Disclaimer : This post was written almost 3 year back, obviously I was in a mode of anger and resentment and was hurt at the time. Things have completely changed over the last three years. 3 coaches for mindset and business development and many self improvement and Business Masterminds down I am sure of myself more than ever before. This incident gobbled up 3 years of non creative time, spent under depression. I wish today’s me would go back and shake me out of this trauma a bit sooner. I am leaving this post up for a lesson for other artists and in hope that someone might find it useful, but know that everything happens for a reason. I was pushed towards a route of self discovery following this and today I call myself successful and thank this event in my life and for the life lesson it brought me.
For years I believed that selling Art is an easy task , which ofcourse I was led to believe . Somehow , some where and by someone.
I have no idea.
BUT I believed that all you had to do is to come with a creative idea that is brand spanking new and create something around it . Enjoy creating it , create it from the heart, throw it out in the world , get praised and that’s what creativity is all about.
I nailed it, I was led to believe by the praises that I got for my work that I nailed it .It was easy for me to wake up to a new day create something new and just be content with it.
For years I believed that, I am a very creative person and that I can easily sell my creativity. Now a belief deep rooted like that has two sides of it , either, you become over confident. OR , you get so lost in creating new Art that you entirely forget about selling side of it.
But wait here is another downside of this
You confidently give your art in the hands of “trusted” source to be sold “For you ” and on your behalf.
But what they aren’t telling you about selling Art Online is that you must know your rights and besides just knowing your rights , you must also know HOW they can ” Trusted” sources can go about cheating you.
I got badly cheated and stabbed on the back by an Art Licensing agency. Who took my art and took advantage of a “Line in the contract” that “really meant” something which ripped me off “MY RIGHT” over “My Work”.
To this day since last 2 years I have NO IDEA how many copies and products of my art have been sold by this Agency and they continue to do so. My emails were answered back for a while for the initial time of my protesting but not for so long.
As a result the Artist within me had a jolt !
I mean the deep initial jolt that really shook my creative side and I was unable to draw or create for a period of 2 years. Damn two years, I found myself lamenting about not being able to create something or anything.
I felt suffocated ! the artist within me screaming …….the ideas and creativity both abandoned me….. I was left alone.
I found myself struggling to find help trying to find the root cause of “not being able to create anything”.
Struggling to create something , anything !!
All this while the creative side of me screaming at me from inside , trying to break free , come out and like Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear says
” creativity screams to come out through you and if you don’t listen to it…. it will go and look for some other souls to bring it into realization”. (Read in detail here )
Dozens of ideas , failed to see the daylight through me found new souls those who listened to them and brought them into realization.
Ironically it is really painful to feel an idea banging against you screaming to you for realization. And then comes a time that you can feel them fading away.
And then suddenly you come across that creative idea, making bad faces at you, cause they found another outlet . Another creative soul who respected them enough and shaped them out.
I am a bit of an empath, ideas when they come to me they just come in bunches and no being able to transform them into reality really feels painful. I fought for a long time with the inability to create anything, inability to “Birth” these ideas. Failing at it , painfully seeing them adopted elsewhere.
I paid a heavy price for not listening to my intuitive sensitive side , burdening it with the “betrayed acts of trusted body”. I wasted 2 creative years of my life . Hell dozens of ideas knocking at my creative door and then finding other homes……..
Fighting it I tried “OTHER” arenas to bring my ideas and creativity to reality only to find being “betrayed” once again. Well thats another story for another day………
Today I find myself waking up from this burden of betrayal by someone else. And I wanted to start my journey by letting go of the pain of betrayal, and come out of the black cloak over my creative side.
And I am compelled to share my journey and the struggles of the two years and the process that helped me overcome that in hope that someone else might find a way out of un-creativeness a bit sooner than me.
With less scars left over the creative soul……
In the coming posts I hope to share how you can too come out of it if…..
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It doesn’t matter if you have graphic design abilities or not ,
it doesn’t matter if you are a savvy artist ,
it doesn’t matter if you are a guru in art .
You can start selling your Art on products starting today.
And in this post I will break it down for you step by step!
Why sell your art on products?
If you are an artist then I would respond why not? there is a potential for you to sell your single piece of artwork many ways , by many ways I mean many many ways. You can sell your art as Art Prints , multiple times , you can sell the same art on T-shirts , Notepads , planners, coloring books , bed spreads , towels , door mats and ……..
The possibilities are endless, believe me when i say that as Artists , designers and illustrators we are already one step ahead of earning a passive income online. One step ahead of many many many people out there who spend hundreds of dollars before hand to get their hand on one artwork that they can sell over surfaces.
You have the basic skill as an artist that you can monetize very very easily. Leverage that ! .
if you are NOT an Artist fear not there are many ways you can acquire art to sell on multiple products , there are many people who are using graphics, cliparts and illustrations that I have created and are available to create products using them.
So Why would you sell art on products ? its leveraging your potential your gifts and earning passive income while doing what you love.
How to create and prepare artwork for products
First and foremost , google image search results are not your go to place to get art to produce on products. It is true that you can stumble upon wonderful high quality photos and images but they are not OK for commercial use. And if “stolen” artwork is used in creating and selling products you can get into trouble with the original creator of the art.
❣️ So where can you get art for products?
