Julie Erin Designs Now Selling on Spoonflower!

julie erin designs now selling on spoonflower
julie erin designs now selling on spoonflower

I’m excited to share that Julie Erin Designs is now selling on Spoonflower!

Spoonflower is a print on demand retailer, similar to Redbubble or Society6, which specializes in fabric with seamless pattern designs. But I was happy to learn they also sell other products like wallpaper and home décor!

I’ve spent the last few months uploading over 100 of my seamless pattern designs to Spoonflower. Then I had to purchase and wait for samples of them which is required to sell in their marketplace.

evil eyes gold spoonflower wallpaper

I’ve been hesitant about opening a shop on Spoonflower because of this barrier to entry.

However, I do have several pattern designs which sell well on other websites, so I figured it was time to take the plunge. There also may be less competition due to the sample requirement.

The cheapest way I found to get samples is to order a “cheater quilt” which includes up to 42 samples stitched together in a 1 yard sized “quilt”. The cost for one of these quilts is $18.50 USD.

I waited for a Free Shipping promotion so didn’t have to pay for shipping to Canada which can be pricey. The cost came out to about 0.44 cents (USD) per design, which I think is worth it considering the potential earnings.

purple rose daisy pattern fabric

The print on demand products offered by Spoonflower look really nice. And then there is the endless possibility of things that can be created with fabric.

A nice perk of Spoonflower are their design challenges which are based on current trends in the industry. Entering these challenges can help increase exposure on both on their website and Instagram.

You can enter designs which haven’t been made “for sale” yet and if you make into the top 50 (voted on by the Spoonflower community) it will be listed for sale for free, without having to purchase a sample.

However, there are a lot of talented artists on there so competition is stiff!

Overall I’m excited to start selling my work on Spoonflower and hope it proves fruitful as another income stream for my art.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a few of my designs available on Spoonflower. If you have an account on there, let’s follow each other!

If you want to see a list of other websites I sell my art on, along with more resources about selling your art online then check out the Artist Resources section of my website.


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Redbubble Haul and Review of Products featuring my Designs!

redbubble product haul and review
redbubble haul product review scarf tops dress face mask

Hey guys, today I’m sharing my Redbubble haul and product review in video format!

Have you ever wondered what Redbubble products look like in real life? I do, so over the years I have bought several products from my own Redbubble store. I have so many now that I decided to make a video to share some of them with you!

This video is for people who are either looking to buy products from Redbubble or sell their artwork on there and want to know what the products look like in real life.

The products shown in the video below include stickers, both regular and transparent, the a-line dress, face mask, sleeveless top, chiffon top, coasters, a t-shirt, socks, and scarf.

The products in this Redbubble haul and product review video all feature my own designs which can be purchased from my Redbubble store.

I have also written some more in depth reviews of some of these products as well if you prefer to read or want to see some more photos of them:

Make sure to subscribe to my blog or Youtube channel if you want to see more Redbubble and other Print on Demand products and videos like this!

I also have things I’ve bought from Society6, Zazzle, and Teepublic, and actually even more stuff from Redbubble that I forgot about, which I can show in another video. So stay tuned for that!

Let me know in the comments below, which one was your favourite?


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Redbubble Scarf Review

redbubble scarf review scarves

I purchased a scarf from Redbubble a few years ago and realized I should review it! I really love the scarf and wear it often in the fall and winter to add a pop of colour to my outfit. Read on for my full review of Redbubble scarves.

Redbubble Scarf Review

  • The material is silky and soft to the touch.
  • The print is beautiful and slightly brighter than the mockup image on Redbubble’s website (see below).
  • It can be worn so many different ways due to it’s large size (55 x 55 inches).
  • The perfect accessory for fall or spring. It can also be worn in winter if you live in a milder climate like I do.
redbubble scarf

Redbubble Scarf Features

From Redbubble’s website they mention:

  • Full print is visible on the front and reverse
  • Microfiber polyester with a slightly transparent effect
  • Hand wash only. Do not dry clean or tumble dry.

