FineArtAmerica is a print-on-demand site that allows artists to upload images and sell their art on prints, puzzles, greeting cards, pillows and other products
Expected pay: Set by you
Commissions & fees: Vary by product
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements: Original art and/or photographs to sell
FineArtAmerica is one of the oldest and largest print-on-demand operations in the U.S.. Launched in 2006, the site now represents roughly 500,000 artists, who sell their drawings, paintings and photographs on everything from prints to puzzles.
With most products, FineArtAmerica sets a base price that represents the cost for the site to produce and ship the product to the customer. The artists adds their mark-up to come up with a final price. And the site suggests standard — and relatively modest — mark-ups. For instance, it suggests you set your mark up at $10 for a 36″ x 27″ print, which will sell for $208. If you want to earn $50 on that sale, the print will cost $248.
However, the site also offers a few services that don’t involve putting your art on a product. These include digital art licensing. With digital licensing, the artist sets the base price and FineArtAmerica adds a 30% commission for the use of its licensing services.
In addition, it offers artists the ability to make their art available for digital streaming. This service sends art to “digital frames” that subscribers can view much like they view movies on Netflix.
If the artists agrees to provide their art for these frames, they’ll earn royalties based on the number of minutes their art is viewed. The royalty rate is minuscule. But the only downside to clicking “yes” is if you think these digital frames might cause you to sell fewer prints. Our guess is that the opposite is true. If someone likes your art enough to view it regularly, they’ll probably buy.
Payments are made on the 15th for sales made in the prior month. Artist get paid after 30 days have passed to accommodate FineArtAmerica’s 30-day return window.
Commissions & fees
Artists can set up on the site for free. However, if you want some premium services, such as your own artist website, the site charges a $30 annual fee.
FineArtAmerica provides a wide array of ways that you can market your art through their site. They encourage you to connect your social media accounts and help you set up your own site with their premium membership. If art is more than a side hustle for you, we think this site’s premium membership is well worth the modest cost. This site also stands out for offering an extraordinary smart-phone app that allows customers to see your art on their walls.
That said, there are several fine print-on-demand sites, including FineArtAmerica, Society6 and RedBubble. None of these are exclusive. We suggest you sign up with all of them.
Photographer Ana Ramirez does a great job showing some ways to boost sales in this blog post.
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