Many artists around the world are utilizing Redbubble as a means of selling art through prints and other products. I first joined about a month ago, and have found the community there very friendly and encouraging.
Redbubble is quite similar to Fine Art America in that they are a print on demand service, and have much of the same features. They do offer a much wider range of products for the selling of art through prints though.
Artworks can be transferred to t-shirts, greeting cards, stickers, iPod cases, post cards, posters, calendars, and kids clothing. Art related products include photographic prints and canvas prints. Prints may also be matted, mounted, and framed.
I have highlighted a few of the main features of Red bubble, and how to effectively use this online gallery for art promotion and selling art.
Setting up a Redbubble Profile
Join Red bubble through this link as well. Here are a few things to focus on when filling out your profile.
- Complete the public profile with an artist statement or brief introductory message. An art website may be included.
A link is placed in this format:
"Graham Matthews Art":http://grahammatthewsart.blogspot.com
Fill in the sections in blue with your own website information.
For more formatting help, click the link at the bottom of that box.
- Short Bio
The short bio appears beneath each artwork which the artist uploads to Red bubble. Include a much shorter message than what was entered on the previous public profile. A link to an art website may be included here as well. Include this URL in the same format as explained above.
- Copyright Preferences
Include your full name, and the url for your personal art site, instead of the Red bubble profile link that is already there.
- Protect your art
Redbubble includes options for watermarking images, as well as right-click prevention, to discourage downloading.
- Include an avatar
If you have one already, add the same image. This may be an artwork, logo, or picture of yourself.
- Paypal Account
Enter your Paypal account email. Payments may also be made through cheque or bank transfer (only available for bank accounts from Australia). Payments normally go out the second week of a month, and only if earnings are over $20 (in the chosen currency).
- Edit Redbubble tax information
This is a requirement, in order to get paid from Redbubble. Fill out the short form here.
10 Tips for Successfully Selling Art at Red Bubble
These tips for success through Redbubble may apply to any similar print on demand service, such as Fine Art America.
- Share the artwork at social networks and bookmarking services. Click the share button to send it to Stumbleupon, Digg, Blogger, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, give it a tweet, FB like, and a Google plus one. Do this regularly, maybe once a week.
- Connect with Facebook
Every time an artwork is added to Redbubble, a notification automatically sends to your Facebook timeline.
- Explore Redbubble, and leave comments on other people’s art. Also, favorite and share the artworks you like.
- Take part in discussions at Red bubble forums and submit to challenges.
- Use a few relevant tags to help others find your art while searching.
- Join Redbubble groups and send art there regularly.
- Redbubble Promo Tools
Red bubble offers a few promotional tools, which may be found by clicking here.
Create a slideshow of your Redbubble art and display it on a website or blog.
Includes a slideshow along with prices.
Displays 3 images from your Redbubble gallery.
- Buy your own art
Purchase samples from Redbubble to show off to others who are interested in buying a print, or other item.
- Create journal entries
Redbubble members can post updates of art gallery shows, information about new artworks, and short art blog excerpts. If including a short teaser excerpt, include a link to the full post at the artblog or website.
- Redbubble coupon codes
I could not find a way to get a promotional code from Redbubble, although I have seen others offering discount codes. If you know how this is done, please let us know.
Do you have a Redbubble profile?
Please post it below along with your opinions.