5 ways to make money from your art
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Are you thinking about setting up an art business or looking to make some extra cash from your creative hobby?
Here are 5 ways to make it so..
1 Original art & Commissions
Original art is a great way to start with a creative business. Many people like to feel they are buying a one off piece or the ‘real deal’ and will pay a premium for it, and rightly so as it can take hours if not weeks to create in some cases. If you are thinking of doing commissions this is also a good plan, however make sure you always take a large deposit upfront (I charge 50%) and set realistic expectations on how long it will take and how many changes you will do for that price. Top tip: Ensure the person commissioning is totally familiar with your work. I recently turned down a commission for an animal painting as that is not what I do, better to direct them to another artist who can give them what they want than attempt something out of your comfort zone and it turn out badly! Don't say yes to everything!
Prints are ideal as once you have your scanned image you can print as many as you like. Not only can you try home printing as long as it is good quality, but you can also pay a professional to create Giclee prints for you. These are specially made to ensure the colours are perfect, use archival ink so they will last a lifetime and are generally more expensive to buy and sell. You can also consider doing limited print runs at a higher price. I use Dstudio.co.uk for all my printing and think they are fab to be honest! They also dropship which means they print and send the art direct to the customer. One email and no trips to the post office...perfect if you have a full time job, kids or other commitments. You can read more about making prints here
Stickers are a great fun and cheap way to get your art seen. Add your website or logo on them so that people can see them and find you easily. Sticker Mule is a good place to start if you want to make your own. See also point 5 if you want someone to do it for you!
4 Greetings Cards
The greetings card industry is massive with no signs of slowing down. What is also nice is that people can put them on pin boards or frame them after they receive them. Ensure your logo is on the back, along with contact info so that someone receiving your card can purchase your work at a later date. This is really accessible for a lot of people who might not be able to buy a bigger piece, but also allows your name to get out there quickly and easily. Try Moo printers for a great service on cards, business cards and other stationary.
5 Print on Demand
Print on demand sites like Redbubble, Contrado or Spoonflower allow you to upload your work to a website and then paste it into a range of templates for material, cushions, mugs and T-shirts to name a few things. This is a great way of getting your art onto a physical product and once you have uploaded it they do all the printing and packing for you, plus deal with returns and customer service. Bear in mind though that profits on this will be small, around 10%. But considering once it is up there you simply get emails saying a product is sold, it is an easy win. There are also companies like Wraptious where you can order a small amount of print on demand items and get them shipped to you to sell yourself. Perfect for craft fairs or Christmas gifts.
Bonus: NFTS and Digital art
Another option for artwork is to sell the digital download of your work so that people can print it off themselves and you don’t need to do any of the trips to the post office. This is also an eco friendly option as there is no packaging waste.
A new and potentially exciting digital art format are NFTs (Non fungible tokens). Like digital art, you can upload it and sell it but it remains digital and is collected like virtual baseball cards. When an artist sells these pieces of work they still retain the copyright. And what is more, if they are resold in the future the artist gets a cut of the sale profit. It’s very interesting to see where this goes but it does involve getting into crypo currency which is a bit of a mission to get your head around. Check out Eddie Gangland on Instagram or Twitter to see an example of a street artist who has been able to turn this into a full time career in under a year.
Hope some of these help. Whatever it takes, the world needs your art so whatever way you get there is all good. For more help with starting to sell your art for the first time, hit subscribe here. I am aiming to put out a blog every Monday where I will try and share helpful stuff.