Rediscovering Your Passion: Creating and Selling Art Prints as a Retiree

As a retiree, you may find yourself with newfound free time and the opportunity to dive back into your long-lost passions. For many, this means picking up paintbrushes and pencils, and creating beautiful works of art that have been waiting to come to life for years. What if I told you that not only can you relive your artistic dreams, but you can also turn your masterpieces into a thriving business by selling art prints? That’s right! It’s time to share your talent with the world and make some extra income while doing so.

The Joy of Creating Art in Retirement

When I retired a few years ago, I found myself yearning for a creative outlet to fill my days. Painting and drawing had always been a part of my life, but as the years went by, they took a back seat to more pressing responsibilities. Retirement was an opportunity to rediscover my love for art and to explore new techniques and styles.

I soon realized that sharing my artwork with others brought me immense joy and satisfaction. Friends and family would comment on my pieces, expressing interest in having one for themselves. This sparked the idea of creating and selling art prints.

Turning Your Art into Prints

To get started, you’ll need a high-quality digital image of your artwork. You can either take a photograph with a good camera or have it professionally scanned. Make sure the lighting is even and the colors are true to the original piece.

Once you have a digital file, you can choose to print the images yourself or work with a professional printing service. There are various print-on-demand services available online that cater to artists, such as Etsy, Fine Art America, Society6, and Redbubble. These platforms allow you to upload your artwork and sell prints without worrying about inventory or shipping. They handle all the logistics, and you receive a percentage of the sale price.

Marketing Your Art Prints

Now that your prints are ready, it’s time to share them with the world! Here are some practical tips to help you market your art prints:

  1. Create a website or online portfolio: Showcase your artwork on a personal website or online portfolio. This will be your central hub for displaying your work, sharing your story, and connecting with potential buyers.
  2. Leverage social media: Share your art on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Engage with other artists and potential customers by liking, commenting, and sharing their content.
  3. Join online art communities: Participate in forums, discussion groups, and online communities focused on art and printmaking. This will help you connect with like-minded individuals and gain valuable insights and advice.
  4. Attend local art events: Participate in art fairs, craft shows, and gallery openings in your area. This not only allows you to showcase and sell your work but also helps you network with other artists and art enthusiasts.

The Rewards of Sharing Your Art with the World

Creating and selling art prints has been an incredibly fulfilling journey for me. Not only have I been able to share my passion for art with others, but it has also provided me with a sense of purpose and accomplishment in my retirement years.

So, fellow retirees, pick up those brushes and pencils, and let your creativity flow! You never know where this artistic adventure may lead you – perhaps even to a thriving art print business that brings you joy and enriches the lives of others.


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Silver Creative is about creative pursuits after an uncertain age. Briyan Frederick discusses creative work of all kinds through blog, vlog, podcast and printed zine. If you’re interested in building a business, a following, a legacy… or your muse demands an engaging outlet, Get in touch and share your creativity!