How to sell custom printed products using Printful

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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!

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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.

Related Post : How to Use Graphic Design To Sell Things Online

So Why would you sell art on products ? its leveraging your potential your gifts and earning passive income while doing what you love.

Increase your exposure and skyrocket your income by creating and selling digital products through your blog. Click to read the full detail on how to multiply your passive income by selling digital products online

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

Related Post : 17 Places to Sell Graphics Online ( where you can get images from as well )

❣️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.

Related Resource : Commercial use Graphics and Cliparts

Related post : What they are not telling you about selling Art online

❣️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

Related Post: Batch process in Photoshop : 28 Useful Free Scripts to speed up your work

Scripts for illustrator : 5o Scripts for illustrator 

❣️ 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.

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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.

Increase your exposure and skyrocket your income by creating and selling digital products through your blog. Click to read the full detail on how to multiply your passive income by selling digital products online mockup Handle on Right 11oz How to sell custom printed products using PrintfulThere 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.

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❣️ 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.

Ready to start selling Printed products using Printful ? Lets get started ! Signup for a free account


How to Better Streamline Your Social Media Management

if you are a small business entrepreneur like me chances are you are still struggling to streamline different aspects of social media scheduling. While juggling with various business related tasks and most of all some or another unforeseen task waiting to disturb the plan that you have in mind for the day . I can totally understand that how frustrating it can become to manage social media.

I sometimes wished and hoped that I had grown enough to hire a VA who is hired JUST to handle my social media accounts for me . I totally get it , while trying to grow our business we miss on the great returns social media can bring in  if handled methodically and regularly.

Are you a small biz owner hoping that you could hire a VA to manage your social media for you , but cant afford at the moment. I have good news for you , You have a VA for your social media tasks !! err maybe not for free but for a wonderfully manageable cost !. I am talking about my recent new love , a social media and your blog management tool. CoSchedule is an all-in-one marketing calendar that brings your content and social media in the same place. It’s your unified marketing calendar of record!

Some of the key features of CoSchedule are

  • Drag-And-Drop Marketing Calendar

  • Easy Social Media Scheduling

  • Easy Workflow Management For Your Marketing Team

  • Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content

  • Works Great With WordPress

  • Manage Google Docs Content

  • Manage Evernote Content

  • Convert Evernote & Google Docs Content To WordPress

  • Lot’s Of Intergrations That Will Simplify Your Life

Lets get a bit more detailed overview of these features.

Drag-And-Drop Marketing Calendar

Yes it is possible ! indeed , with CoSchedule drag and drop feature you can simply re-arrange your marketing calendar. Move around your scheduled posts and the full social media posts control.



Easy Social Media Scheduling

The best thing about CoSchedule is that as you can manage all of your content using drag-and-drop simplicity. Things get really yummy when you can schedule upto the coming month or say a year! , keep those posts evergreen. Plan them out for the full month and ahead and just sit back and see them rolling at designated times. Good news is there is no limit to number of posts .

In the image below you can see that how it is easy for me to even get an overview of the full social media schedule. You can also assign tasks for your posts .

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Easy Workflow Management For Your Marketing Team

Now I dont have a marketing team and that is why I am loving the ability of this tool , but if still however you decide to handover the task to someone else then the whole management process becomes so easy. You can assign tasks from inside CoSchedule and then see which one of your team member is where at his / her tasks.

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Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content Works Great With WordPress.

And then while you are working on a new post or you want to re-schedule old content you can easily see how well the posts have performed or posts that need to be shared. That my friend is a priceless tool when it comes to creating evergreen content.

With this amazing WordPress plugin, you can save a ton of time and grow your traffic by scheduling social media promotion right from WordPress while you blog! CoSchedule is the the marketing calendar that WordPress has been missing.

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Manage Google Docs/Evernote Content

if you are like me , who hates to write inside wordpress ? this clever tool can connect seamlessly to your Google Docs or Evernote content and convert it to your wordpress post.

CoSchedule integrates with WordPress, Evernote, Google Docs, Google Analytics and major social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.

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below is an overview walkthrough shared by CoSchedule if you are interested in learning about it more then check this out. Oh ! and if you click through any of my links you will get 14days trial.

Would you like to streamline your Social Media Management? Check out CoSchedule . If this tool can work for me it will work for you too 🙂 . Which tools do you use and recommend I would love to know share in comments below.

20 Free Logo Mockup PSD Templates for designers

Logo mockup templates are layered PSD files that are editable . And are a great way to represent your design to your client. It is best that client gets a visual on how the logo will look when printed. Since Logo iteself is a visual representation of a brand and the client is already expecting a Visual outcome from your side , a logo mockup rightly created increases a chance of being approved.

The best Logo Mockup file should be realistic , well layered and easy to use even for a novice graphic designer. I have complied a list of Free Logo Mockup PSDs that i found very useful. hope this helps you get some projects finalized.

