Creativity's Alive

I hit a dry spell over the holidays. Felt deflated as far as creativity went. So Ric bought me new materials – ink pens, markers, pastels, and paper, lots of paper. Still, none of my photographs were inspiring me. I really wanted to create something from my own imagination, but have little faith in my ability.

So, I doodled vines. Over and over again, till the idea for the featured image came to my mind. Then, I thought of trees. I once loved sketching trees – why not try again. I got whimsical:

Now, I’m stuck on trees, and enjoying the ink so much:

Looks like trees are fulfilling my creative need for the time being.

(Submitted for Eugi’s Causerie weekly prompt: alive. Look for my art on Redbubble, Society6, or Zazzle.)

Making a List

I know it’s early, but since I do most of my shopping on line, I don’t like to leave anything to chance.

My adult children no longer want to exchange gifts at Christmas. For them, it is just more stuff they have to contend with. Fair enough. Doesn’t mean they are not going to get something though.

The grandchildren have long lists, basically anything mentioned in the catalogues that arrive this time of year. Our budget says otherwise.

Last year, for birthdays, I painted a watercolour for each of family members. Unique and personal goes over well. I liked to carry the theme on for Christmas.

As some of you may know, we created Print on Demand accounts with Society6, Redbubble, and Zazzle. These companies allow you to apply your artwork to quality products, creating one-of-a-kind gifts.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be updating my SHOP page with gift-giving ideas taken from these pages.

First on the list is the Moon Goddess floor pillow featured. My stepdaughter has been mentioning this for some time now.

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

Introducing Zazzle

Our Print On Demand venture has expanded to include Zazzle. (KnutsonKreations) Much like Society6 (KnutsonKreations) and Redbubble (KnutsonKr8tions), Zazzle allows artists to sell their work on unique items.

Zazzle offers a larger range of products, much like an online department store, which is exciting from our perspective. Rather than producing many items with the same image, Zazzle prefers the artist marries product with image to create a unique piece.

Like this compact mirror.

Or this trinket tray featuring Painted Barn Swallows:

Shoes, accessories, sporting goods and games, including this deck of cards, bear our artwork:

Of course, this is just a sampling. I’m still learning the site, but like all the possibilities.

Hope you’ll drop by. I’m always open to suggestions or tips.

(Featured image is a poster.)

Throw Blankets and more…

I’ve had the same fleece throw on my bed since my kids were babies, and even though it is fraying at the edges, and been washed so many times you can see through it, I have been reluctant to toss it. Call me superstitious, but I swear it holds good energy.

It is an eyesore, so I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement, and then just this week, Redbubble added Throw Blankets to their line of products. A blanket bearing my own personal design: how enticing is that! I’m particularly fond of the Hibiscus Vintage Quilt Pattern featured.

Redbubble has other home decor items to get excited about too, like these floral throw pillows:

or this white on green duvet cover:

Thanks for indulging in me this moment of shameless self-promotion. To see what else is new, just click on the ‘Shop‘ tab on my site.

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.