Hi guys! Today I am sharing with you 6 different zentangle inspired drawings I have done over the past few years.
Most of these combine elements of drawing and collage, and were all done in my sketchbook using Sharpie markers.
Several of these designs are available as prints and on other products in my Society6 store and other shops.
This one was inspired by Easter and the flowers of Spring.
Here it is also available as a greeting card from my Zazzle store.
This one combines a lot of different Zentangle inspired patterns and does not have any collage elements. This one is not available as a print.
This one which incorporates different lips cut out of a women’s magazine is one of my favourites!
Another spring time inspired piece including bright flowers collaged into the design.
This one is also available as products in my Zazzle store, as seen below.
Thanks for checking out these six zentangle inspired designs! I hope you like them and feel free to leave your comments below.
Are you an artist trying to sell your work on Society6, Redbubble, Zazzle, or another POD (print on demand) website?
Well I’ve been doing it for a few years now and have some tips to help you get more sales!
If you’re just getting started or haven’t set up your store(s) yet, you may want to check out these posts first:
Where to Sell Your Art Online
Selling your Art on POD Websites: Zazzle vs Society6
Selling your Art on POD Websites: Society6 vs Redbubble
Selling your Art on POD Websites: TeePublic edition
Read on to find out how to increase your sales on Society6 and Redbubble specifically, but many of these tips can be used across other POD platforms such as Zazzle, TeePublic, CafePress, Fine Art America and many others.
- Try to complete at least one business or social media related task per day. For example: one tweet, one Instagram post, one new design, one update to your website etc. If you can do more than one task that’s great, but just that one thing will help your business without being too overwhelming.
- Comment and like other artists’ work. This does not apply to all PODs but can be especially helpful on Society6 and Redbubble to get more eyes on your designs.
- Connect with other artists on social media (Facebook groups for example) or forums where available (Zazzle). Ask for feedback from them if you feel comfortable doing so!
- Upload as much high quality work as possible. The more designs you have, the more chances you have of making a sale.
- Research the latest trends and use them as inspiration to create new designs in your own style. You can use Pinterest or check the top selling designs on your chosen POD platform.
- Have social media pages, even just one or two and focus on them. Instagram and Twitter great for artists. On Facebook it’s challenging to get likes on your page, but it could get your real life friends interested. Try using new tools like Facebook or Instagram stories, or even Snapchat if you are adventurous.
- Don’t forget about your stores or leave them alone for long periods of time. Try to stay somewhat active and consistent on all of them (uploading new work, commenting/following etc.) I’ve definitely noticed an increase in sales/activity when I’m active. If you have too many stores to stay active, maybe pare it down to the few that you have been most successful on.
- Don’t stretch yourself too thin. Going off the point above, if you have too many stores you might feel overwhelmed or too lazy to upload work to all of them, so I suggest deleting those ones you don’t like or don’t have much success with.
- Read up on other sellers tips especially top sellers if they have shared these tips online. CatCoq, for example, has shared some great information on her website. See what these top sellers are doing and figure out how you can get where they are. Use them as inspiration for your brand.
- Make different versions of the same designs that are well received. Different colour variations of a popular design or rework an element of that piece so it can have more mass appeal.
- Have a website or blog external to your social media, like this one! It helps with your visibility and to show up in Google searches.
- Tell your family, friends and coworkers about your stores and they might support you! You could even gift them stuff from your own stores for Christmas and birthdays etc. to get them excited about your work.
- Something I’m currently working on – Go back through your old designs and either delete ones that aren’t working for your brand or update titles, keywords etc.
- Always keep learning. There are lots of great sources online for marketing your brand or honing and learning new skills. Check out Skillshare for some free or paid courses in marketing, design and many other skills.
- Subscribe to my blog! I’m always posting new content on selling your art on POD websites so make sure you don’t miss out.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful. Let me know if you have any other tips to add in the comments below!
Check out these other posts for more information on selling your art on POD websites:
Social Media Marketing Tips for Artists
Blogging for your Art Business
10 Ways to Get over Artist’s Block
I purchased this pair of leggings from Society6 a little while ago and after wearing them several times and washing them I thought I’d write up a little review for those of you who are wondering what they’re like.
I have to say I absolutely LOVE these leggings.
They are stretchy and comfortable and the fabric is really soft and silky to the touch. The thick band around the top is sturdy and helps prevent muffin top.
Also the print, my White and Navy Blue Elephant Pattern, looks GORGEOUS, and much better and much brighter in person than the preview images on their website.
See the contrast between the preview photos and the one of me wearing them? They look so different! The brighter colour is actually much closer to my original image.
These leggings are great for working out and doing yoga but also just for lounging around the house and being comfortable.
Here is the product description from Society6’s website:
Nobody will judge you for wearing them all day, every day – they’re that comfy. That’s because these tights are constructed with breathable, antimicrobial polyester spandex that keeps you dry while staying cool.
- Constructed with antimicrobial polyester spandex
- Breathable, moisture-wicking qualities
- Six panel cut and sew construction
- Adjustable waistline
Check out all of the other styles of leggings from my Society6 store!
So in summary, if you’re on the fence about picking up some leggings from Society6 I say GO FOR IT! You won’t regret it.
