Selling your Art on POD Websites – RedBubble Edition

Selling your art on POD websites Redbubble edition
Selling your art on POD websites Redbubble edition

Hello fellow starving artists!  Today I’m sharing some info about selling your art on POD (print on demand) websites, specifically Redbubble.

Some of you may have seen my earlier post about selling your art on POD websites where I compared the pros and cons of Zazzle vs. Society6.

In this post I will be giving a review of my experiences with Redbubble where I have been selling my art for a few years now.

Read on to learn more about selling your art on Redbubble!

Store Front

My first impressions of Rebubble is that they are artist focused, cater to a trendy audience and have a sense of humour.

Their website layout is sleek and easy to navigate. On the home page there are rotating featured artists and art works that are updated daily.

You can easily customize your store front with a header, profile photo, bio, optional journal entries, and collections.  Your latest designs are also shown here.

The design pages have tabs that show available products, reviews (of the product, not your art) and comments.  Pro tip – leaving comments is a great way to connect with other Redbubble artists!

You can also “like” other people’s designs and “follow” other artists, which I recommend taking advantage of.

Products

In terms of products, the range is similar to Society6, and includes apparel, various electronics cases, and home decor items. The prices are about the same as other POD’s and they often offer 20% off or other promotions.

RedbubbleΒ has some unique products that are not on other POD’s such as mini skirts, dresses and scarves. Below is a picture of a scarf I purchased featuring my Blue and Gold Mandala Pattern.

redbubble scarf

I love this scarf, the print turned out beautiful and the fabric is and soft and silky. I find it is well made.

I’ve also purchased a hoody, t-shirt and stickers with my own designs.  All are good quality and I’ve had no issues, however I did find the t-shirt a bit large for a Small.

A really popular product on Redbubble are stickers.  I usually sell a few every day, mostly of my Rose Gold Mandala design.  Below is a picture of several of my sticker designs. They are super cute, and affordable too!

redbubble stickers

Ease of Upload

Redbubble’s uploading tool is by far my favourite out of all the POD sites I’ve tried.

I find it efficient because you can upload one image of your main design and adjust it straight in the browser for each product.  There are also tiling options, or you can replace the image entirely if neither of those options work.

You can also change the background colour which can be very handy when working with transparent designs.

NEW in 2019: You can now copy existing settings from another design, making uploading similar designs a breeze!

Earnings and Payment

It took about a month after opening my store before I saw any sales, but since then I have been getting consistent earnings every month.  (I should note here that I was lucky enough to have a design featured on the front page which boosted my sales a lot.)

It’s not going to replace my day job any time soon, but any amount of extra cash is always welcome!

You can adjust the markup for individual products (in Account Settings), but it is automatically set to 20%.

Earnings are paid out automatically around the 15th of every month (to Paypal, or direct deposit), and there is a $20 minimum threshold.

Redbubble does not has an affiliate program like some of the others PODs (like Society6 and Zazzle).

Marketing

The folks at Redbubble are pros at marketing and driving traffic to their website, so it’s just a matter of getting your own designs out there.

Check out my post on Social Media Marketing Tips for Artists to learn more.

If you’re lucky and get featured on their front page, then you’re good to go for a while. You can also find some nice promotional tools on the Redbubble blog. For example, fun marketing templates like this one:

throw pillow mock up template

Shipping

Redbubble has headquarters located in San Francisco (U.S.) and Melbourne (Australia). Products are shipped from one of those areas depending on your location.

I have found they offer reasonable shipping costs to Canada, and even more reasonable within the U.S.  The shipping is generally pretty quick, and you can choose a faster shipping method if required.

Also, you get a free sticker with every purchase! 

Summary

In sum, I highly recommend Redbubble for selling your art online!

I hope you’ve found some useful information here. If you have any questions, or want to share your own experiences with Redbubble, feel free to leave a comment below!

Cheers!  Have a great week.
 
Julie
 

5 thoughts on “Selling your Art on POD Websites – RedBubble Edition

  1. Really great article and very useful! Lately, I wanted to try with RedBubble but they state they prefer CMYK images and I use only RGB as I do not have Photoshop, so I am a bit concerned that when the products will be printed the colors could look very different. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you so much!

    1. The colours may look a bit different when printed but that’s the same for any POD like Society6 or Zazzle as well. Most of my designs are RGB anyways since when I upload as CMYK it makes the preview image all messed up (I think it’s a glitch, it like reverses the colours – its super weird). I wouldn’t let it stop you. The colours will look different no matter what and depending on the product (on fabric I find the colours are a bit more dull). If you’re terribly concerned, you could always order a cheap product to see how it looks and adjust your image if needed.

      1. Thank you so much for your great answer! Sorry for the delay in responding, I wasn’t active on WordPress for awhile. I tried an online converter for one of my designs and it really looked completely different. Apparently the problems arise specially for bright colors like magenta, bright green and blue, which is what I use! Thank you, it makes more sense now!!