Create Printables to Sell on Etsy


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Having been in the printables business for over 10 years, we can vouch that there is money to be made! Creating printable wall art to sell on Etsy is a great way to share your artistic talent or help others using your areas of expertise, and potentially earn extra income!


Here's a step-by-step guide on how to create printable wall art on Etsy:

Step 1: Define Your Niche and Style

   - Identify your target audience and choose a specific niche or theme for your art.

   - Develop a unique and consistent style that sets your work apart.

Step 2: Choose Your Art Tools

   - Invest in the necessary software and tools. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or free alternatives like Canva are popular choices for digital art creation. We also love Creative Fabrica...an endless aray of backgrounds, clipart, and fonts for so many different styles and themes!!

   - Acquire a graphics tablet if you plan to create hand-drawn art digitally.

Step 3: Create Your Artwork

   - Start creating your digital art, keeping in mind the dimensions required for printable wall art (common sizes are 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20 inches). Canva is the perfect canvas for bringing your printables to life. It has built in text feature as well as backgrounds and clipart.  It literally does have all you need to create and sell same day! Create multiple pages all at once, and save them to your computer all at the same time.

   - Use high-resolution images (at least 300 DPI) to ensure print quality.

   - Experiment with colors, composition, and typography to make your art visually appealing.

Step 4: Licensing and Copyright

   - If you use any resources like fonts, images, or brushes, ensure you have the appropriate licenses or permissions to use them in your artwork.

   - Avoid using copyrighted material unless you have the rights to do so.

Step 5: Design Your Listings

   - Create a clean and attractive listing image for each piece of wall art.

   - Write compelling titles, descriptions, and keywords for your listings, optimizing them for search on Etsy.

Step 6: Pricing Your Art

   - Research similar products on Etsy to determine competitive pricing for your artwork.

   - Consider factors like the complexity of your design, your level of expertise, and the time invested when setting your prices.

Step 7: File Formatting

   - Save your artwork in a high-quality, printable format such as JPEG or PNG. For document style printables, PDF is preferable.

   - Create different size options if possible and specify in your listings.

Step 8: Set Up an Etsy Shop

   - If you don't already have one, create an Etsy seller account and set up your shop.

   - Add a shop name, banner, and profile information that reflects your brand.

Step 9: Listing Your Art

   - Add a new listing for each piece of wall art you want to sell.

   - Upload the image file, set your prices, and specify the sizes available.

   - Include relevant tags and categories to help potential buyers find your products.

Step 10: Payment and Delivery

   - Choose your preferred payment methods for receiving payments from Etsy buyers.

   - Set up digital delivery for your printable files. Etsy provides an automated system for this.

Step 11: Marketing and Promotion

   - Promote your Etsy shop through social media, your blog, or other online platforms.

   - Engage with your audience, respond to customer inquiries, and provide excellent customer service.

Step 12: Monitor and Refine

   - Keep an eye on your shop's performance and sales.

   - Gather customer feedback and use it to refine your art and shop.


in addition to wall art, there's endless possibilities of printables you can sell on Etsy.  We compiled all these ideas into two pin-able lists to make it simple and easy to grab!


Here's a list of types of printables that are popular on the platform:

1. Wall Art Prints: Digital artwork and designs for home decor.

2. Planners and Organizers: Daily, weekly, and monthly planners, as well as specialized planners for various purposes.

3. Printable Art Quotes: Inspirational and motivational quotes in artistic designs.

4. Party Invitations: Customizable invitations for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and other events.

5. Wedding Stationery: Save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, seating charts, and place cards.

6. Digital Journal Pages: Printable pages for bullet journals and digital notebooks.

7. Printable Labels and Tags: Customizable labels and tags for organizing and gifting.

8. Educational Worksheets: Worksheets for teachers and homeschooling parents, covering various subjects.

9. Budgeting and Finance Templates: Expense trackers, budget planners, and financial management tools.

10. Recipe Cards: Printable recipe cards and cookbooks.

11. Checklists and To-Do Lists: Customizable checklists and task organizers.

12. Printable Coloring Pages: Adult and children's coloring pages with unique designs.

13. Cross-Stitch and Embroidery Patterns: Patterns for crafters to use in cross-stitch and embroidery projects.

14. Photo Booth Props: Printable props for events and parties.

15. Resume Templates: Professionally designed resume and CV templates.

16. Scrapbooking Kits: Digital elements for scrapbook enthusiasts.

17. Baby Milestone Cards: Cards to document and celebrate a baby's milestones.

18. Printable Games and Puzzles: Games like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and board games.

19. Travel Planners: Itineraries, packing lists, and travel-themed organization tools.

20. Printable Calendars: Monthly and yearly calendars in various designs.

21. Home Decor Templates: Templates for creating custom home decor items like banners and signs.

22. Fitness and Health Trackers: Workout logs, meal planners, and health-related printables.

23. Digital Art Brushes and Tools: Resources for graphic designers, including brushes and textures.

24. Personal Development Printables: Goal setting, habit trackers, and personal growth worksheets.

25. Legal and Business Documents: Templates for contracts, invoices, and other business-related documents.

26. Event Planning Templates: Checklists, timelines, and event planning resources.

27. Gift Certificate Templates: Customizable gift certificates and vouchers.

28. Color Schemes and Palettes: Digital color schemes for designers and artists.

29. Holiday and Seasonal Printables: Seasonal decorations, cards, and themed printables.

30. Social Media Templates: Templates for social media posts, stories, and banners.

These printables cater to various interests and needs, making Etsy a versatile platform for creators to sell their digital products to a global audience.

Deciding what to create can feel daunting. Explore your interests and areas where you excel:  

If you're organized and like to make lists, organizational checklists may be just for you. To-do lists, grocery lists, shopping lists, cleaning lists, etc. may be right up your alley. Create ones that you would use and find helpful...meanwhile put them on Etsy for sale! If you find them useful, others are sure to find them useful as well. 

Are you good with cooking, baking, or organizing recipes? Share your recipes... or even recipe cards where others can record their recipes. Create a recipe card in a format that YOU find organized and easy to use, and it is sure to benefit others as well. Digital recipe books do well on Etsy. Research what's out there for inspiration, and YouTube is your best friend when it comes to invaluable step-by-step tutorials to create larger projects such as digital recipe books. You could literally create an entire cookbook right in Canva!

Do you have teaching experience? Are you a homeschool mama? If you create practice worksheets for your own children, it could be a blessing to others looking for educational resources for their students as well.  Letter practice, handwriting practice, bible verse practice, numbers practice, and more! All of these would be helpful resources, and the simplicity of being able to print them immediately from home is sure to appeal to educators/educator mamas.

Do you have any expertise in the legal or real estate industry? There are documents and forms sure to do well for those in these fields looking for additional resources. Research what's out there currently for inspiration.

Selling printable wall art on Etsy can be a fulfilling and profitable venture for artists and creators. By following these steps and consistently creating high-quality, unique art, you can build a successful Etsy shop that resonates with your target audience. Explore your skills, interests, and your own areas of expertise to help you decide on what to create. Of all possibilities of products to sell on Etsy, printables is one of our favorites. 

Stay tuned as we get ready to dive into more product ideas for selling on Etsy. coming at you next week!

Check out our general guide to selling on Etsy here: Lilly Ashley: Guide To Starting an Etsy Shop + IDEAS (thelatestfind.com)