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.

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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.

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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 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

Complex Mandala Drawing Template

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Hey guys! 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!

Just click on the template image below to open it up a new tab and then you can right click and choose “save image as” to download it to your computer.

complex mandala drawing template

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.

You could also use this template as a layer in your digital painting program to help you draw digital mandalas.

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 on Instagram by tagging me @julieerindesigns, or post a link to your drawing 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! Today I am sharing with you this beautiful butterfly coloring page.

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 πŸ™‚

Find more of my free coloring pages here.

Cheers!

Julie

Galaxy Yin Yang

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Hey guys!

I have a new design to share with you all today, Galaxy Yin Yang.

I’ve made several of these zentangle inspired yin yang designs and have been re-purposing them in various ways ever since.  I thought this time that it might look cool layered over a galaxy background!

Here is how it turned out on some of the products in my Society6 and Rebubble stores:

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Carry-All Pouches

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Throw Pillow

Yin yang t-shirt

Women’s Fitted T-Shirt

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Galaxy Yin Yang Sticker

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Mobile Phone Case

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Chiffon Women’s Shirt

I hope you guys like it, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

See more products in my store.

Hopefully I will have time to work on new designs this weekend, these past few weeks have been a bit crazy, but stay tuned and make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss my next post!

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers,

Julie

3 Free Printable Adult Colouring Pages!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably taken notice of the increasing popularity of Adult Colouring Books and pages lately!

I have always found creating art a therapeutic practice for me, so I am not surprised that this trend has caught on around the world as a stress-relieving activity.

Today I’m offering some FREE coloring pages to all of my lovely fans and followers!

Click here to print or download a PDF containing 3 full-page coloring pages, entirely hand drawn by me!

I recommend printing these on high quality paper or even card-stock, and coloring them in with some nice pens or colored pencils.

You can use these for personal use only –please don’t claim them as your own or use for commercial use.

If you want to show off your colored-in versions, feel free to post them here or on Instagram by tagging me @julieerindesigns!  You could even post them to my Facebook page if you’d like.

I hope you will enjoy coloring in these free coloring pages and have as much fun coloring them as I had drawing them!

Stay tuned for more freebies coming soon and find all of my available colouring pages here.
 
Cheers!
 
Julie

Jupiter Drawing in Pencil and Conte

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Hey guy! Today I’m sharing this drawing of Jupiter which I made for my print class.

I did not wind up making this one into a lithographic print, however I thought it turned out nice enough to share.

This drawing was done in pencil and black conte on paper, 24″ x 36″.

I’m quite enjoying creating these space themed pieces.  Stay tuned for more!

Cheers,

~Julie

Other space themed artwork from this blog: