Recently I have discovered a new way to make money from home. Fabric and surface design. The site I began at is called www.Spoonflower.com. They allow you to open a shop for free on their site to sell your designs on fabrics and household textiles. There is a small investment to PROVE* your designs, once that is done the design goes onto the marketplace and onto their sister company www.Roostery.com
I have very limited experience with graphic design programs but found an amazing app called Mirror Lab that helped me to make repeating patterns, kaleidoscopic .. mirroring and more. So I played with other photo filter apps and got good at it.I watched you tube videos put out by other Spoonflower artists and surface designers, developed a bunch of designs, on their advice to have a big body of work (numbers game) I then found more print on demand sites that will pay me a commission on sales with my patterns. I am able to use all the same patterns I developed for Spoonflower on www.Redbubble.com and on another site called www.Zazzle.com.
I started this in December, and have had some sales on Redbubble. I have about 125 patterns to date it is suggested to build up to at least 500. This is fairly passive once the initial work is done, excepting self promotion.
My site is www.LaurelCanyonMoJo.com so you can see the stuff I've come up with. I use some public domain images .. crop remix, I also rework my own drawings with the photo filters.
I'm having the time of my life playing with color and form. I like the idea that these are made to order so no stocking inventory, less waste. They also handle all the orders and shipping!!! The cleanest company is Spoonflower you can read up on them on their site if interested.
If you sketch, paint, doodle, assemble.. have a computer, basic photo editing skills and good wifi, this really could be for you. If you are crafty, imagine producing goods from your own patterns..AWESOME!!
email me if you want to pick my brain. email@example.com
Check out youtube for "surface design" and "spoonflower" I learned a lot very quickly.
*if you get so far as to want to prove your patterns ..> look up Fill-A-Yard option. It is a blank quilt template that works to "prove"42 patterns for $17.50 each 1 yard quilt. Instead of $5 each design!! Big difference.