Gold Letterpress Logo Mockup



Logo MockUps – Paper Edition



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Free Retro Badge Logo Design



Hanging Wall Sign MockUp



Free Logo/Text Mock-up – Paint On Wood

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Free Logo/Text Mock-up – Watercolor Painting

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Vintage Logo Mockup



Close-Up Logo Mock-ups



Spot UV Logo MockUp



Embroidered Logo MockUp



Natural Paper Printed Logo MockUp



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PSD Paper Logo Mock-Up



Engraved Wood MockUp



Luxury Wedding Logo Mockups



Close Up Logo Mock-Up



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My 10 New Year Resolutions as a Struggling Artist

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1- Get inspired 

I know there is sometimes a very thin line between getting inspired and sometimes you are sure to adopt it as is . The aim of an artist when looking for inspiration should be to “LIKE” some “WAYS” another artist works . Then try to incorporate those “WAYS” into their own work but NOT as is. I hope that makes sense!

As for me as an artist “I will get inspired”

2- Create or Develop further on my Style

Defination of “STYLE” can be very confusing just like getting “inspiration” . A style is something which you as an artist feels comforatble doing , and you are best at it . One can not copy or incorporate a style of another artist no matter how hard they try. In my openion a style doesnt come in a day or two it developes and flourishes from inspirations.

As for me as an artist” I will find what i am really good at and will work on it more”

3- Find my Style

Aha ! sometimes or most of the times we are struggling especially when we have just started working full time as an artist. trying to really have that AHA moment. The AHA moment is when you have found your style or maybe part of it . So look out for that AHA moments , stick to them !

Many AHA’s will combine togather to form a style .

As for me as an artist” Find that AHAs”

4-Write a blog post every week.

Well thats a tricky and hardest one for me , when i initially started blogging i had that full time drive to write . I wrote many Tutorials , blog posts and what not . At one time i was managing around 4 blogs in all. I had that drive to write , pasion to share . I lost it 🙁

For me that happened when i got overwhelmed ! dont do it … take one thing at a time to work on , baby steps i tell you … 🙂

As for me as an artist ” Write and publish atleast one blog post every week”

I will try to get back there but this time …. slowly.

5- Read more.

Reading opens up and sharpens a mind. Read often , read more . Not only the blog posts of another artist , articles by Artists but on various subjects. May range from Art in general to religion , philosophy , life sciences , technology and more.

As for me I will try to ” Read and get inspired ”

6- Explore and learn and practice

As Exploration and learning is important for a child growing up , i think in the same way an artist who is struggling is a child new to the world of Art and will only learn through exploration and learning .

Next step would be to incorporate what is learned into practice .

As for me i will “Explore and implement through practice”

7- A new artwork every week

The Exploration and learning has no home until it is put into practice . For an artist putting into practice is both Time demanding , need practice , need patience and needs a Get it Done approach.

As for me i will ” Create a new Artwork every week ”

PS and have it finished too!

8- Get social.

Yes by social i mean not only social on social networking sites , but also reaching out to local galleries , local art groups and more. Make friends on Social networking sites like Facebook , Instagram and twitter. Make friends with people that you can connect with and that connection not only keeps your mind at peace ( a requirement to create art ) . And also this will help you so much to get inspired and create more.

As for me “Get organized plan a social plan”

9- Create and achieve a monthly challenge.

Challenge yourself to achieve a bigger task broken into smaller tasks  . For instance if you are challenging yourself to have an art exhibit by the end of the year . Start acting now! challenge yourself to create 3-4 artworks per month the try to achieve a challenge that is small.

Break your bigger dream into small achievable challenges that you can achieve.

Good to make a list

As for me “Make a todo list of baby challenges that will finalize into bigger Target”

You may follow me on social networks for this i will be posting about my challenges hashtag-ed as #Doneitnow2015

10- Get it done!

I tell you twice while writing this post i was just about to leave it for later and finish at another time , but then , i am committing myself this year to have a Get it Done approach . I held myself up by the collar not to leave the screen until this one gets done .

There are tons of works in my drive that were left in between their progress and believe me 80% chances are there that you will not return back to it , as an artist you will have a new inspiration next time and you will be starting to work on the new inspiration! . So just Get it done Now!

As for me ” Just Get it Done Now” #Doneitnow2015

See my latest posts on social media tagged #Doneitnow2015 Join the conversation!

Believe me with all these in place you will now have a very peaceful sleep knowing that you did your best. Thats what matters the most. Do you agree with me on these? Do you have some points of your own through which other struggling artist like me also can benifit ? dont forget to share your thoughts in comments.

12 Amazing Vintage Public Domain Free Stock Photo Websites

A while back i shared 16 Stock photo websites that you can sell your digital photography or graphic design skills . But sometimes you need graphics for your projects . Below is a list of some of useful free stock photo sites that I have found and bookmarked over the years.

Public Domain Archive Free Stock Photo


An interesting collection of stock photo images though the site doesn’t have a large database of images but they do post a weekly free image for download. The site has a Vintage images section right from the home page , a Weekly free image link and modern images link.

