Essential gear and tools for artists
A quick note
I consider myself a minimalist. Meaning, I only include things in my life that add a lot of value, make my daily tasks easier, and are of high quality. Preferring things that are portable and sturdy enough to survive international travel and daily use.
The things I carry and use need to help me with my work. From sketching wildlife every day, write on my blog, make weekly videos, and generally, be mobile and comfortable with no worry.
Ultimately, I prefer things that are simple, well-crafted, and made by companies I respect.
My art website is the foundation of my art business. These are the core tools I use to make my art website.
WordPress.org – Build your art website.
Using WordPress gives me the ability to customize my website any way I need.
BlueHost – Domain name and hosting for artists who just need one website
It's easy to set-up WordPress with and is less than $4 a month.
GeneratePress Theme – A premium WordPress theme for your art website
Store, blog, galleries….anything! The GeneratePress theme makes it all look great. It works great with the WooCommerce store plugin and is FAST. The best part, you don’t need to be tech-y or know how to code to customize the design. Everything is drag-and-drop.
Elementor – Easy, drag and drop editor for WordPress
Elementor is a plugin for WordPress which allows you to design your site without knowing any HTML or CSS.
ConvertKit – Newsletter
There are a lot of newsletter services out there. ConvertKit is the most intuitive and easiest to use for artists.
WooCommerce – Selling your art and other products on your WordPress site
A simple free WordPress plugin making it easy to sell your art and other products. It links with Stripe and PayPal to accept payments too.
Printful – Print on demand for artists
Printful can make it easy to put any of your art on ANY kind of product and sell it on your website. Someone can purchase a product (prints, posters, clothing, etc. with your art on it) directly from your art website. Then automatically print and ship the order for you. Without putting any of their branding on the shipping materials or product.
Teachable – Make money teaching what you know
Teaching has become a fun branch of my art business. If you're a creative who wants an easy way to offer a course, Teachable is one of the easiest ways to create your class, with no crazy coding or heavy plugins for your website needed.
Printers for art
Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Wireless Color Professional Inkjet Printer ($298) – Slightly more expensive than the IX6820, the Pixma Pro-100 is also able to print up to 13″ x 19″. The only difference is the Pixma Pro-100 uses a more archival dye-based ink system. One of the many great printers for art to start with.