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Why You Should Be Digitizing Your Watercolor Artwork; Plus, 3 Ways It Can Make You Money!


September 1, 2019

Digitizing Watercolor Artwork

3 Ways Digitizing Your Watercolor Work Can Make You Money - #watercolor #creativebiz #watercolorbusiness #mycreativebiz #handsandhustle #makersgonnamake

I know I’m not the only one who’s ever finished painting a cute floral wreath or fancy flamingo and thought “Wow, I totally wish I could have this on a card, or maybe even a dish towel for my kitchen!” And if you’re like me, you’ve wondered what digitizing watercolor and the printing process actually looks like for the beautiful items you see at the store or online.

You may have even thought that kind of thing is only for people with design skills or industrial printers.

Well friend, I’m here to tell you that’s totally not true!

Digitizing watercolor artwork the missing piece to the puzzle, easy to do and the key to taking your creations beyond the paper.

All it takes to get your artwork on unique goods is a scanner, a tiny bit of Photoshop knowledge and access to a wholesale print-on-demand company (which ANYONE, including you, can get! And I’m not just talking VistaPrint or Shutterfly)

But before I dive into how to digitize your watercolor, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can use it!

How to Use Digitized Artwork

For now, let’s take some time to dream up all the applications your art can take, like….

  • Mugs and camp mugs
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Throws and blankets
  • Notebooks
  • Stationery
  • Invitations
  • Signs and wall art
  • Canvas prints
  • Tote bags and cosmetic bags
  • Wallpaper
  • Tea Towels
  • T-Shirts
  • Beach Towels

This might even get your gears spinning and thinking, “Well, I would LOVE to create these things for friends and family”.

And maybe a voice says, “I love to paint for fun, so why not let my artwork bring in a little extra cash for my family, too?!”

You totally can.

It’s how I got my start as an artist “on the side” while I was in my regular 9-5, and what allowed me to grow my business into what it is today.

My business is built on multiple sources of revenue, with one very important piece being digitized work that’s turned into other items like prints and products!

The top three ways you can use your digitized artwork for profit are:

  1. Applying them to products like those mentioned above, and selling them on Etsy or your own website. Maybe flamingo themed mugs for bachelorette parties, floral pillowcases for home decor, or notebooks with your watercolor washes across the front!
  2. Selling the individual digital files to designers and stationers on digital marketplaces like Creative Market. Designers need design assets and if they aren’t an artist themselves, they have to buy them from artists like you!
  3. Licensing your artwork with a licensing agent or company that builds brand partnerships. This is a bit more difficult to get started in, but it frees you up entirely to create while a licensing agency helps secure jobs and projects for you.

So, if you’re ready to dig into the HOW, even if its just for creating cards for yourself or friends, join me for my upcoming Free 3-Day Email Challenge below!

save your seat: free 3-day challenge on digitizing watercolor to take your artwork off of the page and onto products!

I’m handing over the exact roadmap I teach my students inside of my Signature Course “From Paint and Paper to Products and Profit”. It’s broken down and simplified into 3 simple steps you can get started with right away! I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of digitizing your artwork, the unlimited ways you can use it to make money, and how to get started!

Free 3-Day Challenge That Will Take Your Watercolor Artwork Off the Page and onto Actual Products You Can Sell (Without Ever Carrying Inventory or Shipping a Thing!)
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  1. […] written a lot the past few weeks about the different ways you can use your artwork (especially digitized artwork!) to generate income, but the main way I believe new artists should try is through Etsy. It’s a […]

  2. […] and running a business, there’s only so much you can do! Hopefully, by now you know that I am all about digitizing artwork and applying it to other products, but one of my favorite ways to do that is with art prints. So […]

  3. […] When you know how to digitize your artwork, that limit is no longer on you. You can create a piece of art, scan and digitize it, then turn it into endless formats like art prints, stationery, greeting cards, fabric, wallpaper, you name it! […]

  4. Christina says:

    I am interested in learning how to digitize my artwork

  5. Kaila Elliott says:

    I am interested in the course, learning about wholesale print options, licensing agencies, etc. Need all the help (:

  6. […] the different forms, products and ways your artwork can be “repackaged” or “repurposed”. Check out this blog post to get your wheels turning and some fresh […]

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