The British Library on Flickr

12 vintage stock photo image websites

The British Library on Flickr has released thousands of stock photo images into the public domain . There are lots of useful decorative accents and elements for digital collage or such . The sizes are various they can be easily incorporated into your artworks as parts of a one whole artwork. Can be used for adaptive and derivative works. stock photo images

12 vintage stock photo image websites

Here you can get linked to all the photo archives of different US government organizations like NASA, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Library of Congress. It’s a lot to go through and find something perfect for your need as lot of redundant images are posted but it’s going to be one of the more reliable sources out there for finding public domain images

Some of these photos are in the public domain or U.S. government works and may be used without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license or copyright. You should read the disclaimers on each site before using these images.

Flickr Common

12 vintage stock photo image websites

A big library of public domain images the site shares hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives. some of these valuable archives are by public libraries and museums . The images are there as they have expired and fall into public domain. Again you might need some time out to browse the site . Good idea would be to create your own sets of images while you browse.

Public Domain Pictures

12 vintage stock photo image websites

A useful repository of free public domain images , free download high quality HD photos you can even share your own and become part of the community. For Commercial Use , please be aware that some photos do require a model or property release .

PD Photos

12 vintage stock photo image websites is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use. But if you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that standards for such use are higher. Specifically, you should assume no model release was obtained. And pictures featuring products or property should be used with care. The photos are here to be used, but I don’t want you to get either of us in trouble over it.

Old Book Illustrations

12 vintage stock photo image websites

This site is dedicated to providing our visitors with a wide range of illustrations scanned from old books. Most of these vintage pictures are originally wood engravings or woodcuts, fewer are etchings or metal engravings; if you are looking for nineteenth century or victorian clipart, you might just find it here.

Some bonus Links that are equally image rich!

Important lincesing info :

All Images provided on Public Domain Archive are bound to Creative Commons Deed CC0. You are free to adapt and use the Images for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. 

Generally, works in the public domain, including images, can be used without restriction. However, determining if a work or image is in fact in the public domain can be challenging,  there is always the possibility, however small, that an image on this site is in fact not in the public domain and has been erroneously included in their collections. So make sure if you are using an image for commercial purpose you do your homework on the image still.

My Top 5 free vector illustrations and resources downloads

Time for a review of my website , some of the free downloads are just hitting ceilings , and if you have been missing these , now is your time to grab them.

Here is a list of top 5 free vector resources downloads from Aivault blog. Check them out and thanks for loving these.

Drips and splatters Vector Symbols Library

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24 drips and spray symbols library

9046 Downloads and still counting


Free illustration Friday : Rope Brushes

posterwind My Top 5 free vector illustrations and resources downloads

Rope Brushes

3319 Downloads and still counting


34 Cool Pencil Shading Sketch Doodles!

34 Cool Pencil Shading Sketch Doodles!

34 Cool Pencil Shading Sketch Doodles!

3138 Downloads and still counting


Pretty Paisleys Vector Pack


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Pretty Paisleys Vector Pack

2530 Downloads and still counting


Scare me little monster doodles

doodle My Top 5 free vector illustrations and resources downloads

Scare me little monster doodles

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{Freelance Freedom } 7 websites to sell your graphic designs and illustrations

I believe that every designer , graphics or illustration , painter or draftsman needs to spread their work . Everyone has a desire to get acknowledged and be praised. For an Artist when someone appreciates your work by deciding to purchase it , in my opinion , is another praise well received.

Knowing that someone owns your artwork , taking some special place in someones home or life is just such a wonderful happy thought for me . Knowing that someone purchased your artwork to gift someone is another big big praise of your work . I love it when i receive another sale mail in my mailbox . Everyone wants some extra income , but for me it is a little note of love that someone liked your work so much to share it with someone special in their lives OR to use it as part of their life.

There are many websites out there through which you can take baby steps towards the tower of licensing your art to big companies for bigger projects.

There are  also many website providing  printing services  which you can also avail to get a great deal on if deciding to have your items printed and sell a physical item .

i get asked often that how can i further branch out and start selling my work , So i thought i will share with you some website from where you can start.

Here are few of them

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Lovely website and lovely collection of Artistic cards , Card Gnome just recently started and after their successful launch said goodbye to many artists as well in order to keep quality work online . A nice start to sell your designs.

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I love the diversity of product options you have here , you can even have multiple stores which link up to one account making it easy to start a store selling a specific line of products , and creating and selling more products using the same images through another store linked to the same account , pretty neat ! For me i started with Printmeaparty and then Asmaamurad , and very quickly became a pro seller!.

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I did make an account here , site looks friendly and very similar to zazzle but didnt continue posting my work there. Here as well you can create products and sell.

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A very creative community of artist including but not limited to craft of every kind , sewing , knitting , art , art prints you name it !

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Another one of my favourite venture , Etsy is a pretty nice site to sell your physical as well as digital products . For me my illustration and graphics store has been well taken and doing very good.

