Friday, April 28, 2017

My Giant Strawberry on Society6

What a week. I was knocked down for a couple days by a bug. We had snow. And now it's Friday. I have plenty of things I want to share with you, but today I want to talk about Society6.

You might be familiar with the company Society6. They do on-demand printing of a variety of products ranging from fine art prints to mugs to shower curtains to clothing. The designs for all of these products are created by independent artists from all over the world (in fact, anyone can upload designs there -- and earn royalties). New products types are constantly being added. Most recently? Floor pillows and window curtains.

I've had an account as an artist on Society6 since 2013, but haven't ever anything with it. I didn't want to start selling there until I knew what the products were really like. The reviews online vary (see here, here and here), so I wasn't sure what to think.

Last year when Society6 began printing notebooks, I was determined to try them out. It took me a while, but I finally got around to ordering a few products earlier this month. My packages arrived 10 days after I placed my order, which I thought was very fast for custom printed products.


First, notebooks:


My Giant Strawberry, Notebooks, Watercolors, Surface Pattern Design, Goldfish, Butterflies, Nasturtiums, Anne Butera, Society6

I adore notebooks of all types and so it's no surprise that this would be the product to finally tip the scales for me.

These are lovely. The printing is bright and clear and the covers have a smooth, matte texture that's really appealing.

My Giant Strawberry, Notebooks, Watercolors, Surface Pattern Design, Goldfish, Butterflies, Nasturtiums, Anne Butera, Society6

I ordered lined notebooks, but there's the option of unlined pages, too.

My Giant Strawberry, Watercolors, Surface Pattern Design, Lined Notebook, Butterflies, Anne Butera, Society6

The paper is nice, "70 lb text paper" according to the product description.

My Giant Strawberry, Watercolors, Surface Pattern Design, Lined Notebook, Butterflies, Anne Butera, Society6

At 52 pages, they're a good size, too.

My Giant Strawberry, Notebooks, Watercolors, Surface Pattern Design, Goldfish, Butterflies, Nasturtiums, Anne Butera, Society6

I do wonder if the binding will hold up, which is just the nature of this type of softcover book, and wouldn't be a failing of this product in particular. I've used many notebooks for my journals over the years and have noticed that the bindings on dollar-bin notebooks as well as on higher-end softcover journals eventually break after continuous daily use. I haven't started writing in these yet, so we'll see.

Next, rugs:


In addition to notebooks, I wanted to try some rugs. I love colorful, decorative rugs, but rugs generally don't do well in our home. Since Matthias and I have been together, we've always had at least one four-legged, furry family member. Now we have four (that's 16 legs and a lot of fur!).

Even so, I thought I could get away with some small rugs in my studio.

watercolor butterflies, butterfly bath mat, Society6, bath mat, surface pattern design, rescue cat, black and white cat, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

(Someone immediately discovered this one. At least his fur will blend in).

This rug is actually a bath mat. It's machine washable, is lined with memory foam and has a velvety surface texture.

watercolor butterflies, butterfly bath mat, Society6, bath mat, surface pattern design, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

(No wonder Quin likes to sleep on it).

I love how it turned out. We'll see how it holds up long-term. (Not long after I took the first photo, a certain someone puked up a hairball that almost missed the rug. Almost).

As for an actual area rug, one of my hesitations to ordering one from Society6 came from reading feedback online about how thin they are.

watercolor goldfish, goldfish rug, Society6, rugs, surface pattern design, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

The material is thin, but my rug came with a non-skid mat (a nice surprise; the product description says it's not included). I don't think I'd use it in a high-traffic area, and even with the non-skid mat this one tends to get a little rumpled from me walking in and out of my studio.

watercolor goldfish, goldfish rug, Society6, rugs, surface pattern design, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

The texture is woven, almost more like a blanket than a rug. The colors are bright and the printing clear. Society6's rugs, like their bath mats, are machine washable. I ordered the smallest size (2'x3'), but they're also available in 3'x5' and 4'x6'.

All in all, I'd say that I'm very pleased with the products and the fast turnaround of my order.

Right now in my Society6 shop I'm offering only these three types of products in a limited range of designs. I plan to eventually add some more. Designs and products. (Something you'd really like to see? Let me know!).

Have you ever ordered from Society6? I'd love to hear about your experience.

Enjoy your weekend!

10 comments:

  1. Your products are beautiful Anne - no surprise, since your artwork is beautiful! Good luck with this new venture!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy! It was fun to do. From what I've heard about artists on Society6, this isn't going to be a big money-making venture, but I'm happy to have a few more products with my art!

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  2. I ordered 2 of these mugs from my friend Mandy Ford.
    https://society6.com/product/this-might-be-wine-ysg_mug#s6-4832380p30a27v199
    It arrived quickly and was well packaged.

    What fun for you to have another way to get your lovely work out into the world, Anne!

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    1. Those are fun mugs!

      It's kind of a big mind boggling to look at these things and think, I created that.

      Thanks for being here cheering me on, Karen!

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  3. I ordered a cushion cover from society6 with a print from one of my favourite illustrators. I love the design (of course) and the printing is clear but the fabric started to pill not long after I started to use it. It doesn't look too bad though. The workmanship of the actual sewing (where the zip starts and ends) could be much better. I do love the cushion and I love having a nice bright design from an artist I admire.

    I really love your designs. The flower design is my favourite.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience Bekki. Sorry to know that the fabric on the cushion covers and the craftsmanship of the sewing aren't so great. Nothing's perfect, I guess. And you're right, it's good to have a bright joyful design to decorate your home!

      And thanks for what you said about my designs. I do love those nasturtiums, too! :)

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  4. Your designs are beautiful, Anne. And they look great made into these products. Best of luck in your new venture. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Thank you so much, Nancy.

      Wishing you best of luck in your new venture, too!

      Hugs back!

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  5. I've not heard of Society6 before now. It must be wonderful to see your designs made up into household items! Good luck with your new product line. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Simone. It is pretty wonderful and they do make me happy. I know this isn't going to be a big money-making thing, but that wasn't the point.

      Hope you're finding some time for your creativity. Have a lovely week!

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