The Working Artist sent us this infographic and asked us to share it with you–
STUDIO CLEARANCE SALES
Many visual artists produce a lot of work in their studios as they develop and grow their art making practice. Soon, there may be a storage problem in their workspace. A time comes–perhaps during the summer months– when artists want to sell off a lot of transitional work. They may need to make more room in their studio and realize that selling off earlier pieces will likely provide additional money for replenishing their art materials and art making supplies. Or perhaps the artist is planning on relocating to another workspace or renovating their current studio and the prospect of moving years of accumulated and stored artworks is overwhelming–so they would rather sell the art pieces than move them into another storage area. Psychologically, it may be freeing for an artist to sell off older work as they move forward with their style.
There are many reasons for any artist to want to offer certain of their artworks for quick sale outside the gallery system.
Open Studio sales have been underway annually for decades before any online galleries even existed. Open Studios provide a way for artists to sell their art from their studio–the major drawback being that these sales are usually annual or bi-annual and occur only over one weekend. Artists continue to need to sell artworks quickly and easily in ways that do not monopolize blocks of their time–time they could be at work on their art making.
ONLINE YEAR-ROUND STUDIO SALES
If you are an artist and need to make lots of quick art sales, for whatever reason, one site to consider is Chairish. Initially, I was invited to sell on Chairish and as a test I uploaded about a dozen paintings. So far I’ve sold 6 –paintings I needed to sell to create space. I was glad to sell to buyers on Chairish who appreciate my art. I’m glad to have removed those pieces from storage. It’s nice to know that these artworks are now seeing the light of day and enjoyed by others.
YOU HAVE WHAT CHAIRISH BUYERS ARE LOOKING FOR
Chairish buyers appreciate high quality design items, collectables, one-of-a-kind artworks, and limited edition pieces. One of my buyers, an Interior Designer, purchased one of my paintings for a client. We were able to have a dialog via messaging on the Chairish site. Other buyers bought my paintings to decorate their homes and apartments. My buyers are also my followers on the Chairish site and receive notifications when I add new work for sale or lower my asking price on any of their favorite artworks.
MULTIPLE ART SHIPPING OPTIONS
I know that shipping is always an issue for artists. Chairish has that covered by offering some helpful services to artists for shipping their art to buyers.
WHITE GLOVE SERVICE
First, Chairish offers White Glove service. If you have a large and valuable artwork selling on Chairish you can choose to use their White Glove service which is paid for by the buyer. With White Glove, Chairish will send art handlers to remove the artwork from your studio and hand-deliver it to your buyer.
PAID BY CHAIRISH
Another useful shipping option an artist can elect to use is the paid by Chairish Pre-paid UPS shipping label option. With this option, a pre-paid shipping label is generated for your sold artwork. Then all you need to do is print the shipping label and apply it to the package containing the artwork. You can then take your package to any UPS shipping center –which may be your local Staples store–where they scan the label and hold the package for pickup the same day. Three days later your art is delivered to your buyer. Within about seven days your payment is in your PayPal account.
The 3rd shipping option available on Chairish is for the artist to pay the shipping cost on the item or charge a fee to the buyer. This option allows for you to hand-deliver your sold art piece– within a selected mile radius– for a flat fee. So if you live in a large city, you can offer to bring the art to the buyer’s home, office, or meet-up for coffee and deliver their latest purchase to them personally. Or, perhaps you know someone who will make these deliveries for you while you continue your studio work.
Each item you sell on Chairish can have any one of these shipping options selected and applied. There is no need for consistency of shipping options across your Chairish store, as on other online sales platforms.
PRICING OPTIONS AND BUYER OFFERS
Also, I like the pricing options on Chairish. For each of your artworks offered for sale, you can feature the retail price, your sale price, and add a reserve price for when a buyer makes an offer. These features help to increase your sales. Buyers are always looking for bargains and so having the option to make an offer is very appealing! They are interacting with you when they make you an offer that is a little lower than your asking price. You then have the option of entering a counter-offer or of accepting their offer for your artwork.
