Top 10 Trending Keywords in the Marketplace This Summer

If you started your own Artist Shop with the goal of growing your art business, the Threadless Marketplace will help you get discovered. One way you can use it to attract new customers is by creating designs around search terms that are currently trending. If you’re interested in this strategy, we’ve gathered a list of popular keywords that have been trending in the Marketplace this summer. Before we start, here are a few things you should know about the ThreadlessRead more

10 Artist Spotlights That’ll Inspire You to Make More Art

Artists inspire artists. On the Threadless Blog, we regularly feature interviews with extraordinary members of our global artist community, from comic book illustrators to photographers to stop-motion animators. These Artist Spotlights often provide a glimpse into each subject’s creative process and how they accomplish their artistic feats. These conversations may help put your goals into perspective, or maybe even inspire you to try an entirely different form of art. At the very least, they’re interesting reads! Here’s a list ofRead 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

8 Popular Design Trends for Fall Home Decor

Do you smell that? The faint aroma of pumpkin spice? Summer’s not technically over, but fall is hot on our heels. That means your customers will soon plan to redecorate their homes for the upcoming season. Now is the time to add seasonal designs to your Artist Shop and build a collection of Fall home decor. Make your Artist Shop the first place your followers look for ideas on embellishing their abodes. If you aren’t already aware, the Artist ShopsRead more

Art Trends: Basquiat’s Rise to Global Notoriety

The last Art Trends post covered the work of 15th century Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. Now, we’re exploring more contemporary art as we dive into one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings. The late Basquiat is a well-known artist typically associated with Pop artist Andy Warhol. However, despite his close connection with Warhol, Basquiat himself was not a Pop artist. In fact, he was a Neo-Expressionist. Why are we talking about Basquiat in an Art Trends post in 2021? Well, on MarchRead more

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