Infographic: The Perfect Timeline for Running a 5-Day Promo

Deciding to run a promo is easy. After all, everyone loves a good discount – it’s great for the customer and benefits the shop owner! Easy Digital Downloads, for example, reported a 16% revenue increase during their summer sale in July 2017 compared with the previous month. But for online store owners, running a promo (an awesome promo) takes some mental muscle, and it can be downright overwhelming. Never fear – we’ve got a step-by-step infographic that will walk you through how to set upRead more

How Did You Start Your Creative Career?

Whether you’re a fresh-faced grad or you’re crushin’ the creative career life, there’s always more to learn about the artistic work world. And what better way to find out more than to go directly to the source? We talked to creative professionals from Copywriters to Art Directors and asked them to answer two questions: What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to an artist/creative just starting out from your own experience?  What advice would you give your younger selfRead more

Sneak Peek: 10 New Apparel Products Coming to Artist Shops

Get ready: something wicked awesome this way comes! Over the next few months, we’re going to be rolling out some rad new apparel products for your Artist Shop. We’ll send you a heads up the moment you can start adding them so you don’t miss a thing. But in the meantime, here’s a little illustrated sneak preview of the 10 new products coming soon. 👀 .     .     . Real quick: a note from us to you! We careRead more

How to Run a Spring Sale

In many parts of the world (including our neck of the woods), the ice is melting, the birds are chirping, and spring is about to be in full bloom. Spring is a time of rebirth, and that means many of us are in the “out with the old, in with the new” mindset, which makes it the perfect time to run a spring sale! Tap into the spring excitement going around by offering some fresh designs and products that will offerRead more

How Might Could Studios Turned the Creative Path Into a Creative Business

Creativity can be a double-edged sword (albeit a colorful one, surely). On the one hand, it’s what drives us as right-brained art-makers. On the other hand? It can be just as energy-draining as it can be energy-fueling (thank you, creative anxiety and perfectionism). That’s why we love Christine Nishiyama of Might Could Studios. She’s made a whole career out of using her personal experiences, artistic learnings, and of course, her creative struggles as fuel for helpful posts, drawings, guides, and classes. She’s builtRead more

8 Things Artists Who Sell Their Own Work Hate Doing

Selling your work involves two very different sides of the same coin. On the one side, every artist knows how rewarding it is to start selling their artwork. But every artist ALSO knows that the busywork needed behind the scenes can also take away from time you could be spending creating new work. Le sigh: the struggle is real. Luckily, as creatives, we can all gripe about it together and we can also find solutions together! Here are 8 things artistsRead more

How Much Should You Charge for Your Art?

Any creative, artist, and entrepreneur can relate to the tricky business of figuring out how to price your products. How much is too much? Too little? While it’s only natural to worry about overcharging, you also want to be sure you’re charging enough so that you’ll actually make money, whether it’s for yourself or for a good cause. That’s why we created a tool that will make calculating your prices a snap: the Artist Shops Pricing Calculator.  Those of you who canRead more

How to Take Awesome Lifestyle Photos With Your Phone

It’s easy to think that in order to take amazing lifestyle photos, you need 1: an incredible location and 2: a top-of-the-line, thousand dollar lens. But in reality? You can take incredible photos using just your phone! Chicago photographer, aspiring developer, Creative Pro at Apple, and all-around creative Ozzy Cardenas put it best: “I don’t think photography is about the camera, I think it’s about your perspective.” Ozzy takes amazing photos and, much of the time, uses just his phone toRead more

Adam J. Kurtz on Finding His Own Creative Career Path

“Things are what you make of them.” That may be the title of artist and designer Adam J. Kurtz’s newest book, but it’s also the philosophy at the heart of much of his art and advice. Kurtz left a job at Buzzfeed (yes, the Buzzfeed) to go full freelance while working on his first book, 1 Page at a time: A Daily Creative Companion. It’s since been translated into 15 different languages and has given a positive artistic boost to creatives all overRead more

New Year, New Us: Introducing Artist Shops 2.0!

Happy New Year! They say, “New year, new you”, and for us? That means announcing that Artist Shops has officially been upgraded to Artist Shops 2.0! 2017 was huge; there were tons of updates made, and we couldn’t have done that without your input! We took all of your feedback from last year and used it to make your Artist Shops experience even better. Let’s look back at some of the biggest changes and additions made in 2017. Artist ShopsRead more

4 Ways to Creatively Use Samples of Your Own Products

New year, new goals for your online store! And we’ve got a great place for you to start: have you tried ordering samples of your own products yet? Besides ordering a shirt for your mom who’s been dyyying to wear it so she can brag about her child’s artistic skills, it pays to order samples of your own items (especially since, with Artist Shops, you can order your own items at just the base cost). From selling your products IRL toRead more

How to Tell Your Brand’s Story

Marketing genius Seth Godin once wrote, “Great marketers don’t make stuff. They make meaning.” Creating a brand isn’t just about selling products; it’s also about selling a story and lifestyle that customers want to be a part of. Having a strong story and personality for your brand can help spark a human connection with people, and that can turn into sales. Find out how to tell a strong story, how it connects you to customers, and why it matters.  .   Read more