throw Pillow

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Gold Leaf Pattern Beach Towel

Let me know what you think about these designs by leaving a comment below! And make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss my next post.

Sorry for the briefness today, life has been a lil hectic lately.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, those who celebrate!

 

Cheers,

 

Julie