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How To Sell Your Art And Where You Can Sell

Updated on October 13, 2013

The gift of being able to create beautiful pieces of art is wonderful, especially for those who are looking to make some money off this hobby that they love. If you want to learn how to sell your art, there are a lot of websites that list places. We will also give you a list of the best places to sell art. Actually, you can locate this list at the bottom of the article. For now, we will teach you how to start selling paintings online and what are the most popular types of art.

How to sell a painting

In order to sell a painting, you need to do it the right way. You can’t just put up any picture of your painting. Also, your painting should be described thoroughly. Here is a list of things you need to do when selling a painting:

  • Always sign your name on the art. On the back of the canvas, you can also include your website so they can buy art directly from there.

  • Prior to selling, make sure your painting is in a well lighted area. Taking a picture of it under the sun if possible - without any shadows.

  • Frame it if possible. People will want to buy your painting just because you framed it, which most sellers don’t do. The expense is worth it though.

  • Use descriptive words, tags, and categories. Describing your painting as clearly as possible is very important. Talk about the texture it uses, colors, and the story behind it.

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How to sell art on Etsy

Ever heard of Etsy before? This is the place where all creative people go to. You know.. the ones who like painting, making jewelry, and even sewing. One of the best ways to start is by selling art on Etsy. Here ar a few ideas.

  • First open your shop. It cost nothing to open the shop but for each item you list, it cost $0.20 where the item will expire in one year. This is pretty good, if you are selling many art prints.

  • Once you’ve opened the shop, go ahead and create a pretty banner. You can also buy customized banners on Etsy where you give them the name of your shop and they will do it for you.

  • Make sure you create a very descriptive title so that way people can find your item. If you want to avoid the hassle of shipping, skip this by opting for “digital prints” to sell online.

  • If you have questions about anything, go to the forum community on there. The people are very helpful, especially if you are someone who is new on Etsy.

  • Try to list a few times each week. The more items you have, the more sales you will get.

Art that sells

There are all types of art that sells online. In order to get ideas, we suggest looking at other seller’s items. The artists may stick to one style or paint in different styles. Not all will paint on canvas either. Some will even paint on certain objects. It really depends.

  • Bright, Picasso style art

  • Landscape abstract art

  • Hand drawn portraits of celebrities

  • Personalized family portraits

  • Acrylic texture/deco paintings

  • Prints from canvas

  • Painted sculptures

  • Dog + Cat Artwork

Best places to sell art

Here is a list of the best places to sell art online. Enjoy!


With Etsy, you’ll be able to reach thousands of buyers because so many shoppers know of this place. It sure beats selling art on eBay which is where all the bargain hunters are. Also, each item you list is only $0.20 and lasts up to a year!


If you want to easily list your items and also not pay high fees, the $12 monthly fee is perfect for this. You can list as many pieces of art as you’d like.


Showing off your gallery is important and you can do this with Artmajeur. This European site will handle any sales on their site for you. Luckily, there is no commission taken from the artist although there is a low monthly fee.


Currently, Zazzle has a whopping 25 million shoppers! That’s huge! This is one reason to list your artwork there. The way it works is with royalties. They can also add your images on tons of different items.


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