MY REDBUBBLE SHOP IS OPEN
For some time I’ve been looking into ways of selling my work online. I’ve considered Etsy, RedBubble and using PayPal to sell from my blog. And finally today is the day when it all comes together! I am really excited to be launching my RedBubble shop.
If you glance slightly to the left of this post you should see my RedBubble display. There are links over there to take you straight to the shop.
Last year I designed a series of four prints entitled Seasons, related to the Judy & the Jacaranda artists book featured in last week’s post. I gave some of these away to celebrate my 200th post, and now I have decided that the proceeds from these prints should go to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Fund.
Over at RedBubble, the prints are available as greeting cards or as prints, in a variety of formats including matted photographic prints and printed on canvas. RedBubble offer a money back guarantee and you do not have to join anything to shop.
It’s a great cause, and I hope you will support it!
All that aside, I thought you might be interested to hear why I decided to opt for an online shop and then what my research about the options revealed. There’s quite a bit of info, so I’ve decided to split it across two posts. I’ll explain the features of each option, what I considered to be the advantages and disadvantages, and finally why I decided RedBubble suits me best at this time.
I should say that I have no affiliation with any of the sites that led me to favour one over another. Also, there are other options such as CafePress, but that is more for merchandise like t-shirts, aprons, mugs and so on. I wasn’t after that sort of product, so I haven't looked closely at it.
Why Sell Art Online?
I could write a whole post and still not fully answer this question, or I could just say, “because the web is there”, but I’m going to try to give an honest, personal response.
For me, with my health problems, it seems a logical approach. Despite being ill for 20 years, I am serious about my art and I would like to have the best career I can, within these limitations.
Making art is almost essential to me. Only a few steps behind breathing, eating, sleeping. But now that I’ve reached a certain level, it has become increasingly important to share what I do. That said, it feels like I have barely enough time and energy for the art-making, so how can I find time to get the work “out there”?
I’ve been inspired by Michael Nobbs, another PWCFS who describes himself as an artist, blogger and tea drinker. He blogs at Sustainably Creative and this year has taken the plunge as a full-time blogger, supporting himself entirely via his online network. His aspirations are somewhat grander and different to mine (you can read more about them on his blog) but I’ve learned a lot from watching him and reading his advice.
Not long after I first encountered Michael, he was interviewed for Chris Guillebeau’s Unconventional Guide to Art & Money. On impulse, and largely because Michael was a part of the project, I purchased a copy. This e-book provides a broad brushstroke approach to an internet-based art career (hence the unconventional – avoiding total reliance on the gallery/museum).
It has taken me about 12 months to digest all this, but a couple of months ago I realized: “Well, I already blog, and I catch up with some people on Facebook from time to time. Oh! and I have a Flickr account that’s been a bit ignored lately, but I used to post my work there regularly. Plus there are a few book arts forums…”
So it seems to me that selling online is the missing link, and that by just continuing to share what I do, how I do it and what I learn, as I’ve already been doing, and simply adding in selling in one or two locations, something quite lovely and rewarding could be created.
So, here I am, dipping my toes into the vast sea that is online selling! What an adventure! But how to go about it? Well, that’s coming in Part 2.