Creative Ways to Print Your Artwork on Products

Creating and selling your own custom merchandise can be a fun and profitable side hustle; however, it can also be a daunting task. There are so many different possibilities: What kind of artwork should you print? Do you print your artwork on shoes? A tapestry? A t-shirt? There really is no right answer, but we do have some ideas to help you get started.

Ways to Print Your Artwork

All-Over Print

One option is to have a repeating pattern of your artwork printed all over a product. Starting from a free-hand drawing or painting, you can scan the drawing into the computer or take a high-resolution photo of the artwork. Using a program like Illustrator or Photoshop, you can copy your artwork into a repeating pattern that simply duplicates the original drawing/painting. Another option would be to manipulate that same drawing by changing colors, sizes, and etc. to create dozens and dozens of variations of patterns! Once you have your desired pattern you can then apply it to your favorite type of product.


Another option to explore is printing artwork on products that follow a similar theme or series. Your theme can be similar colors and textures, a specific subject, or a specific message. For example, if you specialize in painting skylines, you could create a theme around printing popular skylines in famous cities, like New York, Chicago, and London, onto a variety of types of products, like totes, shirts, and shoes.

Similar to themes, printing your artwork in a series allows for an interesting collection of products. For example, a comic that tells a story would be great as a series printed on t-shirts. Additionally, an extra benefit of printing a collection of products with the same theme or in a series is that you can more easily create additional pieces and craft a cohesive body of work that will help you establish your own brand.


Let’s not forget that typography can also be used in unique ways when printing your artwork on products. Get creative with your fonts and word play here – people will love funny puns printed on products!

Which Products?

You may have already thought about your own personal style, colors, mediums, patterns, and themes you’d like to use. What’s next? It’s time to think about what you’d like to print your artwork on. While t-shirts, hoodies, and other apparel are popular products for printing artwork, there is really a world of possibilities. Here are some other products you may not have thought of:


Shoes are great for all over patterns or for a print of a small image. Even within the category of shoes, there are so many options!

For example, Kin Custom offers a variety of shoes you can print your artwork on, including:

  • Slip ons
  • Flyknit shoes
  • Lace-up Sneakers
  • Velcro sneakers
  • Athletic shoes
  • Canvas shoes

Home Goods

What better way to showcase your art and have others showcase your art than printing it on home goods? From pillow cases to bath mats, get your art featured on items people will use every day.

Kin Custom offers a variety of home goods you can print your artwork on, including:

  • Throw pillows
  • Bath mats
  • Tapestries
  • Shower curtains
  • Pillow cases
  • Mouse pads


Bags can be tricky –  while an image might work on a canvas tote, it can look different on a backpack, which has zippers, straps, and side pockets. Lucky for you, Kin Custom has a range of bags you can test your designs on.

Kin Custom offers a variety of bags you can print your artwork on, including:

  • Backpacks
  • Storage bags
  • Canvas Totes
  • Messenger Bags
  • Handbags
  • Crossbody Bags
  • Travel Cases
  • Lunch Bags

Bathing Suits

With the summer in full swing, bathing suits are a hot item for the beach, vacations, and pool parties. Try one of your more tropical designs or repeating patterns on them and see what you can create!

Kin Custom offers the following swimsuits:

  • Bikinis
  • Women’s one piece swimsuits
  • Men’s swim trunks
  • Kids swim trunks

Despite the variety of product options and limitless design possibilities, Kin Custom makes designing, printing, and selling custom merch simple for both individual creators and drop ship business owners. We handle everything, including printing, white labeling, and shipping (which is free!). All you have to do is focus on what you love – unleashing your creativity through art.

Ready to get started and try printing your own artwork on products?

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