Now that I’ve found this viable way to make lots of quick sales I plan to add many more of my paintings to the Chairish site and get them out of storage! This may be a working option for you too.
Part gallery and part retail shop, The Real Mother Goose Gallery features over 1,000 American artist’s creations in jewelry, woodworking, furniture, glass, ceramics and clothing.
Since starting their business in 1971, they’ve expanded to two Portland, Oregon locations, including a large retail space at the Portland Oregon International Airport .
They also have a second location, with a total of over 10,000 square feet of retail gallery space for contemporary fine American craft items by more than 1,000 professional artists, designers and craftspeople from across the United States and Canada.
Some of the fine craft items in their store are there on consignment and some art items are purchased outright from the artists.
If you are interested in participating in their artist selection process, visit one of their galleries or carefully browse their collections on their website to be sure your work matches the style and quality they represent.
If you have questions, find contact details here.
Submissions from prospective new artists are evaluated using many criteria including:
- Quality of design, materials and craftsmanship
- Availability of display space for the work
- Conformity with our current merchandising focus
- Pricing and salability
- Ability to maintain consistent production
You are welcome to send a few samples of small items. Samples must be picked up within 5 days of our notification of the committee’s decision. If you ship samples you must include a check for return postage.
Many opportunities are cross-overs, such as this one–which could be listed as a gallery or a shop. We consider artist’s needs as we add venues to our resources for artists– all art gallery opportunities listed in the International Art Gallery Directory e-list here and here. Shops and art sales venues are listed here and here.
Now you can sell your art on Art Stack!
We just received the news. If you have an Art Stack account you may have received the notification too. In case you missed it, and for those not yet posting their art on Art Stack, this new sales option should bring some interesting activity to the Art Stack site.
Many art galleries have a presence on ArtStack. Will they now offer work for sale Art Stack by the artists they represent? If some do, will this bring increased activity to the Art Stack site that will benefit self-represented artists also offering their work for sale there?
According to Art Stack, their new features will “ensure several hundred thousand people will see your works for sale every month” and – you can now:
- Include prices on all your artworks and list them for sale on your Artist Page
- List artworks on the Buy Art page
- Promote your works in all users’ Feeds
- Plus Art Stack will be sending a selection of works for sale in their regular email newsletters to all users too!
I’m excited by this new sales venue, although I am not surprised by the new turn. In e-mail exchanges with the Art Stack site owner, over the past few years, he had mentioned wanting to monetize the site. True to the innovative nature of Art Stack, they’re offering some great new options. No Commissions on sales, but a small monthly fee (different levels available).
Etsy sellers, Etsy has launched Pattern that allows you to turn your shop into your own website http://etsy.me/1pR1I7M <Get a 30 Day free trial.
You’ve already uploaded your images, descriptions, prices, and keywords into your Etsy shop. No need to do it all over again. Now with just a couple of clicks you can turn your Etsy shop into your own website.
To get started on your Pattern site you first turn on Direct Checkout with just a click. Purchases made through Direct Checkout are fully protected by Etsy and provide the most secure payment experience.
According to Etsy, Direct Checkout attracts more buyers –globally and mobiley–allowing them to pay with a variety of currencies.
More and more artists are asking–“Is it possible to make a living selling my art online?” Yes, it is possible. But you need to be open to learning from others and finding out what works for you.
This is our third article in a row on how to earn money online selling your art. The first here featured a photographic artist who made one thousand dollars using an online sales app. Our second article featured a site where artists make twenty thousands of dollars or more, per year, selling their work.
Today, we are featuring a combined art sales site and print app.
Artists can set up very attractive shops on TicTail for free, select from a variety of looks for their shop, then add apps–many are free. Add a currency converter app, a footer app to add navigation or links to your shop, and the free Printful app. Integrating Printful with your TicTail shop automates the printing and shipping for you! They take care of it all. New orders automatically go into production. When a new order is received by Printful, you’ll receive an email about it. Then they print and ship and send you a notification.
