Julie Erin Designs in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

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Hey guys!

This past month I had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific side of Mexico.

While I was there I had some fun taking photos with my new Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR camera I got for Christmas this year.

My boyfriend helped take some photos of me wearing my A-Line dress from Redbubble.

redbuble a line dress

See a more detailed review of my A-Line dress from Redbubble in this post.

I also photographed my Beach Mandala beach tote bag from Society6.

sunset beach mandalas tote bags

Both of these products were perfect to take on beach holiday.

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These pictures were taken on the resort we stayed at, Club Regina Puerto Vallarta near the marina.

On one of the days while I was lounging on the beautiful beach near the resort, I drew this mandala in the sand.

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Another day while we were out exploring the city, I found some beautiful street art which included mandalas, so I had to stop and strike a pose!

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Check out my Instagram account to see more photos from my trip!

Also take a look at my Society6 store for some more beach holiday essentials such as:

Can koozies

rainbow can cooler koozie drink holder

Beach towels

world map travel beach towels essentials

Have you traveled to Puerto Vallarta before?  If not, you really should.  It’s a beautiful place full of warm people, great food and amazing nature.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Cheers,

Julie

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Yoga Mats on Society6!

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Guys, I’m really excited to announce that Society6 now has yoga mats!  

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I think my designs work quite well with this product. And the best part is that they are actually reasonably priced!

I’ve spent several hours over the past weeks customizing my designs to put on these yoga mats, some were quite old so it was hard to locate the files on my computer!

light pink mandalas yoga fitness

These are so nice I might have to get one myself and then review it.

mandalas fitness workout gear

You could even combine the yoga mats with matching products to round out your fitness gear, like a tote bag or leggings!

reusable bags fitness yoga gear

These yoga mats come with a strap, are only 3.6 pounds, and are made out of latex and heavy-metal-free materials.

Check out my full yoga mat collection here.

Let me know what you think of these by leaving a comment below. Strike a pose!

Namaste,

 

Julie

 

 

Painting a Mandala on my Wall

This is a video I created showing the process of painting a large mandala mural on the wall of my apartment!

I already had this beautiful turquoise colour on my wall so I just used silver acrylic paint for the mandala.

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Before I started painting, I created a template using string, a thumb tack, and white pencil crayon which easily wiped away with a damp cloth after the paint was dry.

Some of you have asked me to explain the process of creating the template so I will attempt to describe this below.

You will need:

  • 1 thumb tack
  • string or yarn
  • pencil or pencil crayon
  • ruler

Steps:

  1. Place the thumb tack where you want the center of your mandala to be.
  2. Measure out a piece of string from the thumb tack to where you want the largest circle of your mandala to be (this will be the final size of your mandala).
  3. Cut the string and tie one end to the thumb tack, and tie the other end to the pencil crayon.
  4. Keeping the string taught, draw a circle all the way around, with the thumb tack in the center.
  5. Cut off the pencil end of the string by a few inches.
  6. Re-tie the pencil to the new end and draw another circle inside the first.
  7. Repeat the process until you get close to the thumb tack and cannot draw any more circles.
  8. Remove the tack, then use a ruler to draw lines across and diagonally from the middle.

You can use my Mandala Drawing Template as a guide for how your final template should look. Let me know if you need any more clarification!

It took me about 8 hours to complete this painting.

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments below! Would you do this to your wall?

Cheers,

Julie

Zentangle Inspired Drawings

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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.

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Several of these designs are available as prints and on other products in my Society6 store and other shops.

butterfly zentangle drawing art doodle collage butterflies

This one was inspired by Easter and the flowers of Spring.

easter spring doodle art drawing

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.

tangled all the way around

This one which incorporates different lips cut out of a women’s magazine is one of my favourites!

lips tangle

Another spring time inspired piece including bright flowers collaged into the design.

flower zentangle

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.

Cheers!

Julie

How to Increase Your Sales on POD Websites – 15 Tips

Selling your art on POD websites Redbubble edition (1)

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Upload as much high quality work as possible. The more designs you have, the more chances you have of making a sale.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!

Cheers,

Julie

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

Society6 Product Review – Leggings

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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

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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!

Cheers,

 

Julie