A long Time Since I last Wrote

Hello I am Josie Took. I have a few Zazzle stores now, that seems to be what is working for me. I also have some tees in Betsy s store in Ashford in Kent, but I am mainly focused on my Zazzle stores. Betsy s store offers something a little different.

Here is my TookiesTs address http://www.zazzle.co.uk/tookiests

Women’s Funny Tees

Funny Sheep Pub Women's Tee 
Funny Sheep Pub Women’s Tee byTookiesTs

Hi it’s been a while and I’ve been very busy designing more tees & gifts. Today I thought I’d put together a selection of my funniest women’s tees. Available @ http://www.zazzle.co.uk/tookiests

I got carried away with the sheep bar theme and created two different styles of tee, both proving to be popular. The 1st above is created through photography of a plasticine sheep mixed with some Adobe Illustrator work. I was going for a fun and crafty feel. The second is created in Illustrator. This was one of the first tees that went into my shop TookiesTs. As you can see I often go for a almost child like, simplistic style. I generally think the simpler the better.

funny sheep bar womens tshirt 
funny sheep bar womens tshirt by TookiesTs

Below Grum pea was created partly by accident. I basically started out doodling in Illustrator and it looked like a grumpy pea, hence the name. I’m rather fond of the grumpster. It’s pretty obvious why I’ve chosen the colour choice, although you can also get it in white. As with most of my work, this design is also available on other products, for example mugs and greetings cards. The men’s one is also popular.


funny grumpy pea women's tshirt 
funny grumpy pea women’s tshirt byTookiesTs

The best thing…… is one of my latest designs, ideal for the petite woman. This too is created in Illustrator. I think the package is quite cute and is ideal for the petite woman. I deliberately chose to use a really small package to emphasize the point.

The Best Things Come In Small Packages Tee 
The Best Things Come In Small Packages Tee by TookiesTs

Potato has been a bit of a surprise hit. It’s strange how people just love that veg. Created through pen and ink drawing and finished in photoshop. The likes of Keith Lemon have made the term “Potato” popular which is great for me.

Potato funky slogan funny women's Tshirt
Potato funky slogan funny women’s Tshirt byTookiesTs

Be back much sooner next time with more from http://www.zazzle.co.uk/tookiests

Let me know what you think.

St. Paddy’s Day Funny, Drinking, Shamrock T-Shirt Design

Drinking Irish Shamrock St. Paddy's Day Men's Tee 
Drinking Irish Shamrock St. Paddy’s Day Men’s Tee by TookiesTs

This is my latest design for St. Paddy’s Day, including a funny drinking shamrock. The design was created in Adobe Illustrator.  I’ve created tees with dancing shamrock’s. I wanted something cute and funny and not to mention clearly Irish related. Hope to hear from you and see what you think.

Using Zazzle To Start A Business For Artists And Graphic Designers

Zazzle is a great starting block for graphic designers and artists.  You get to put your designs on templates of products for free and if anyone buys those products you get 10% commission.  You can upload photos or you can use computer packages such as Illustrator or Photoshop.  For my first series of Zazzle entries I used an ink and bleach painting of The Houses of Parliament in London.  I was able to upload the image onto a wide variety of products and luckily with time a number of my items have sold.

London Calling bag 
London Calling bag by TookiesTs

Zazzle is however only a starting point. You don’t make money quickly it requires lots of hard work, especially to begin with and very few make enough to pay the mortgage.  It is however a great stepping stone.  You learn what is popular, what sells and therefore where to concentrate your energies when you want to take a riskier route putting down your cash.  Often it is hard to see if a design really works on a particular product until you have a product template. Zazzle allows you not only to try your design on many products but also on some of the products, including tshirts, you can change the color.  You also own the copyright to your design so you can try a number of other sites such as cafe press with the same designs.

There is also a forum which allows you to ask lots of questions of other Zazzlers.  A key to Zazzle success is promotion, lots of people use blogs, twitter, facebook and pinterest, which are a good idea to look into anyway, if you want to get your business of the ground.  The key is to be original but also keeping to popular themes, your products must be searchable.  There are whole blogs on SEN, which is worth looking into for Zazzle specifically.

Please feel free to look at my store on zazzle to see how it works,( but no pinching I own the copyright to my designs. ) http://www.zazzle.co.uk/tookiests

also feel free to follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/josietook

Best wishes Jo


Josie Took’s T-Shirt Story

Welcome to my blog.Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself.  My name’s Josie and I am a English and Drama grad.  I have decided to do a complete u-turn have gone back to college and am now doing graphic design and guess what I love it.  Three years ago I found myself out of work and having done various jobs which had nothing to do with my degree, I thought better start thinking about what I really want to do.  I restarted painting and eventually started selling at craft fairs and on Etsy.  I made a little money but wasn’t entirely satisfied.  It was time to go back to college and instead of doing art I chose graphics, one of the best moves I’ve ever made.  I’ve still got a lot further to go before I can say I’m a successful designer, but I’ve made a start.

My first move as a designer is to set up a zazzle shop for all those looking to set up a t shirt shop Zazzle is an excellent place to start. You don’t need to buy any merchandise or pay any fees.  You simply upload your designs onto product templates and get at least a 10% royalty if anything sells.  My shop is called TookiesTs.  Here’s some of my work:

funny sheep bar womens tshirtfunny grum pea mens tshirt