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I was watching a livestream of a friend who draws, and she was uploading her images to redbubble (an online T-shirt shop, where you upload your image and they do all the printing and delivery side.) It made me more motivated towards designing t-shirts, as the site says “You’ve got nothing to lose” and “it’s free.” I guess this is a great incentive, as I don’t have to buy or spend anything on production costs or materials. Basically, they set the production cost and you set a fee on top of that for use of your design, which is what you’ll get from each sale.
There are quite a few sites that do this like spreadshirt, society6, zazzle or redbubble. Most of them don’t only print shirts, but cups, pillows, posters, hoodies, phone cases and more. The only thing to make sure of is copyrights, as many sites will take these down to prevent issues.
As for the image above, I wanted to redraw an old image that I named “fire fairy.” She was a manga figure with a corset, thigh high stockings and a short skirt. Her wings were in the shape of a butterfly with a generic fire texture, in the centres, taken from the program that came with our scanner. So many people liked it, as did I, so I wanted to see if I could update her. After I had drawn the face, I knew it would be an older version of the fairy, as though she had aged the ten years with me. So I lengthened her skirt, gave her a fuller figure, and changed her hair. I completely changed the wings to a natural flame design, and used the skirt to morph into an abstract kind of thing. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I could use that area to flow into some calligraphy. With some work, this may make a nice shirt design. I couldn’t do any more work on it until I’ve scanned it, because I’m liking it so much.
Here’s a link to my original version.

#232

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Playing around with more tags. I bought this pack of tags in a variety store, quite cheaply. There’s about 50 in various sizes made of paper and comes with a small amount of ribbon. I wanted to see if I’d use them enough to justify buying a tag die set. I’ve never really used tags before, as we’ve always used a card to label gift recipients, but colouring them has been quite fun and simple to do between tasks or while watching things. Also, I can use them on cards and labels for boxes. I’m sure I could think of more uses if I tried.
The first one, with rainbow dashes, isn’t quite finished, because you can’t read the stamp well and I couldn’t find my white gel pen. This was more about the technique, which I had refined in my head, but hadn’t gotten to trying. It’s basically stippling with the chisel end of a marker. This could be done with calligraphy markers, sharpies or the side of a brush marker, to make a drop shape. You could also use tiny stamps with inks, even make your own mini stamps in pencil erasers. It doesn’t have to be multicolour, I just like the stippled rainbow look.
The kittens were from a valentine’s stamp set, and I’ve probably shown it before, but it look exactly like my cats, so I love using it. The only problem is that they are brother and sister, and getting them that close without them fighting would be unrealistic, let alone with hearts. But I can dream.
The fish was pretty straight forward, basic colouring. The water seems a little dark, but that will make any bubbles I add later show up nicely, and it’s such a nice colour. The round tags would be easy to make with the dies and punches that I have now, but I do like the tag shaped ones. The die set I have my eye on has all shapes and sizes of dies, so it might be worth it.
The final tag here, with the elephant was coloured purple with a background of yellow, I think because I’ve been seeing some lovely vivid images where the subject is a bright golden yellow, with a purple shadow, but it doesn’t go muddy in the transition. I think it goes more through red to get to the purple than straight through brown. I was thinking of this when I chose these colours. Putting on a lot of colour wasn’t the best on this unknown paper, as it bled quite well, and this was my second one, as the first was too dark and seeped too far to cover up.
Another advantage of the dies, is using your own paper, that you’ve practiced on. I was thinking that I could laminate the tags, since being paper, are quite flimsy and likely to rip, after you’ve gone through all the trouble to colour, stamp and decorate nicely. The copic marker did bleed through to the other side of the tag so easily, so to write a recipient, I’d have to glue another tag to the back if it.

#231

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A gift tag with a stamp coloured as my little cat, Willow.
I’m at the stage now, where money would be a lovely thing to have, and my strongest skill set, as you may know, is art and crafts. Unfortunately, my weakest point is people skills and selling myself, which happens to be higher in importance than creativity when selling arts and crafts.
I could always monetize this blog, meaning I’d have to take real photos and put ads in, but I’m not sure about doing all that.
Selling on etsy (or anywhere else for that matter) scares me. Sure there are plenty of things I could sell and I’ve seen plenty of things on there that would be below my standards of what I’d sell, but I still have a fear that something will go wrong. If I forget a package, or get sick and can’t work, I’d be so upset. I’m not good with stress and I’m unorganised and often lose motivation when left to my own devices. I’ve read countless selling guides, have selling calculator apps, lists upon lists of ideas of things to sell and everyone I know (and some I don’t) telling me that I should set up shop.
Although it seems like its all thought through and researched, I have a ways to go before I’ll be able to sell. Perhaps this will be a log of my journey.