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I have seen how effective long, tall wooden panels can be as wall art. They can either be carved, painted or printed, it doesn’t matter. There is something tangible about a solid piece of wood or hardboard against the wall, that isn’t present on a piece of canvas.

In the past, I’ve printed onto tissue paper and then pasted the image onto stretched canvas. Whilst the results are good, I’m not satisfied with how much extra effort and work I have to then put in, to create a varnished surface. Whereas with a flat, solid, wooden surface, the varnish goes on smoothly and dries evenly, giving me that glassy look that reminds me of Chinese lacquer.

I have made up several Masonite hardboard and timber cradled wooden panels. Read about it here. All that remains is for me to create a suitable image and print it.

Now there’s the challenge. I’ve never printed any size other than A3 and A4, with the occasional small 20x20cm square. My homemade panels are 12×12 inches, or 12×24 inches.

I figure, for the square panels, I would have to use 1 A4 print and another 1/2 A4 print. Which means a Diptych of sorts. In the 2 photos below, to demonstrate what I just said, I’ve placed my canvas carrier sheet on top of the square panel. You can see how the empty space to the right can be filled up with a 1/2 A4 piece.

The orientation of the 2 pieces can be either Landscape or Portrait.

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For the 12×24 inch panel, I found that I can use an A3 print plus an A4 print on its side. The A4 image will need to be a Landscape and not a Portrait oriented print. The photos below show how I’ve placed my A3 and A4 canvas carrier sheets.

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Home printing always has its defects and slight aberrations, depending on the idiosyncracies of each printer. My Canon Pixma MX870 A4 printer, for example, loves to smudge just the beginning and the end of its printing. My Epson Artisan 1430 A3 printer loves chewing up paper by misfeeding it, I sometimes have to try 3 or 4 times before it feeds through properly. And then it likes to muck me around by sometimes streaking the inks here and there. Bugger!

Printing on tissue paper (or baking parchment, in my case) also has its share of mishaps. No matter how careful you are in applying repositionable glue to ensure the tissue paper sticks just right to the canvas carrier sheet, when it gets rolled through the paper feeder, sometimes it gets too glued together and consequently tears when you’re separating the sheets after printing. What I do if that happens, if it’s only a small tear and reparable, is I turn the sheet over and quickly glue on a tiny piece of blank tissue paper over the tear. Then, I prise the torn scrap from the carrier sheet and stick it back in place where it belongs, on the front of the print.

I’m going to use Washi tape as borders for the panels, as they will lend a neater edge to the overall piece, and I can also use them to hide any multitude of sins committed by my 2 printers around the edges.

What remains now is to put into practice my theory. Wish me luck, folks!

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There are numerous Print-on-Demand websites available online, where you can upload your images or artwork and either buy them yourself, or post them up for the public to buy. With more and more demand for DIY-consumers, a plethora of new POD sites have sprung up, seemingly overnight. Everyone wants to see their own creations make the leap from virtual to in-the-flesh reality. Some concentrate purely on art prints and posters, others offer a wide range of customisable items. If you are new to all this, here are just a few sites to check out:

Society 6

Zazzle

Red Bubble

Fine Art America

Saatchi Art

Cafe Press

Art of Where 

Whilst I do have my artwork for sale on many such sites, my favourite by far is Society 6. Why do I like Society 6? Well, it has a smooth User Interface. The product range is good and rapidly expanding – you can have your artwork as a print, poster, cards, wrapped canvas, iPhone/iPod/Samsung Galaxy S4 covers or skins, t-shirts, baby onesies, tote bags, throw pillows, laptop/iPad skins, mugs, and most recently added – wall clocks. (Of all the POD sites I’ve encountered, Cafe Press offers the widest range of products, however, I must be doing something wrong, because every time I’ve tried to open up a Cafe Press store, my computer just churns away and nothing gets saved or posted up). Society 6 may have far fewer products, but it’s slick, efficient and user friendly, so it ticks all the boxes for me.

