10 Ways to Sell Your Art Outside of a Gallery

Starting to sell your art as prints for people to hang on their walls is a fantastic way of getting your art noticed while making some money. Marketing tees and apparel is one thing – you can create lifestyle photography, use your friends as models and walking billboards, create style guides, etc. But how do you sell your art in an engaging way? Here are 10 ways to sell your art 1. Offer different types of canvases Problem: Just like some people prefer tri-blend toRead more

The Paradox of Perfectionism: Don’t Let Creative Perfectionism Hold You Back

“Nobody’s perfect” is one of the first things to get drilled into our heads as kids. And yet, we all know at least one ultra-perfectionist (even if it’s ourselves). Perfectionism is often viewed as a strength, something that makes you a better worker. And it can be. But perfectionism is kind of like a drug; in small doses, it helps you just enough to make your work better. But too much perfectionism and we overdose, so caught up in the edits and adjustmentsRead more

How to Take Lifestyle Photos

Have you ever scrolled through, say, Urban Outfitters’ Instagram, when you come across a picture of someone in the forest, and suddenly find yourself wanting to buy the whole outfit they’re wearing? It’s definitely not an outfit anyone would actually wear in the forest, it might not even be your style. But you see the image, associate it with a cool outdoorsy outfit, and want the outfit because you want to look like someone who has that outdoorsy lifestyle. That’s the power of knowing how to takeRead more

What Makes You Click-Worthy? Why Buttons Work

People. Love. Buttons. From pressing every button in the elevator as kids (and sometimes grown-ups), to the trope of the forbidden “big red button” always getting pressed, there’s something irresistible about pressing buttons. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to do this on The Voice? There are actually a lot of things that make pressing buttons tantalizingly tempting. And when it comes to trying to direct people to a product of yours or trying to get them to click into your shop or toRead more

Don’t Get Frozen by Creative Anxiety

“Don’t try to steer the river.” – Deepak Chopra Have you ever come across an old drawing or story that you abandoned because you thought it was trashgarbage only to realize that it was actually pretty dang good? Too often, the ability to appreciate our own work comes to us only in hindsight. But such is the nature of creative anxiety blockage: stopping a project before it can even begin. Creativity and anxiety have gone together hand in hand (er, pencil in hand?) skipping offRead more

11 Ways to Sell Your Photography

Now that everyone and their Grandma (and sometimes even their tech-savvy Great Grandma) has a smartphone with a camera in their pocket, everyone thinks they’re a photographer nowadays. Figuring out how to sell your photography in a world where there’s a seemingly unlimited amount of free photography online is tricky. But don’t worry! There are many ways to get your photography noticed and sold – it just takes a little extra creativity. Here are 11 ways to sell your photography. .     .Read more

8 Ideas For Fall Sales

“It’s beginning to look a lot like sale season!” As crazy as it may have been to see Halloween decorations and even Christmas lights lining the aisles of Target in July, planning and starting sales a little early is a good idea. A study done by the National Retail Federation found that 40% of people shopping for holiday gifts start before Halloween, but an equal amount of shoppers start in November (woocommerce). But fall sales are also a great way to test your bestsellers, worstsellers, and to help youRead more

Introducing Artist Shops 1.5, Now With Wall Art!

Been wanting to print your Artist Shop designs on 100% cotton paper as well as 100% cotton tees? Now you can! Announcing Artist Shops 1.5, now with Wall Art! We’re as excited about this new Artist Shops feature as Apple was about the iPhone 7. Now you can put designs that already live in your shop (as well as any new designs) on art prints, framed art prints, or stretched canvases in a slew of sizes that would make for a cohesive gallery wall. How do I set up wallRead more

It’s About the Process, Not Just the Result

There’s a great episode of RadioLab where they set out to discover the secret of what goes on in a caterpillar’s cocoon while it’s transforming into a butterfly. Most of us assume that inside this chrysalis, there’s some half caterpillar, half butterfly hybrid mid-transformation, kind of like a tadpole turning into a frog. But no. When they crack open the chrysalis? It just looks like sludge. You’re probably reading this thinking 1: ew, and 2: what does this have anything to do with theRead more

There’s No Such Thing as “The Right Time”: Don’t Wait Around for Inspiration

We’ve all heard the phrase, “good things come to those who wait.” It’s been tweeted, tattooed on many-a body, and photoshopped on inspirational nature photos a million times over. Because it’s reassuring to say, “if I’m patient, good things will happen,” especially for creatives in times of the inspiration-less doldrums, or waiting for your first online shop sale – all of which does take patience. But there’s a difference between waiting to, say, push your online shop until you’ve got enough designs uploaded, and just waiting around forRead more

7 Ways to Sell Your Products In Real Life

Nowadays, it’s next to essential to have an online shop for your product. It’s the best way to reach a wide audience and to build brand visibility. Not to mention, ecommerce platforms like Artist Shops allow you to order your own high-quality products at a big discount, which never hurts. But whether it’s in Urban Outfitters, a local street fest, or a sandwich shop, selling your products in real life is nice… it just may just seem kind of hard to approach. How to Sell Products in RealRead more

10 Podcasts You Should be Listening to

There are a ton of helpful ecommerce and marketing books out there. But you’re a busy artist growing their business, maybe growing your online store. You don’t always have time to sit down and read Ecommerce For Dummies. That’s where podcasts can come in handy. Podcasts allow you to multi-task, maybe make some art and tend to your shop, while you passively listen and get some amazing advice. If you want lots of ecommerce answers with none of the hours put into scouring through booksRead more