Ink Tuesday, Month 3: Giving My Artist Shop a Refresh

Trying to start a brand from scratch while still having a day job is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Some months it feels like I have all the time in the world, and others I’m lucky if I get enough sleep and food in me, let alone work towards my side hustle. Despite my obstacles, this past October, I was still able to put out Ink Tuesday content, go viral once with a TikTok video that receivedRead more

Ink Tuesday, Month 2: My First Sale, the TikTok Algorithm, and More

Starting a brand from scratch is thrilling, but after that initial enthusiasm wears off, things get progressively harder. Especially when you don’t see much success posting online to keep you motivated. It’s easy to get frustrated making artwork no one sees. This is part of what I experienced during Month 2 of Ink Tuesday, my 365 project where I freehand paint for 52 weeks straight. Even though I didn’t see the kind of growth I wanted during September, I’m stillRead more

Introducing Ink Tuesday: Month 1 of Starting a Brand from Scratch

I’m the creator of Ink Tuesday, and this past month has been the best of my life. This is surprising, considering this summer I was the most anxious I’ve been in years. I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. I was just going through the motions of work, eat, sleep, and repeat with very little to look forward to. All those gut-wrenching feelings of self-doubt went away when I decided to start a 365 projectRead more

Get Your Incredible Art Featured on Threadless!

We at Threadless want to introduce your art to millions of folks around the world. Not just because it gives us the warm fuzzies in our tum-tums (it totally does), but because it helps you—an independent artist—succeed. That’s the sole reason why Threadless exists. All of the visuals you see on our homepage, social media, blog, and email newsletters feature original designs made by our diverse community. We use our platforms to put your art in front of people whoRead more

Update Your About Page in 4 Easy Steps

You’ve set up your Artist Shop and sales are rolling in. Our community loves your work and they want more! But questions remain. Who are you? What inspires you? Where did you come from? These questions can all be answered in your shop’s About Page. Keep reading to learn how to update your shop in four easy steps! The Importance of a Personal Touch The About Page lets your customers connect with you on a more personal level. Having anRead more

How to Prep Your Artist Shop for Summer

This Summer will be different than any before it, and with that in mind your approach to the designs you showcase and promote may be largely dependent on where you and your customers are in the world, and just how open those particular areas are. To that end, we wanted to provide some easy tips on the best way to get your Artist Shop into summer mode. Summer is a time to be outdoors – albeit a physically distant outdoorRead more

7 Ways to Grow Your Business with Social Media

One of your simplest and most accessible marketing tools as a small business owner is social media. It’s a powerful, impactful way to meet customers on their terms. With social media, you can increase brand awareness, connect with current customers, and grow your audience. The trick (as always) is strategically leveraging social media in an efficient and authentic way for your brand.  We’ve gathered seven of our favorite Creative Resources to help stoke your social success and grow your business.Read more

Promoting Your Designs on Social Just Got Easier

If you’ve been making art or running an online business for a while, you’ve probably got a comprehensive social media strategy you use to stay on top of your marketing game. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are critical platforms for promoting your work. We’re happy to announce, it just got easier to share your products on social. Thanks to the new Promo Tools feature in your Artist Shop dashboard, you can quickly and easily download images of your designs on productsRead more

Add New Designs and Promote them Frequently for Artist Shops Success

Want to know one of the biggest keys to success we’ve heard from thriving Artist Shops owners? It’s not just dialing in your audience and really understanding who you’re designing for (though that’s important). It’s not simply hosting a bunch of giveaways on social or constantly running sales (though both of those things are important).  It may seem obvious, but regularly creating and promoting your new designs is the best way to drive sales and growth for your Artist ShopRead more

Don’t Make These 6 Mistakes with Your Email Marketing this Holiday Season

Holiday email marketing sounds easy enough, right? You send frequent—but not too frequent—emails and write inclusive holiday campaigns. You offer some can’t-miss-them deals.  If only it were that easy! Your customers’ inboxes are filling up this time of year, so to keep your email list merry, bright, and subscribed, here are six top holiday email marketing mistakes. Going Off-Brand for the Sake of Holiday Banter We love a holiday pun and can’t get enough of well-crafted yuletide banter (just wait,Read more

Make Your Lifestyle Photography Festive for the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to spruce up your lifestyle photography for the biggest shopping season. Making your product images seasonally relevant is a great way to give your sales a boost heading into the new year.  How do Seasonally Relevant Photos Boost Sales? Dressing up your online shop for the holidays is a proven strategy to boost sales. Seasonal sales and promotions influence 65% of shoppers’ holiday purchases, according to a recent survey by theRead more

How to Curate Your Instagram Profile for the Holidays

Time to carve the turkey, deck the halls, and make your Instagram grid look merry and bright. The holidays are an advantageous time to connect with your audience on Instagram with almost a quarter of holiday shoppers using social media to knock out their gift list. We’ve gotten in the holiday spirit and gathered a helpful guide for you to prepare your Instagram profile for Q4. Know Your Audience Instagram magic doesn’t happen in a silo—it pulls inspiration from platform-specificRead more