I’ve never had to wash the scarf, so don’t let the hand wash only scare you away. Unless you dropped it in the mud it most likely won’t need to be washed very often.

scarf design redbubble

As you can see the scarf is really long! It could be worn as a sarong skirt over a bathing suit if you wanted, and also looks cute as a shoulder wrap. It would be great for traveling to places where you might have to cover your shoulders or head in certain areas. Also packs down really small which is perfect for travel.

scarf design redbubble

When folded over a few times the colour becomes darker. And there’s no white space or areas that the print doesn’t cover, which is just perfect.


Redbubble scarves are good quality and a great addition to your wardrobe. After a few years I have seen no evidence of wear and tear.

And they make excellent gifts since there are so many unique and beautiful designs to choose from, you can find something for anyone!

Let me know what you thought of this post, and if you think of any other products you’d like me to review, simply leave a comment below!

Other Redbubble Product Reviews


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Redbubble Travel Mug Review

redbubble travel mug review
redbubble travel mug review

Are you considering getting a travel mug from Redbubble? Read this review of my new Redbubble travel mug first!

Since my work place is transitioning to having people back in the office a few days a week I wanted to get a travel mug that I could fill up at home to help cut down on the use of common areas.

So I thought, why not get one with my own artwork on it from my Redbubble store!

I chose my Pink and Gold Mandala Pattern design because I love pink and wanted to see how the artwork would turn out on a real life product.

redbubble travel mug review

I must say I’m impressed and pleased with how the design turned out! And I actually really like the mug itself. I’ve received several compliments on it since I started bringing it to work.

Redbubble Travel Mug Review

  • Dishwasher safe (top rack), which is great because I hate doing dishes by hand.
  • No scratching or fading after several washes.
  • Very light when empty, making it easy to throw into a purse or backpack.
  • Colour is vibrant and my artwork looks crisp and true to the original.
  • Nice mouthfeel, the little indent for the bottom lip is nicely engineered for drinking.
  • Good insulation. Keeps my coffee warm for a long time.
redbubble travel mug review

Travel mug features as per Redbubble’s website

  • Features wraparound prints
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Insulated stainless steel with removable lid
  • Mug holds 15oz (443ml)
redbubble travel mug review

Overall, I am very happy with my decision to purchase this travel mug from Redbubble. I recommend to those looking for a nice mug featuring unique designs to stand out from the crowd. These mugs would make a great gift for friends, family, or coworkers who love to drink hot coffee or tea.

Shop my full line of travel mugs on Redbubble

I hope you’ve found this Redbubble travel mug review helpful in deciding whether or not to buy one.


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Other product reviews you may be interested in:

How to Find Keywords for your Zazzle Products

how to find tags for zazzle products
how to find tags for zazzle products

Hello! Today I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how to find the right keywords for your Zazzle products and improve SEO within Zazzle’s website.

I recently crossed the mark of becoming a Bronze Pro seller on Zazzle which means I’ve made over $1000 USD! Most of this happened recently as I finally figured out how to use tags and keywords properly.

To increase your sales on Zazzle you really must pay attention to SEO.

When I first started selling my art online over 6 years ago I had no idea what I was doing. After revising some of my old products and implementing this strategy I’ve seen a big increase in sales and traffic to my Zazzle shop.

Watch the video below to see a demonstration of my keywords strategy.

Of course there are other websites and tools for finding keywords and trends like Google Keyword Planner and Google Trends. The strategy I’ve shown you today is specific to the Zazzle website and their internal search engine.

How to find Keywords for your Zazzle products

  • Come up with 1 to 3 generic keywords to describe your design as a starting point.
  • Use the search function with the Zazzle website to search for that keyword or phrase. (I used “pink elephant” in my demonstration)
  • You will see some keywords and phrases come up on the top of the page. Pick a few that work for your design.
  • Click on a few top selling designs which look similar or have a similar theme to your design.
  • Scroll down on the page until you see the “Tags” section. Pick a few relevant tags from there as well.
  • Use only the tags that are highlighted in blue on either line. Black ones are being ignored by Zazzle’s search function (such as product descriptors like “blanket”).
  • Choose wisely as you only get 10 tags (or phrases) to work with.
  • Use a couple of the same keywords in your title and description as well.

