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.
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
- Place the thumb tack where you want the center of your mandala to be.
- 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).
- Cut the string and tie one end to the thumb tack, and tie the other end to the pencil crayon.
- Keeping the string taught, draw a circle all the way around, with the thumb tack in the center.
- Cut off the pencil end of the string by a few inches.
- Re-tie the pencil to the new end and draw another circle inside the first.
- Repeat the process until you get close to the thumb tack and cannot draw any more circles.
- 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?
Step 1. Build your portfolio.
In order to start selling your art online, you should have a decent sized portfolio for potential customers to choose from. Aim for 10-25 artworks.
You can either make a bunch of new artwork, or dig up some old pieces that could work digitally or physically to sell.
Step 2: Decide where to sell your art.
Next, you’ll have to decide where to sell your art and that will depend on your medium, style, and goals as an artist.
Identify your audience and how you want to sell your art.
- Are you going to sell primarily prints? (many avenues)
- Are you going to sell physical work, such as paintings? (Etsy, or Fine Art America)
- Do you create sculptures, jewelry or something else tangible? (Etsy)
- Are you interested in designing t-shirts and/or home decor products? (Society6, Zazzle or Redbubble)
Check out my blog post about Where to Sell Your Art Online to help you decide.
For even more help on deciding where to sell your art online check out these posts:
Step 3. Optimize your artwork for sale
You’ll have to optimize your art digitally, or take a nice photo of it in order to sell it online.
- Scan or photograph your artwork
- Make it a large file size
- Try to get sharp lines and true colors
- Post process in a program like Photoshop to fix colors, or clean up scans.
Here is a an explanation of how I clean up my drawings using Photoshop and Illustrator
Step 4: Upload and enable as many products as possible
Upload your art to your chosen platform.
If you are going the Print On Demand route, only add to products that look good and work with the design.
Step 5: Market your products
This is where a lot of artists struggle because, well, we’re artists not business or marketing professionals!
- Share your products and artwork on social media.
- Create an Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook page dedicated to your art.
- Ideally, choose one you use frequently so it’s not a burden to learn or use daily.
- You may consider building a website, which can be a hub if you sell on multiple platforms. It could be a blog or just a portfolio of your work.
- Check out my pages for inspiration:
- To delve more deeply into marketing, watch tutorials on YouTube or try Skillshare to hone your business skills or even artistic skills as your business grows.
There is a lot to learn on the business side, but don’t neglect your art! Consistently create new designs so you can figure out what works and what doesn’t, and go from there.
Consistency is key!
For more tips on selling your art online check out these posts:
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
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!