For artists searching for more sales platforms, you will find Art Sales Resources, Print Sales Resources and other E-lists here.
Yesterday’s article featured sales tips for sellers on the EyeEM app. Today, we’re sharing some tips for Etsy sales.
Set Up Your Etsy Shop and Get 40 Free Listings–
First of all, you can get your first 40 Etsy listing free when you sign up and set up your shop via this link.
Try Affordable Art Listings
Some committed Etsy sellers make many thousands of dollars selling their art and art products on Etsy. One prolific artist, Scott Bergey, offers a large selection of one-of-a-kind artworks at affordable retail prices–take a look at this artist’s Etsy shop here for ideas on what to sell in yours. Add artworks in a range of price points and let your audience of buyers tell you what sells.
How to Get Repeat Sales
It takes much more time and expense to find new buyers than it does to cultivating repeat business from your current buyers. Get repeat sales from your buyers by offering them perks such as free shipping, or discounts off price.
An Etsy shop feature allows you create discount coupon codes. In your Etsy store click on Your Shop in the top menu, then go to Promote and then Coupon Codes and select options to generate coupons.
With your Etsy shop discount codes you can offer 3 options–free shipping, a percentage discount or a fix price discount–and set a date when these discounts will expire.
Adding new listing to your Etsy shop costs only .20 cents and there are no commissions. Plus you can get 40 free listings when you set up your new Etsy shop via this link.
Share your Etsy Listings on Social Media
Pin your art images to Pinterest linked to your Etsy shop to bring in customers. Tweet each of your new listings via your Twitter account–with clickable link in your tweet and art image attached.
I’ve used the EyeEM App on my cell phone over the past few months and love it. I uploaded a small batch of my photos and most were curated into the EyeEm marketplace with one short-listed to the EyeEM Getty Images collection. I also access my EyeEM Market dashboard on my computer via their site here and have connected my Instagram account to EyeEM. It’s a great app.
If you are not familiar with EyeEM they are not just a sales platform. EyeEM has regular Missions that you can submit your work to for features, cash, and exhibition opportunities.
Since artists regular ask me for new insights and information on how to make more sales of their work, this EyeEM blog article caught my attention–
The article is how photographic artist Fred Bahurlet, a seller, earned over $1,000 from his photos on EyeEm Market over the last few months. He gives insights into what to do to make sales of your work. Whether you work within photography, painting, drawing or other materials, some of his words and advice may apply to you and get you thinking about ways of creating other revenue streams for your work.
Photographic artist Fred Bahurlet tells us in this EyeEM blog post–“I’ve found that an image doesn’t have to be extraordinary to sell. Simple compositions, everyday pictures, people in ordinary life and travel images sell well. I have sold the same images several times, often in the same month, and they are ones that I personally find common.”
Read the full article here and at the bottom you will find a link to join the EyeEM Market.
If you are looking for more art sales resources visit our newest Artist Marketing Resources shop here.
The Big Art Place is a new selling platform for artists with a CALL TO ARTISTS AND ART RESELLERS to sign up and add their art.
The Big Art Place says–“Manage your small or unlimited gallery, share on Facebook, comment on the blog, or let us manage your online art!”
Click on The BIG Art Place logo below for instructions on getting your own gallery on their site:
This week we sold a Chris Osborne artwork titled, Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray, Giclee on canvas 20 x 13 x 2 inches, in our Amazon store, available in signed limited edition here.
Last week, we featured Feng Shui art in our feature article here.
Another aspect of Feng Shui art is Buddha art, in the form of tapestries, paintings and thangkas. A thangka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. You will find more details on thangka’s as well as images of many such artworks here.
Feng Shui experts at Explosion Luck, treat these works of art not as religious objects but as good luck charms for the office and home.
Intelligent professional people– lawyers, doctors, engineers, realtors, etc– use Buddha thangkas to decorate their office and homes with the desire to derive Feng Shui benefits with these images in their homes. Some benefits include help with overcoming difficulties, improvement in prosperity, health, fertility, and more.
