7 Ways to Put Your Art out into the world
True art is made for the joy of it but I’d be lying if I said I get no validation from selling my work. Of course I do! Selling art makes me feel good and it pays for more art supplies (and more if you’re lucky).
Becoming a working artist is all about putting yourself out there. It takes work, and sometimes you have to run it like a business. But if the day comes when you can quit your day job and do art full time, well….then you’re living the dream.
Even if you need a job, a gran or a sponsor, don’t give up the joy of making art. Here are some tried and tested ways to put your art out into the world because it’s your job to share your talents with the rest of us.
1. Artwork Licensing
Artwork licensing is a great way to make money off of your art. You can sell prints, posters, t-shirts, phone cases, etc. There are many different ways to license artwork. If you have any questions about how to get started, feel free to contact me at
2. Print Sales
Print sales are a great way to make some extra cash. Many artists sell their work online through Etsy or eBay. However, if you want to take your print sales to the next level, consider selling them at local galleries. Most galleries offer discounts for bulk orders.
3. Online Store
An online store is a great way to sell your products. You can set up your own website or use platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, Woo Commerce, Volusion, SquareSpace, and others.
4. Resale Marketplaces
Resale marketplaces allow you to buy items at wholesale prices and then resell them at retail prices. You could even try second-hand markets where a group of vendors sell new and used home decor and vintage items.
5. Social Media
Social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Vine, and YouTube are great places to promote your artwork. Make sure to post high quality images and videos.
6. Group Shows
Group shows are similar to gallery shows except they are held in public spaces instead of private ones. These events often happen in bars or restaurants where people can pay to attend.
Exhibits are a great way to show your artwork. Consider doing group exhibits or solo exhibitions. Solo exhibitions require a lot of planning and preparation. A good place to start would be contacting museums and galleries near you.
You may like to try one, two or more of these avenues. My advice would be to stick with what you like to do best.