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Another site similar to Etsy and Artfire , you will find product of every kind , you can choose to sell digital or physical products , this one is better than Etsy or Artfire as the Digital file delivery is automated .

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Still needs some exploration from my side , as of actually using it for selling but the site looks promissing if you are interested in selling your artwork on cards and expression line.

Do you know or use any of the above mentioned services? if yes how are your returns and expectations?

Should a designer be working through service provider freelance sites?

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Service provider sites  for freelance graphic designers are the sites which provide a platform for designers and clients where they can set up and provide and get  work done. Many leading designers and artists choose to stay away from these kind of sites because of the uncertainty of being paid on time and full amount .My experience had been the same.. I shoud’ve listened to their advice :).

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While trying to expand my clientele I looked for these site , wasted lots and lots of time in updating my portfolio on these site. Creating folders , managing , writing non ending forms of terms and blah blah…  and when eventually I was being paid I faced some strange behaviors by clients , using “unauthenticated” credit cards for payment . OR as soon as the file was delivered “AFTER” client is  “Happy ” with the work. Client claiming a refund as the work was “NOT” according to their requirement!.

When something like this happens remember THESE service provider sites are not playing fair. As the amount of profit that these sites are gaining are from the clients site. Who puts the money in your mouth? hmmm…

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But if you do decide to work through sites like Elance , Liveperson , Freelancer or odesk there is some extra work that you need to do . And that extra work is first doing your homework on the client you are going to start work with .

1- Check the rating of the client
2- How many project the client has already paid for , some sites show how much project and payments they have done and are reviewed back as well . So don’t go desperate to start working for just ANY client.
3- Read thorough the description it is always wise and nice to know if the client is ready to make down payment.
4-If you can which i think you should , Google the name of the company you are going to work for .
5- Most of these sites work through bids , If you do win a bid and get a project make sure that you have all your terms and conditions of work at hand.

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There are designers who are getting paid well and getting enough works through these sites , but then again it is not just the matter of how you handled the client , my advice is just remember that if something goes wrong most of these sites are going to with the Person seeking service and very often the service provider.IF this is something that seems ok with you in a ratio of 1 from 15 projects ….then i would say .. Happy hunting! ;)[/private]

Selling Photos Online for Beginners

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How to Sell Photos online Free and Get paid for your work?

PS: this post contains affiliate links ( that is one way of how I make money online) 🙂

What if someone would come and give you a certificate that you can earn a living out of your creativity .

What if you find out that magic formula which many artists are using online and earning peace of their mind and luxuries of life. Can you imagine waking up everyday with a new idea , and once the idea is converted it serves as another earning source for you.

Yes it is possible !

Can you really get paid selling photos online as a beginner that supports your living?

I struggle with answering this question.

I hear it all the time of the last 16 years I have been working as an illustration Artist . Earning from my creative process and my art. I am not saying or implementing anything out of the ordinary and I am certainly not doing something that no one else is doing .
There are plenty and  by plenty I mean too many , by too many i mean tons and tons of Artists just like me who are earning from selling their work online. So if others can do it so can you!

My Story Selling Photos Online for a living.

I studied Art as a traditional artist, did my masters in paintings but currently I rarely do any paintings . My work is all digital and digital is the world where I sell and earn from my Art and I always wondered how can i sell my photos online for money

My Daily Routine

My aim for sharing my daily routine is not to show off, but to inspire you that there exists a possibility of freedom and if you set your direction towards it you can have it too.

 I don’t wake up everyday worrying about rushing to work , getting there on time and then work till they let me go?

Hmmm not the ideal working situation for an artist right?.

My usual day starts at 4:30 AM . I wake up , say my prayers , mediate , exercise , fix breakfast and lunch for my kids . After sending them to school I turn to my creative corner with a cup of coffee. Work when I want to as much as I want to , I enjoy financial freedom and I enjoy my work process. This is exactly how everyone should be living in true essence. This is everyone’s devine right to enjoy freedom to be creative.

Can anybody do it ?

Yes everyone can , to reach this point I have come from times when I rarely slept 5 hours at night .Struggled with paying loans and spending days penniless. Yes that was the time but I worked day and night .Now , at this stage I only work 3-4 hours per day. And enjoy my financial freedom.

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So what is it that I do exactly?

If you were to meet me in a cafe or lift and you will ask me the same question I will probably simply respond “I am an Artist”. But since we are here with a connection of reading and writing I will tell you more.

  • I am an illustration artist , I create illustrations for other brands and businesses
  • I have a digital shop where I sell my illustrations
  • I have a party invitations shop where i sell my invitations and custom designs.
  • I sell my art on POD (print on demand sites)
  • I create Art for Canvas and products , I am surface pattern designer
  • I sell my art on products through my own website.
  • I create Wall Decals
  • I am a writer , I write content for other websites and for my own.
  •  am a graphic designer I design print and web content.
  • I teach other Artists how to earn a creative living online.