Read this article on how Feng Shui Paintings and Buddha Thangkas Healed a Broken Heart here.
How Feng Shui Wall Art for Lawyers Promotes Prosperity in Their Law Office article here.
Read on How Guanyin Thangka Tapestries Can Help to Boost Your Fertility here.
Art Marketing Site Promotes Artists and Art Galleries in Unique Ways by Dean Cameron
Having had a 30 year career in Marketing and owning an Online Art Gallery and Publishing business since 2002, it is obvious that “times are a changing”. While there is nothing inherently wrong with traditional methods such as Gallery Representation, Art Shows and such, they are rendered somewhat incomplete with today’s super connected world that we live in. Social Media Networking is paramount to the vast majority of up and coming artists and that is not just Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Stumble Upon, LinkedIn and now YouTube offer unique opportunities and diverse clientele to develop an artist’s brand and to stay connected to interested potential clients. So is Social Media the answer to a successful art career? I would say this. As Social Media came on like a storm so will the next best vehicle (we don’t know what it will be yet because some 12-year-old is inventing it in their mind right now) so we need to be as current as we can be.
One thing I have learned in 30 years of Marketing is that opportunities come from many directions. So our Marketing Plan should take advantage of that and cast a wide net. An Artist needs to have a complete tool box in which to develop their market and build their art creating business. We have developed that Tool Box. www.flootie.com creates a menu of items an artist can choose from in order to best suit their plans. Most “Art for Sale” Internet Sites are what we call “Post it and Forget it” type sites. You post your book of work online and hope that someone comes along and makes a purchase. www.flootie.com is not that type of Internet Marketing Site. We offer the following features for artists to be proactive in their efforts to sell their works and create their brand.
- Flootie offers a free listing in our International Artists Directory (see Registration link for Artists and follow prompts).
- Flootie offers a free listing in our International Art Gallery Directory. Our site works well for Artists and their Gallery partners to work together to market an artist’s brand (see Registration link for Artists and follow prompts).
- Flootie offers very affordable subscription levels and does not charge upload fees or commissions on sales.
- Flootie offers one on one support to answer marketing questions
- Flootie offers all major Social Media links for sharing directly from your art listing. You can share to your network and anyone else can share your works with their networks in an easy efficient method.
- Flootie offers a direct email invitation tool to share your activity on Flootie.
- Flootie offers a method to automatically share your latest posts with any fan who selects you as a favorite artist in a “once per week” email notification.
- Flootie offers an option to embed your Google Calendar to your page to keep people informed of your shows and exhibitions.
- Flootie offers an option to include a video on your page to bring life to your relationships with potential clients.
- Flootie charges no commissions for sales so you can drive potential clients to your website, or any other location you wish to generate traffic to. We are not competition. We are your marketing supercharger.
- Flootie offers a blog for subscriber artists to post their latest stories, reflections and insights.
- Flootie owns and operates our own TV Studio and produces Flootie TV now being shown in 7 states on 8 Public TV Stations with that number growing fast. Flootie TV incorporates a “general public” approach to the arts with some comedic shorts as well as serious artist interviews. Think of it as “The Tonight Show” for the arts.
- Flootie is a socially conscious company and has an ongoing program called “Artists Forever” that awards art supplies grants to grade school art classes to empower teachers to supplement their meager art budgets in the school systems and develop the next generation of creatives.
This is by no means the end of this list. Flootie is well underway with even more creative tools for artists to connect with art lovers. Our mission is to make the term “Starving Artist” obsolete. We would look forward to seeing you as a fan, an artist or an art related business. We are a grass-roots and privately owned entity with the sole intention to bring the artists and art lovers together in an intentional way.
About Dean Cameron
Dean Cameron has a 30 year career in Sales and Marketing in numerous industries resulting in relationships with many Fortune 500 Companies. Dean is an Art Collector and owner of American Fine Art Company and Flootie.com (subsidiaries of Highlander Enterprises LLC) and resides with his family in Spokane Valley, WA.
