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: 401
Latest Activity: Nov 8, 2019


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

Having Prints Made

Started by Sue O'Sullivan. Last reply by karen knapp Aug 22, 2019. 5 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

Does anyone bought morden oil paintings from ?

Started by yupoome. Last reply by David B Oct 8, 2018. 2 Replies

just like the title's question .If someone bought from there .Then maybe will get a giveaway from them,Please contact to get detailREAD MORE

Tags: Multi-color, Hand-painted, Scenery


Started by Kink Jarfold. Last reply by yupoome Sep 30, 2018. 12 Replies

Has anyone looked into or used any of these on line art exhibitors? MORE

How much money to Ask for prior to Completion of picture

Started by Nick Nicholson. Last reply by Nick Nicholson Apr 21, 2018. 2 Replies

Hi alljust wondering when doing a commissioned pictures how much does anyone charge in advance prior to completion. Regards NickREAD MORE

Selling your Art

Started by Dallas Nyberg. Last reply by D'Ann Douglas Mar 3, 2016. 49 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

Sales advice

Started by Donna. Last reply by Pris Hardy Nov 15, 2015. 3 Replies

Hi.  I'd like some advice.  A nearby community holds an annual holiday 'open house' where a 4 block strip of businesses do special window displays, give samples, host musical performances etc. for 3 hours.  How should I approach these businesses for…READ MORE

Fantasy Artist

Started by Julia Ruane-Smith Nov 5, 2015. 0 Replies

I am a fantasy artist, medium is colored pencil with some ink. Years ago I printed out my art as greeting cards and sold them in stores and online. Didn't make a lot of money. I know a lot of fantasy artists and they have encouraged me to liscence…READ MORE

Tags: liscencing, business, rep, art

carrying paintings to art shows

Started by Judy Lynn. Last reply by Judie Martinez Aug 30, 2015. 9 Replies

I have 30 acrylic paintings to carry to a local show on 9/18. I've never had to transport that many paintings. The smallest is 11x14 and largest 16x20. There's an art festival 9/12 too, so I'd like a reusable (inexpensive) solution. Any advice?

selling downloadable coloring books

Started by Judy Lynn. Last reply by Carol Mayer Aug 18, 2015. 7 Replies

Hi - I'm new to the site and haven't figured out how to forgive me if you've covered this before. I'm in a weekly art group and we all try to convince our resident pen-ink artist to sell coloring books. He's open to it but doesn't want…READ MORE

Taking Risks in the art business

Started by Elmarie Smit. Last reply by Elmarie Smit Apr 30, 2015. 4 Replies

Hi everybody. I am currently starting a completely new series of works that is absolutely out of my comfort zone. I am also not sure how I will be able to market it or if I will be able to find sales points for the work I will be producing.Has…READ MORE

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Comment by Laura Luisa Cowell on October 28, 2014 at 5:12pm

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 4:46pm

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 July 1, 2014 at 12:31am

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

Comment by alexis ciccone on January 29, 2014 at 2:50am

Great Amanda- thank you again. This should help.

Comment by Amanda on January 28, 2014 at 9:15pm

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 7:55pm

Thanks again Hayley  :D

Comment by alexis ciccone on January 28, 2014 at 7:53pm

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 6:24pm

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 alexis ciccone on January 28, 2014 at 5:51pm

Hi Haley,

Thanks for the quick response.

Yes you info. helped a lot.

Is there a way I could copy my photos from my pictures file into say point101-and adjust them to the required dpi- or do they need to go directly from my digital camera to one of these programs?

One of my problems now is that I no longer have the art work-just the photos in my files. So If there is a way I could rework them into one of these new programs I would do it.

But you have been great and I really appreciate all your help Haley.  :D

Comment by alexis ciccone on January 28, 2014 at 5:24pm

I usually sell only originals of my work- but lately I have had several inquires about making prints,cards, and even a gift book of my work. 

Problem is I don't have a program like Photoshop to set my resolution to  the required size.

I tried to use Vista print to make cards and prints but a dialog box comes up that says the picture does not meet the required dpi  and could bleed or be a poor copy once printed.

Any suggestions of how to acquire prints and cards?


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