For me creativity is an act of turning your vision or ideas into reality . It is not that not everyone is creative , I believe that we all have a creative soul inside of us . Waiting to be discovered and given a life of its own.

What is Creativity anyway?

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This creative soul is part of all of us , young or old , we all have the power to transform our ideas into reality.

Creativity is limitless and in many forms. Perhaps that is why since the evolution of mankind human race does not run out of ideas.It comes in many forms . Same idea  can take a form of painting , a doodle , a book a piece of sewing , craft, food , product or anything!.

There is whole lot of creativity in yourself waiting to be discovered . Creativity waits for you to talk to it and then come out as your buddy . A buddy you can rely on and if you are able to create that connection , creativity can help you manifest your dreams and money as well.

I have been in the creative business since last 16 years and I have been a creative since last 40 years. I have been busy creating , drawing since as long as I can remember.

It was a shared believe that I heard a lot that creativity is God’s gift that only few have. But the more i started working creatively , I realized that creativity is in all of us in one form or another . We just need to explore it For some, creativity demands more to surface up , for some it is easier to have a great connection with creative process. But , it is there in all of us.

I remember while I was doing my MFA . We had an artist amongst us who was not really good at drawing. She had difficult time connecting to that creative person inside her. But she WANTED to connect to that creative soul. While rest of us would step away once in a while from our works she would continue erasing , redrawing , erasing re-drawing .

The result you ask?

She stood second in the MFA exams.

This lead me to believe it more that creativity is in all of us waiting to be discovered and waiting to be found.But sometimes it does become demanding , which does not mean that you have less of it.

How to embody the creative aspect of yourself and connection with your creativity?

Speaking to your creative soul is not as hard as it sounds. God is the ultimate Artist , it is one of his qualities, and he has distributed a fraction of his qualities among human souls.

You just need to connect and work towards waking that part of you.
Believe in yourself

The one and foremost thing that you need to concentrate on first is to have believe in yourself that you are a creative soul. Denial, discouragement and not practicing all lead to failure in any form of adventure with creativity.

The breathing living creative soul needs its food and that food is your trust in yourself . You need to be confident of your abilities and that you have this God given quality in yourself.

How to invoke Creativity ?

There are a few ways that will help you invoke your creativity and help it grow and flourish . These ways go hand in hand with the creative process and are their to stay with ANY creative process for life of it.


I believe in doing experiments , experiment is food for creativity. Just as air to your lungs and food for your body is essential for living . Experimentation and practice are needed in order to invoke your creative within.

Remember , Not all experiments are successful , Its a process…..

Experimentation and then failure, experimentation and then success it is all part of the creative process.If you fail take it as an opportunity to learn something . Celebrate failure cause you learned something new out of it. Enjoy the process.

2-Love the Creative Process

Imagine if you are going to get married to the person that you love, you are so overwhelmed and you can only see positives in that person. You are oblivious to the negative aspects of the personality of that person.


Because you are ignoring those traits unconsciously. You dont want to “imagine” that anything negative about the person yo love really exist.

Fast forward a few years, the power of ignoring diminishes , and you start seeing OTHER traits of that person as well.

Just like that , get married to creativity by falling in love , love the failures ,ignore the hurdles and if you do come in contact with a few learn from them .  Failure is only an indication towards what not to do next time.


Creativity loves repetition ,the more time you spend with your creative process the more dear and near you become to creativity. Concentrate on ONE skill at a time and then make it a point to repeatedly do that task everyday. Set a reminder , set a fixed time just do it . If this is something that you believe will be a driving force m pushing you towards your success then do not give up, believe that every failure has a success hidden inside. Whenever you fail at something , look at the lesson that it brings you.
Step away from the mindset and grief of failing , rise above and see at the state from a higher and different perspective, universe is teaching you lessons that are essential as traits required for the person that you are wanting to be. 

So just breathe and come back to the task with a brand new perspective and if at all possible come back feeling joy and dedication.

It is not that you will be able to start drawing or sketching in a day or two , it is really not that any school or course can teach you to draw in a week or month. You need to go on a date with your creative soul everyday. If there is no commitment , creativity leaves you and finds another soul-mate.

4-Not all forms of creativity will bring you money

I hate to be break this new for you , trust me . But not all forms of creativity will bring you money. There is a creative form which is MORE soulful , which is almost like a prayer. This form mostly call your higher self for connection. This form is not there to manifest money and moolah , this form ONLY brings inner peace and serenity . You are creative for the sake of being soulful only. Turn back and look at the Masters in Arts , they painted creatively all their lives . They lived a life of poverty most of them, their art was only recognized after they died. That my friend is a soulful higher form of creativity that is not there to attract money. But that IS the truest of its from.

5-Creativity will bring you money

Yes just as there is a form of creative pleasure that does not bring any money there is another form as well. That is my friend the commercial Art . As an artist you overlook what your soul speaks , not necessarily you create for your soulful peace you create for the love of money. There is no harm or shame in wanting to earn from your Art , as this too is a blessing to have.

