I've often spent well over an hour perusing the housewares, stationery, and party supply sections at Target and other stores, and thought, "My art is this good! Why shouldn't I be doing this?" Which is all fine and dandy, however what I would keep telling myself as to "why", is that it's because for this particular season and line, only that ONE artist was chosen. There are probably millions of artists hoping to … [Read more...] about So You Want to Be a Licensed Artist – 4 Things to Know First
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No, seriously. You can. I promise. And it's not rocket science or brain surgery or other super-hard-job-you'll-never-have. Now, before I go any further, let's just get a few basics out of the way. Don't bother reading this unless you meet both of the following criteria: You make stuff. Art, books, scarves, e-courses, printables, graphics, soap, whatever. But you should already be making stuff. Ideally, you have … [Read more...] about Start Selling Online for Under $10
The most popular post on this site to date is The Most Dangerous Threat to Your Etsy/Zibbet/Artfire Business. It's the one most often linked to in the forums of those sites, and the one I get the most questions and feedback about. I love that people are finding it so helpful! Recently, someone posted the link to a frustrated Etsyer in the forum, who claimed she was going to quit Etsy after four months without a … [Read more...] about 5 Additional Streams of Income for Artists. I’m Working on #3, Myself.
You may read through the following list and choose to believe that none of this applies to you and your site or blog. You will be wrong. 99.9% of you? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. It's not entirely your fault, though. See, you're a "creative". You make things, paint things, forge things out of wire or metal... you're a hands-on rockstar when it comes to making art. No one ever told you (or your stubborn creative side chose … [Read more...] about 7 Reasons Your Artist Site Is Boring The Heck Out Of People (and How To Fix It)
So it dawned on me earlier this week, that of all the boards on my Pinterest account, my absolute most popular one is my "Polymer Clay Stuff" board. Of course, the reason for this is that I'm obsessed with polymer clay, and as an artist (because I have my business side and my creative side, and Pinterest has helped me keep them in check), I post a LOT of pins about polymer clay... stuff. Tutorials, videos, … [Read more...] about Using Pinterest to Your Art/Craft Business Advantage – The Series
No, it's not just "when you need the money", though that can definitely be the trigger that gets you thinking. No, it's not as soon as you take a photo that all your facebook friends are drooling over. No, it's not when you think you can make something better/cheaper than someone else. Keep reading... you'll get it. (Or, go ahead and be a cheater by reading to the end of the post. See if I care. … [Read more...] about How To Know When To Put Your Art Online