• Rose-Marie Marshall-Jane

HOW TO not demean your art.

What you draw, create, paint might be worth more than you actually think. Take a read through our top 5 tips on how not to demean your work and start creating those masterpieces you know you are capable of.

1: Give it a proper frame

2: Don’t sell it on eBay

3: Make sure that it’s done to a high standard

4: If you’re not selling it, store it somewhere with easy access.

5: Charge a fair price

Give it a proper frame. Enhance it, don’t cheapen it.

There’s nothing more awful than a poorly matched frame to a piece of art. 9/10 times the frames you buy second hand will not fit your art, they weren’t made for your piece of art so why put your art through the torture of a nasty frame? This is why it’s best not to frame everything you do. For starters it will cost you a fortune and you will run out of wall space really quickly. Save the framing for those really special pieces and those that you are going to sell. There’s no need to frame your sketches and doodles, put them in your portfolio instead.

Our framer has a quote in his window by Helen Lewis that says: "That is the mark of a good frame: It affects the way you see, without you seeing it."

Don’t sell it on eBay.

I love eBay, it’s great and I buy a lot of supplies from there. But it is a marketplace, an online market place for cheap items and auctions. When I think of eBay I imagine a computerised version of Del-boy, not a fine art dealer. Save eBay for your buying, not the selling of your art.

Have high standards.

Make sure that your work is the best you can make it. Rather than having a “that’ll do” attitude keep pushing on with your work, your visions, you ideas until the final piece is as best as it can be. Reach the point of “can’t do more” rather than “that’ll do”. Your work is your own, don’t compare it to others because if you do, you will never be satisfied.

Keep your work in reach.

If you’re not selling it, store it in a portfolio with all the preliminary sketches. Make sure you have easy access to it so you can get it out every so often and admire all your hard work! This also goes back to point number 1, there’s no need to frame it all when you can store it in a portfolio or case.

Charge a fair price.

It’s very unlikely that you will get paid for your time when starting out in your art career but that certainly doesn’t mean that shouldn’t sell off your work cheaply because you want to get the most sales you can. Big sales are sometimes much more rewarding than small sales, even if they do add up over time. Create quality and people will come.

Of course, one person’s likes is another person’s hate. So when researching prices don’t just ask your mates or fellow art club members, they’ll more likely to try and say something kind than give you an honest answer. If you’re looking for pricing advice, ask your framer. Our framer has given us some very interesting prices in the past!

Keep creating!