6-Creativity will not bring you money overnight

Slow down , enjoy the process and build up on one skill at a time . Looking at the list of creative processes that I have my hands dipped into , you might be thinking that I have a long list of tasks to do everyday. Fact is over the years I learned each skill set one by one . Expanded into another branch when I was confident of one. Practice and take one skill to a level of money conversion and then move forward. Do not leave a skill halfway , love what you are working on taking it to next level slowly. The next big creative branch will automatically open up for you.

You must step on first ledder find your balance before you take the next step.


Forms of Creativity that you can sell online

Now I can go on and on about the creative process and my mate creativity . But I know that you dear creative person downloaded this e-book to learn how to earn from your creativity.

Chances are that you have already decided upon which creative process you would like to join hands with .

Equal chances are you are still unsure !.

In the later case below are some of the ideas you can use to sell your creativity online.

Try to find ONE that resonates with you if you are starting out , and try to spread your wings to another if you are already in the game.


Brainstorm what you can sell online here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Sell Digital Graphics
  • Sell photoshop actions
  • Sell photoshop templates
  • Sell stock photography
  • Sell stock illustrations
  • Sell graphics on POD sites
  • Sell sewing patterns
  • Sell knitting patterns
  • Sell digital art
  • Sell courses
  • Sell Paintings
  • Sell Art Prints
  • Sell greeting cards
  • Sell handmade crafts
  • Sell Services online


I’d say that this is just a start ~ there are many other creative ways to sell your creativity online.


Now take the idea of your choice and think about it as a business. Here is an example.

You know photoshop

You can sell digital art , sell photoshop actions , photoshop templates , graphic design templates , visiting card designs teach graphic design and photoshop.

You know sewing

You can sell sewing patterns , sell hand sewn items, sell step by step tutorials .

You know illustrator

Sell your illustration services , sell stock illustrations , create cards and artprints , sell on POD sites.

So on and so forth……. Take your creative idea and expand it into the possibilities BE CREATIVE!


Find your Skill

Narrow your next step down to one skill / item at a time.

For example if you are a photographer write down everything that you can do with your photography. All the ways you can earn money from your skill set . Include local services as well. Perhaps you have access to your local market where you can sell better than online? .Brain dump everything out .

Now circle ONE thing that is small , attainable , doable and you can easily master it .

For example you might already have a full drive of photography that you can package and start submitting to Stock photography site ? OR through other creative websites? Take your time move slowly. And then build up on that once you have enough material on one dimension or venue expand to another.

I started by selling stock illustrations , in the beginning my process was something like .

1-Look at the market what sells
2-Create inspiration board
3-Create illustration
4-Keyword research
4-Package for sites according to requirement and submit to stock sites.

NOW the same process is somewhat like this

1-Look at the market what sells
2-Create inspiration board
3-Create illustration
4-Keyword research
5-Brainstorm product ideas
6-Modify illustration to fit various products
7- Create product mockups
8-Create product specification illustrations
9-Seo product Page
10-Create Social media Content and Graphics for sharing
11-Write a blog post about the product
12-Send a newsletter about product
13-Contact wholesale stores with the products quarterly

You can see how I am also recycling my one idea? Giving birth to an idea is just 10% of the job creating product is 20% of the job and the rest you can very well see the line of efforts in selling this.

But fear not most of these tasks can be automated , the above mentioned process is what all the ideas go through but not necessarily I’m the one doing all these steps.








Now that you have the idea and you are pretty sure that this will work . What to do next? First and fore-most before you dip your hands into paint bucket , do some research.

  • Are there other people creating this stuff ?
  • What form are they selling this in ?
  • How are they packaging it ?
  • How many are they selling?
  • What subject is selling the most?
  • Which market place is best for this idea?
  • Are there any derivatives or supporting products that I can make ?
  • Who is my direct competitor ?
  • Which social media they are performing better on?
  • How many marketplaces they are selling on?
  • Which market you will start selling from?

And so on and so on……
Write down your research and create an action plan .



Brand Your name , give yourself a name that you will be selling online with , is it your own name? . Do you want to sell by the name of a brand? . In the real early phase come up with an appropriate logo for your brand . Secure a domain name , secure social media accounts by that name. Branding is one of the most essential and integral part of your plan of selling online.  

Your name should be unique and one that speaks to your style . One that you are passionate and serious about. I will suggest that you should get the logo done professionally as this is will go places with you ! But if you are comfortable with your own illustration and graphics skill you can totally DIY it .


Getting noticed

By this point you must have noticed that the whole idea of “getting paid to be creative” has slowly moved to somewhere out of the scene. You must have realised by now that as creatives we aren’t going to be paid to be creative instead we will be paid because we are creative intellectual business women and men.

We will be constantly strategizing new ways to bring in income and grow our creative business. Unless we test and find new ways to market and make new sales processes we will fail.  While I was exploring and learning the process of “getting paid to be creative” I made many mistakes. At times I was working on too many things and finally when I decided to let go of creative processes that were not serving me , I flourished.