With Picxe, you have your portfolio and unique online store in a single site. Picxe is positioned as a comprehensive service that allows you to share, organize and market your art, design, and photography images.
Picxe is in Beta. During this period, those who register and upload 30 images in at least 3 categories will receive the pro account for life!
The Picxe site is in Spanish. I’m a native English language speaker and I have studied Spanish. But can read more Spanish than I can speak. As a study exercise, I registered on the Picxe site without translating the site into English. Well, I did look up some Spanish words in my Translate iPad app while completing the Picxe site sign up on my computer. But, of course, you can use Google Translate to view the Picxe site in English or any other language. In case you don’t know, here are the steps: Go to Google Translate, which you can find here. Copy and paste this link: https://picxe.com into the first box, and set the language to Spanish. Set the second box to English or other language. Then click the green “Translate” Button. The entire Picxe site now appears in English, or what ever language you have selected.
Since Picxe is based in Spain, adding your designs and photography to the site could help you reach a new market for your work.
CultureLabel.com sells art–in collector editions, art prints, photography, and originals here.
Not simply paper prints, but limited edition folding beach chairs(above) and art printed on soft accessories–pillow and cushions and kitchen accessories such as oven mitts and tea towels.
Other housewares include such things as limited edition dinner plates and coffee cups, lighting and garden accessories.
Culture Label also offers art printed on personal accessories, such as on silk scarves, silk neckties, and pants!
Recently, Amazon USA sellers were offered options to expand their store listings to Amazon store sites in Europe, Japan and all over the world.
Shortly after apply this option to my Amazon store, a buyer in Europe ordered Chris Osborne’s limited edition Robert Johnson & the Blue Terraplane poster, available on Amazon here. The poster buyer paid the extra shipping from the USA to Europe.
If you are an artist with print editions and posters especially, we will review your art for our store. If we think that it will sell on Amazon, we will add listings of your art to our store–find out more here.
inkster, written in all lowercase letters, funded their startup site with a Kickstarter campaign.
inkster encompasses all aspects of social media and eCommerce into one beautiful place where artists can promote, educate, sell, and communicate.
Anyone creative can use inkster–Musicians, painters, graphic designers, tattoo artists, graffiti artists, fashion designers, animators and the list goes on. While inkster.com sorts the content you add into categories, it also allows you to individually tag your work as you see fit.
It’s free for artists to sign up. inkster will only take 10% from sales transactions, strictly as a facilitation fee, because Toronto-based inkster CEO Danny Gibson and COO Rob Anderson think that independent artists deserve a fair chance at managing a successful career and want to provide them with an economically viable platform.
Why is this site named inkster? When broken down, ink-ster represents what an artist is. The “ster” suffix on words such as hipster, punkster, ravester have the following meanings–
1. denoting a person engaged in or associated with a particular activity or thing. Example: “gangster”
2. denoting a person having a particular quality. Example: “youngster”
When you put the word “ink” –one of, if not the oldest medium used by artists–in front of “ster,” you get inkster. Even historic composers such as Beethoven and Mozart– who didn’t even have recording equipment– used pen and ink to record their creations.
“Being an inkster is essentially being an artist or creative individual.” – Rob Anderson
Part of the research we do for our Artist Marketing Resources articles includes trying out various sales platforms for ourselves. Generally we are interested in online galleries, artist print sales sites, art licensing platforms, art magazines and art apps.
We’ve known about Fiverr for a few years now, and after hearing of creative people making as much as $47,000 per year on the Fiverr site from sales of their creative services, we decided to give it a try for ourselves. So we’re taking it for a test drive–perhaps rather skeptically at first!
Sell your black and white art, abstract color art, digital art and photography on the Crated site as framed prints, unframed prints, and prints on canvas.
Artists who sign up and upload images get prints of your art at wholesale prices. This could become a great resource for you to get low-cost prints made for your art collectors.
Crated is a super easy site to use, for instance on print sales pricing you simple enter the percentage of mark-up you wish and all your prices are set!
Crated features one of their artists each week.
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