I hope these tips with help you find better keywords for your Zazzle products and get you more sales!

Let me know what other tips you have for keyword research in the comments below.


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Redbubble vs Society6 – Which One is Better for Selling Your Art Online?

redbubble vs society6
redbubble vs society6

Today I’m sharing a comprehensive guide on Redbubble vs Society6 for selling your art online.

These two popular Print on Demand websites are great options if you want to generate an income from your art and designs online without paying for inventory, shipping etc.

You can watch my video below, or read on to learn more about selling your art through Redbubble vs Society6 and determine which one is best for you!

Artist Store Front

Rebubble and Society6’s store fronts are visually quite similar. 

The most obvious difference is the custom header on Redbubble is a lot larger. Both store fronts feature custom logo or bio pic, a small bio section, and can be slightly customized to show specific item categories on Society6 or feature a collection on Redbubble.

Your Redbubble storefront shows your products sorted by most relevant by default. On Society6 you can choose whether to showcase your products in order of most popular items, most recent, or random.

There store front layouts have apparently been optimized for shoppers and to increase sales based on marketing research by the respective companies.

Type of Audience

Both Society6 and Redbubble cater towards a young, hip, and trendy audience.  Think festival gear, college dorm or first apartment decor, stickers, and unique accessories.

Trendy pattern designs and quotes are popular on both websites, but I think Redbubble is more on the trendy side while on Society6 you will find more abstract art and modern art based designs.

The audience on Redbubble is slightly younger though than Society6 as they focus more on stickers which are popular with teenagers and young adults.  However, Society6 has stickers too which can be popular with the right design.

Overall I think the target audience for both of these sites are young adults (20s and 30s) and their parents buying gifts for them.

Ease of Uploading Artwork

Redbubble’s uploading tool is easier and more efficent than Society6, hands down.

Not to say you shouldn’t spend the time uploading your art on Society6, just expect it to take longer. Their current uploading tool is an improvement on what it used to be, and they are planning further changes for the future.

What is better about Redbubble’s uploading process?

  • You can upload one image for all products, and individual images as needed.
  • You can set a background colour for all products.
  • The ability to create square or offset patterns.
  • The “Copy” tool which allows you to copy all of the settings from an existing artwork, great to quickly upload recolours.
Products from Redbubble featuring my designs

Redbubble vs Society6 Products

Society6 and Redbubble offer a similar range of print on demand products including apparel, tech cases, home decor items, and accessories. But both have some unique products as well.

For example:

Myself, family and friends have purchased items from both sites. The quality has been good overall, and any time there was an issue it was resolved promptly.

Both websites add new types of products from time to time, which is fun.

Reviews of different Redbubble and Society6 products I own:

Earnings and Payment

Redbubble earnings are paid automatically around the 15th of every month (to Paypal, or direct deposit), and there is a $20 minimum threshold. If you don’ t meet the threshold by the end of the year they pay you out in December.

Similarly, Society6 pays automatically to Paypal, with whatever balance you have on usually on the 1st of every month.

Both are reliable and I haven’t had any issues getting paid from either.

society6 can cooler review
Can coolers from Society6

Product Marketing

Redbubble and Society6 have their own marketing departments who are professionals and good at driving traffic to their own websites. However, until your designs get their attention they probably won’t be promoting them. You will have to do some of your own marketing as well.

They do have re-targeting ads which means if someone views your design on their site a “cookie” will make it so they will see ads for your design on Facebook and Google etc.

Tips for Marketing your Print on Demand Products:

Most products have nice mockups that are easy to share or take a screenshot for social media, blogs and other marketing initiatives. 

You can also find some nice Photoshop mockups on the Redbubble blog.

throw pillow mock up template selling art redbubble
Redbubble throw pillow mockup

Society6 sends out e-mail notices to artists prior to upcoming sales. They will often provide a link to download a .png overlay to use for your ads. Usually it’s just text containing the discount amount and promo code.

Redbubble sends an e-mail to their subscribers when there’s a sale. It’s useful to be signed up for their newsletter to get these notifications so you can promote these.

Shipping and Packaging

Redbubble and Society6 both have pretty reasonable shipping costs which vary depending on your location, the product size and weight.

