My new obsession: Society6 : Custom EVERYTHING!

I've been having a little too much fun with Society6 lately and I'll tell you why you should be too!

For those who are unfamiliar with the site, Society6.com is the more artistic and free-spirited version of Snapfish. Society 6 is an online shopping platform where you can essentially order art printed onto useful every day items, like phone cases, notebook and even shower curtains!

There are a handful of other sites along the same string but so far the variety, quality, pricing and customer service puts Society6 in my number one spot.

Another amazing thing about Society 6? --They're almost ALWAYS running a sale! --and if you're an artist, you even get a discount when you order your own designs!

My first order from them was this glossy, soft cover notebook. 

Its a fun way to keep my ideas organized. I chose a lined book but they have lined unlined options and special pricing if you order sets.

 

My most favorite item so far has got to be their pillows! Pictured above is their 16 x 16 Indoor Cover with Pillow Insert. You can opt for just the cover to save money but for a few more dollars they offer the pillow insert too. I was amazed by the quality!! To be honest, I was expecting a decorative pillow that would look nice but not really get used but I was blown away.

 

The cover has a sturdy canvasy feeling though it looks sleek. It expect it to last a long time. It zips off in case you need to clean or replace the pillow. The actual pillow is thick and quite comfortable. I actually bought this one for my Mom for Mother'sday to match her living room set. She liked it so much she just ordered two more. [Pictured is the indoor pillow but they also have an outdoor option.]

 

Coffee Girl Stationary

Coffee Girl Stationary

Even their card sets have flawless printing. Their stationary comes in sets of 3, 5 or 10 and comes with the corresponding amount of white envelopes. The paper is a heavy card stock but it's a much higher quality than anything you'd get at Staples.

I just recently ordered a cosmetics pouch for myself. I actually use it to carry my art supplies when I travel to jobs. It never hurts to advertise yourself a little. I chose the bitter rose print again because the black matched best with my portfolio case. I was once again really surprised by the quality. I had gotten pouches printed from a different site in the past and those don't even come close to these.

This pouch even has pockets inside!! Although its not pictured on the site, mine arrived with a cool faux-leather puller tab through the zipper puller.

Here are a few products I haven't tried yet but are on my wish list:

Busy Blogger Phone Case

Busy Blogger Phone Case

So far their quality seems to be consistent. Their customer service team is readily accessible and always responds to my concerns in a timely matter. Even if you're not an artist yourself, the site has so many wonderful pieces you can search and shop. They're always adding new products too!

 

*If you'd like to get $10 off your next purchase (of anything on Society6), leave your email (and say so) in the comments below and I'll send you the promo link.

Sketching Digitally: Semi- Custom Prints

I'm really big on mixing mediums. Much of my work is entirely digital but often I'll sketch and apply color by hand first and then polish it off on my laptop.

One of my most favorite parts about digital painting is the convenience  of editing. Years ago I can remember actually trying to white-out mistakes on sketches. Thankfully that is long in the past. Currently, I use the basic Bamboo pen/tablet with Photoshop (and sometimes Illustrator). The pen I use is an older Bamboo model and although it lacks all of the features that the newer ones possess, it does everything I need it to.

Aside from making revisions, working digitally also allows me to create variations on whim.

I recently created a print for a friend who loves wine. When it was finished I realized I had at least a dozen other friends who could relate.

This piece had been sketched entirely digitally so with a few quick tweaks I was able to make it more relevant to a wider range of girls.

Utilizing layers in Photoshop, I removed the eye glasses and created a few hair and skin color options. I came up with a total of 5 variations (though just 3 are shown above). 

This print package is available for download in my etsy. You'll receive all 5 variations so you can print your favorite!

Homemade Christmas Cards

MErry Christmas Eve Everyone!

 

Before I set out for the night, I wanted to share a little seasonal DIY I worked very hard on this year: Home-made Christmas cards!

 

 

christmas cards

I love paper and stationary.  I really like working with all the different patterns and colors. Paper isn’t so different from fabric in that respect. Mixing graphics on a card is similar to combining prints for a collection. I like to justify all the time this took by counting it as pattern training but while working I was having too much fun to really focus on what I was learning.

 

christmas cards
christmas cards

The prints are actually from two different holiday scrapbooking pads from Michael’s Craft Store. One I had gotten on clearance last year and the other I picked up this black Friday. They were under ten dollars each.

christmas cards

I had originally planned to only make about ten cards but I kept remembering more and more people on my list.

christmas cards

It was loads of fun but it was no easy feat finishing in time for Christmas after such a late start.

christmas cards
christmas cards

I like experimenting with different things because its helps me clear my mind and focus solely on what’s in front of me. In that respect, card making provides a different sense of relaxation for me because it’s not something I do professionally.

christmas cards
christmas cards

I thought about not only which colors went well together, but what mood each of the cards would have and how each would make the recipient feel.  Afterwards, selecting who would receive each one was even more of a challenge than making them.  More went into the final selections than you’d imagine!

christmas cards

I made 28 Christmas cards this year for friends and family.

christmas cards

My card army was sent out just a few days ago. Hopefully each has found its way to its destination in time!

*Limited Holiday Printable DL available in my Etsy this week only

*Limited Holiday Printable DL available in my Etsy this week only

I am always open to custom paper/stationary work! Drop me a line if you’ve got something in mind!

 

 

Editing for this post was done by: Victoria - Contact: victoriaKnC@outlook.com