When you first type in the web address for Society 6, here is the attractive front of store page:

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In order to post anything up for sale, you will need to register first.  It’s an easy enough process, and can be completed within minutes. I’m on Society 6 as AlyZen Moonshadow, so my address is http://www.society6.com/alyzenmoonshadow  You can use this address to promote your page to your friends and social circles.

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Let’s say you have a piece of artwork you wish to sell. Now, the blurb does say that you should not resize your images, to avoid pixellation. However, I do resample my original image using Perfect Resize from OnOneSoftware, for the sake of quality and consistency. If you don’t have access to any proprietary resampling/resizing software, please do not simply enlarge the size of your original image and post that up on Society 6, as that will certainly bring out pixellation when it’s translated to different products. If you do use a resampling/resizing programme, try to load your image onto Society 6 in the region of 4000×6000 pixels for vertical images, as a general guide. I say this because if the image that you first upload to Society 6 is too small (e.g only 1200×1800 pixels), then you will be limited as to how large your artwork can be printed, which means the range of products you can sell on your Society 6 store will be reduced.

Loading that first image onto Society 6 is the first step. You need to provide a title and description for your work. You will also have to choose from up to 4 different categories to describe your work. I always get stuck on this part, as my work is hard to categorise; it’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that.

I’ll walk you through how to post up an item for sale after you’ve signed in; just follow the screenshots:

The image I’m posting up is my BIRDS IN LOVE (Blue), from my Calico Birds Series, created on my Samsung Galaxy S4.  This has been resized to 4500×6500 pixels using Perfect Resize 7.

Birds In Love (Blue) by AlyZen Moonshadow

Birds In Love (Blue) by AlyZen Moonshadow

I then uploaded this onto my Society 6 page:

Page for loading title, item descriptions and categories.

Page for loading title, item descriptions and categories.

The page will start to load up your image. Once the counter reaches 100%, a drop-down box will appear asking you to name your cut for selling prints and posters. You can ask as much as you like, and Society 6 will show you their cut of the profits, and the price they will sell your artwork at to the customer. Have a look at what other artists are asking for their work, and try to use similar pricing structures, as you don’t want to undersell yourself, and neither do you want to overprice yourself out of the market.

Pricing of items

Pricing of items

Once you’re happy with this, click the “Publish This” button at the bottom. Your image is now ready to be purchased as prints and posters by discerning customers. A new page will open, giving you the opportunity to add more products using the same image. Here’s where the fun begins. Each different product requires a different template size, so you Will need some sort of software programme or App to satisfy these requirements. For ease of reference, I’ve listed the sizing requirements here:

SOCIETY 6 TEMPLATE SIZES (width x height in pixels)

iPhone case:  1300 x 2000

T-shirt:  3300×5100

Throw Pillow and Wall Clock: at least 3500×3500, max 6500×6500 (square format)

Mug: 4600×2000

Laptop/iPad skin: 4600×3000

Tip: For black t-shirts, run the t-shirt sized image thru Photoshop and save as PNG.

Now, as my BIRDS IN LOVE (BLUE) image is a portrait, or vertical image, it would look wrong compressed to fit Society 6′s horizontally oriented mug or laptop templates. Therefore, I’ve left them out.  Instead, I’ll be offering prints, posters, iPhone/iPod/Galaxy S4 cases and skins, t-shirts, throw pillows, wall clocks, kid’s tees and baby onesies, and tote bags.

Once your formatted images have been uploaded successfully onto the templates, you simply click on the “Return to Post” link at the bottom, and you’ll be taken to the page where your item is listed. From here, you can either just purchase your item for yourself, or why not share it with your social circles? Society 6 gives you the option to share to StumbledUpon, Twitter, Pinterest, Wanelo, Google +, Facebook. Now, it took about 5 minutes to load up all the templates, and in that time I had 3 Faves from people surfing the site – these show up as “Promoted” in the screenshot:

Showing range of items available for this design

Showing range of items available for this design

And there you go, you’ve successfully posted up an item for sale on Society 6! Now let’s go get some sales out of this!

P/s: I learnt something new today – how to do a screenshot on my Mac! Yay me! Handy hint: use Command+Shift+3.  http://www.printscreenmac.com

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