If you enjoy creating art, the next step is always “how can I make money off of this”? The current economy we live in is amazing, you can capitalize off of skills you actually enjoy!
However, making money and creating a product that consumers actually want to buy is another story.
The expectations of quality and pricing is an unknown market for many artists.
You might have questions such as
- Do I scan or take photos of my art?
- What is the most cost effective option?
- How do I package my art?
- How much should I charge?
These are all questions we’ll tackle today!
Scan or Take Photos?
Ask yourself these questions.
-Is my art large? Is it textured?
If you answered NO to these questions, you can go ahead and scan your art.
There are often local businesses who specialize in scanning art to the highest quality – you’ll of course have to add this into your costs of production
If your art is large, textured, or you have a good DSLR camera, you can take photos of your art! This is primarily how I digitize my prints.
Once you’ve uploaded your work, edit and enhance your photo – I’ve actually used the FaceTune app on one of my prints before (not something I’m recommending lol)
Make no mistake, there’s no deceit in editing your photo to justify the art work!
Where Do I get Prints? The Cost Effective Option
The best option for long term is biting the bullet and purchasing your own printer – You can compare them in this article
HOWEVER that’s a big investment! Not only can printers go for $400-700, that doesn’t even count the paper or ink you’ll need to print them!
If you’ve consistently been making sales, I’d suggest taking the plunge. However, if you make a sale here and there I wouldn’t go all out just quite yet.
Other more cost effective options include using local print shops OR you can order prints off of one of these sites to be sent to your home
Lower quality options include photo printing shops such as Walgreens, FedEx, or CVS Photo. Below are some prints that I had made at Walgreens photo. The quality is decent, but I price my prints very low to reflect that cost.
Package Your Art
Packaging your art is just as important as the product itself! Not only does it expand your brand, your art needs to be protected!
Your prints need to have a backing so they don’t bend in transit, a cello bag to stop scratching, and a photo mailer so they don’t bend. Let’s also add some cute thank you stickers too add some pizzazz!
Below you can see my prints in the cello bags, backing, with the thank you note tucked on the backside.
You can purchase these same bags and backings on Amazon below
Don’t forget to check out my post on the 5 Things You Need BEFORE Starting Your Art Business to ensure that you make the most out of your products