Selling art can be as difficult as making it. There are many ways you can sell art, and one of the easiest is to sell it online. There are a lot of well-known websites that help you sell your art online, and sometimes it’s free. But signing up with them is just the first step. You need to make sure buyers can find your art online. Below are the steps to do just that.
Optimize your artwork descriptions
Online selling websites encourage you to write a detailed description for each art you upload. Not only should these be free from grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, but it should also be optimized for search engines like Yahoo and Google. Optimizing for search engines is basically using keywords in your descriptions that art buyers use to search for art to buy online.
Take advantage of social media
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are some of the best platforms to showcase your art. Best of all, they’re free. Join groups that have the same interest and be sure to be sure to follow the house rules set in those groups. When communicating, be prompt and courteous.
Just like I said, selling art may be as difficult as making art. Stick to it for at least 6 months. Improve on your entries as you wait for that first client. Don’t get disappointed when no one notices your uploads in a week or maybe in a month. When nothing seems to have changed in 6 months, review what you did and improve on it.
Hey there, I’m Jonathan Schrag. I’m an art student from BYU. I sell art to pay for my tuition and I plan to make a career off it. Follow me on Twitter to get more updates.
To choose between these two similar painting mediums, acrylic and oil, one must learn what the primary differences between them are:
Speed of drying
Acrylic dries extremely quickly. A few layers of the paint will dry in just minutes, while the thickest portions will dry in about an hour. Oil, on the other hand, can take days before it completely dries.
Because of this, beginners are advised to use oil because it allows for corrections of mistakes and provides longer working time. If the painter decides to take a break and resume his work the next day, he is able to do as the paint on the palette would still be wet and usable, while the colors on the canvas can still be blended with new paint.
Those who use acrylic typically apply a lighter shade of the colors they use because the paint turns darker when it dries. The opposite is true for oil as it produces no immediate color shift.
However, in the long run, acrylic might prove better in terms of color quality because how the colors looked when they dried will still be the same even after two centuries. The same cannot be said about oil, which will acquire a slightly yellow tinge after a few decades.
Acrylic can be painted directly on any canvas or surface, making it a flexible medium. But oil paints can cause corrosion on the work surface, therefore it is necessary to prime the surface first, be it canvas, board, or even paper.
Jonathan Schrag here, a BYU art student. I am currently majoring in acrylic painting, clay sculpting, and wood art. I dream of one day building my own gallery. You can track my progress by following me on Twitter .