Redbubble has manufaturers worldwide and products are shipped from the closest one to your location. They usually add in a free sticker with your purchase, and the packaging is cute and fun to open.

Society6 works with manufacturers in the U.S. and they often have free shipping worldwide promotions.

Both companies work with different manufacturers for different products. So, for example if you ordered a t-shirt and coasters, they might come in separate packages and at different times.

Note: Some products take longer to manufacture than others so it could take longer to ship and receive!


I hope you’ve found this breakdown of Redbubble vs Society6 helpful. Society6 and Redbubble are both great options for selling your artwork online, but overall I prefer Redbubble, mainly because of their streamlined uploading process. I think it’s better for beginners.

However, both have great things to offer including unique products and audiences, so it really depends on what you like and what works for you.

I use both because, as they say, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.

Want to learn more about selling your art online?  Here are some more great posts to check out!


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[Editor’s note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been updated in 2023 for clarity and accuracy.]

Easy DIY Deer Halloween Costume

easy diy deer fawn halloween costume
easy diy deer fawn halloween costume

Hey guys! With Halloween coming up soon I thought I would share another costume idea:

Easy DIY Deer Halloween Costume

This is a fairly simple costume, and the finished result is adorable and totally work appropriate.

Materials used for the deer makeup:

  • bronzer
  • black liquid eyeliner
  • white eyeliner
  • brown eyeshadow

For the makeup look I searched for deer makeup ideas on Pinterest, and then combined a few different looks, keeping it simple. You’re welcome to copy my makeup.

Materials for the antlers

I followed Lauren Conrad’s tutorial to create the antlers. However, I used standard paper maché instead of Modge Podge.

Recently I’ve seen some pre-made headbands like this at Michaels and other places, so if you can find one of those it might be easier than making it yourself unless you enjoy that sort of thing, like I do!

The floral headband was re-purposed from my Day of the Dead costume. But you could glue the flowers to the antlers once they’re dry, or glue them to a second headband and wear the two together.

  • headband(s)
  • fake flowers from the dollar store
  • glue gun
  • newspaper strips and paper maché
  • brown and silver acrylic paint
  • pipe cleaners

Deer costume outfit

I wore a tan coloured sweater over a white tank top, but you could wear something else you have on hand, or create an outfit to go with it.

  • tan coloured sweater
  • white tank top
  • black leggings
  • black boots

I hope you like this simple DIY deer Halloween costume! Let me know what you’re dressing up as this year in the comments below.

Check out more of my DIY Halloween costumes here:


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How to Sell Your Art Online in 5 Steps

5 steps to sell your art online
5 steps to sell your art online

Are you an artist wanting to sell art online to make some extra income? You’ve come to the right place!

Selling your art online is an easy and low cost way to start your art business today. Below you will find out how to get started broken down into 5 easy steps.

How to Sell Your Art Online in 5 Steps

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 and repurpose them.

photo of woman in front of painting

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.

I have also written some more in depth posts about the different platforms.

how to sell your art online infographic

3. Optimize your art 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 in high resolution.
  • Try to get sharp lines and true colors by using a tripod and good lighting.
  • Post process in a program like Photoshop to fix colors, or clean up scans.

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. You may need to customize the design for different products, like having a version with a transparent background for stickers and t-shirts.

mermaid cell phone case example

5: Market your products

This is where a lot of artists struggle because we’re not necessarily 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. Check out my post on 25+ Instagram Post Ideas for Artists for some inspiration.
  • You may also 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.
  • Learn basic marketing skills. To dive deeper into marketing, watch tutorials on YouTube or 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, then make more of what resonates with your audience.

Consistency is key!

You may also be interested in these posts:

I hope you’ve found this guide to selling your art online useful.  Feel free to leave any additional tips or questions for me in the comments below!


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Zentangle Inspired Artwork

zentangle face art drawing collage magazine woman
zentangle face art drawing collage magazine woman

Hi guys!  Today I am sharing with you 6 different zentangle inspired drawings I have done over the past few years.

