Becka Rahn

Teaching artist specializing in classes about fabric design, artist tech skills, running an Etsy shop, creativity, and more. I love beginners and empowering artists to conquer technology barriers.

Artist Tech Skills: Business Cards

Learn how to design and print your own business cards. You will learn to use simple and low cost apps to create the design and see several options for printing them at home or online. Get ideas for ways to use your business cards as more than just a hand out, but to help you connect to customers.

Artist Tech Skills: Fabric Labels

Learn to make custom fabric labels that you can sew into clothing, accessory and home decor items that you make to sell. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) requires specific labeling on clothing and home decor items for sale and if you are an artist just starting out or you only make a small number of goods, it can be a big investment to get custom labels printed. In this class I will show you several simple and inexpensive ways to create and print your own labels.

Spoonflower Step One: Uploading, proofing & selling

Start here with my "Spoonflower 101" class. This is a free class about uploading & ordering your first design, proofing with samplers and learning how to make a design for sale. It's the ideal class for beginners who are new to fabric design. You don't need any special software or skills to get started. This is your first step and "Step One" in the title means that it will be a pre-requisite for many of my other classes.

Intro to Pixlr for Fabric Design

Get started with simple but powerful graphic design app Pixlr to design fabric. Pixlr works right in your web browser and is an easy and accessible tool to start designing your own fabrics, graphics and more.

Fabric Design: The Color Class

Everything you ever wanted to know about working with color. Choosing a personal palette; understanding RGB, HEX and more, troubleshooting when digitally printing, managing color swatches & libraries and more.

Etsy Descriptions & Variations

Learn to write compelling and informative item descriptions that will make your customers want to buy your items. We will also go through step-by-step how to setup Variations and Personalization on your items. Writing great descriptions and helping customers choose options for your items will make communication better with your customers, reduce the questions you have to answer and help you get orders out faster and more accurately.

Etsy Search, Titles & Tags

Learn about search on Etsy. We'll talk about titles, tags/keywords and how to optimize your listings to make sure your items get found in search.

Understanding Etsy Advertising

Learn about advertising on Etsy. We'll talk about Etsy Ads and their new Offsite Ads program and how advertising can help your shop grow.

Developing your Etsy Brand & Finding your Niche

Strategies for using the colors, fonts and even the way you write about your work to make it stand out in the crowd and look more appealing and professional. Your Etsy brand is a lot more than just picking out the tissue paper that matches your logo. Understanding your brand and being strategic about it helps you connect with the customers who want to buy what you are selling.

Shipping & Your Etsy Shop

Everything you ever wanted to know about shipping and your Etsy shop. Strategies, packaging resources and step-by-step guides to setting up shipping profiles and more.

Improving Your Etsy Shop Class Bundle

The first five classes in my Etsy series: Understanding Etsy Advertising; Etsy Descriptions & Variations, Etsy Search, Titles & Tags; Developing your Brand & Finding your Niche, Shipping & Your Etsy Shop

Course Bundle

Crafting a Class

Learn how to plan, prepare, promote, and teach an awesome hands-on class. From setting goals and writing your description to fine tuning your supply list and managing students at different skill levels, this online class goes in-depth to help you craft the best class you can. Includes video lessons, downloadable worksheets and instructor feedback on your lesson plan.

More About Becka Rahn

Becka Rahn is a digital fabric and clothing designer. She is the co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, a how-to guide to designing your own fabric. She has taught workshops for many national organizations including the Surface Design Association, Handweavers Guild of America and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and master classes for Spoonflower in Durham, NC. She has received both Jerome Foundation and MN State Arts Board grants for her art work, as well as serving on the international Etsy Sellers Advisory Board in 2016. Becka lives in Minneapolis with her husband and yellow lab puppy named Stanley. She spends a lot of time thinking about pixels.