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How to Sell Your Art

Updated on February 21, 2012

Utilizing Online Resources


It's Easy!

To sell your artwork online, choose whether you're going to sell directly to the market yourself or sign up at a Print-On-Demand (POD) Website, or a printing service that takes the sales, sends you a cut of each sale, prints the merchandise, and mail delivers the product(s) for you. Selling through a POD leaves a lot more time for creating. Plus, you get to order your own prints at cost.

Sell Originals and Prints of Your Art

If you prefer to sell original works of art, you'll find several free options including sites like Etsy and Ebay. But you don't have to choose, why not use more than one option. You can get a lot for that original oil painting and still make money selling museum quality prints.

Explore Different Free Sites

If you explore the sites listed on this page, you're sure to find the right website for you. Many artists use additional resources, like Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to market their art as it's available for sale. Consider writing a daily blog to keep your fans up-to-date and connected.

Advice When Getting Started

Look Professional

If you want to do this for a living, look the part. You want people to be able to find your art when the run across your art and want to see more of your work. The best way to do this is to set up a website with your name (i.e. like www.yourname.com, www.yournameart.com, www.yournamepaintings.com, or www.yournameartist.com) It's important to have a domain of your own, not just depend on the free websites. There are several low cost hosting options.

Let Your Personality Shine Through

Make your website look like you. Your uniqueness will leave an impression. Who are you and why do you create art? What inspires you? Tell people what you've created and why so they understand what they're looking at. People like to understand what they're looking at.

Organize

Keep your categories clear and organized so people can navigate easily through your work.

Show Prices

List all your prices and where they can purchase the art. Make it as easy as possible to buy your artwork. If you have art samples listed on other sites like your blog, Flickr, or Facebook, be sure they're directly linked to where they can be purchased.

Be Accessible

List your contact information clearly so anyone can easily contact you if they have questions.

Work Those Keywords

Pick keywords so people can find you.

Tell Them Why They Need Your Art

When someone purchases your art, what do they say they like it? What did they compliment and how did it make them feel? Tell you audience why they need to purchase your art.

Go to Fine Art America
Go to Fine Art America

Fine Art America

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

Fine Art America is one of the largest, fastest-growing art communities in the world. It's the premier online marketplace for buying and selling fine art originals and fine art prints.

*Free Sale Account

*Create an online portfolio

*Upload your images, set your print prices, and start selling!

*Preview at Full Resolution to allow buyers to see the details!

*Watermark for Added Security

*Issue Online Press Releases

*Create HTML e-mails in seconds, send the e-mails to everyone on your e-mail list, and then track to see who opens the e-mails!

*Network with other Artists

*Advertise upcoming appearances and events, posting press releases, and more!

Go To ImageKind
Go To ImageKind

ImageKind

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

ImageKind is one of the fastest growing art communities on the web. We are dedicated to selling and producing your work with the highest quality framed giclee prints and recognized attention-to-detail.

*Unlimited uploads - unleash your creativity, upload images as often as you want

*Museum quality printing and framing

*Set the mark up

*5% commission on frames and framing product sales (% on free account status)

*Dedicated URL

*No ads on your site, customers can focus on your creations

*Retain the copyright of all the images

Go To ArtyBuzz
Go To ArtyBuzz

ArtyBuzz

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

ArtyBuzz is a vibrant online art community where anyone can view, enjoy, show, sell and buy fantastic art.

*Prints, Canvases, T-Shirts and more...

*Set your own Mark Up Price

*ArtyBuzz distributes worldwide for you

*Retain copyright

*Watermark option

Go To Artist Rising
Go To Artist Rising

Artist Rising

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

Artist Rising gives you a platform to show and sell your art as well as connect with a global community of artists. Take advantage of the Internet's largest market of art buyers. Access sales and marketing tools to reach them!

*Free Membership

*50 Uploads

*Affordable posters and fine art prints

*30% royalty on the sale of each print

*E-mail marketing tool

*Sale reports reflecting your print sales, associated royalties, and traffic

Go To Saacti Online
Go To Saacti Online

Saatchi Online

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

Saatchi Online makes it easy to sell your work to a worldwide network of art lovers, collectors, gallerists and curators. Selling on Saatchi Online is risk free.

Showdown is, part of Saatchi Online, an online competition where artists can showcase their work and go head-to-head with other artists, giving the winner a chance to display their art at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

*70% paid to the artist

*Sell Prints and / or Originals

*NO MEMBERSHIP FEES, NO LISTING FEES, and NO SUBMISSION FEES

*Saatchi Online delivers worldwide for you

*You'll benefit from our PR exposure, world wide marketing campaigns

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Go To Deviant ART
Go To Deviant ART

DeviantART

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

Upload and share art on DeviantART. Sell prints and other products with your design.

*Free Membership

*Quality Printed Merchandise (cards, coffee mugs, clothes, and much more)

*Sell prints on wrapped canvas, fine art quality, and photo quality

*Purchase your own work at cost

2GB free Space (10G available with premium membership)

Go To Cafe Press
Go To Cafe Press

Cafe Press

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

Cafe Press

*Over 250 Products (Shirts, bags, mugs, ...)

*Set your commission

*Sale Bonuses

*High Traffic Site

*International Sales

Go To Zazzle
Go To Zazzle

Zazzle

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

Zazzle

*Free and Easy

*Put your designs on hundreds of retail quality products

*Name your own Commission

*Reach more than 20 million monthly customers

Marketing Your Art for Profit

Go To FoundMyself.com
Go To FoundMyself.com

Found Myself

A POD (Print-On-Demand) Company

Foundmyself plays no part in transactions. They provide an audience and the tools necessary for selling your art, but the sale is between you and the buyer. Why are we doing this? We feel artists need as much help getting exposure as they can, and we trust you enough to donate some money when you find our features useful. More than 50,000 visitors per month

*Free to Join

*1 GB Space

*100% Sale to the Artist

*Gallery Styles, Stats, and Tools

*Supports Images, Videos, and Music

Videos about Selling Art Online

Go To Etsy
Go To Etsy

Etsy

Etsy

*Free to Join

*Set Your Own Price

*20 cents to list an item for four months

*3.5% Fee when a product sells

*Etsy does NOT print your artwork or mail it out.

Go To BluJay
Go To BluJay

BluJay

BluJay is a 100% free online classified marketplace. Start selling for free today.

*Unlimited ads

*4 photos per listing

*No listing expiration

*Simple URL

*Shoppers can browse and contact without registration

go to Ebay
go to Ebay

Ebay

Ebay has more than 97 million active users globally, eBay is the world's largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything.

*Free Account

*Ebay does NOT Print or Mail art

*List items at a set price (Buy Now) or at auction

*Fees for Listing, a % of the final sale price, and upgrade fees depend on the item and listing options used

*See Website for more information on requirements and fees

Go To Oil Paintings Online
Go To Oil Paintings Online

Oil Paintings Online

Oil Paintings Online is not just for oil artists. They get artists of all types online to sell their work without any fees.

*Free Account

*100% Sales Commission to Artists

*No Upload Limit

*Oil Paintings Online does NOT print and mail for you

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Something I have been looking for to sell my art or photos. Thanks for sharing. BTW, you may want to change the module titles from the generic titles as recommended by Squidoo forums.

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      missyjanette 5 years ago

      nice !

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      mommafox 5 years ago

      @Pam Irie: Thank you Veryirie. Glad you found the lens helpful.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Lots of online resources for selling art online. Excellent info!