I’m Lina, and I’m new here, and semi-new to the artist community. I only just recently started selling my art on Etsy, and I have been wondering how to add my materials to overall cost. I just recently found an app that allows me to “clock in” and “clock out” on different projects. SO right now I’m doing the hourly wage + materials method in pricing my artwork. But I’m confused on the materials part.
For instance, I realized that if I charge per sheet of cold press paper, it will take me thirty sold paintings before I make my money back again for a pad of paper. I feel like I won’t even sell that much in a year haha!
Micron pens are another story. I just did a piece that used up two of them and so I wonder if I should charge for both pens. I’m afraid to, as it will raise my cost and nobody wants to spend a lot on art from an artist who is just getting started in the business.
My only real problem with this is I’m not making enough to cover costs of materials and I’m often sitting here wishing I could buy this paint brush, or this tube of watercolor, but can’t because I can’t afford it. Is that just the artist’s life?
So I guess I’m just looking for you guys to tell me how you price based on materials, whether you charge per canvas/sheet of paper, or whether you charge for the whole pad. How you factor in things like tube paint and pens, paintbrushes, other tools, etc.