You see if those failures in my creative process never existed I wouldn’t have been where I am today.

We aren’t getting paid to be creative. We’re getting paid because we are intellectual businesswomen. We take our business seriously and structure it to pay us. We are constantly strategizing new ways to bring in income and grow our business. We test new ways to market, make new sales processes, and offer new things in new ways. And we do it over and over again.

I started with 0.30$ for my first sale online and currently I earn $4000 straight off.

Its a process and every process takes time.


Skills required to sell online.

Well that’s the tricky part , When i started my work online back in 2005 the internet world was so simple to hone into. Find a place and get seen , but oh my not anymore!

You have to fight for your place and you have to be very knowledgeable of some tricks to be seen and sell successfully.

I get that you are an artist and you are looking for ways to sell Art Online and start getting paid for your work right now. Gone are the days when you were limited to local business, now you can expand your reach worldwide and sell art online for a good chunk of money as well.
I have een selling art online since last 16 years , ofcourse during these 16+ years I have struggled and tried to find ways to sell art effectively and to do that I took many courses which were not exactly directed towards only selling art.

My journey started with first creating logos, then selling custom illustrations , selling illustrations packed and packaged in various forms including to but not limited to Greeting cards, products, sufrface patterns , custom portraits and cliparts.
All of these are just a few ways that you can make money selling art online, the ways that you can create and sell art is definitely not limited .
In this post I will try to break up the various ways that you can package and sell your art online.
First of all it has been soooooooooooo long since i last wrote ! in ages right! , well i have been writing this little post for a while now and i think it is now time to have it published!!
Aivault regular readers might already know that i am an illustration artist who is selling her work through different stock sites. My Journey towards where i am is a very interesting one atleast for me 🙂 . When i started off i had no guide that lead me into selling my work . I was working in a telecom company where i was hired to create seasonal promos and ads , since the job was very seasonal i spent my time exploring sites and pretty much just browsing for cool creative and artistic stuff. At some point i stumbled upon stockexpert’s free image site  , which slowly led me into submitting my application to the main site Stockexpert in order to start selling a few of my illustrations.  Since i always created my own illustrations for the job i had in hand , and since i was a self taught graphic designer i had no idea that there were sites selling illustrations and photographs that you can actually buy and then incorporate into my work … hmm funny right ? 🙂 So , in short i when i sold my first illustration through Stockexpert i was so excited! , although the money in return was not that much at that time but it was great knowing that i can really become independent! One of my very first illustrations  is infact my best selling one and in a period of two years this single image has returned over $1000 ! and is still selling .

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This image is available through Dreamstime , shutterstock , 123RF , Crestock and my own store Aifactory
Soon after my initial submissions i had a questions are there other sites where i can sell same images? answer was definitely yes! . At that time i had just started working on illustrator and i was so thrilled to create more images that i started looking for tutorial sites to help me in the process , and really i found not many that showed me how to use simple basic tools!. So this lead me to creating a blog ie where i started writing tutorials  , and besides that started offering free illustrations every friday. The formula was so simple and it worked like a charm! . Pretty soon the ad space on was returning me $250 in ads space. and around 5000-6000 visitors daily! which could have been better if only i was keen at returns from the tutorial site which was at that time one of the very few around. This  ad revenue was Not much but i was happy doing what i liked and being rewarded in return. Here is one more point that i would like to mention that basically i am painter and all i learned was through exploration and dedication. I knew nothing of computers beyond using msn and browsing for interesting sites or resources to gather inspirations and looking at the works of painters , and artist. Gradually i taught myself , wordpress , how to install , how to handle database , SEO and what i had no idea i would be doing ! 🙂 pretty soon i wanted to sell my work independently aivault now has a store attached to it where i am selling pretty much the same work i am selling at stock sites . But the point is It is mine! I am writing this short story just to move on to the main concept of this post which is how YOU can sell YOUR  illustration and work and here i would like to share a few of my experiences , which i learned the hard way ….

What are stock illustrations? The artist on an open-air

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Stock photography or Stock illustrations is a term that refers to photographs or Vector illustrations that can be licensed for public or commercial use, which are usually found on professional stock photography websites. These are photographs that can be used for any purpose in marketing, advertising, or design, as long as it is not illegal or harmful. Rather than shoulder the expense of hiring a photographer to take unique photos, many advertising companies,graphic designers, web designers, and other professionals frequently take advantage of stock photography to fill their design needs.

