Cute and Funny Gift Ideas

Hi everyone!

I just got back from a long weekend road trip so I don’t have any new designs to share this week, but I thought I would show you guys some funny/trendy designs from my “experimental” Zazzle store.

This is the first time I’ve shared any of the creations from this store.

Some of them could make really cute and unique gifts!

Most of these products I created just for fun and are inspired by other funny or trendy designs I have seen around the web.

I feel like these “experimental” designs don’t really go with the theme of my Julie Erin Designs store, which is why I created a separate Zazzle store for them.

This is one of the things I like about using Zazzle to sell my artwork, the fact that you can have multiple different stores under the same account.

Honestly, I created this magnet for myself – to use on my own dishwasher at home!

This t-shirt design was inspired by something I saw on E-bay.

I created this design after my trip to Paris in 2015.

This one I made in order to show some Canadian pride “down there”!

Here you can create your own custom mix-tape throw pillow!

And another pillow I made covered in funky “Text Speak”.

You guys can check out more of these funny and trendy products in my “Trendy Stuff” store on Zazzle.

Feel free to let me know what you think of these designs by leaving a comment below!  I know they are different from my usual style so I am interested to know your reaction!

Cheers,

Julie
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Travel Pics – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, MEXICO

Hola!

While this is generally an art blog, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I also occasionally like to share my travel photos with you guys!

Travel and photography are actually related to my art practice because I often use the photos to create new designs either directly or indirectly, and travel in general tends to inspire me creatively.

Below is an example of a product I created using a photo from this latest trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

 

And yes, I did go to Cabo last year as well but we stayed in San Jose del Cabo, and this time we stayed much closer to actual Cabo San Lucas at the Hotel Riu Palace. (Unfortunately, my boyfriend and I both suffered from food poisoning on this trip, from the hotel buffet, so while the hotel itself is beautiful I can’t recommend it based on that experience.)  

Cabo is a fairly short and direct flight from Vancouver, and generally cheaper for me compared to other beach locations, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.  I will definitely be back to Cabo but will find somewhere else to stay next time.

Anyways, here are a few highlights from the trip:

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View from our “Ocean View Double Room” suite
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The beach in front of the hotel at sunset, with a view of Land’s End, and a cruise ship in the bay (please be aware the rip tide here is strong, so swimming in the ocean can be dangerous)
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Sunset over the Riu Santa Fe (the sister hotel, behind the Riu Palace)
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Riding horses on the beach
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Cabo Wabo cantina

We went out bar hopping one night and hit up Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe, another random bar and La Vaquita (a cow themed night club!).  It was super fun, I definitely recommend it if you’re there.  It is very easy to just walk between the different bars/clubs and quite an experience.

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Towel animals made by the hotel staff, they left us a new one almost every day!
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Lands end at dusk with horses on the beach, and the lights of Cabo San Lucas on the right

 

So, I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing these photos from my latest adventure, please let me know what you think about them and the products I made by leaving a comment below!

Also, if you would like to know anything about Cabo San Lucas, or the hotel I stayed at or whatever, feel free to ask me and I’ll do my best to help!

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

New on Zazzle: Leggings!

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I’m excited to announce a fun new product available now on Zazzle: Leggings!

I have added several of my designs to these new leggings and I think they look pretty nice.

By the way I now have over 1000 items in my Zazzle store!!

These leggings would be great for casual/everyday wear, used for yoga or gym pants, our even loungewear!

Check out some more of the styles available below:

 

10 Websites to Sell Your Art Online

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Hey guys!

I’ve compiled a list of great some websites where you can sell your art online!

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are sites that I actually have experience with and that I know to be legitimate.  I also know that they provide good quality products and customer service, which is definitely important if you want to have happy, repeat customers.

Not all websites are created equal and some are straight up scams so be careful out there, and start with one or more of the ones on this list before venturing into unknown territory!

Pro Tip: Generally speaking, avoid Chinese based websites.  All these ones listed below are US or Australia based companies.

 

1. Zazzle 

Zazzle is where I first started my journey of selling my art online.  It is known as a POD website, which means “Print on Demand”, ie. a product is printed and shipped only after it has been sold.

It’s free to open a store, multiple stores in fact, and upload unlimited designs. There is also a helpful forum with supportive members which is a great place to show off your designs and get tips and feedback.

I have had minor success so far on Zazzle, with nearly 1000 products in my catalog to date.  They carry a huge range of products to design on, but it can sometimes be overwhelming and cumbersome to upload each design individually.

Read more about creating on Zazzle in my post, Selling your art on POD websites: Zazzle vs Society6.

