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.)

Murphy’s Got My Number

Imagine my excitement when I opened an advertisement from Society6 to see one of my designs featured in the Mother’s Day email! Being featured is the coveted position we product-on-demand artists dream about. I shrieked with joy, and then…

…realized that of the 100 designs we have up on our site, this is one I discontinued. WTF?

“How can this be?” I moaned to Ric.

“Murphy’s Law.”

Murphy is a sadist. Just saying. I re-loaded the design, but of course it didn’t link up to the ad. No doubt someone reported that the image led nowhere, because Society6 has dropped it from the ad.

Sigh.

(To see more works – I promise they are active – visit us at KnutsonKreations.)

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.