How to Build a T-Shirt Business: Week 1

Building a T-Shirt Business 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 create a new 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. Want to read the other parts? Week Two & Week Three Day One Brand Focus I’ve decided to focus on martial arts as a theme. I’veRead 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

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

25 Inspirational Quotes for Creatives

I know, I know – quotes may seem a little cliché. But don’t be so quick to count out how motivational quotes can be! Sometimes when you’re in a creative or artistic rut, the best thing to do for that block is to read through quotes spoken by some of the most creative minds, and use them as fuel. So whether you’re hitting an artistic wall, trying to figure out what designs you should sell, or just looking for a new tattoo, here are 25Read more

Case Study: Zen Pencils

Every creative dreams of being able to quit their day job to pursue their craft full time. And Zen Pencils creator (and Artist Shop owner) Gavin Aung Than managed to successfully trade his corporate design job to pursue his passion of cartooning. But while Gavin managed to turn his passion project into a successful career, his story is also humbling and realistic. It took more than simply posting a comic and gaining success – getting to where he is nowRead 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 Network With Other Artists

Imagine this – you’re waiting at a bus stop with a couple other folks, super tuned into your Spotify playlist, and as you look toward the direction of the bus, you spot a person doodling in their notebook as they wait. You tap them on the shoulder, compliment their style of illustration, get into a conversation about your favorite illustrators, and this conversation carries onto the bus. Cue the business card swap as they get off the bus at theirRead more

4 Ways Pins & Patches Could Help

Whether or not you keep up with fashion trends, pins and patches are a fun trend to keep up with. And they’re super in right now. Maybe it’s because the ’90s are coming back with a vengeance. Maybe it’s just because they’re cute and fun. Maybe it’s because you can drop $10 on a pin and your wallet won’t feel guilty for it. Whatever the reason, patch-turned-tee artist Dano Brown (Danobanano) said it best when he told me: “I think that theresRead more

How to Show Product on Your Homepage

One of the most important things we think about when adding cool new features to Artist Shops is that we want your shop to be super customizable, and that the actual process of customizing is super easy. Because that’s the whole point of Artist Shops – to make your lives a little more hassle-free so you have more time to make great art! One thing we kept hearing is that people wanted to be able to customize their homepage a little more, like being able toRead more