Becoming a stock illustration artist ?

in Order to become a successful stock illustration artist you need to have a mind willing to think For the person sitting at the other side , looking for images on a specific subject. Mostly images are used for designers who compile these images for their specific purpose , there are two ways which you can submit your works in either a fully subjective illustration , second an element to begin creating art with . here is an examples . Secondly each site has its pretty much the same files submitting rules which you must follow but there are some point when you will feel frustrated when the files are turned down because of some itsy bitsy little flaws , A while back i wrote about how to over come these little file issues in one of my posts Ultimate Handbook for illustrations for Clients also another post about Useful Plugins for illustrator might also help you a bit
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Becoming independent

I remember during my early days of learning about graphic design a friend of mine said to me , “Think independent , think of a product created in your own field which you can sell and resell ” , this advice got stuck somewhere , my mind started running in circles what can i create as a graphic designer which becomes my product?.. interesting right?… This was realized in form of Vector brushes which i released through my blog now available through store. These brushes were pretty basic ones but they got more attention than what i was expecting. While i created stock illustrations i explored illustrator and was very much facinated with the ability to create brushes and speed up the work process. Hence birth of my very first product , vector brushes !.  i created very basic brush sets for my own work process and then started selling them through

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Ornate-Vector Brushes

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So far the response had been great , i have made these brushes commercial use OK , which means that you can create and sell products using these brushes. stock illustrations as well. Creating these brushes was a starting point for me to launch my own store hence the birth of Aifactory . And then  after this i just find myself creating base products ie sources like photoshop brushes , frames , borders , vectors for such uses as invitation design , stock illustrations , photographer resources ,digital stampscrafters resources and more and now i am hooked! and in short i am now an independent mom working from home at my own pace , while i keep an eye on my kids :). Thats what i call independence as an artist and as a graphic designer. It is not that i am limited to creating products now i receive custom illustration requests and i simply enjoy doing what i do ! no boss!! i call this my Flight of independence , but still i havent reached my targets which i have planned about .  If this has inspired you a little bit and you are interested in becoming independent artist , or a stock illustrations artist below you will find links to some of the leading stock sites.

Sites where you can sell your stock illustrations.

I have aso covered this topic in detail in another post how to sell photos online and make money
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38 Step By Step illustration techniques and Adobe Illustrator Tutorials to Help you Become a Vector Expert

Writing enough Adobe illustrator tutorials Well not exactly 100 but enough to help someone adopt the same skill and enough illustration techniques is my target! 🙂

It has been 1 1/2 year since the launch of During this time I wrote Adobe Illustrator tutorials ranging from basics to advance. Here is my compilation for easy bookmarking to these tutorials. If you are starting up with Adobe illustrator check out the Adobe Illustrator Tutorials in the basics and then move at your own pace to bit advanced one.

And if you are confused or stuck with a specific tool let me know I will be glad to write Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on request!

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BASIC Adobe Illustrator Tutorials 

Know thy workspace

Drawing Basics


Using Pathfinder Create a Personalized Badge for your site

Create a simple heart using pen tool

Using Filters Adobe illustrator tutorial.

10 Awsome features in illustrator CS4 that increase creativity to MAX!

How to Create a Pop Design Element using  Spiral Tool

The Mirror Technique: – Creating a Cool Monogram using brushes

An Introduction to Envelope Tool

Draw a Skull illustration 

Create an envelope icon with a satin feel

Using Gradients Create a balloon wallpaper


Smart Scale object or Pattern

How to Create a Seamless Pattern

Expanding Pattern Fills


An intro to mesh tool

Creating Lips using Mesh tool

How to remove mesh fill


Making a stamp!

Create a Half Tone Effect Using Blend Tool


1-How to Use brushes

2-Changing appearance of Scatter Brushes

3-Changing Appearance of Brushes

4-How to make funky illustrative backgrounds and flourishes

Advance Techniques Illustrator Tutorials

Make your Own Paint Brushes

Using Flash as illustration tool

Understanding Twirl, Crystalize and Envelop Tool

Using Crystallize tool create a Detailed EYE

Exporting animated SWF files from illustrator

3D Effect Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

 How to Create a 3D RSS Icon

Giving Effect to Text

 Tutorial: Create a cool water effect

 Add grunge effect to your text

Printing with illustrator

7 Practical Tutorials to get you started

File Management with illustrator

Getting file ready : Cleaning up illustrations

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

How to convert photoshop brushes to paint shop pro brushes

How to use Overlays in photoshop

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Speed illustrations

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A couple of months back i gave myself a challenge of creating 100 illustrations in 20days time creating around 5 illustrations perday . The purpose of these speed illustrations was to refine my skills and learn more alongside creating illustrations for stock agencies. It was such fun and i will suggest speed illustrations concept to anyone and everyone who is looking to refine their hand at illustrator ..


Ultimate handbook for Illustrations for Clients!

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When i started working for Stock agencies one problem which continuously came in front of me was illustration rejected due to open paths! .. alright what is that!.. how can i come over this ? what to do . Frankly speaking there are not much websites out there telling you how to work for stock agencies properly . (more…)

Creating a logo the easy way? Part 1

[private]It has taken me hours in the start to create a logo , Although I would still not call myself a master in logo creation but I have made many customers happy with what they have received . After years of practice one does gets at a point where he/she can achieve some short cuts. One of my short cuts is that  I keep template files when working for illustrator as there are plenty of times when you come across a similar project . There are two ways to work either you show Your aesthetics or you create what the client likes.

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