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Mug Experiment

December 20, 2013

mobymug1 mobymug2I must admit, it’s rather strange seeing my artwork placed upon a generic white coffee/tea mug. One of my local art friends had recommended Zazzle as a good resource for creating functional ware with your own art images. So I thought “What the heck, I might as well give it a try to see what the quality is like”. My order was placed back on Sunday and the mug arrived today (Friday). Talk about a quick turn-around! It helps that the company is situated in California. πŸ™‚ The site was easy to use and they actually improved the upload/ image placement system since creating the order. It would have been nice to use this improvement, but now I know about it for next time. The site offers the ability to create a shop and allow others to purchase thru Zazzle. Would it be worth it? I’m not certain. I would love to have feedback from those that might be interested. I did notice that the block print images are a tad fuzzy and a bunch of the detail is lost with the reduced size. Not certain how to handle that. This might be the picky anal printmaker in me making those harsh critiques, and the general public might not have the same response. Β I think the pug print would look lovely on a white mug….

Let me know what you think!

πŸ™‚

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2013 4:55 pm

    Cool! I’ve sometimes thought about trying this type of thing. It looks really good in your photos πŸ™‚

    • paperstew permalink*
      December 21, 2013 7:15 am

      I think this is the start of marketing experiments to the masses or holiday gifts. They will make someone happy eventually.
      By the way,Trixie’s Tales would look great on a mug too!

      Thanks for your comment!
      πŸ™‚

  2. December 20, 2013 11:09 pm

    I think try society6.com – it has a better quality of print and products I have found (through trial and error)

    • paperstew permalink*
      December 21, 2013 7:05 am

      I had taken a brief look at them but since they didn’t do mugs, and I was on a mug hunt, I went with Zazzle. I’ll have to order a skin or case to check them out. Oh, I could totally see your horse head on a iphone case….
      Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it and will check them further.
      πŸ™‚

      • December 21, 2013 7:09 am

        they do mugs now – and full bleed too!

      • paperstew permalink*
        December 21, 2013 7:16 am

        Wow, I was just on their site and didn’t see them. I’ll look further.
        Ah, the LIVING section! Helps to have more coffee in my system. πŸ˜‰
        Thanks!

  3. December 24, 2013 2:04 pm

    I really like this and it’s good to diversify

    • paperstew permalink*
      December 26, 2013 7:57 am

      Yes, and I might be partnering up with a local pet supply store I used to work at. Now it’s figuring out the best company to go with (not Zazzle or society 6, we’re talking about actually making money on the full product). I wonder how much storage space I have in the garage….
      Time will tell….
      πŸ™‚

      • December 26, 2013 12:13 pm

        My friend Gayle Rogers, on Facebook as Gayle Rogers Artist, does loads of merchandising from her art and makes a lot of money at it. Mousemate, mobile phone cases, keyrings, bags as well as mugs.

      • paperstew permalink*
        December 30, 2013 6:39 pm

        I’ve been to her site and checked out her wonderful calendars and all. She does beautiful work. πŸ™‚

      • December 31, 2013 1:42 pm

        Yes, it’s lovely, and she’s very successful with merchandising

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