Mandala PopSockets on Amazon!

popsockets iphone huawei samsung phone stand grip holder

I’m excited to announce that I’m finally selling PopSockets on Amazon with my mandala designs on them!

They are currently only available to U.S. residents only, but hopefully will expand to the UK, Germany, and Canada soon.

Please note that if you’re not located in the U.S. you may not be able to see the Popsockets.  However, if you go to the top left of the screen (on Amazon) where it says “Deliver To” you can click on that and manually type in a U.S. zipcode (ex. 90210) and then you can see the item. 

Unfortunately you won’t be able to ship to an address outside of the U.S. at this time.

So, what the heck are PopSockets anyway?

They are collapsible grips that stick to the back of your phone (or case) and can be used to hold your phone (great for photos and selfies), or as a stand so you can watch movies or otherwise go hands free!

I love using PopSockets on my phone and can’t live without them now, so be warned!

Here are a few examples of my mandala designs on PopSockets, and you can see all my current designs here. 

They make great gifts and stocking stuffers too!

pink flower floral pretty cell phone grip stand

Rose Gold Mandala PopSocket

popsockets phone grip stand mandalas floral

Blue and Gold Mandala PopSocket

flower floral mandala gradient pink purple popsockets

Sunset Mandala PopSocket

pink mandalas cell phone grip stand popsockets

Rose Gold Mandala on White Marble Popsocket

nebula space purple blue mandalas floral popsockets

Galaxy Mandala Popsocket

Let me know what you guys think of these!

Have you used PopSockets before? Do you like them?

Thanks for stopping by to check these out, and have a great rest of your day.

Cheers!
 
Julie

Social Media Marketing Tips For Artists

social media marketing tips for artists

Are you an artist trying to figure out how to market yourself on social media? I was too, just a few years ago!

Since then, I’ve learned a lot and wanted to share some tips with you guys!

Please note: I’m not an expert on this matter, but I have managed to triple my stats on a few key social networks over the past year, and slowly but surely grown my online presence since creating the Julie Erin Designs brand.

To illustrate this, below is a screenshot of my Wordpress stats since starting this blog in 2013, and as you can see, it has gone up steadily each year.

stats

By the way, I do have a full time job and other life commitments outside of this endeavor, so I am only able to dedicate a few hours per week to creating and marketing my designs.

This leads me into my first tip which is: Dedicate just 5-10 minutes a day to your social media game.

  • Start by taking on just one task per day on one of your social accounts.
  • Some examples include: Tweet an image of your latest work (don’t forget to include relevant hashtags). Like and/or follow some new users on Instagram.
  • Don’t feel overwhelmed.  You should be able to do this during your coffee or lunch break, on the way home from work on the bus, after dinner, or whenever you have an idle moment.

Focus on just a few social media platforms.

  • Try out different platforms but then hone it down to just a few, and then focus on content and growing your followers.  My top 3 are Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I dabble on others but I get the most engagement for my time on those 3.

Set up a social media calendar, so you can easily plan and see what you need to do for the week.

  • Don’t overwhelm yourself with an over-loaded calendar.  Start with just one task per day that can be completed within a few minutes.
  • Create a visual calendar using your computer, a planner, or you can find lots of downloadable worksheets online.
  • Do what works for you and your schedule.
  • Learn the etiquette for your chosen social media app.  On Twitter you can share multiple times per day, but on Facebook you may only want to share something every few days.
  • Example: Monday: Tweet about your latest design, tweet 2 sold items. Tuesday: Share a new design on Instagram.  Wednesday: Blog post about new design, and post to Facebook page.  Friday: Tweet new blog post.

Have a blog.

  • Use it to showcase your art work, items for sale, share art tips, supplies you use, your sketchbook, whatever you can think of.
  • Connect with other art bloggers. Follow/like/comment on their posts.
  • Pro tip: Don’t forget to link to your blog from your social media profiles.

Use (free) apps to make your life easier.

  • Buffer or Hootsuite.  Use one of these apps (or something similar) to schedule a few posts to your social media accounts for the day. This could even be your one task of the day, if that’s all you have time for.
  • Crowdfire or similar apps which help you track followers and unfollowers.  You can also search for people who follow similar accounts and then like/follow them.
  • Photo editing apps such as Canva and Photogrid. There are several out there, so find one that you like. Use it to create and edit images of your designs and products right on your phone.  While you could also just make these images in Photoshop on your PC, being able to make promo images on the go makes it so much easier to get it done when you have a spare moment.
  • Example of an advertisement I created using the Photogrid app:
mandala rainbow pastel leggings yoga workout pants

Keep a list of content ideas.

  • Keep a list on your phone or somewhere, so you never run out of ideas for fresh content!
  • Examples: Sold items, new designs, WIP’s and sketchbook shots.
  • Check out my Twitter and Instagram feeds for more content ideas!

Make use of hashtags (important for Twitter and Instagram especially).

  • Use relevant hashtags so that people can find your work.
  • …but don’t overdo it. Figure out what works on which platforms.
  • Monitor those hashtags and like/follow others who are posting to that hashtag.

Make use of tagging (Instagram and Twitter).

  • Sometimes, when appropriate, you may want to actually tag another user (such Zazzle or Redbubble for example) on Twitter or Instagram, if you are showcasing their product. You may get lucky and they might even re-tweet or feature your product!
  • Go through their tagged feeds to find similar users to like and follow.

Engage with similar users.

