Out with the Old and in with the New: Our 2018 Year in Review

Oh hey 2019. NICE TO MEET YOU. We hope you all had an amazing new year’s celebration and that you’re well on your way to chasing your 2019 dreams. 2018 was certainly a fun ride. Threadless turned a legal voting age (what’s up, 18!!!). Artist Shops launched Bucketfeet, so now truly anyone can become a shoe designer. We added a neat hi-5 feature in Discover for folks to show their appreciation for new products launching across our Shops network. OurRead 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 to Build a T-Shirt Business: Week 3

Building a T-Shirt Business: Week 3 Artist Shops is a platform associated with creatives, designers and artists, but it can be used for anything. What I’ll be attempting in this series is to build a t-shirt business from scratch within the limitations of 30 minutes a day. Expect a lot of hacks, automation, and stealing to get this done.  Read the rest of the series here:  Week One & Week Two Day Eleven Social Promotion It’s time to get a couple social media accounts created. I’m going toRead 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

How to Prepare for a Gallery Show

From starting your own online business to starting an online shop for your business, Artist Shops provide a fantastic way to sell your art and designs on products online. But Artist Shops don’t just provide an online ‘gallery space’ for your art – you can also use Artist Shops to prepare for a gallery show by ordering and printing your own art (plus, because you get your own products at the base fee, you’re saving money too!) And Artist Shop members have already started doing this. And most recently, we were prettyRead 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

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

9 Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog For Your Business

Blogging may not seem like it would be super helpful in building your business. After all, if you don’t have a big following for your online business yet, what good is a blog gonna do, right? But actually, having a blog for your online business, or business in general, can help build that audience in multiple ways. Here are 9 reasons why you should have a blog for your business, and what it can do for you. .     .    Read more

How to Make a Creative Cover Photo

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Threadless Artist Shops may all be pretty different online outlets. But the one thing they (and most social media outlets) have in common is that you can add a cover photo to the top of your page. Cover photos are a relief for those of us who are indecisive when picking out our profile picture. But besides being fun and cool-looking, cover photos can also be a great tool to uniquely advertise your art! Here are aRead more

How to Make a Gif to Promote Your Shop

You gotta love Gifs. Whether you’re sending them to friends or staring at Hamilton Gifs over and over again to feel like you’ve seen the show (tested and approved), Gifs are fun little loops of endless possibilities; including being great advertising tools. If you’re wondering how to make a gif to advertise your stuff, check out exhibit A: our graphic designer Katie Lukes’ Artist Shop Gif: Katie’s Gif does a great job highlighting her designs, apparel, and Artist Shop in a sweet and simple Gif. And the great news?Read more

9 Ways to Get Your Art Noticed

“How do I get people to see my art?” – that is the question. Because let’s be real – there’s a lot of art out there. Not all of it is good, buy-worthy art, but the whole artistic industry is pretty saturated, and it’s easy for art to get lost in the fray. So how do you make yours stand out? Here 9 ways to get your art noticed: 1. Posters for Local Events Try starting local! If your town has a regular FarmersRead more

How to Launch and Grow Your Artist Shop

With e-commerce making it easier to reach a global audience, actually setting up an online shop shouldn’t feel like a virtual Rube Goldberg machine. That’s why we created the Artist Shop platform in the first place – to make your online store as easy as possible so you have more time to make awesome art and less time spent doing this: Artist Shops aim to make e-commerce as easy as scrolling through “confused John Travolta” gifs on Giphy. But as easy as it is to set up a shop of your own,Read more