Howling Wolf Mandala Moon

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Howling Wolf Mandala Moon Art Print

This new design actually took me several months of fiddling around with it before I was finally happy enough to call it finished!

The title is pretty self-explanatory, it’s a drawing of a howling wolf in front of the moon which I drew as a mandala and filled in with blue and yellow hues.

I created this by hand drawing the outlines first, then scanning it and filling it in with Photoshop and Illustrator.

I struggled the most with the wolf, but I think it turned out in the end.

I think this design looks best on a dark blue background, but with some products you can choose a different background colour, if desired.

Here is how it looks on some of the products in my Society6 and Redbubble stores:

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Howling Wolf Mandala Moon Carry-All Pouch

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Howling Wolf Mandala Moon Wall Tapestry

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Howling Wolf Mandala Moon Tank Top

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Howling Wolf Mandala Moon Sticker

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Howling Wolf Mandala Moon Wall Clock

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Howling Wolf Mandala Moon Laptop Skin

After so much back and forth with this design, I’m finally happy with how it turned out and had a lot of fun with colouring in the mandala especially.

What do you guys think of my wolf? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Cheers from Portland this week on a work trip!

Julie

Pug Life

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Hey guys!

I have a new design to share with you all this week, I decided to make my own version of the “Pug Life” trend I have been seeing around!

This was created using the watercolour paintings I did a few weeks back.

Here is how it turned out on variety of items in my Society6 and Redbubble stores:

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Pug Life Clear iPhone Case

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Pug Life Throw Pillow

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Pug Life Biker Tank

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Pug Life Sticker

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Pug Life Scoop Neck Fitted T-Shirt

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Pug Life Spiral Notebook

I hope you like it, feel free to leave a comment below!

I apologize for the super brief post this week, I have a lot going on with work etc.

Catch you all later!

Cheers,

Julie

Social Media Marketing Tips For Artists

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Are you an artist trying to figure out how to market yourself on social media?  I was too, just a few years ago!

Since then, I’ve learned a lot and wanted to share some tips with you guys!

Please note: I am not an expert on this matter, and I don’t have thousands and thousands of followers. But I have managed to triple my stats on a few key social networks over the past year, and slowly but surely grown my online presence since creating the Julie Erin Designs brand.

To illustrate this, below is a screenshot of my Wordpress stats since starting this blog in 2013, and as you can see, it has gone up steadily each year.

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By the way, I do have a full time job and other life commitments outside of this endeavor, so I am only able to dedicate a few hours per week to creating and marketing my designs.

This leads me into my first tip which is: Dedicate just 5-10 minutes a day to your social media game.

  • Start by taking on just one task on one of your social accounts.
  • Some examples include: Tweet an image of your latest work (don’t forget to include relevant hashtags). Like and/or follow some new users on Instagram.
  • Don’t feel overwhelmed.  You should be able to do this during your coffee or lunch break, on the way home from work on the bus, after dinner, or whenever you have an idle moment.

Focus on just a few social media platforms.

  • Try out different platforms but then hone it down to just a few, and then focus on content and growing your followers.  My top 3 are Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I dabble on others but I get the most engagement for my time on those 3.

Set up a social media calendar, so you can easily plan and see what you need to do for the week.

  • Don’t overwhelm yourself with an over-loaded calendar.  Start with just one task per day that can be completed within a few minutes.
  • Create a visual calendar using your computer, a planner, or you can find lots of downloadable worksheets online.
  • Do what works for you and your schedule.
  • Learn the etiquette for your chosen social media app.  On Twitter you can share multiple times per day, but on Facebook you may only want to share something every few days.
  • Example: Monday: Tweet about your latest design, tweet 2 sold items.  Tuesday: Share a new design on Instagram.  Wednesday: Blog post about new design, and post to Facebook page.  Friday: Tweet new blog post.

Have a blog.

  • Use it to showcase your art work, items for sale, share art tips, supplies you use, your sketchbook, whatever you can think of.
  • Connect with other art bloggers. Follow/like/comment on their posts.
  • Pro tip: Don’t forget to link to your blog from your social media profiles.

Use (free) apps to make your life easier.

  • Buffer or Hootsuite.  Use one of these apps (or something similar) to schedule a few posts to your social media accounts for the day. This could even be your one task of the day, if that’s all you have time for.
  • Crowdfire or similar apps which help you track followers and unfollowers.  You can also search for people who follow similar accounts and then like/follow them.
  • Photo editing apps such as Canva and Photogrid. There are several out there, so find one that you like. Use it to create and edit images of your designs and products right on your phone.  While you could also just make these images in Photoshop on your PC, being able to make promo images on the go makes it so much easier to get it done when you have a spare moment.
  • Example of an advertisement I created using the Photogrid app:

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Keep a list of content ideas.

  • Keep a list on your phone or somewhere, so you never run out of ideas for fresh content!
  • Examples: Sold items, new designs, WIP’s and sketchbook shots.
  • Check out my Twitter and Instagram feeds for more content ideas!

Make use of hashtags (important for Twitter and Instagram especially).

