Several years ago I joined a bowling league. It was great fun and a day out with friends who were on my team. We were the Alley Cats. I always thought we had the coolest name on the league, and we were a pretty good team. Well, one day while we were chatting we decided that we needed bowling shirts. Not just any bowling shirt, but a bowling shirt with our team name on it! How could we make that happen? Somehow I was nominated to do a little research on accomplishing that goal.
I came home and began searching the internet for bowling shirts. The selection was poor at best. Then I came across Zazzle. Now what the heck is Zazzle? It is a great little site where you can design your own product, just how you want it, OR you can choose from a vast selection of products made by others.
Back then, I didn’t have a program to do art on the computer, so I set out creating my little “Alley Cat” logo with colored cardstock. Yes, this is a very primitive way to create a logo but that was my only option. It turned out pretty cute. I scanned it in and submitted it to Zazzle to print on a T-shirt. About a week later a box of Alley Cat T’s arrived on my porch. Boy! were we cool wearing our team T’s!
THAT is not the end of the story. So after I placed the design on the T’s and ordered them, I got a prompt asking if I wanted to make this design public. Now what in the world did that mean? After reading through the small print and agreeing to their conditions, I submitted my design to the public marketplace. Essentially, I retain the copyright to my work, but if they sell my design to someone on a product I earn a small royalty (MONEY!). Sounded good to me! So I posted it and went on my way.
Approximately six months later, I opened my mailbox and there inside was my first royalty payment! If I remember right it was about $23. Starving artist wages, but hey, can’t complain about that.
Posted here is a picture of the original “Alley Cat” logo and you can see my new redesign made on Adobe Illustrator at my store at http://www.zazzle.com/bowlermindy.
It’s been about six years since I posted the original, but Alley Cat is going strong! I got my biggest check ever last year, just in time for Christmas!
Create a little art yourself and make a few bucks! Or just browse the pages of other artists, you just might find something fun.
I know your type! You’re an ARTAHOLIC!
You wheel your cart down the aisle, it doesn’t matter where you are; suddenly nestled next to your milk and bread you have a cartload of glue, paper, paint or perhaps a skein of yarn. You head home, unload your purchases, and stash your haul into your craft cupboard or closet wherever the stuff will fit.
You feel guilt. You didn’t intend to make anything right away, BUT just in case an idea or a project comes along you’ve stocked up. Your three glue guns, 20 bottles of Tacky, and assorted colors and types of paint are on hand and ready.
When you go to a craft boutique you walk away with nothing but sketches on the back of your checkbook and an “I can make that” attitude!
Sometimes it seems you spend more time in the store daydreaming projects than actually doing them! Well I’ll let you in on a big secret; you are not alone!!!
I would be a “Michaels” dream employee. I have done and created almost everything imaginable with the contents of their store, or have it stashed in my closet. In fact, my daughter got a job there a few years back and called me to ask me what a certain item was and where it could be located.
The other day as I “reorganized” the stash I thought, “This would be a great blogging project.” I can utilize the supplies, be motivated to do some unfinished projects, and share ideas and art.
I recently acquired Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator and would love to exchange learning sites and tips with you “pix” and “vector art” addicts. Along with crafts and projects made from the stash.
The name I came up with: PixArtInk.com fits my new project perfectly! As I blog about projects, I will tag them into each category in their respective folder. The Pix folder will be for pictures and Photoshop ideas. The Art will be anything creative from illustrations, home creations, to yarn projects. The ink will be anything that includes wording, scrapbooking, etc.
My site will be under construction for a bit but I am excited to get started!