The Business Side of Selling Art


The Business Side of Selling Art

This group is for anyone interested in sharing ideas about selling the work they create. Our goal is to offer reliable advice on how to price art, how to package and present art for sale, as well as how to sell in a range of markets.

Members: 368
Latest Activity: on Wednesday


Hello and Welcome to the Business of Selling Art Group!

Just a few simple guidelines:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to selling your works of art, which can include topics such as pricing, packing and shipping, promo ideas, building a website, sales venues, handling commissions, exhibit advice, etc.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!

Discussion Forum

a sales website?

Started by Cliff Hutchings. Last reply by Laura Luisa Cowell Mar 3. 2 Replies

I am wondering what others think about a display and sales website of your own?Are these successful in relation to the costs involved in setting it up and the running costs?I can also add to mine sales of resin scale model parts and plants plus…READ MORE

Having Prints Made

Started by Sue O'Sullivan. Last reply by Pris Hardy Feb 26. 2 Replies

Hello, I have just had my first request for a print of a piece of my artwork but am finding it difficult to decide on choice of paper, sizing, who to use (am UK based). Any advice would be much appreiated.SueREAD MORE

Photographing your Artwork

Started by Michael Beckett. Last reply by Doris Culverhouse Feb 20. 19 Replies

I wasn't sure where to post this. I decided to post it here because it is an important topic for presenting your artwork on the internet. It may not be for sale, but it is especially important when it is for sale.Mods, if you have a better place for…READ MORE

Tags: internet, presentation, artwork, photographing

Selling your Art

Started by Dallas Nyberg. Last reply by Arturo Nulla Magalona Feb 18. 45 Replies

I was asked a little while back by anotherartist about how I sell my art... you know... how much do I charge?... who do I sell it to? and so I thought I might share my answers to her with all of you...I hope you might find it…READ MORE

Help! I need to make prints of pen and ink drawings

Started by Susanne Fisher. Last reply by Cathi Laferriere Jan 11. 10 Replies

Hi,I know questions of printing have been asked on here but I cannot seem to find the right solution. I want to sell prints of my pen and ink drawings of animals on Etsy. I want to have prints made but I don't want them to be too expensive because I…READ MORE

Who has the most traffic when it comes specifically to selling art on a website like Etsy or Fine Art of America? I

Started by Cathi Laferriere. Last reply by Jayne Somogy Jan 8. 2 Replies

I couldn't think of any others, any suggestions?  I had a personal website but could  never drive people to it without spending a bucketload of money. How do other people do it? Any and all suggestions are appreciated. READ MORE

Trying to get my artwork printed on tea cups and tea pots

Started by Calsanne Steward. Last reply by Calsanne Steward Sep 19, 2014. 2 Replies

Hello Something I am really interested in is having my artwork printed onto tea cups and tea pots. I would like one day to have a boutique store that sells all sorts of tableware, but tea cups and pots are where I would like to start. I've even been…READ MORE

Taking the Giant Leap? How do you become a successful full-time Artist?

Started by Jeanmarie. Last reply by Laura Luisa Cowell Aug 27, 2014. 3 Replies

So often I just want to quit my 9-5 desk job and just paint. Juggling art and work has become cumbersome. I've got an itch to pursue selling my art full time, but the financial leap of faith scares me. Has anyone taken the giant leap from part-time…READ MORE

Transaction issues

Started by Aubrey Campbell. Last reply by lori savage Aug 27, 2014. 9 Replies

Earlier this year, I had someone contact me who was interested in one of my paintings. We discussed price, she seemed perfectly fine with it...then nothing happened and I lost contact with her for a couple months.Two weeks ago, she contacted me out…READ MORE

Tags: customers, business, painting

Good marketing resources from thriving artist's summit

Started by Zoe Zuniga. Last reply by Sheila Dunn Aug 11, 2014. 6 Replies

Hi all, it is so great to have this group! I am just starting to learn about new art markets in this digital world with all the reading I have been doing this last month, and I wanted to share a few links:I stumbled across this summit somehow in my…READ MORE

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Comment by Laura Luisa Cowell on October 28, 2014 at 1:12pm

Congrats!!!!!!! Good luck on your new endeavor. What process are you using for your prints? I've been thinking about that myself just this week. But the idea of delving into another research process gives me a pain.

Comment by Calsanne Steward on October 28, 2014 at 12:46pm

I'm so excited. Tomorrow I'm going to start the process of getting my art professionally printed for sale. I've created an Etsy shop and it should be ready for customers within the next 2 weeks. Yay! Life long dreams coming true. 

Comment by michael daly on June 30, 2014 at 7:31pm

So glad to join you all. Looking forward to taking our art to those who love art.

Comment by Zoe Zuniga on March 2, 2014 at 5:32pm

a great series on  youtube about getting art patrons to sponsor your projects before during and after the work is completed.

Comment by alexis ciccone on January 28, 2014 at 9:50pm

Great Amanda- thank you again. This should help.

Comment by Amanda on January 28, 2014 at 4:15pm

Yes, is definitely different from Paint by Microsoft.  It is a mock up of Photoshop. In you simply go to Image>resize and there you find the dropdown box for changing the image in dimension and resolution.  Here is more info:

Comment by alexis ciccone on January 28, 2014 at 2:55pm

Thanks again Hayley  :D

Comment by alexis ciccone on January 28, 2014 at 2:53pm

I have the paint program - but can't seem to find out how to change the resolution. Is different?

Thank you so much for the info. 

Comment by Amanda on January 28, 2014 at 1:24pm

Alexis, I recommend you download for your process. It is FREE. and it will allow you to edit your photos. I do caution you though, if your original photo is a low resolution, then "upping" the pixels per inch can result in pixelation- the gritty- boxed version of an image.  In you can view the image at 100% resolution and see what it would look like in print, to help you decide if you are happy with it. :) 

Comment by Hayley Huckson on January 28, 2014 at 12:58pm

They can come straight from your picture files on your pc, not the camera, for all of the sites I listed.  if they are not very good quality pics I think point101 recommends the best size print you can do with them - usually smaller than the original, give it a try they are all really straight forward sites  xx  


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