A lot of times this learning process is helped along by things that I realize I need to do in order to conduct business more effectively, sell more products, or create a piece of artwork that surpasses all previous efforts.
Take, for instance, the owl art I was working on a while back… Do you see the eyes on this owl?
I discovered that I could make them look like cloth circles stitched to batik body of the owl, and top them with black “button” eyes.
Can you imagine a child falling in love with this owl and hugging it or tossing it up in the air as they pretend it can fly? I can! And I learned so much while doing this project about cloth textures I hadn’t used previously.
Even though the owl picture book it was intended for didn’t pan out as I’d expected, I’m still using what I learned in other projects like this one!
Here’s a regency romance book cover I learned a lot through creating!
I’ve heard it said that the clothes make the man (or woman). It’s certainly true on book covers, although I’d take issue with that in real life!
This handsome man wasn’t wearing that beautiful top hat or cravat and jacket when I found him. He challenged all of my efforts to dress him in this outfit I preferred to his original. Making these two lovebirds look like they belonged together also took a little doing. I think they turned out well–don’t you?
The texture of the wall behind this couple–and the color–also was a challenge, as was finding the perfect combination of colors and textures for that stripe across the cover. Cover art often lives or dies on the details no one else notices…
And then there was the sky just above the castle. It was a dull, dishwater grayish-yellow-white to begin with. Not at all attractive…Making blue sky look natural where there originally isn’t any can be a challenge, too! I opted for floating the blue in behind and erasing just enough of the clouds to make them look like they’re floating.
This one-of-a-kind book cover is still for sale! For just $45 (a fantastic deal), I will adapt this cover to your book with your title and author name, as well as any other text you might need or want!
I’ve also learned lessons about how to create compelling products on Zazzle, like this tromp l’oeil clock with lightbulb framed picture holders!
I fell in love with the background textures on this clock while walking on my uncle’s farm. This tromp l’oeil clock is farm art or rustic art. It evokes for me a feeling of country charm, of harking back to simpler, less fussy times, where an object was allowed to age gracefully. The paint has crackled on the wood above the corrugated tin while above the crackled paint, almost all of the paint has worn off the beam, allowing parts of it to weather to a silvery gray streaked with white.
You may not be able to see them too well in this image, but these same textures are repeated behind the tromp l’oeil lights on the photo frames as well. I had a lot of fun creating those lights, and making them look as if they belonged on that background! And I learned so much…
I designed this clock with the idea that customers could replace the photo place-holders on this clock with images of their own to make a special one-of-a-kind keepsake that their family could treasure for years to come.
To personalize and buy this clock for someone you love, follow this link.
I’ll probably never stop learning new lessons on Zazzle, or posting new products!
I just recently learned how to design lamps that look beautiful from every angle. Take this maple leaves lamp, for instance! I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pattern on the lamp that looks gorgeous in daylight when the lamp is off and creates interesting shadows when the lamp is on at night while creating a completely different look? So I put these swirling maple leaves designs from another project on this lamp. I’m thrilled with how they turned out! What about you?
I hope you’ll like this lamp as much as I do!
I’ve designed lots of amazing products on Zazzle! To browse my stores, click on the lamp or clock image links in this post or in the flash panels in the sidebar.