  • Use relevant hashtags so that people can find your work.
  • …but don’t overdo it. Figure out what works on which platforms.
  • Monitor those hashtags and like/follow others who are posting to that hashtag.

Make use of tagging (Instagram and Twitter).

  • Sometimes, when appropriate, you may want to actually tag another user (such Zazzle or Redbubble for example) on Twitter or Instagram, if you are showcasing their product. You may get lucky and they might even re-tweet or feature your product!
  • Go through their tagged feeds to find similar users to like and follow.

Engage with similar users.

  • Connect with other bloggers, as mentioned above.
  • I sell my art work on POD websites such as Zazzle, Redbubble and Society6, so I try to engage with others who sell on those sites as well.  I do this by either liking their work directly on those sites, on social media, through forums or Facebook groups.

To learn more about selling your art on POD websites, check out my detailed post on the subject!

Post to shopping websites.

  • If this is appropriate to your style of art work, you may consider posting your products on shopping websites such as Pinterest, Polyvore, and Wanelo.

If you have the opportunity to do so, take a social media marketing course at your local college or university.

  • I took a short course which was very informative and turned me on to some new apps and strategies.
  • Think of it as an investment in your business.
  • One important thing I learned in the course is to have a Google + page – whether you like it or not.  Apparently this is very important for your SEO (it is Google!). You can easily post content to it using the Buffer app.

Speaking of SEO (search engine optimization)use it!

  • Do a quick search and learn some SEO basics which is especially important for your blog.

Other resources you may find helpful:

Where to sell your Art Online

Selling Your Art on POD Websites: Zazzle vs Society6 Pt. 1

Selling Your Art on POD Websites: Zazzle vs. Society6 Pt. 2

Blogging for your Art Business

Creative Apps for Adults

10 Ways to Get over Artist’s Blocks

Tips and Tools for Creative Entrepreneurs (Pinterest board)

I hope you guys have found some useful information here, and don’t forget to follow my blog to get more tips like these in the future!

 

Feel free to share some of your own social media marketing tips below!

 

Cheers,

 

Julie

 

Pizza Pattern!

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Who doesn’t love pizza?  Now you can express your love of pizza with a dress! Or a sticker, or a onesie, or a pillow, or a cell phone case… #thingsineverknewineeded.

This design was painted by hand with watercolour paints and then scanned on to my computer where I finished it off in Photoshop.  You may recognize it from last weeks’ post where I showed off some of my various watercolour experiments.

I created a repeating pattern from the pizza and also used a single slice for some of the products where it made more sense.

Here is what it looks like on some more of the items in my Society6 and Redbubble stores:

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Pizza Pattern iPhone Case

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Pizza Pattern Beach Towel

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Pizza Scoop Neck Fitted T-Shirt

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Pizza Pattern Contrast Tank

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Pizza Pattern Laptop Sleeve

Ok I had way too much fun with this design and also it makes me hungry every time I look at it – LOL!

I hope you guys like it, let me know what you think in the comments below.

In other news, I have been working on a bunch of new designs lately (went on one of my “Art binges”) so stay tuned for those very soon, and make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss them!

I also plan on doing a bit of housekeeping on the site so don’t be surprised if you notice a few changes around here in the near future!

Cheers,

Julie

Watercolour Paintings

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I have been using my new watercolour set quite a bit over the past few weeks and thought I would share some of my paintings with you guys!

I started off with a few tutorials to get my artistic juices flowing, such as this watercolour feather tutorial which I used for the feathers in the image above.

I have already been using some of these paintings for my finished designs, like the diamond below you may recognize from my Watercolour Diamond Pattern that I shared last week.

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I followed this tutorial in order to create these beautiful (and easy) watercolour gemstones!  I also referenced this step-by-step tutorial in order to draw the diamond shape correctly.

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Here I was working on my calligraphy and lettering skills by painting out some words that I can mix and match in various ways (sexy pizza pie anyone?).

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Here is a close up of the pug face I painted!  I think it turned out pretty good.

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This slice of pizza is going to come in handy for some cute new designs (and is making me hungry).

Make sure you follow my blog so you can find out how I will use these in my upcoming designs!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my sketchbook watercolour paintings, and a bit of the preliminary process of creating my finished designs.  Let me know what you think!!

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers,

 

Julie

Watercolour Diamond Pattern

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My first new design of 2017!  A Watercolour Diamond Pattern.

I got a watercolour set for Christmas so I have been having a lot of fun painting and creating some fun new designs like this one!

I made a repeating pattern from a diamond I painted, which I think  turned out really nice as it looks good on a lot of the products in my stores.  I’ve even uploaded it to all 3 of my stores on Society6, Redbubble and Zazzle!

Check out a sample of some of the products I created below:

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I hope you guys like this one, because I am planning on making some more new designs using my new watercolours!  Be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss them.

In other news, I’m turning 30 this Friday D:  I am a little bit freaked out about this, but to celebrate surviving 30 years I am going zip-lining for the first time at Grouse mountain!! Eeek! Wish me luck!

Cheers everyone,

Julie