Zentangle is basically the practice of creating art from intricate doodle-like patterns. The repetitive motion is said to help with anxiety and focus. The practice of Zentangle is similar to creating mandalas for therapeutic reasons.

zentangle zendoodle tangled drawing art

Most of these art pieces combine elements of doodle art drawing with collage from women’s magazines. They were all done in my sketchbook using Sharpie markers.

This could be a fun project for adults or kids in art class!

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

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

It is also available as a greeting card from my Zazzle store.

easter spring doodle art drawing

For this piece, I pasted some gorgeous butterfly photographs in my sketchbook and then doodled around them.

butterfly zentangle drawing art doodle collage butterflies

This one combines a lot of different Zentangle inspired patterns but does not have any collage elements.  This one is not available as a print.

tangled all the way around zentangle art

The next one incorporates different lips cut out of a women’s magazine, and is one of my favourites!

lips tangle

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

zentangle inspired collage with flowers

This one is also available on products in my Zazzle store:

Thank you for checking out these six zentangle inspired designs!  I hope you like them and feel free to leave your comments below.


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Selling your Art on TeePublic

selling art online teepublic
selling art online teepublic

I’ve been selling my designs on a Print On Demand website, called TeePublic for several years now.  So, I decided to share my experience with you!

Read on to find out more about selling art on TeePublic and see if it might work for you!

Open a free TeePublic store and start selling your artwork today!

First Impressions of TeePublic

  • This POD is very T-shirt focused (it is TeePublic after all).
  • Prices are comparatively very reasonable.  Maybe your friends/family won’t pay $30 for your t-shirt but they might be willing to pay $14!
  • Caters to branded and/or fan art.  (Personally I avoid this because I’m not willing to have my stuff taken down due to copyright infringement)
  • Punny and funny designs also seem to do well.
  • Owned by Redbubble.

Ease of Upload

  • Very quick and simple uploading process.  Few steps.
  • Intuitive tagging (suggestions come up even before you start typing)!
  • Must use a .png image for the t-shirts (ie. no background).
  • You can upload patterns for some products like pillows or totes, but you can only use one version of the image, you can’t upload a different file for the t-shirt (so in that case there would be no t-shirt for that design).
  • As mentioned above, there is no ability to upload multiple versions of the same design to suit a different product type, so keep this in mind.
  • You can resize and centre your design easily.

TeePublic Storefront

  • Pretty basic. Focus is on the design and T-shirts.
  • No models, just images of the products by themselves.

Here is a screenshot of my (old) store front:

teepublic home page

T-shirt product page display:

tea pot head tshirt teepublic

Products and Pricing

  • A fairly small range of products but they are quite affordable.
  • Basic t-shirts are $14 for the first 3 days after upload, then they go up to $20.
  • T-shirts go on sale for $14 at least 1x per month. (Other products go on sale too)
  • A wide variety of shirt styles including hoodies and kids’ clothing are available.
  • They also have stickers, totes, tapestries, phone cases, mugs, pillows, notebooks and prints.
  • Prices in USD.


  • Starts at $5.99 to the U.S. and Canada.


  • Paypal or Payoneer payment options.
  • Paid monthly on the 15th for previous month’s earnings.
  • Affiliate program available, but you have to apply.
  • They also have a “refer an artist” program, where you can potentially get paid if you refer someone to open a store and they make sales.

TeePublic Community

  • There is a Facebook group but it isn’t very active.
  • No obvious forum.
  • Ability to follow other designers but not to like their individual works.
  • Less sense of community than other platforms such as Zazzle or Redbubble.

Promotional Tools

  • You will get an e-mail once a month or so letting you know about upcoming sales.
  • In this email are links to download various advertisement templates catered to different social media platforms, which can be used and edited in Photoshop.
  • Teepublic advertises their top design picks on the homepage and through e-mail campaigns so if you can get noticed by them, they’ll do the work for you!


  • If your work is very graphic, and especially if you do fan art, TeePublic could be a great option for you.
  • Their website and uploading process is simple and easy to use.
  • Their affordable prices, especially $14 T-shirts, is an excellent way to entice buyers.

So, what are you waiting for?

Check out TeePublic today and let me know what your thoughts and experiences are in the comments below!

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