  • Connect with other bloggers, as mentioned above.
  • I sell my art work on POD websites such as Zazzle, Redbubble and Society6, so I try to engage with others who sell on those sites as well.  I do this by either liking their work directly on those sites, on social media, through forums or Facebook groups.

To learn more about selling your art on POD websites, check out my detailed post on the subject!

Post to shopping websites.

  • If this is appropriate to your style of art work, you may consider posting your products on shopping websites such as Pinterest and Wanelo.

If you have the opportunity to do so, take a social media marketing course at your local college or university.

  • I took a short course which was very informative and turned me on to some new apps and strategies.
  • Think of it as an investment in your business.

Speaking of SEO (search engine optimization)use it!

  • Do a quick search and learn some SEO basics which is especially important for your blog.

Other resources you may find helpful:

I hope you guys have found some useful information here, and don’t forget to follow my blog to get more tips like these in the future!
 
Feel free to share some of your own social media marketing tips below!
 
Cheers,
 
Julie
 

Cleaning up Line Art using Photoshop and Illustrator

cleaning up line art in photoshop illustrator

Hello friends! Today I would like to share with you my design process, specifically how I clean up my line art drawings using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Smoothing out your line art is especially important if you are selling artwork through Print on Demand stores like Redbubble, Zazzle, Society6, etc.

This is just one of many ways I create designs, and a technique you can use to turn black and white drawings into digital line art — which you can then use any way you choose.

How to Clean up Line Art using Photoshop and Illustrator

  •  Start out with some ideas in your sketchbook, and make a short list of designs to try drawing.  I often look online for inspiration and have a few things in mind before I get started.
sketchbook
  • Once you have a design you like, re-draw it lightly on a clean page in pencil.
  • Go over the pencil drawing with a black Sharpie or another fine black ink pen, to get something like this:
sketches black and white
  • Make sure you erase all pencil lines.
  • Scan each design separately into Photoshop.
line drawing in photoshop
  • Clean up the image as much as possible using tools such as desaturate, Brightness/Contrast, Curves, and erase to clean up any little black dots or dust bits that are showing.  
  • You can also use the colour selection tool to select the black line only, then create a new layer and fill it in with black. Once I am finished with this step, I save the file as a .PSD.
  • Next open the .PSD file in Illustrator, and use the Live Trace or Image Trace tool to turn your design into a nice smooth vector image. This is a great tutorial on using Live Trace in Illustrator that I often follow.
live trace in illustrator
  • The result of this process is that you get much smoother lines. This is important if you are having the designs printed, especially in large sizes.
  • Save the image as a .AI file.
  • Open up the file in Photoshop and set the pixel size to something large, like 10,000 x 10,000 pixels.
  • Fill or colour your line drawing however you like.  I like to use layers, fill with gradients and use layer settings (ex. Screen) or just paint on another layer using a drawing tablet.  There is basically an endless variety of ways you can use your line art.
  • Save your finished design as the correct file type and size(s) for the POD site you are creating for.  I always save a .PSD file as well (with all my layers in tact) so I can open it again later and use the same design multiple times.

Here are some examples of work that I have used this technique for:

tangled black and white yin yang mandala live trace illustrator
pot head teapot live trace illustrator tutorial

And there you have it!  Hopefully you now have a little bit of insight into how I create my designs for sale, and maybe even learned a new technique to try out for yourself.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments about this process in the comments section below.

Have a great week everyone!

Cheers,

Julie

Mandala Android Watch Face App

Mandala Android watch face mock up

Hi guys! I’ve been working on a new project that I’m excited to share with you all. I collaborated with my boyfriend who has an Android watch and coding skills to create a pack of digital Android mandala watch faces featuring my designs! So cool!

It currently comes with 7 black and white mandala faces for free with the option to upgrade for access to all of the coloured versions.

black white mandala android watch face

There are currently 11 coloured versions available in the app, and I plan to add more in the future.  It also comes with several other customizable options including the numbers, hand colours and more!

Check out the app in the Google Play store

If you happen to have an Android watch be sure to download these pretty and unique mandala watch faces!

turquoise mandala android watch face

The mandalas are fairly feminine so these might work best for a girl’s watch, but anyone can enjoy these hand drawn designs!

We have also created a few other apps and watch faces together under my SO’s company Inductive Concepts which you can check out at the link.

As an introductory bonus I have some free premium upgrade codes available!  I’d really appreciate feedback (in the Google Play store) if you get one 🙂

Here are the codes, keep going down the list until one works (will be removed when all have been redeemed)

Q8RKMDFGVV0GHZWHL1XA0MM
S11MMKZ19LWKNW19JFJ7X6B
XGV579YQBEM5VYURGZ86SRQ
X8QJ23VR4BSMD6A9XK0PRN5
GJ6QJAGMEBEM5PJCPQVWUDK
L672RHYWXGXS9EAXKEKZCVB
PW3ZBS14RGDS34R0S7A0AZZ
WN7M88QRULEQUKUQYA4C6F5
KBJ4LTQH36WWVE2BQUU15RE
XKM7ZHXCMRBZR1QEVLZELZG
LZPV18HL6DC7WUS4BP7TPSM

This example below shows more of the customizable options, including date, digital time, weather (temperature) and more!

blue yellow mandala android watch face app

I had a lot of fun creating this app and being able to showcase my artwork in an entirely new format.  I think we are going to be making more watch face packs in the future, for both men and women, so stay tuned and make sure to follow my blog to see them!

What do you guys think of this watch face app?  Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below!

To see more products featuring my mandala designs check out my shop!

Cheers, and have a great week.
 
Julie