5 (Easy) Ways to Stay Inspired Right Now

Productivity, creativity, inspiration—it’s all happening a bit differently right now. From workshops to shared studios, art museums to neighborhood galleries, your go-to spots for a dose of inspiration are most likely in varying levels of openness. There’s also a good chance physical distancing has changed how you’ve been interacting with your circle of creative colleagues and friends. Which means that staying inspired takes a little ingenuity these days. Luckily, when you approach finding day-to-day inspo as an ongoing creative project,Read 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

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

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

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

How to Deal With Trolls

The saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” is sooo 20th century. Because nowadays it’s more like, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, open your computer and say it online.” The internet can be an awesome place for people to connect, share ideas, and get traction for their product. But be warned: here be monsters. When it comes to social media, you want people to happily, helpfully, constructively comment on and share your stuff, toRead more

Sagely Advice From Artist Shop Artists

They say if you want to write, read a lot. If you want to draw, draw all the time. If you want to become a Jedi, go to the swamp planet Dagobah and seek out a small green elf-ish man (creature?) for lessons. The point? Sometimes before you start your shop, create your social media channels, or grab that lightsaber, the best thing to do is to pause and look to those who have done this before, and learn from them. We talkedRead more

Overused Designs: Avoid Them or Embrace Them?

Overused designs can be kind of like exhausted memes, or even fanart at a convention – been there, seen that. But here’s the thing about overused designs – they can also sell. I talked to a few of our artists and product team members, and while the product team members told me about designs that were way overused, artists said that while that’s true, those same designs can bring in some serious money. Sure, there are a ton of “KeepRead more

February Wrap-Up!

In honor of spring creepin’ just around the corner, we decided to get a jump on some of our spring cleaning by organizing some helpful links from around the interwebz for ya! The internet is vast. And it can be hard to filter through which posts are helpful, which are redundant, and which are straight up BS. Sometimes we find resources (blog posts, articles, the occasional funny) that we share amongst ourselves because we find them helpful or insightful. And now, atRead more