You want to sell art? Well, why not. We need more art in the world and yours makes a difference. Everyone’s art perspective counts.
People usually advise against becoming an artist since they always equate such a creature with a “starving artist.” Side note: I feed a feral cat and many people do, so why would we not feed starving artists??
There are many ways around the starvation syndrome, one is to become a creative thinker and produce many streams of income. (You can always get a sugar daddy or mama… joking.)
I painted the rose above in ’06 and I sold 7 versions of the same painting. I still own this one but I might put it in my etsy shop.
I paint, make mixed media art, art journaling, and several crafts. I enjoy them all. I started selling paintings on eBay back in 2003 (how time flies!) What did I learn from that?
- Always add hanging mechanisms on the back of the art. All I did was varnish the paintings and send them off. 🙂 Small paintings work well with sawtooth hangers. Large paintings require picture wire and eye hooks. Apply the eye hook to the INSIDE edge of the stretcher bars so that the picture will hang flat against the walls once you attach the wire.
- Paint on gallery wrapped canvas or some other professional surface. If you paint on cheap stretched canvas and the staples show on the sides, you give the impression of “starving artist.” (Gallery wrapped canvas is the kind that is stapled to the back of the stretcher frame.)
- If you can afford it, always buy stretched canvases with the deep 1″ edge. They look so much better, and definitely don’t need a frame, which is a selling point. If you’re handy, stretch your own canvas. You can get rolled canvas for great deals on eBay. Other surfaces that are usable are Masonite and luon-covered plywood. Places like the Home Depot can cut them to size right there. You need to gesso the surfaces and they need to be framed (by the buyer.)
- Write eye-catching descriptions if you sell online. That is a make or break point besides awesome art. Use TAGS, as many as you can think of, so that peeps can find your art during a search.
Sisterhood was a painting I ended up making eight versions of and they all sold. This was back in 2008. People have wanted to use the art for their business cards. I think women loved these paintings because of the sisterhood idea.
- When something works, make several versions that show the same theme, different shapes and colors. I get tired of repeating myself, but I make as many as I can stand.
- If you use mixed media, make sure the papers and ephemera are glued down securely. Nothing is more annoying than flimsy edges and corners that stick up.
- Use a quality acrylic varnish to finish off the artwork.
- Try lots of different styles until something clicks and you come home to yourself.
- Master some kind of fun craft and sell the things you make.
Crafts are like a meditation for me.
If you can only focus on one kind of artistic expression, do what you love the most and hold a part time job to pay the bills until your art takes off.
In this day and age, you can find our art spread all over the internet. I sell art and crafts all over the world through my two etsy shops. I find that my crafts sell better, but painting is my first love.
Arts and crafts shows were never something I wanted to do, but I know artists who do well with those. Whatever floats your boat.
Today I focus online and I have been creating art e-courses for the last couple years. Talk about a giant learning curve… lots of fun!
The bottom line: MAKE ART EVERY DAY, and you will sell some, guaranteed!
P.S. I have lots of lovely and affordable gifts in my etsy shop EARTH AND FAERY. Support a successful living artist today! 🙂