Sunday, April 21, 2013

Art on Products - Some History

One of my elementary school teachers had just asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The first answer that I thought was, Artist. But for some reason, at the time, I thought, "No. I'd better come up with a second choice."

For whatever reason, I thought no, I can only guess. Perhaps it was in my consciousness that artists don't become successful, at least not in their lifetime, or so it seemed. Or perhaps it was because I got the most praise and encouragement to work on math, from my father. So for whatever reason it was, it was a decision that I made way back when that I've had to overcome, and make a new one.

When I finally gave myself permission to become an artist, I wasn't all that good at it. It wasn't something I had been honing all of those years. I had to learn skills. So I set about practicing; I purchased artist books, did the exercises, and so forth. I also attended an artist week long workshop.

Once I got some techniques down, I had to decide on what kind of art I wanted to create. A sales clerk commented to me one day that as I got better, I would want to buy bigger canvases. After that purchase, I commenced to buying bigger canvases. It was kind of nice painting large. I joined an artist's group and exhibited some of my paintings. That didn't go over so well. But I did get some comments that so and so would like a particular design on a t-shirt. Hmmmm.

Anyway, I searched for other avenues of making art. I like functional art, I like things that serve a purpose. I read about floor cloths and started making those. I sold some at an art fair. I made some more, but also realized that I was running out of space. I also had to get down on the cement floor to glue (hem) the edges, and leave them their with weights on the hems, while they dried.

I went smaller and started making pet placemats. Size wise, it was working out better; I didn't have to get down on the floor so much, but then I had placemats drying on the washing machine and dryer, and wherever I could find a place. I sold some to friends, around town, and also on the internet. I got great positive feedback, yet I knew I didn't want to keep wondering where all I was going to place them, and what I would do if I did receive any large orders.

I went smaller, and started hand painting postcards. I got an order for fifty and graciously accommodated the customer. It was pretty cool. They all fit on my table; I didn't have to worry about size and space. Yay! Sometimes I really got in to painting a particular design. Then it wasn't so appealing to me to repaint it over and over again. Hmmmm.

I was finally figuring out my don't likes and likes. I did like painting small after all. I didn't like repetition so much. Hmmmm. My next step was the internet in a bigger way. I could paint small. A print on demand company could easily do the repetition. Yay!

The first print on demand company that I went with, was a lot of hassle. After figuring out some more of my don't likes and likes, I started affirming to the Universe my likes. I then heard about another print on demand company that was a much better fit.

I had already come up with a business name, back when I was making floor cloths, Creative Brushstrokes, LLC. It was too long to fit in the number of boxes I was allowed to use on the print on demand site, so I went with my first name. That is how CherylsArt was born.

I have been creating small designs ever since, and love it. I love the freedom it gives me in creating, and that the print on demand company does the printing, shipping, and billing. My designs are printed on every day products, including t-shirts; a very functional choice. It works for me.

Another one of my favorite loves is cats. Our cat Muffin is so full of love. I did a picture of her in pointillism and put it on a background painting of hearts:

Cute Tuxedo Cat, I love you Card
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She seemed to be a purr-fect match for conveying love.

To view more family friendly designs, visit CherylsArt on Zazzle.


Cheryl Paton



Friday, April 5, 2013

Bold and Vivid Happy Birthday Stickers

After I did the colorful stars painting in pastel circles, on black, I decided that they would make a great birthday sticker. I had initially thought of having a solid black section in the middle to write "Happy Birthday!" on. When I went to create the stickers on Zazzle, the color black wasn't clickable. Dark gray did not have the look I wanted.

On with plan B, I went - choose a center color. I wanted the color to complement and go with the colors that were already in the design. The first one I chose was way to light. The second color, a light blue, was just right. It gave it a pop. So that's the one I went with.

Colorful Stars on Pastels, Black Birthday Stickers
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Once I made the stickers, I decided to post my new design on Facebook. Then I decided to engage some conversation. How would I get the conversation going, I thought. I asked people what they thought of the design. When I checked back in, there had been nine views but no comments. Okay, I thought, what else can I ask. "To describe them," was the thought.

So I added how I would describe the design, vivid, to help get them started, and asked how they would describe the design. If you feel so inclined, do pop over to my Facebook page and join in on this conversation. You'll recognize the thread by finding the colorful birthday sticker that was posted above.

I also thought the design was on the bold side. So in helping my fellow Zazzle artists, I am posting some additional bold and vivid Happy Birthday stickers for your consideration.

First up is this bold balloon design. The age is easily customizable on a template form:


Second up is this vivid celebratory design:

Happy Birthday Stickers
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Cheryl Paton
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