Have you ever bought leggings from Society6 or another POD website? Let me know your experience in the comments below!
Considering the success of my Mandala Drawing Templates, I decided to create this new, more detailed version of the template so now you can draw even more complex mandala designs!
Just click on the template image above to open a new tab with the full sized image, then you can right click and choose “save image as” to download it to your computer.
Print the template off on an 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper and then use it as a guide underneath copy paper or even sketchbook paper to draw your mandala!
I find it works best to paperclip it on at least 2 sides to prevent it from moving around under the page while you draw.
Here is a mandala I drew using this template:
I hope you will find this mandala template useful!
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, and feel free to share your mandalas with me over on Instagram by tagging me @julieerindesigns or post your link below.
If you’re new to drawing mandalas, or want something a little less complex, you might want to check out my other Mandala Drawing Templates here!
Have a great day everyone and have fun drawing those mandalas.
I finally bought myself an A-Line dress from Redbubble.
I’ve been curious since day one about how these dresses look, fit, and feel, and had a hard time finding any detailed reviews of them online.
So when I published my new Tropical Monstera Pattern and saw how nice it looked, I had to order one.
I must say I am pleased with the dress. I ordered an XS after reviewing the size chart, and it fits quite nicely. (I’m 5’0″ by the way and usually wear size S)
It took a few weeks to arrive, because I’m in Canada and it got stuck at the border for about a week (darn customs).
Aside from this photoshoot at English Bay beach, where these pictures were taken, I wore this dress for whole day at work with a belt and black cardigan. I even received some compliments from my co-workers!
Here are my impressions of the dress so far:
- It is loose and flowy, non clingy, silky feeling, and doesn’t wrinkle easily.
- It is comfortable to wear.
- The print is vibrant and shows off my artwork nicely.
- The light and thin fabric is not see through at all.
- It would be a great garment for hot summer days or a tropical vacation.
I quite like the dress with a belt for my figure, as seen in the pictures above. But, I think this dress is probably flattering for most body-types, especially with the option of a belt or no belt.
More details about this dress from the Redbubble website:
- 97% Polyester / 3% Elastane woven dress fabric
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Print covers entire front and back panel
- Loose swing shape for an easy, flowy fit.
Let me know what you think about this dress or other Redbubble products you’ve purchased by leaving a comment below!
I plan on doing some more product reviews in the future so make sure to follow my blog and stay tuned.
Have a great day!
I’ve recently started selling my designs on a new Print On Demand website, called TeePublic. So far I have made a couple of sales and so I wanted to share with you all my experiences. Read on to find out more about selling art on TeePublic and see if it might work for you!
Open a free TeePublic store and start selling your artwork and making $ today!
- This POD is very T-shirt focused (it is TeePublic after all).
- Prices are comparatively very reasonable. Maybe your friends/family won’t pay $30 for your t-shirt but they might be willing to pay $14!
- Caters to branded and/or fan art. (Personally I avoid this because I’m not willing to have my stuff taken down due to copyright infringement)
- Punny and funny designs also seem to do well.
Ease of Upload
- Very quick and simple uploading process. Few steps.
- Intuitive tagging (suggestions come up even before you start typing)!
- Must use a .png image for the t-shirts (ie. no background).
- You can upload patterns for some products like pillows or totes, but you can only use one version of the image, you can’t upload a different file for the t-shirt (so in that case there would be no t-shirt for that design).
- As mentioned above, there is no ability to upload multiple versions of the same design to suit a different product type, so keep this in mind.
- You can resize and centre your design easily.
- Pretty basic. Focus is on the design and T-shirts.
- No models, just images of the products by themselves.
Here is a screenshot of my store front:
T-shirt product page display:
Products and Pricing
- A fairly small range of products but they are quite affordable.
- Basic t-shirts are $14 for the first 3 days after upload, then they go up to $20.
- T-shirts go on sale for $14 at least 1x per month. (Other products go on sale too)
- A wide variety of shirt styles including hoodies and kids’ clothing are available.
- They also have stickers, totes, tapestries, phone cases, mugs, pillows, notebooks and prints.
- Prices in USD.
- Starts at $5.99 to the U.S. and Canada.
- Paypal or Payoneer payment options.
- Paid monthly on the 15th for previous month’s earnings.
- Affiliate program available, but you have to apply.
- They also have a “refer an artist” program, where you can potentially get paid if you refer someone to open a store and they make sales.
- There is a Facebook group but it isn’t very active.
- No obvious forum.
- Ability to follow other designers but not to like their individual works. Less sense of community than other platforms such as Zazzle or Redbubble.
- You will get an e-mail once a month or so letting you know about upcoming sales.
- In this email are links to download various advertisement templates catered to different social media platforms, which can be used and edited in Photoshop.
- Teepublic advertises their top design picks on the homepage and through e-mail campaigns so if you can get noticed by them, they’ll do the work for you!
- If your work is very graphic, and especially if you do fan art, TeePublic could be a great option for you.
- Their website and uploading process is simple and easy to use.
- Their affordable prices, especially $14 T-shirts, is an excellent way to entice buyers.
So, what are you waiting for?
Check out TeePublic today and let me know what your thoughts and experiences are in the comments below!