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.

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  • 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.
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Discussion Forum

Having Prints Made

Started by Sue O'Sullivan. Last reply by karen knapp Aug 22. 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 Suzanne Vadnais Monson on July 31, 2011 at 11:13pm

I'll take a stab at answering this one Tracy, and invite anyone else with experience selling at festivals to chime in as well!

Make sure to bring helpers. In my experience this is the most important thing. At least one extra person to help set up and talk to the folks who visit your booth. It will keep you sane.

Try to get an idea of the ranges for pricing at shows in the area you will be working. It's critical to be in line with other similar merchants. A lot of people are used to seeing certain people at festivals, newcomers always stand out. Take advantage of this by pricing your goods with skill!

Have an artist statement t display. People like to know about you. Bring plenty of cash in small bills: 1's and 5's are especially helpful. Try not to price things with change, .25 or .50. Keep prices nice and even.

If you have to charge tax, have a tax rate sheet or two for easy access.

Bring a calculator that operates on batteries.

Bring plenty of water and good food, you may not be able to get away from your booth for more than quick trips to the bathroom!

Wear comfortable clothes and good shoes. Bring a camera and take pictures of your booth to post on your blog, on facebook, anywhere you promote your work.

Be prepared for bad weather. Be sure to bring an umbrella and towels for drying things off.

Have as many nice displays as you can afford. Nice easels, baskets for small items, stands for larger works.

Bring nice bags for your customers to use. handle bads are good!

These are the things that come to mind out of the gate!

Have fun! 

Comment by Tracy Yarbrough on July 31, 2011 at 10:25pm
I'm not sure if this is the right area to ask but...I need advice on how to set up a booth/tent for an art festival.  I have never done one & am totally clueless as what to do.  thanks!
Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on June 28, 2011 at 1:59pm

I am not sure if anything has changed with setting up wholesale accounts with these folks, but I simply called and was directed to the people who manage business accounts. I was sent a contract to fill out by mail. This was a little over ten years ago.

A couple of other great places for art supplies are Sax and NASCO. Both of these places offer business accounts as well. I have done a lot of buying with both of them over the years!

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on June 27, 2011 at 7:48pm
Ann Marie, I have wholesale accounts with Dick Blick, Jerry's Artarama, and Tiarco. You have to have a business license to set up wholesale accounts with these businesses. I am also affiliated with two art schools. My Triarco account is set up through a public school wholesale account. 
Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on June 22, 2011 at 8:31pm

This is what happens if you have been in the field for 20 years Ann Marie, so be prepared! I have a loyal customer base and stores and an art school I have worked with for over ten years. So I try to keep it all going! And it is so fulfilling to be doing this work. Plus I don't have makes it easier to use my time for these kinds of things. My husband is great at letting me know when he hasn't had enough time with me!

I would love to know more about setting up an eCommerce site through Big Cartel. Can you tell us more about this?




Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on June 22, 2011 at 2:00am
I do graphic design work for small businesses and manage a team of graphic designers. We do everything from designing logos to creating books, brochures, and websites. And I continue to make and sell jewelry and all of the other things I listed below. I am not selling my creations in any catalogs at this time. I am exploring selling more through internet businesses like etsy. I also teach art classes for adults and run summer art camps for children.
Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on June 21, 2011 at 8:15pm

Ann Marie I have been able to buy my materials wholesale because I have my own design business. I sell my work at shows or to retail buyers so I do not have to charge sales tax. I see beads in the same category as paint and canvas, they are art supplies. I have been making and selling jewelry, paintings, collage, sculpture, and 3 dimensional wall and garden art for a little over 15 years.

I had a series of story bracelets, my enrichuals card decks, art prints and collaged gift boxes selling in the Femail Creations catalog. I calculated all materials and doubled this to give me a materials baseline. Then I price my work according to similar items in the catalog. I made a small profit using this process.


I currently sell at local shows and to some wonderful stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota market, as well as the rural art community I live in. It's not a big money maker, but I am not in this to make a lot of money!

Does this help answer your question?


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