 

2. Society6

Society6 was the second website I uploaded my artwork to.  It’s also a POD site like Zazzle, but they have a smaller range of products.  However, their products are high quality and the look of the website is more like an artist’s portfolio.

It’s free to upload unlimited designs to Society6, and the only downside, in my opinion, is the lack of a forum to connect with other sellers. (However there are groups on Facebook for this).

It took a good while for me to start seeing sales on Society6 (compared to Zazzle) but lately it seems to be gaining momentum.  My advice is to just keep at it.  It’s fairly easy to upload and add new designs to Society6 so I generally upload my newest designs here first.

Read more detailed info and my full review of selling on Society6 here: Selling your art on POD websites: Zazzle vs Society6.

 

3. Redbubble

I started selling my work on Redbubble in 2016.  It’s another POD website but they have a few different kinds of products than the others.  Scarves, dresses and mini skirts to name a few!

I find Redbubble to be quite artist focused, and they do a lot of advertising for you.

It’s free to upload unlimited designs, and they have a forum full of supportive members.

I got lucky so far on Redbubble and had one of my designs “featured” so I got several sales out of that!  It was this design.

 

4. TeePublic

TeePublic is T-shirt focused, as the name suggests.  It works best to upload .png images (with a transparent background), so graphic and vector styles do well here.  All over patterns only work with some products.  The uploading process is really quick and easy!

If you create fan art, typographic designs, or other styles that work well on t-shirts then Tee Public might be perfect for you!  It is free to create a store and add as many designs as you like.

Get some design ideas from my own Tee Public store.

 

5. Fine Art America

I had a store on Fine Art America for a while but didn’t sell anything so I wound up closing it down.

Don’t let that deter you though, I think it is more fine art based, so if your art style is more based around painting or photography then you might do well on there. You can also sell original art works which is pretty cool.

It’s free to open a store and to upload your first 25 designs.

They also have a lot of opportunities to enter contests and other ways to participate in the community which is great for exposure.

 

6. Design By Humans

I had a store on DBH for a while but I was stretching myself thin with too many stores, so this one didn’t make the cut.

To me it seems to be fairly similar to Redbubble, and they have a small range of good quality products.

It’s free to open a store and upload up to 500 designs.  It’s easy to upload designs.  I noticed you can choose a model for each category which is kind of fun way to customize your store.

They also have a forum, and contests which I have yet to check out but should be great for exposure!

 

7. Etsy

I have sold on Etsy in the past but I do not have any products on there currently.

This is not a POD site but it is the most well known website for selling hand made goods.  You can also sell download-able graphics or print-ables.

This is a great place to post your work especially if you are into selling hand made clothing, accessories, paintings, jewelry etc.

There is a small fee to upload, 20 cents per listing I believe, but you do get 20 free listings to start off with.

 

8. CafePress

CafePress is another well known POD website, similar to the ones mentioned above.

They have a large range of products, like Zazzle. I don’t have much experience with it yet but I know it’s legit.

 

9. Casetify

This is another POD website, focused on customize-able electronics cases and iWatch bands.  I have tried applying several times but have not been accepted to become a designer, but I suggest you try as perhaps your style is more to their liking.  Let me know if you have any luck!

Again, I will update with more info if/when I get more experience with selling on here.

 

10. Amazon Merch

Sell your designs on T-shirts and other products through the online sales giant Amazon!  Currently only available to U.S. buyers, but anyone can sell after being accepted to the program.

I currently sell Popsockets through Amazon

But you can also sell T-shirts and other shirts.

 

Well that’s it guys. If you stuck around this long, I applaud and thank you for taking the time to read all this information I’ve compiled for you.  I hope you have found something useful here and I wish you the best of luck with selling your art online!

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below 🙂

Cheers,

Julie

Rainbow Palm Tree Sunset Design

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Hey guys!

Today I have a new design to share with you all… Rainbow Palm Tree Sunset design!

It looks really nice on several of the items in my Society6, Zazzle and RedBubble stores.  Check them out:

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Rainbow Palm Tree Sunset Throw Pillow

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Rainbow Palm Tree Sunset Contrast Tank

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This design was inspired by my trip to Mexico earlier this year and I actually created the palm tree silhouette using one of my photographs from this trip.

 

It reminds me of a beautiful tropical beach sunset and takes me back to my happy place 🙂  Does it do the same for you? Let me know in the comments section!

 

In other news, I am currently working on some new kinds of posts for you all.

 

 

Well that’s all for today folks, hope you’re having a great week.

Cheers!

 

Julie