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.

sketch book designs feathers pug painting watercolour

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.

mermaid cell phone case example

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 dive deeper 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:

Social Media Marketing Tips For Artists
Blogging for Your Art Business
How to Increase Your Sales on POD Websites

I hope you’ve found this guide to selling your art online useful.  Feel free to leave any additional tips or questions for me in the comments below!>

Cheers,

Julie

Mandala PopSockets on Amazon!

popsockets iphone huawei samsung phone stand grip holder

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. you may not be able to see the Popsockets.  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. 

They make great gifts and stocking stuffers too!

pink flower floral pretty cell phone grip stand

Rose Gold Mandala PopSocket

popsockets phone grip stand mandalas floral

Blue and Gold Mandala PopSocket

flower floral mandala gradient pink purple popsockets

Sunset Mandala PopSocket

pink mandalas cell phone grip stand popsockets

Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Popsocket

nebula space purple blue mandalas floral popsockets

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.

Cheers!
 
Julie

Zentangle Inspired Drawings

zentangle face art drawing collage magazine woman

Hi guys!  Today I am sharing with you 6 different zentangle inspired drawings I have done over the past few years.

Zentangle is basically the practice of creating art from intricate doodle-like patterns. It is said to help with anxiety and focus. The practice of Zentangle is similar to creating mandalas for therapeutic reasons.

zentangle zendoodle tangled drawing art

Most of these art pieces combine elements of doodle art drawing with collage. They 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.

It is also available as a greeting card from my Zazzle store.

easter spring doodle art drawing

For this piece, I pasted some gorgeous butterfly photographs in my sketchbook and then doodled around them.

butterfly zentangle drawing art doodle collage butterflies

This one combines a lot of different Zentangle inspired patterns but does not have any collage elements.  This one is not available as a print.

tangled all the way around zentangle art

The next one incorporates different lips cut out of a women’s magazine, and is one of my favourites!

lips tangle

Another spring time inspired piece including bright flowers collaged into the design.

flower zentangle

This one is also available as products in my Zazzle store, as seen below.


Thank you for checking out these six zentangle inspired designs!  I hope you like them and feel free to leave your comments below.

Cheers!

Julie

Selling your Art on POD Websites: TeePublic Edition

selling art online teepublic

I’ve recently started selling my designs on a new Print On Demand website, called TeePublic.  I’ve made a few sales so far, and I wanted to share with you 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 today!

First Impressions of TeePublic

  • 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.

TeePublic 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:

teepublic home page

T-shirt product page display:

tea pot head tshirt teepublic

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.

TeePublic 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

Unicorn Makeup Polyvore fashion set

Hey guys! You may have heard that the popular website Polyvore has been shut down :(.

If you didn’t know about Polyvore, it was a shopping based website where you could collect fashion, home decor, and other images from around the web and then create collages known as “sets”. These sets could be entered into contests and shared with friends.  It was pretty fun, especially for fashion lovers.

I used Polyvore to make a lot of sets, sometimes including my own designs from Zazzle and Society6!

Luckily, I was able to download all of my sets before the website shut down and they were gone forever.

Since the website no longer exists I thought I’d share a few of my best and favourite Polyvore sets here!

If a set includes my own designs I will list the product(s) below.

paris apartment polyvore set

Paris is Always a Good Idea Throw Pillow

polyvore sandals fashion set mermaid floatie

Mermaid Pattern Tank Top

Rainbow Palm Tree Sunset Flip Flops

polyvore punk tshirt vans style
pillows kitty decoration home decor clothes
casual summer clothes ok first coffee

Black and White Lace Yin Yang Hoody

Ok But First Coffee T-shirt

I’m 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

blue gold mandala pattern
rose gold white marble mandala pattern

Hi guys! Today I would like to share these 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 sellers including my Blue and Gold Mandala Pattern and my Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble background designs.

I think these 2 mandala patterns 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.

blue gold mandala redbubble wall tapestry

Blue and Gold Mandala Wall Tapestry

throw pillow mandala patterns

Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Throw Pillow or Floor Pillow

mandala patterns on laptop sleeve

Blue and Gold Mandala Laptop Sleeve

chiffon tank top with rose gold mandala on white marble redbubble

Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Contrast Tank Top

greeting card mandala patterns

Blue and Gold Mandala Greeting Card

mandala patterns redbubble rose gold mandala marble

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