Sometimes taking risks pay off, other times they don’t but we’ll never know unless we try.
People will always be jealous of your success and some will try everything in their power to tear you down. Don’t let that get to you. Just remember, if you have haters, you’re probably doing something right!
When all else fails, sometimes we just need a reminder to not give up. Take a break, step away from something, but always come back and try again.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these motivational quotes! I’m already feeling a little better after creating these.
Let me know which one you like the most by leaving a comment below!
Welcome to part 1 of my 2 part series about Selling your art on POD Websites: Zazzle vs Society6!
I’ve been selling my designs on Zazzle and Society6 for a few years now. So, I would like to share what I’ve learned so far about these two different Print On Demand demand platforms. Hopefully this guide can help you decide which of these sites could be best for you!
“Print On Demand” means an item is printed or created after it has been ordered. You upload your art or designs onto a website and digitally place them on different product mock-ups. Then, the company prints and ships the product to the customer after they buy it, and pays you a commission in return.
You do not have to pay for anything or maintain an inventory, so this is a fairly risk-free way to get your art and designs out into the online world!
There are several websites out there who offer this service. I chose Zazzle and Society6 after doing some research because they are both popular and widely known, offering good customer service and fair designer programs.
Pros and Cons ofZazzle vs Society6
Now I would like to discuss some of the major differences (mainly pros and cons) between Zazzle vs Society6. This is my experience as a designer (and consumer) living in Canada.
Society6‘s audience is fine art based. There is more of a focus on prints, and different ways of displaying unique art work (ex. framed art prints, tapestries).
Zazzle caters more towards audiences looking for graphic design based products. Think wedding invitations, birthday cards, and business cards.
Also, graphic t-shirts with funny/topical sayings are top sellers on Zazzle.
As an artist I prefer Society6‘s store front, as you can customize your store front to show either just your designs as prints, or the different products you have for sale. You can also sort by new, random or most popular.
TheZazzle storefront has recently been revamped so your”Home” tab is the landing page for your storefront.
Under the “Home” tab your “Most Popular” products show up first, followed by your “Categories”, then “Recently Sold” products, and finally “Latest Products”. You can customize which categories are shown.
There is also a”Products” tab which seems to show a mix of your more popular items, a “Collections” tab(which can include your own products as well as other people’s), followed by “Comments” and “About” tabs.
While this new storefront is a major improvement from what it was before, I find it a little cluttered and also think it may be confusing or overwhelming for a first time user.
A redeeming factor for Zazzle is that you have the ability to have multiple stores under the same account, which is not possible on Society6 at this time.
Ease of upload
When I first started I thought Zazzle was easier to create products with, but once I caught on to Society6 I realized it is actually less work in the long run.
This is because first you upload your original image and choose the appropriate tags, and then your work is automatically placed on all of their different products. You may have to adjust the size or orientation for some products but most of them should work if your image is large enough.
On Zazzle you upload your image only once but then you have to create each item separately (they do have a “Quick Create” tool but I don’t recommend using it), and then add custom tags for each product. This one by one process can be very time consuming.
One thing that does set Zazzle apart though is that you (and your buyer) can customize each individual item with text or other images, all within their website.
Society6 has no options for customization after you’ve created your products, besides changing the colours of some items.
Now the part you really want to know – which of these websites can make you the most $$??
Personally I have made more on Society6, but it will completely depend on your style of artwork, target audience and how well you market your products.
On Zazzle you can set your own commission rate, so it can be as high as you choose — but keep in mind it will be hard to compete with other stores and get sales. The typical commission rate is usually around 10%. I get anywhere from 0.10 cents to $10 depending on the item sold.
On Society6you get a fixed commission rate on products, but you can choose your own commission for prints. I generally earn about $4-$5 per sale, so the set commission rate seems pretty fair to me.
Also keep sales cycles in mind. Generally I get the most sales around the Holidays and Back to School (August) while the Spring and early Summer is generally quite slow.
CLICK HERE FOR PART 2of Selling your Art on Zazzle vs Society6 including information about: Payment, Quality of Products, Marketing of Products, Shipping, and my own Summary remarks!
What has been your experience selling on Print on Demand websites? Do you have any of your own tips to share? Feel free to leave your comments below!
Creative block, a.k.a. Artist’s block is something I am sure all creative people have experienced at one point or another in their lives.
Sometimes you just feel burnt out or cannot even fathom what to do next!
Especially when you have a deadline or a creative assignment this can be a huge burden and cause a lot of stress for an artist or aspiring artist.
Below are some great ways I have found to get over this hump and get my creative juices flowing again!
1. Get a sketchbook
Sometimes just getting a nice new blank sketchbook is all I need to feel motivated to fill it up with drawings and doodles and whatever else I feel like! I got myself a beautiful Moleskine sketchbook and drew this:
2. Draw anything and everything
Look up pictures of cute animals and draw them (see above). Doodle in your sketchbook – let your hand guide you. Draw your pet, your friend’s pet, or even your friend! Look up pictures on Pinterest or Google images and draw them (but you can’t sell them if you use copyrighted images).
3. Use materials around you
Use office pens, highlighters, nail polish, whatever you have in your general vicinity. See what you can create using the limited materials available to you. Here is a little doodle I made using only pens and highlighters:
It doesn’t have to be far, nor cost a fortune. Just get outside and be inspired by the world around you! It could be nature (a park or beach) or the bustling city streets. Simply observe and immerse yourself in living life. Sometimes a nice change of scenery is all it takes for creative inspiration!
5. Set it down, step away, and forget about it for a little while
Sometimes we just get burnt out creatively.
If you are feeling frustrated, it can be helpful to just walk away for a little while and forget about it. It doesn’t have to be a long time, even just a relaxing evening with friends or family where you don’t think at all about your art can be like hitting the reset button.
6. Try something new
Maybe you’ve never tried watercolor painting, or needle crafts, or some other artistic medium you have admired from afar. Give it a shot!
7. Find some new materials to work with
Look for free art materials on Craigslist or Freecycle (freecycle.org), or go buy something at the art supply store.
Sometimes all we need to be inspired are some fun new materials, maybe even something we hadn’t considered using before.
8. Look at other art
Go check out some local galleries or simply look for art online!.
See what other people are making; obviously don’t copy them but you can be inspired by their work and create something in your own style! Check out my online art gallery for inspiration.
9. Get down and dirty. Destroy to create!
Creation can be a destructive process. It can also be fun just to get dirty and/or destroy something! Just don’t ruin anything of value or that you will regret later.
Ideas: Throw paint or coffee at a canvas or paper. Rip up some paper or other materials. Let out some of that frustration!
10. Do some tutorials
For me, this is a great one to develop creative ideas and get past artist’s block.
Look up tutorials online in your preferred medium: digital (Photoshop, illustrator), painting, drawing etc. Youtube is a great resource for tutorials in all kinds of mediums!
That’s all the ideas I have for you today, I hope these will help you get over that pesky creative block!
How do you get over artist’s block? Leave your ideas in the comment section below!!
Hey guys! Today I’m sharing my new zentangle inspired drawing of a skull with headphones!
It is inspired by my recent trip to Ibiza where I saw lots of t-shirts with similar designs but not tangled like this one is.I drew this design using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Drawing Pens in my sketchbook. I then scanned the drawing into Photoshop and played around with it a bit.
I couldn’t decide if I liked it better with or without the crossbones though so I made both versions!