Inspired by the Seasons

Flowers are such an inspiring subject for creativity, likely due to their willingness to stand still. I continue to work with my photographs to create interesting designs. This is a quick and shameless reveal of recent works.

Peachy Roses Mug at Society6

These roses are from my garden. Roses connect me to my maternal Grandmother, who loved them and always smelled of rosewater.

Dust of Rose Trinket @ Zazzle.com
  • I gave these white roses a dusting of pink to create this elegant pattern. Zazzle has a line of gift ware as well as many other products.
Leaves Surrender to Autumn Hues @ Redbubble

In celebration of Fall colours, I’ve created this red on gold pattern. Art board pictured.

Thanks for humouring me.

For more, check out KnutsonKr8tions at Redbubble.com

KnutsonKreations at Society6.com

KnutsonKreations at Zazzle.com

Print On Demand Experience So Far

We received our first payment from Society6 in the amount of $42.80. Society6 holds back funds for up to two months, allotting for any returns. Redbubble pays once a month, and does not hold back earnings. Our first payment from them was for $10.70. Thank you to all who made purchases. We hope you are enjoying your unique products.

Most of our return on sales has come from own purchases, as we continue to monitor product quality and compare items between the two shops.

For example: I purchased this hardcover journal with a Mother’s Day wish for my mom from Redbubble. The quality is good, although the journal is relatively small; perfect, though for Mom’s notes – addresses and phone numbers, appointments, etc. Hardcover journals are $27.17 (Can) and come in one size. Spiral journals are also available. Two or more journals purchased are 15 % off.

We also purchased a small, soft covered journal from Society6 for one of our daughters. Comparable in size to the Redbubble hardcover, this journal is well-constructed and very pleasing. She intends to use it to record her dreams. The small notebook is regularly $14.99 (USD). Society6 journals come in 2 sizes and bundles of three for a discount.

Important for customers to note, is that both sites frequently offer discounts, so if there is something you are eyeing, wait for the sale.

While both Society6 and Redbubble promote artists’ work through Print on Demand services, they are really very different entities. Society6 offers consistently high quality products with an emphasis on home decor – bath and bedding, furniture, wallpaper, and rugs. Keeping current with their product offerings appears to be important, as sheer and black out curtains, and fanny packs have been added since we started.

Redbubble offers more in the way of apparel including children’s T-shirts and onesies. Rumours are that skateboards are coming. Redbubble also allows artists more flexibility in applying designs to products. Individual shops can create their own blog or journal posts, and ongoing challenges encourage group participant, inspiring growth and creativity.

It’s been exciting to see some of our designs featured in Redbubble ads. Society6 leaves the marketing primarily up to the individual artist, unless you are one of their top sellers.

Overall, the Print on Demand system has been more than satisfactory. We continue to come up with new designs and I am looking forward to offering some of my watercolour work soon.

If you haven’t dropped by recently, do check out our new lines. At Society6 we are KnutsonKreations, with currently just under 100 designs, and at Redbubble we are KnutsonKr8tions. While there is some overlap between the two sites in terms of designs, I am trying to keep the overall feel separate.

Shopping Saturday

I promised I wouldn’t inundate this site with our new adventure, however, the thrill of seeing my own designs on products merits sharing.

Trouble is, I want to buy everything. So far, we’ve purchased a mug, a tote bag, a carry-all pouch, leggings and a t-shirt. We’re pleased with the quality of products, and can safely say the images on the site are true to colour.

When my youngest turned two, I applied for a part-time job at a local dress boutique. I wanted to get out of the house, and hoped to earn some extra income. If you’ve worked retail, you know where this is going – most of my pay checks just covered my purchases.

Now imagine being able to acquire products bearing designs you’ve created! Have to put things on hold till we’ve made a few more sales, Ric keeps reminding me, but he’s just as bad.

For two years, I’ve been amassing photos, and playing with the images to create art. Now that art is coming to life!

Five years ago, I was forced to give up my career. During that time, getting better was my number one priority. Opening to my creative side has a been a big part of the journey. Constantly, I have asked the question: What can I do? It feels like that question has been answered.

Resilience

(Note: To see more products and reviews, visit the KnutsonKreations page.)