How to Get Your Online Store Ready for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…especially for making sales! ‘Tis the season to get gift shopping, and because of this, the holidays are prime time for your to get an extra boost in sales and publicity for your store. Here are some tips for how to get your online store ready for the holidays! Update Your Online Store with Holiday Graphics & Sale Info Making a holiday-ized version of your business homepage and social media profile photos isRead more

4 Clothing Brands That Started Off Small

It’s hard to imagine now how the Starbucks or McDonalds of the world ever had humble beginnings. But every business has to start somewhere. As the old, ancient saying goes, “started from the bottom, now we’re here.” Just like writers read to improve their craft, learning how apparel empires started can help your clothing brand. Here are 4 clothing brands that went from no-name to big-name: Jac Vanek, Johnny Cupcakes, Nasty Gal / Sophia Amoruso, and Life is Good. JacRead more

Get a Creative Pep Talk With Andy J. Pizza!

Sometimes, we all just need a good pep talk to get our creativity and confidence into shape. And who better to give that to us than the host of the Creative Pep Talk podcast himself, Andy J. Pizza (a.k.a Andy J. Miller)! Dr. Pizza, as he’s sometimes called, has made a living out of his amazing illustrations and by inspiring and helping artists and creatives from all corners of the artistic world to be their best creative self with a positivityRead more

Best of the Web – April 24th

Here at Artist Shops and Threadless, we are always sharing links to stay up to date on what’s new for creatives. Here are some highlights of what was being talked about on our Slack these last couple of weeks. .     .     . Isometric App Use this iOS app to create all kinds of images starting with a simple 60 degree rhombus. A fun app with some decent export options. Check out the gallery of user-created images. Create SomeRead more

Interview With Illustrator and Brush Creator Kyle T. Webster

When it comes to artists who have found a way to break into and thrive in the freelance world, there is almost no better example than Kyle T. Webster. This Jack (and master) of many art trades is an award-winning illustrator, educator, and now children’s book author whose clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Entertainment Weekly (just to name a few). In addition to being a rockstar illustrator, he also creates Photoshop brushes that have become an industry standard,Read more

8 Reasons You Might Not Be Seeing Sales

So you’ve got your Shop’s social media accounts all set up, your Shop is lookin’ good, your SEO is awesome, annnd…nothin’. Your Shop’s piggybank and customer cart is gathering pixel dust and virtual cobwebs. Here are 8 reasons you might not be seeing sales, and their solutions! .     .     . Relevance From dank memes to pop culture references, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of trends while they’re hot! Because once their window closes, dammn, Daniel, it’s time to move on. OurRead more

Best of the Web – Creative Roundup

Here at Artist Shops and Threadless, we are always sharing links to stay up to date on what’s new for creatives. Here are some highlights of what was being talked about on our Slack these last couple of weeks. .     .     . Novapattern Beautiful free (and paid) patterns by Nova Pattern. My favorite is English Green. Download Some Patterns Confidant Hardcover Notebook by Baron Fig The fine folks at Baron Fig released their Confidant Notebook in twoRead more

14 Ways to Make Your First Sale

If your online shop is awesome, but no one is around to see it, does it make a sale? After taking all the time you need to set up your store, it can be easy to hit a brick wall when you get to the whole how-do-I-sell-this-stuff part. There’s no magic “That Was Easy” button when it comes to making your first sale, but there are a ton of tips and tricks that can help you get there. Here are some 14 tips to help youRead more

How to Build Your Social Media Audience

We’ve all been there: you write a killer tweet, publish it, sit and wait for those retweets to start pouring in, annnd… nothing happens. Anyone who’s tried building a social following for their online store, their art, for their blog, etc. knows that it’s not as simple as “if you tweet it, they will ‘Like’”. Learning how to build your social media audience and then putting those methods into practice takes work, and definitely takes time. But they say, “the best way to learn is by doing.” So weRead more

More Free Textures For Your Art!

‘Tis the season to be giving! And seeing as our first Textures Pack was such a hit, we wanted to give you a few more to play around with! Our graphics guru Katie created a whole new set of free textures for you to apply to your art. Use them on everything from holiday card designs for your family, to new designs for your Artist Shop, to holiday card designs that you decide to sell on pillows in your Shop! AndRead more

Free Textures For Your Art

Ever look at a piece of art with a distressed or dappled look to it and wonder what crazy process the artist used? Well you’re in luck! The distressed look is actually easier to achieve than you’d expect; all it takes is textures.  From old crinkled paper, to chipping paint, to splotches of paint, textures can be made up of almost anything and are an artist’s best friend. They can provide a finishing touch and extra element of intrigue to any art piece. Best of all,Read more

How to Boost Sales With Color

In college, I remember talking to a guy who had a disorder called synesthesia, which caused him to see a splotch of color appear whenever anyone spoke (my voice was purple). He told me the experience was so intense that there are people he can’t even talk to because the ‘color of their voice’ is too gross. Such is the power of color. If you’re seeking the secret to what colors are guaranteed to lead to more sales, here it is: there isRead more