You can create illustrations and graphics yourself or you can get artwork from websites that sell art for use in creating products , You can get Art directly from the artists and pay them for commercial use of the design. A few of the websites from where you can get art from are stock photo websites. Some of these websites are
there are many more websites from where you can bye images with a commercial use licence to create your products
❣️Resolution and art quality
The resolution of the artwork highly affects the printing quality And the quality of the product and your end results really don’t want to sell something with a crappy printing over it if your 8 is a flow resolution then no matter how high level printing you use your product will not be the same. in short low resolution is equal to to a low quality product which is equal to you unhappy customers which is equal to losses in your business Plus more refund requests
❣️ Licensed vs personal use graphics
I have already discussed earlier on in this post about using licensed versus personal use graphics . when you are using licensed images you are most likely creating products that are unique and high quality. just remember that personal use graphics that are not licence for used commercially can be harmful to your business in the long run. so it is better to discuss with the artist of the image if you plan to use there graphics on surface of products.
My personal experience with an art licensing company that is still using my graphics over products leaves Asar taste in my mouth whenever this comes up. so in short this is how we respect the designers.
❣️Best dimensions for the artwork for best quality
When it comes to you preparing your art to place on various products the best dimensions to start with would be around 2400 pixels and above with 300 DPI at least. I always use batching hacks and scripts when I work this not only helps me to create multiple versions and sizes of files but also speed up the creation process
❣️ Speed up Product Creation for Printed Products using Printful
Life becomes so easy when you can easily focus on creating new art and hand over the job of printing to someone else. The printing company that I use is Printful . This website provides the templates and the dimension requirements for the images to upload and place over the products. There are many products you can choose from that best suits your art that includes Hoodies , t-Shirts , Art prints , Home Accessories , Kids and youth clothing.
I love using Printful’s Mockup generator to create products , think about it all you have to do is upload the artwork , the mockup the printing and shipping and delivery is all taken care of by this company Below is a Mug design that I created for Graphic Designer Moms. All I had to do was to create the artwork and place it over blank mockup file and download the relevant images to use in my marketing and in social media.
There are many companies that provide the service of printing the products and most likely they have templates you can download and create you are ready to print files.For example with Printful you can download template files with bleads where you can place your art and upload . This will help you get the best results. I always recommend vector EPS files as they can be and last without any restrictions of losing the quality of the final image.
Within printful you can choose to create product creation templates that you can reuse everytime you decide to create a new product this can be reused over and over again. Just change the image of the template and you haev a brand new product to sell online through your store.
❣️ How to setup Printful on your blog?
So What is the combination of other resources that I use to make the product delivery easy?. If you have a wordpress blog then all you need is woo-commerce as additional plugin , Printful plugin and a printful account ! as easy and simple as that . Printful easily connects with your online shop and seamlessly pushes the order to printful where it is created and shipped.
hope your summer is going super well and that you’re having a wonderful time bonding with your kids. I pray your laundry piles are small, your coffee hot and your blog is growing. And if you are a shop owner I pray that it is expanding and more and more sales are dripping in , its my little prayer for you and the best one I can give at the moment from an Artist to an Artist.
I have exciting news! Both personal and on the blog. Let’s get right into it….
#1 I am officially coming back to my paintings after nearly 7 years!!
You might remember my story how I was cheated by an Art Licensing company and lost my muse? if not you can read about it right here.
It took me longer than I thought , it feels like I have been awaken up from a dream now. There were many nights of crying and many days of cursing ( dont we all do that ? ) if not … then this was where I was at. I was devastated felt rejected, blamed everything and anything on to the little heartbreak.
It took me 3 mindset and business coaches, 1 failed coach choice and a lot of forgiveness work that I can officially declare that I am back to work. More on choosing the right Coach later , but for now I am a firm a believer that you need a community of Artists and creators who understand you , and more intimate this community is better it is .
Having said that, during this time the lessons that I was able to learn are worth Gold, nothing happens without a cause. Everything is there for a reason, I have grown out so much stronger and wiser as a person from this experience and now I truly thank the Art Licensing company for the experience they have helped me go through.
I almost laugh at the story that I shared from a state of mind that was all angry and full of resentment. Sorry but not so sorry…..
Here is my latest Islamic Art painting <3
My first painting (after 7 years) is not stiring me enough from inside , I pulled it up and hung it over my living room wall, but nope I still have to uncover a lot from inside. I looked towards it everyday, continued my daily morning practices for creativity and raising my vibrations to connect to creative muse within me and make it stronger, and as I dd this practice more, the painting started to represent an era of transition and as soon as I overcame that, my heart for done with enjoying the painting ( it is off to a new home now).
#2 I am starting a brand new hand painted furniture business.
It is so hush hush at the moment , I haven’t shared this on social media or anywhere else , infact not even to my family yet 🙂 but you know … I feel close to you , since you are my pen friend I needed to get this out …. 🙂 Dont forget to subscribe to my email list if you want to recieve updates on my creative musings and latest updates.
#3 My website is coming up with a new branding
With so much going on and myself handling that too, it is coming on up slowly but you might have noticed the new home page?
#4 Creative Business School 101
For the past 4 year I’ve yearned to create a Course that is made specifically for Artists and Creatives –
where I can teach you how I’ve created my own product based business using my arts and illustrations and now run it successfully from the comfort of my home.I finally know exactly how I want to teach it and what I will put into the course. It just clicked last week – I can’t wait to tell you more.
My current goal is to get it to you by July 20th , It will teach you not just how to create an online Shop and your own products selling through a stand alone website but also how to create an evergreen funnel to it – so you don’t have to struggle with tech issues and driving traffic to it all the time.make money.
It’s basically teaching you exactly how I run my product based business right now 😉 Most products that teach you how to create a product and a business with a successful funnel go for $997 (no kidding!) but right now I’m planning to launch it for under $100.
So skip one date night and save up your money. This.will.be.so.worth.it!
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